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Undergraduate Students

Would you like to join our research team? Here’s how:


1. Read this document on how to approach a professor about doing research.


2. Understand our work style.

We aren’t a physical science lab. We do social science/policy research that involves survey methods, data analysis, and developing code books and coding surveys, documents and other materials. Students that work with us enjoy a fair amount of independence that they’re expected to manage appropriately. We typically make sure that each student is tasked with both an assignment that focuses on the needs of the team, as well as a project of personal interest to that student. We think professional development is important, so we encourage you to pursue it.


3. Work location

You must be on-site at the Earth System Science Interdisciplinary Center for at least 8 hours per week during normal business hours (Monday through Thursday, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm ET). There is the opportunity to complete 2, 4-hour blocks in order to fulfill the 8-hour commitment.


4. Send us exactly what we need in order to consider you for a position.

This includes:

  1. a resume,
  2. one professional reference (name, email address, and phone number), and
  3. an email cover letter.

Send the email to <indicators@umd.edu>.


5. Schedule a phone call.

After you send the email, schedule a 30-minute phone call within the next 2 weeks with Dr. Kenney via https://kenney.youcanbook.me.


For the preferred meeting location, please select the option that begins “Call Dr. Kenney…”. For the purpose, please insert your information using the following template: “Interview for undergraduate/graduate/etc. lab position”. Incomplete submissions or submissions with blatant writing mistakes (e.g., misspelled names, incorrect titles, or grammatical errors) will not be considered and notified with a form email.