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.
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.
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 email@example.com.