Smith Undergraduate Research Experience (SURE)

The Smith Undergraduate Research Center Experience is now accepting applications from all majors. The deadline is midnight September 30, 2022.

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The Smith Undergraduate Research Experience (SURE) presents undergraduate students in any field at the University of Maryland College Park with individualized research experience. Applications and interviews occur each Fall semester.

In 2015, Amanda (Mandy) Yard, a graduating Maryland-Smith senior and QUEST alum, was the first intern at the Ed Snider Center and the one thing she wished she had been able to experience at Maryland was designing and executing a truly independent research project. Mandy knew that other students also desired an opportunity to experience research, not as a team or analyzing a small part of a faculty project; rather, these students were looking for a challenging and messy experience forcing them to dive deep into a well-scoped-out question and come up with an answer grounded in data. SURE is now administered by the Undergraduate Programs Office with Student Directors (many former SURE Fellows themselves) at the helm.

The Program

SURE fellows work with the program’s director to choose a research topic. Fellows 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. A business major is not required to participate in SURE. Previous cohorts have welcomed fellows from computer science, business, public policy, behavioral and social sciences. Little experience is needed; however, determination, time management, and open-mindedness are qualities that distinguish an outstanding SURE fellow. 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.

Past 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

Applications for the 2022-23 cohort will open in the fall of 2023. Please check back for more information.

Have questions? Email Associate Dean Victor Mullins and reference SURE in the subject line at

Advisory Board

  • Dr. Rajshree Agarwal, Robert H. Smith School of Business
  • Dr. Mircea Raianu, Department of History
  • Dr. Jim Purtilo, Department of Computer Science
  • Dr. C. Scott Dempwolf, School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation

2022-23 Student Co-directors

Ila Quinn RoesIla Quinn Roes is an undergraduate student majoring in Accounting. For three years, she ran a successful eBay account with over 800 transactions. This venture sparked her passion for all things e-commerce as well as inspired her independent research project,  Risk Perceptions of Young Consumers Regarding Regulated Goods Sold Online, conducted in the spring of 2022. Additionally, Roes worked as an audit intern at PwC Baltimore during busy-season.

Margaret MaguireMargaret Maguire is a junior double majoring in finance and criminology at the University of Maryland. She is interested in data analytics and strategic planning in corporate finance. This semester she is interning at a financial services company that specializes in sustainable investing.

Karthik NambiarKarthik Nambiar is a junior double major in information systems and management at the University of Maryland. Outside of the business school, he serves as a student advocate as the Chief of Staff of the Student Government Association on campus. Karthik hopes to continue his career as a consultant in risk advisory.

2021-22 SURE Fellows

Elaine BergerElaine Berger
Elaine Sultana Berger, or Lanie, is a sophomore business management and Jewish studies double degree. Berger works as a program assistant at the Office of Student and Community Development Programs within the Department of Resident Life. She is also a Bat Mitzvah tutor with her hometown synagogue in Sandy Springs, Georgia. She is involved in the Jewish community on campus, as well as organizations such as National Residence Hall Honorary, College Park Scholars Peer Mentors, and Avirah Israeli Dance Company. When she has free time, Berger enjoys photography, hiking, climbing, playing guitar and piano, and occasionally writing original songs.

Ian NachmanIan Nachman
Ian Nachman is a freshman at the University of Maryland. Nachman is majoring in economics and is interested in development economics, poverty, and the use of randomized control trials and natural experiments in economics.

Ila Quinn RoesIla Quinn Roes
Ila Quinn Roes is a junior undergraduate student hoping to study accounting. For three years, she ran a successful eBay account with over 800 transactions. This venture sparked her passion for all things e-commerce. Additionally, she completed a full-time, busy-season audit internship at PwC Baltimore and has worked as a part-time sales associate.

Eric YiEric Yi
Eric Yi is a sophomore student studying computer science and mathematics at the University of Maryland. He is also a member of the ACES Cybersecurity honors program and a member of the QUEST honors program. He is interested in software development, applied mathematics, and real-world applications of machine learning and artificial intelligence.

2020-21 Student Co-directors

  • Ashley Deng
  • Jackson Devadas
  • Joseph Ward

2020-21 Fellows

  • Brandon Budoo
  • Alexandra Graninger
  • Amara Kamal
  • Coby Kranz
  • Rohit Krishnagopal
  • Bradley R. Mascarenhas
  • Tima Mikdashi
  • Razan Mikdashi
  • Omolola Ojamomo
  • Kristen Villaverde

2019-20 Student Co-directors

  • Kunal Harmalkar
  • Liuxin Yan

2019-20 Fellows

  • Zachary Bee
  • Ashley Deng
  • Jackson Devadas
  • Iman Durrani
  • Aaron Fogelson
  • Efia Ofosu-Ntiamoah
  • Nitin Reddy
  • Joey Ward

2018-19 Student Co-directors

  • Mohammed Alghaffari
  • Ethan Liu
  • Mario Menendez

2018-19 Fellows

  • My-Asia Chaplin
  • Madeleine Cheng
  • Courtland Climer
  • Nadia Doherty
  • Elizabeth Geary
  • Michael Gordon
  • Kunal Harmalkar
  • Beixuan Jia
  • Christian Kincaid
  • Sophie Lin
  • Eunisa Lu
  • Srivats Narasimhan
  • Carley Peyser
  • Elizabeth Thilmany
  • Siddharaj Vaghela
  • Shreyas Vaidya
  • Liuxin Yan
  • Eric Zhang

2017-18 Student Directors

  • Sade Ayinde
  • Adam Hostetter

2017-18 Fellows

  • Mohammed Alghaffari
  • Modibo Abbo
  • Adwoa Boateng
  • Sydney Edwards
  • Hannah Koh
  • Ethan Liu
  • Mario Menendez
  • Erin Musselman
  • Alden Newman
  • Shiv Patel
  • Ashwin Suryavanshi
  • Jonathan Taylor
  • Gareth Weakly
  • Jeffrey Yin

2016-17 Student Director

  • Lalitha Cheruvu

2016-17 Fellows

  • Shabnam Ahmed
  • Sade Ayinde
  • Hamaza Choudery
  • Jack Garabedian
  • Adam Hostetter
  • Gurleen Kaur
  • Derek Xio

SURE Founder And Student Director 2015-16

  • Amanda Yard

2015-16 Fellows

  • Lalitha Cheruvu
  • Matt Ernst
  • Sarina Haryanto
  • Anjali Kalavar
  • Vikash Sahu

Research Journals

We are proud to be rebranding the former Snider Undergraduate Research Experience as the Smith Undergraduate Research Experience. Listed below are the past Snider Undergraduate Research Journals that have been published by the University of Maryland, College Park.

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