2024 SURF

At-A-Glance Schedule
Areas of Research
Participating Programs
Visitor Information


Poster Presentations:
3rd Floor
The University Center

Lighting Round Talks:
Engineering 027


Email surf@umbc.edu
with Questions


In-person on August 7, 2024
in the University Center Ballroom
and Engineering 027

The 27th Annual Summer Undergraduate Research Fest

Hosted by College of Natural and Mathematical Sciences at UMBC logo


NEW this year, we are strongly encouraging all first-time SURF presenters to attend the pre-SURF workshop listed below:

Canva Workshop: Creating an Academic Poster is on July 16th from 1 – 2:00 pm in The Learning Collaboratory (TLC) located in the University Center, Room 115


Submission Deadlines:

  • The abstract submission and registration deadline is July 22, 2024
  • The deadline to submit posters for printing by UMBC Research Graphics is on July 31, 2024 by 5pm. researchgraphics.umbc.edu

A message from the DeanDean William LaCourse

Welcome to the UMBC Summer Undergraduate Research Fest, which is hosted annually by the College of Natural and Mathematical Sciences. This event defines the SUMMER STEM experience, where the focus is on high quality STEM classes, opportunities for research and applied learning experiences, and building a strong scholarly STEM community. By practicing and applying the skills of performing research this summer, our students follow in the footsteps of great scientists and researchers – making each a part of a grand scholarly community.

While some projects are the result of independent arrangements, many have been made possible by grants or other funds dedicated to encouraging undergraduate research. We are proud of all that our students accomplished this summer. They are more knowledgeable, experienced, and skilled – better scientists. Their discoveries, their effort, their willingness to explore have added to the vault of scientific knowledge, which in the end – benefits society through an empowerment – an empowerment of understanding, prediction, and invention. Their success is also due to the tremendous effort, guidance and support provided by their mentors and across campus by our faculty and staff who support and engage our students every day. Please accept my heartfelt thank you to all of you who work with these outstanding students and help them reach their goals.

I welcome you to our SURF event and encourage you to view the outstanding works of our presenters and interact with these remarkable students.

Congratulations and best wishes for a successful event,

William R. LaCourse, Ph.D.
Dean and Professor of Chemistry
College of Natural and Mathematical Sciences
University of Maryland Baltimore County


Email here with questions.