Composite image of the 2007 to 2016 SRI cohorts

Past Participants

Students who have participated in the Summer Research Initiative have consistently said that they found the experience to be very rewarding. The program deepened their interest in research and allowed them to develop professional relationships and to meet other underrepresented minority students and faculty. They also had fun. Get to know our most recent 2020 SRI participants here.  

Research topics to be developed for the summer of 2021 will be based on availability of faculty members and specific match between students and faculty research. Examples of past student research projects developed include, but are not limited to those below.



Kyle Dorsey (2014 SRI) and Dr. Jim Lynch, Criminology and Criminal Justice: "Factors Influencing Subsequent Intimate Partner Victimizations"

Participating in the BSOS SRI program substantively changed my life because it allowed me to grow as a student, as a researcher, and as a young professional.

As a first generation college student, I had never really thought about the possibility of attending graduate school prior to my summer spent in this program. I knew absolutely nothing about the application process or how to find funding. The workshops I attended as an SRI participant equipped me with all of the information and tools necessary to assemble a strong application, and now, I am enrolled in the highest-ranked program for my field. If it were not for the SRI program, I would have never even considered applying to graduate school. I owe a significant amount of my success to this program!

The individualized attention that I received from my mentor, Dr. Jim Lynch, made my experience in the SRI program truly remarkable. He devoted a lot of time to ensuring that I understood what I was doing, and he was always willing to answer the many questions that I had. Working with Dr. Lynch gave me the opportunity to enhance my research skills and gain more confidence as a scientist. The research that I did throughout the summer with Dr. Lynch continues to inspire the research projects that I do for each of my graduate courses.

Although these eight weeks were very intense, I had teh pleasure of enduring them alongside eighteen of the brightest people of my age. I enjoyed living and working with the other scholars in my SRI cohort, and I am very grateful that I had the opportunity to make life-long friends with these incredible students from all over the country.

More testimonials by former scholars.


2016 SRI Cohort Research Projects and Posters:

Oluwafunmilayo Ayeni and Dr. Michael Dougherty, Department of Psychology: "Evaluating Strategy Variability to Predict Recall Performance in Word-Pair Learning"

Christina Bijou and Dr. Kris Marsh, Department of Sociology: "The Color of the Middle Class: An Analysis of Colorism in the Black Middle Class"

William Bishop and Dr. Antoine Banks, Department of Government & Politics: "The Underlying Emotions Driving Social Protest"

Selena Chavez and Dr. Matthew Hansen, Department of Geographical Sciences: "National Tree Cover Change in Bangladesh 2000-2014"

Alec Fields and Dr. Jonathan Beier, Department of Psychology: "Engineering of an Eye Gaze Contingent Paradigm"

Toria Hawkins and Dr. Andres De Los Reyes, Department of Psychology: "The Role of Stress in the Family: The Bidirectional Relation between Family Functioning and Life Stressors"

Kenneth James, Jr. and Dr. Farrah Madison, Department of Psychology: "Sex Differences in Microglia in the Hippocampus of California Mice (Peromyscus californicus) Exposed to Early Paternal Deprivation"

Nicholas John and Dr. Matthew Hansen, Department of Geographical Sciences: "Republic of Congo Forest Cover Loss by Forest and Disturbance Type: 2001-2014"

José Lima-Rosas and Dr. Jonathan Beier, Department of Psychology: "Preschool-Aged Children's Attributions of Physical and Social Power"

Ebonie Massey and Dr. Jeff Lucas, Department of Sociology: "Features of Organizational Culture, Organizational Climate, and Leadership that Influence Ethical Behavior and Trust in the Army"

Bezankeng Njinju and Dr. Jessica Goldberg, Department of Economics: "Analyzing Household Decisions in Malawi"

Edwin Rodriguez and Dr. Jim Lynch & Dr. Jean McGloin, Department of Criminology & Criminal Justice: "Understanding Differences in Public Perceptions of the Police"

Gabriela Rosa-Hernández and Dr. Thomas Crosbie & Dr. Meredith Kleykamp, Department of Sociology: "What Happens After the Cold War? Clausewitzian U.S. Domestic Politics Against Resurgent Russia"

Keren Rosario-Ortiz and Dr. Rochelle Newman & Ms. Melissa Stockbridge, Department of Hearing & Speech Sciences: "Piloting Rhyming and Story Memory Tasks for Children with Concussion"

Emily Sheffield and Dr. Thurka Sangaramoorthy & Ms. Emilia Guevara, Department of Anthropology: "Haitian Immigrants' Experiences of Life and Health in Rural Maryland"

Victoria Stackfield and Dr. Jim Lynch & Dr. Jean McGloin, Department of Criminology & Criminal Justice: "Parental Attachment, Self-Worth, and Delinquency: A Focus on African American Adolescent Males"


To view biographies for some of our past cohorts, click the links below each picture:


Image of the 2016 SRI cohort

2016 SRI Cohort Bios

Image of the 2015 SRI cohort

2015 SRI Cohort Bios

Image of the 2014 SRI cohort

2014 SRI Cohort Bios

Image of the 2013 SRI cohort

2013 SRI Cohort Bios