2013 SRI Scholars Aim to 'Be the Solution'
On July 26, eleven undergraduate scholars from around the country stood proudly by their research to cap off this year’s Summer Research Initiative (SRI). Faculty and staff gathered in the Stamp Student Union to show their support for the nationally recognized research initiative that took place over a period of eight demanding weeks. Participants in the program were recognized at UMD for their outstanding work and dedication to research in the field of social and behavioral sciences.
The SRI, established in 1999, was designed specifically to engage and encourage diversity among researchers in multiple fields. Thus, the broad range of research concentrations that students investigated this year was remarkable. Dr. Kumea Shorter-Gooden, Chief Diversity Officer for the University of Maryland, affirms the need for “scholars who have diverse perspectives and standpoints to approach problems in different ways."
Participants in the program were required to complete an independent research project of their choice with the help of an expert faculty mentor. Cristina Arboleda from SUNY at Oneonta was one of the 11 scholars to participate in this year’s initiative. She praises the experience and applauds the expert support she received from her faculty mentor, Dr. Irwin Morris.
Though Arboleda was initially intimidated by the rigor of the program, she decided she was ready for a challenge. Given the opportunity to network with faculty at the university, Arboleda was able to discover her role as a researcher. “Honestly, I’m an international relations major. I didn’t even know we were considered true scientists.” The SRI is dedicated to ensuring that all participants leave with a sense of personal efficacy, empowerment and a range of new skills.
The event proved inspiring for the participants and all who attended. Dr. Kim Nickerson, the Assistant Dean for Diversity at the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences and founder of the SRI program, reminds us why this initiative is so vital. “We do this because our faculty, our students and our work play an important role in the solution of our world’s most pressing problems.” Dr. Patrick O’Shea, Vice President and Chief Research Officer at UMD, urges recognition of research that supports and guides knowledge towards the improved human condition. He encourages the participants to “Be the Solution" by working hard and working together.
The Summer Research Initiative would like to thank the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences, the Office of the Provost, the Graduate School and the Office of the Vice President for Research at the University of Maryland – College Park, the BSOS Dean’s Office and the Initiative presenters for their continued support
Published on Wed, Jul 10, 2013 - 10:26AM