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Experiential learning through research opportunities will introduce you to a field of study and to the rewards of scholarly research. You may have the chance to work closely with a faculty member on his/her own research area and learn what it means to be at a premiere, cutting-edge research institution.


Students have participated in the First-Year Innovation and Research Experience since 2015.

There are many paths to finding research opportunities on campus. See the short list below for ideas on how you can get started.

  • Visit the Maryland Center for Undergraduate Research website to find a list of some of the research opportunities available on campus.
    • The Maryland Center for Undergraduate Research has a listing in ELMS of hundreds of PAID summer research opportunities in life and physical sciences, engineering, mathematics and computer science, and behavioral/social sciences. Click here to request access to ELMS resource site.
  • Visit the First-Year Innovation Research Experience (FIRE) website to learn more about this inclusive faculty-mentored research experience and gain academic credit. 
  • Check out your college or department websites or contact your academic advisor for more information. Many colleges and departments have established research programs and offer academic credit.
  • Speak to your professors, sometimes they have openings or know of one of their colleagues that is looking for student help.
  • Reach out to other faculty (email, call, or stop by their office!) who are doing the research you want to do and express your interest.
  • Ask friends that are doing research on campus. Faculty members like getting referrals from students already working in their lab.
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