The MERIT Summer Research Program
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MERIT Seminars & Events

During the 10-week summer program, MERIT students participate in various activities and events designed to enhance their overall experience in the program. These include educational field trips to view some private industry and government sponsored research projects in advanced engineering research that lead to product development, and technical seminars on faculty research, ethics seminars, and social events. In the past these activities have included:

    Educational Field Trips
    • Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory
    • National Institute of Standards
    • Becton Dickinson Diagnostics
    • Texas Instruments

    Technical Seminars
    • Bio-inspired Design of Systems, Dr. P. S. Krishnaprasad, ECE, UMCP
    • Adaptive Integrated Circuits, Dr. Pamela Abshire, ECE, UMCP
    • Current Research in Biology & ECE, Dr. Mel Gomez, ECE, UMCP
    • Digital Watermarks and Current Research, Dr. Min Wu, ECE, UMCP

    Ethics Seminars
    • Introduction to Ethics and Professional Responsibilities
    • Case Studies and Ethical Problem Solving
    • Research Ethics and Responsibility for Ensuring Research Integrity
    • Intellectual Property Rights

    Professional Development Seminars/Workshops
    • Applying to graduate school
    • Starting your own business
    • Preparing technical reports and posters
    • Effective oral communication and presenting your research

    Social Events
    • Picnic with other engineering REU programs at UMCP
    • Movie Night and Game Night
    • Cookout with undergraduates, graduate students, and faculty