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Social Science Undergraduate Research Awards


Spring 2020 Call for Proposals:

The Center for Social Science Scholarship is sponsoring four Social Science URAs, which provide up to $1,500 to undergraduate researchers whose work, in collaboration with a faculty mentor, uses social science to explore the world or address socially relevant concerns. Recipients agree to present their work as part of an URCAD panel and other groups of social science students at UMBC. To be eligible for a Social Science URA, you must be enrolled as a UMBC student for the duration of the work proposed and must adhere to all the requirements of the URA program. For more information, contact Christine Mallinson, Director, Center for Social Science Scholarship, via email at

Applications open March 1.

Application deadline:  May 1, 2020.

To access the URA website, please visit:



Congratulations to the 2019
Center for Social Science Scholarship
Undergraduate Research Awardees!


Mark your calendars to attend Undergraduate Research and Creative Achievement Day on Wednesday, April 22, 2020, to see these students and other undergraduate researchers from across departments and disciplines present their research findings!


Mickayla Bacorn, “Comparing English as a Second Language (ESL) Education and the Importance of Location in the United States and Colombia”
Modern Languages, Linguistics and Intercultural Communication
Mentor:  Dr. Tania Lizarazo

The objective of my research is to compare the approach and outcome of English as a second language (ESL) instruction in native Spanish-speaking students between a university in an English-speaking setting, UMBC, and a university in a Spanish-speaking setting, la Universidad del Norte. The purpose is to collect research that will analyze the most useful aspects of second language acquisition (SLA) and its setting.


Rebecca Ferguson, “Baltimore’s Adopt-a-Lot Program, Community Land Precarity and Gentrification”
Geography and Environmental Systems
Mentors:  Dr. Dillon Mahmoudi and Dr. Dawn Biehler

This research seeks to use listening sessions and semi-structured interviews of black women in Baltimore, with the goal to then map the resources (assets) used in homemaking—broadly defined—by themselves and/or their families. By creating a comprehensive map of their access to assets such as housing, food, transportation, and social programs, as well as alternative support systems, this research seeks to reveal the hidden labor that black women produce in making homes and raising children as labor power in the capitalist system.


Genevieve Madden, “Mixed Methods Analysis of Frame Propagation in Current Feminist Social Movements”
Political Science
Mentor: Dr. Ian Anson

My research aims to determine how citizens of the United states are framing their interest in feminism: it will determine if the interest is in economic, political, or social advancements. More importantly, my research will investigate how the public reacts to frames, and how rival frames are effective or ineffective in persuading the public on feminist issues and propagated across time and space.


Inaya Wahid, Ghina Ammar, Ayla Novruz, and Kayla Hinderlie, “Trait Anger as a Moderator in the Relationship between Discrimination and Heart Rate Variability in Emerging Adults”
Mentor: Dr. Danielle Beatty Moody

The purpose of this research project is to understand the contribution of trait anger in the relationship between interpersonal-level discrimination and heart rate variability in emerging adults. By studying the relationship between interpersonal-level discrimination, trait anger, and heart rate variability in emerging adults we can better understand how these factors contribute to cardiovascular health processes early in adulthood.