Thursday, December 8, 2011

Read All About It: The Maryland Summer Scholars Program (MSS)

The Maryland Summer Scholars Program (MSS) provides an exciting opportunity for undergraduate students to spend the summer working closely with faculty mentors on ambitious research or artistic projects. Maryland Summer Scholars research may take place in College Park or anywhere in the US or abroad as required by the nature of the project. For the summer of 2012, the program will provide awards of $3,000 to approximately 30 outstanding, competitively selected applicants. [Please note: if your proposed research requires travel outside of the College Park area, you may apply for a supplementary travel award of up to $1,000.]

Students who carry out Maryland Summer Scholars projects gain a competitive edge when applying for graduate study, fellowships, employment and other competitive opportunities. Many Summer Scholars turn their research into an independent study or honors thesis during their junior or senior year.

Who can apply: You are eligible to apply if you will have earned 60 or more credits by the end of spring 2012, if you have a GPA of at least 3.4, and if you will be enrolled at the University of Maryland, College Park, in fall 2012. All academic majors are eligible.

Application Deadline: The deadline to apply for summer 2012 awards will be Monday, February 6, 2012. It is important that candidates begin developing their proposals as soon as possible.
The Maryland Center for Undergraduate Research will hold numerous information sessions about the summer 2012 MSS program. Please note: All information sessions will be held in 2100D McKeldin Library EXCEPT the first session, which will be held at 2403 Marie Mount Hall. We ask that you reply to ugresearch@umd.edu indicating the session you plan to attend as space is limited (if you are interested but cannot attend reply to the same address to be notified about additional sessions).

Maryland Summer Scholars Information Sessions:
Thursday, December 8: 11 am - 2403 Marie Mount Hall
Thursday, December 8: 12 noon - 2100 D McKeldin Library
Friday, December 9: 10 am - 2100 D McKeldin Library
Tuesday, December 13: 3:30 pm - 2100 D McKeldin Library
Tuesday, December 13: 4:30 pm - 2100 D McKeldin Library
Wednesday, December 14: 4:00 - 2100 D McKeldin Library
Wednesday, December 14: 5:00 - 2100 D McKeldin Library
Wednesday, December 14: 6:00 - 2100 D McKeldin Library
Thursday, December 15: 10:30 - 2100 D McKeldin Library
Thursday, December 15: 11:30 - 2100 D McKeldin Library
Thursday, December 15: 1:30 - 2100 D McKeldin Library
Thursday, December 15: 5:00 - 2100 D McKeldin Library

Detailed information about the MSS program, and instructions on completing applications can be found on the MCUR website at:
http://www.ugresearch.umd.edu/summerscholars.php