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OUR Immersive Research Internship Experience

A faculty-mentored research internship experience that helps students develop broad research and professional capacities.

Immersive Research Internship Experience (IRIE)
in collaboration with
UMD Campus Partners

ABOUT IRIE

The OUR Immersive Research Internship Experience (IRIE) is a summer undergraduate research internship available to all UMD undergraduate students operated in collaboration with our well-established undergraduate research program, the First-Year Innovation & Research Experience (FIRE).

 

IRIE is the opportunity through which FIRE streams and other campus researchers can offer their resources to participating undergraduate students during the summer.

Campus partners may propose to host an IRIE research group by submitting an IRIE Research Group Proposal. Learn more about the proposal process below! 

IRIE STUDENT EXPERIENCE

Students may submit applications to IRIE until March 31, 2024. Students accepted to IRIE will be sorted into one of the participating IRIE research groups based on their majors and described interests in their applications. Each IRIE research group will consist of eight undergraduate research students with varying prior levels of exposure to research. 

In IRIE, undergraduate students engage in 8 weeks of mentored research from May 28, 2024 - July 19, 2024. Students are concurrently enrolled in 3 credits of Research Internship (FIRE199) course credit. Through both research and FIRE199, students are expected to participate in a range of activities, including: 

  • Professional development and research communication skills via FIRE199 seminars and short assignments,

  • Fundamental research, technology, & method training,

  • Learning, testing, & implementing new research methodologies and protocols,

  • Designing and piloting experiments, 

  • Gathering and analyzing data, and

  • Developing and sharing a finalized research product at the Summer Undergraduate Research Conference (SURC).

IRIE RESEARCH MENTOR GUIDANCE

HOSTING AN IRIE RESEARCH GROUP

As the leader of an IRIE Research Group, IRIE Research Mentors work on campus alongside their students for the duration of the eight-week experience. Overall, mentors will spend the majority of their time engaging in research with their IRIE students. In addition to working closely with IRIE students, mentors will serve as the instructor of record for the FIRE199 course and should attend the weekly IRIE Professional Development Seminars. 

RESPONSIBILITIES OF IRIE MENTORS

Serving as an Instructor of Record for Research Internship (FIRE199)  

  • Create a syllabus for FIRE199 that outlines research objectives, expectations, and deadlines.

  • Develop learning outcomes and ensure that student engagement in the research is in alignment with those outcomes. 

  • Communicate announcements, assignments, and grades in Canvas.

 

Facilitating Student Research 

  • Facilitate the mentorship and research activities of eight undergraduate students. 

  • Engage students in active research within your research lab or research space. 

  • Presence and availability at your research space for approximately 25 hours per week to allow students the opportunity to each engage in research for approximately 15 hours per week. 

  • Prepare students for presentations at the Summer Undergraduate Research Conference (SURC).

BENEFITS OF SERVING AS AN IRIE RESEARCH MENTOR

  • Building relationships with other UMD undergraduate research mentors.

  • Leveraging the support of eight students to help drive your summer research agenda.

  • Developing mentoring skills through the mentorship of undergraduate researchers.

  • Establishing relationships with UMD undergraduates who may be interested in continuing research beyond summer 2024 as research interns or assistants.

PROPOSING TO HOST AN IRIE RESEARCH GROUP

Interested in hosting an IRIE Research Group?

Please complete the following IRIE Mentorship Proposal by March 8, 2024 at 11:59pm. Please see the guidance for submitting a proposal below. 

PROPOSAL COMPONENTS

  • Primary Mentor Name, Contact Information, and Affiliation 

  • Proposed Instructor of Record Name, Contact Information, and Affiliation

  • Project Description

    • Brief Research Project Description (1250 characters or less)

      • Please provide an overview of the research problem(s) or question(s) you aim to address with your IRIE Students,  any methods and approach you aim to use to address these questions and provide the expected outcomes or impact associated with the proposed research. 

    • Learning Objectives (500 characters or less)​

      • Please provide 2-3 learning objectives should IRIE students participate in your proposed research group. For example, "By the end of IRIE, students in my research group will be able to. . .". 

    • Research Location Information (500 characters or less)

      • Please describe the physical location (building, research lab, etc) in which you will host your IRIE Research group. Please address if the proposed research location and the equipment therein are able to facilitate the project as described.

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