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Undergraduate Research

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Discover the future with undergraduate research

The STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) Undergraduate Research Program is designed for students who wish to pursue and produce new scientific knowledge. 

As a student researcher, you will actively participate in meaningful mentored research experiences that will prepare you to succeed in research at a transfer institution. Participants learn about research methods and protocols, data analysis, and research ethics while taking a series of four one-credit courses. Research students produce and formally present their original research at conferences and poster sessions on and off campus. 

  • Apply for the Program

    Interested students should contact Brendan Diamond at or the SET division office.

  • Research Projects

    Some of the projects that students have worked on include:

    • Exoplanet Photometry: using the brightness of stars to study distant worlds.
    • The analysis of metals in surface water by Atomic Absorption.
    • The development of a wearable carbon dioxide sensor to measure indoor air quality.
    • Building upon 3D printing know-how, including testing of temperature, orientation, polymer, deposition timing, and post-print UV exposure effects.
    • Measurement of environmental influence on water quality in two Howard County, Patapsco watersheds.
    • Monitoring bacterial community dynamics in campus surface waters.
    • Measuring the dynamics of a variable length in a double pendulum.
    • Understanding induced preferences in the oligophagous tobacco hornworm.
  • Contact Us

    Science, Engineering & Technology
    Location: SET-430

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