To find on-campus research experiences…
- Participate in the Maryland Student Researchers Program -- This is especially good for students with little or no previous experience.
- Sign up for Careers4Terps - a database of jobs, part-time jobs, and internships; maintained by the University Career
- Contact your professors and teaching assistants -- If their research interests match yours, send a brief description of your interests, a resume, and your transcript to them by e-mail.
- Listen for in-class announcements, watch the ENSP Advising News ==> and act quickly! The US Department of Agriculture (Beltsville Agricultural Research Center - BARC) frequently advertises for ENSP students; so do campus faculty members who do field research in Chesapeake Bay wetlands, agriculture, and biological sciences.
- Consider science policy and/or science writing, as well.
- During the summer between junior and senior year, consider REU's (below). But start planning as early as sophomore year to gain the prior research experience expected.
Summer Research (REU) Internships
Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REUs) are excellent opportunities for highly qualified students (rising seniors, 3.25+ GPA, and previous research/internship experience). Typically, each site selects 8-12 students from across the country; and provides housing, social activities, and a $5,000+ stipend.
Application deadlines fall between February 1 - March 15 (varies by institution) and require a personal statement, resume, and 1-2 faculty recommendations.
Most participants are rising seniors; however, rising juniors and new graduates may be eligible in some cases. See the NSF/REU Program list HERE. If accepted for an REU, speak with your advisor before you leave College Park about whether/not you will need to prepare a research paper beyond what is expected of you at the internship, e.g., a monograph, to earn ENSP386 credit.
Summer Research Experiences for Students in Solid Earth Sciences (RESESS)
The RESESS Internship is a multi-summer research experience located in Boulder, CO, that is dedicated to increasing diversity in the geosciences. RESESS encourages applications from individuals who are members of a group that is historically under-represented in the Earth or environmental sciences, and from students who can demonstrate experience working towards raising awareness about the importance of the geosciences among broad or diverse segments of the population. RESESS is largely funded by the NSF, but (unlike the REU's above) can be a multi-summer experience beginning as early as sophomore year summer. Approximately 15 students participate each summer. Students majoring in geology, physical geography, or closely related topics are encouraged to apply. Biology students may also apply, provided they are willing to consider doing a research project that uses biology in the context of geology. Selected students receive:
- Salary for eleven weeks
- Round-trip airfare to Boulder, CO (the program's location)
- A shared furnished apartment at no cost
- A research experience in the geosciences/physics of the Earth/geomorphology/etc.
- A writing course with training in presentation skills
- Participation in a national science meeting
- Scholarship money during the school year
Start planning in late Fall to take best advantage of this opportunity. The application deadline is February 1 -- Go here for more information and to apply!