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Graduate Student Research

With a faculty advisor’s guidance, all graduate students who write theses conduct extensive research during their tenure at UMBC. Students in non-thesis programs also have the opportunity to participate in research if they choose.  Graduate student research is the backbone of knowledge creation here, as at any high-caliber research university. Research teaches students to be resilient problem-solvers and prepares them for a wide range of careers in academia, government, or industry. Many graduate students also mentor undergraduate researchers. Mentoring gives students valuable practice communicating their research to non-experts, and the mentee benefits from having an accessible role model.  At UMBC, the Graduate School, individual academic departments, and the Graduate Student Association provide support for graduate student research on campus and off through a variety of assistantships, grants, and other initiatives.  The links below connect to some of the resources graduate students can access at UMBC.