The Summer Research Initiative (SRI) is part of the College's commitment to increasing the number of underrepresented minorities pursuing graduate degrees in social, behavioral and economic sciences.

The SRI was established in 1999, and counts many distinguished scholars faculty members in a variety of disciplines among its alumni. According to 2016 data from the magazine Diverse: Issues in Higher Education, the university ranks 12th in the country in the number of graduate and professional degrees awarded and 28th in the number of undergraduate degrees awarded to underrepresented minority students. The Summer Research Initiative is an integral part of our efforts

The 2022 BSOS SRI will be an in-person experience. We are excited to once again host students on our campus and deliver an engaging research experience. We will continue to be vigilant in monitoring COVID-19 and to inform you should conditions change. To protect the safety of our campus community, SRI participants are required to adhere to the university and state of Maryland COVID-19 policies - this includes showing proof of vaccination, or an official exemption, and to abide by our mask-wearing and social distancing policies. To learn more information on the University of Maryland's current COVID-19 policies and guidelines, please visit 



SRI mentor and student