BURST Program


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Students Conducting Lab Research
This program got its start in 2014 thanks to generous private supporters.

Biology Undergraduate Research in Science & Technology

Participants in BURST get a rare opportunity to conduct research over a 10 week period in the summer. The program is designed to give qualified UMD Biology/Cell & Molecular Biology majors a chance to do in-depth analysis and see what it is like to do research as a full-time job.


Participants are paid a $4,500 stipend for their ten-week fellowship and $500 to cover research expenses.

Applications are typically due at the beginining of March.  BURST applicants are required to have contacted a potential faculty mentor prior to submitting their application in order to discuss potential research projects. As part of the application the potential faculty mentor is required to provide a letter of recommendation to the BURST Fellowship Committee. It is the applicant’s responsibility to contact their potential faculty mentor and request a letter at least 2-3 weeks before the application deadline of March 1.  Applicants will be notified by April 5 if they will be offered a BURST fellowship, and will be expected to accept or decline the fellowship within one week.  

Our summer of 2015 participants researched a wide variety of subjects including plants found in the Arctic and along our North Shore, wolf DNA, wood turtles and the Chagas disease which affects thousands of people in Latin and South America.