For students interested in getting involved in undergraduate research, we offer a wide variety of multi-disciplinary research opportunities, as well as a gateway to graduate education through our Summer Opportunities in Agricultural Research and the Environment (SOARE)-formerly SROP is, a partnership between the AGNR Academic Programs and the UMD Graduate School.
The AGNR Summer Research Opportunities Program (SROP) is a partnership between the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources (AGNR) Dean’s Office, AGNR Academic Programs, and The UMD Graduate School. SROP provides underrepresented undergraduate students with an on-campus research experience to establish important relationships with faculty in their respective fields of study and to conduct graduate-level research under the supervision of a renowned AGNR faculty member.
Students participating in the SROP will spend eight weeks at UMD working closely with AGNR faculty members as part of their research teams. Students are expected to spend about forty hours per week working with their research teams and to be contributing members. Participants will attend weekly seminars to learn more about the graduate school experience, the graduate school application process as well as social activities during their stay. At the end of the eight-week period, students will have produced tangible results from experimental research and will report the results in a special research forum. Participants will also become acquainted with the culture of graduate school and learn what is needed and expected of them as graduate students in their respective discipline.