Snider Undergraduate Research Experience (SURE)

The Snider Undergraduate Research Experience (SURE) presents undergraduate students in any field at the University of Maryland College Park with individualized research experience.

SURE fellows work with the program’s director to choose a research topic. Then they are uniquely matched with a faculty champion who has expertise in that subject area and acts as the fellow’s advisor. The SURE experience culminates in a public presentation to faculty and peers and a publication. During the program, fellows attend workshops in scoping, research writing and presentation. Fellows receive $250 for participating as well as course credit.

The program promises not only to expose students to hands-on research methodologies, but also to offer underclassmen an opportunity to contribute to the collective knowledge pool. Little experience is needed; however, determination, time-management, open-mindedness are qualities that distinguish an outstanding SURE fellow.

We at the Ed Snider Center for Enterprise and Markets promote free enterprise and markets by researching what makes individuals, organizations and economies flourish while also celebrating the diversity of educational backgrounds and a business background is not required to participate in SURE. Previous cohorts have welcomed fellows from computer science, business, public policy, behavioral and social sciences. As you consider potential research topics we invite you to explore the Ed Snider Center and Snider Focus websites for themes that resonate with you and also align with our vision and objectives. Please note that SURE cannot offer any lab space for research. If your topic involves lab research, you are responsible for securing a working area or the necessary resources before your interview.

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Research topics have included:

  • Impacts of Data Analysis Pitfalls on Decision-Making
  • Saudi Aramco’s $2 trillion IPO in a period of crude oil turmoil
  • Effects of decriminalizing drug use in Portugal
  • Human Resource Information Systems (HRIS)
  • Coastal Erosion in Louisiana

Have questions? Email the SURE team at umdsure@gmail.com.

For more information about joining SURE please contact the team at umdsure@gmail.com.

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