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Recruitment Initiatives

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Application Checklist and Timeline Presentation




McNair Campus Visits

The Graduate School's Office of Graduate Diversity and Inclusion (OGDI) invites all Ronald E. McNair Postbaccalaureate Achievement Programs to visit UMD.  Please contact Director, Christopher Pérez (, to schedule a campus visit.

Summer Research Opportunity Program

Initiated in 1986 by the Graduate Deans of the Big Ten Academic Alliance, the Summer Research Opportunity Program (SROP) encourages talented, underrepresented undergraduates to pursue graduate study, and subsequently, academic careers. UMD’s College of Behavioral and Social Sciences (BSOS) and the School of Public Health (SPH) offer exciting summer research opportunities consistent with the SROP’s goal of increasing the number of those underrepresented in the sciences. To learn more about Summer Research Opportunities Program and how to apply, visit the Big Ten Academic Alliance SROP page and contact UMD SROP Coordinator Christopher Pérez (

Fee Waiver Programs

The University of Maryland Graduate School also waives application fees to elegible students in participating programs.  Click here to learn if you are elegible for an application fee wiaver and instructions to obtain an application fee waiver.

Recruitment Intiatives

The Office of Graduate Diversity and Inclusion participates in many events to recruit underrepresented and underserved students to graduate programs at UMD.  OGDI works closely with UMD faculty and program coordinators in its recruitment efforts. Big Ten Academic Alliance recruitment events include ABRCMSSACNASBig 10/Expo (GEM Consortium), and SROP Coordinators Conference. OGDI is a co-sponsor of the BSOS Summer Research Initiative and UMD's Annual National McNair Conference held each year in March through UMD's Academic Achievement Programs. Other recruitment intiatives include the Institute for Recruitment of Teachers (IRT) through Phillips Academy, the National Name Exchange, NSF's Louis Stokes Alliances for Minority Participation (LSAMP) Program, and a pipeline infrastructure with McNair ProgramsHBCU institutions, and The Universities at Shady Grove (USG). To learn more about recruitment initiatives, contact Director and Recruitment Officer Christopher Pérez (  

Shady Grove Program

Preparing Universities at Shady Grove (USG) Students for Graduate Studies is a free program that provides USG undergraduates, post-baccalaureate students, and alumni with the knowledge and tools needed to prepare for graduate school, with the goal of increasing the number of underrepresented students applying to and enrolling in graduate school. The program occurs weekly during the spring semester as a series of workshops led by administrators, faculty, and staff from University System of Maryland institutions. Workshop topics include the value of graduate education, the application process, funding, and test preparation. This program is supported by UMD’s Office of Diversity and Inclusion through a Moving Maryland Forward grant and co-hosted by the UMD Graduate School and USG’s Center for Academic Success.

Watch the introductory USG video below:

 Watch the full length USG video below: