The College of Agriculture and Natural Resources at the University of Maryland, College Park, provides a nationally recognized education that meshes applied learning, community engagement, professional mentorship, real-world opportunities, and supportive and diverse learning culture to ready students for sustainable and socially-minded practice. The Summer Opportunities in Agricultural Research and the Environment (SOARE) and SOARE: Strategic Work in Applied Geosciences (SWAG) programs are gateways to graduate education, providing underrepresented undergraduate students with on-campus research experience to establish important relationships with faculty in their respective fields of study and to conduct graduate-level research.

This fall, we are holding several summer research internship information sessions. We offer two summer internship programs in agriculture education, extension education, plant biology, animal and avian science, veterinary medicine, entomology, agricultural business, agricultural economics, nutritional science, food science, environmental science, earth science, geography, soil science, natural resources management, landscape architecture, and Marine Estuarine Environmental Sciences. We are seeking twenty students to fill 2023 summer positions paying $4,500 (SOARE) -$6,000 (SOARE: SWAG). Students at two-year and four-year institutions are encouraged to apply. The programs aim to help students:

  • Increase the knowledge of, and interest in, master’s and/or doctoral-level training in the agricultural, environmental, food and nutritional sciences.
  • Build professional and personal networks to support students interested in joining the academic community.
  • Create a diverse academic environment by increasing the number of traditionally underrepresented students in STEM graduate programs and, ultimately, the professoriate.

Program Benefits: Research training, career panels & shuttles, team research, scientific research poster, post-program mentoring, travel award to a national conference, paid 2nd-year internship (for eligible participants), UMD Graduate School application fee waivers, and more…

Information Sessions

Sign up to attend a Research Internship Session below; select the date that works best for you!  After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
When: Saturday, Nov 19, 2022, 11 AM – 12 PM Eastern Time 

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When: Wednesday, Dec 14, 2022, 5-6 PM Eastern Time (US) 

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When: Monday, Jan 23, 2023, 5-6 PM Eastern Time (US) 

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When: Wednesday, Feb 1, 2023, 5-6 PM Eastern Time (US) 

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The Graduate School

The UMD Graduate School has 307 programs: 83 Ph.D., 157 Master’s, and 67 Certificates.

AGNR offers graduate programs designed to prepare students for careers in Agricultural and Resource Economics, Animal and Avian Science, Entomology, Environmental Science and Technology, Marine Estuarine Environmental Sciences,  Nutrition and Food Science,  Plant Science and Landscape Architecture, and  Veterinary Medicine Graduate Program.

The GRE is NOT REQUIRED for admission into most of our programs, including master’s and doctoral programs in Animal and Avian Sciences, Extension Education, Comparative Biomedical Sciences (formerly Veterinary Medicine), Landscape Architecture, Environmental Science and Technology, Nutrition and Food Science, and Plant Science. Our programs are open to all students from STEM academic disciplines.

If you are interested in a personalized session to discuss graduate education or SOARE/SOARE SWAG at UMD, email me at to schedule a one-on-one session.

Some things to think about…

  • There is no GRE requirement for 8 of our 11 programs.
  • All of our admitted students are funded either with graduate assistantships or fellowships. This means you can cut the cost of a master’s or doctoral degree.

Funding Your Graduate Education

UMD offers departmental and campus-wide graduate assistantships and fellowships that enable students to reduce the cost of tuition for master’s and doctoral programs. The cost is determined by the program you are enrolled in and the number of credits you take per semester. You can pay for your graduate education with a graduate assistantship or a graduate fellowship. Both forms of financial support provide an annual stipend and tuition waiver.

Graduate Assistantships (teaching/ research or administrative work within your program is required):

  • Full-time assistantship: 20 hours per week assistantship: The University pays for 10 credit hours per semester
  • Half-time assistantship:10 hours per week assistantship: The University pays for 5 credit hours per semester

Graduate Fellowships (work/teaching/ research is not required):

  • Full fellowship: The University waives tuition for 10 graduate credit hours per semester and provides a stipend
  • Partial: The University waives tuition for 5 credit hours per semester and provides a stipend

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