SMaRT Scholars Program


The Center for Health, Equity, & Aging (CHEA) in the Department of Sociology, Anthropology, & Public Health (SAPH) at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) has established a new student research training opportunity called the Student Mentoring and Research Training (SMaRT) Scholars Program. The first SMaRT Scholar cohort (2023-2024) was generously sponsored by the College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences (CAHSS) Dean’s Office.

The SMaRT Scholars Program is focused on building basic social science research skills in literature and grant database management, quantitative data literacy, and qualitative data literacy. Graduate students will receive additional training and experience in facilitating, managing, and leading research teams.

To participate, students must first enroll in the 4 week, in-person summer session of SOCY 497 (graduate students should choose SOCY 698), called Interdisciplinary Social Science Research TrainingAfter completion of this course, students will be introduced to SAPH faculty for potential opportunities to work with them on research projects as SMaRT Scholars.

NOTE: SOCY 497/698 is a stand alone course open to all UMBC students (preferred prerequisite for undergraduates is completion of introductory course in SOCY, ANTH, or PBHL) regardless of interest/availability to work with faculty, but SOCY 497/698 is required of students who want to participate officially in the “SMaRT Scholar Program”.

Enrollment for the 2024-2025 cohort is now open!

See details below:


Congratulations to our 2023-2024 inaugural cohort of SMaRT Scholars!

Jaminette Nazario (Gerontology)

RB Brauer (Applied Sociology)

Jordana  Oman (Applied Sociology)

Suliyat Adewuyi (Public Health)

Halima Thomas (Public Health)

Tristan Diaz (Anthropology + Sociology)

Sophia Wahl (Anthropology + Psychology)

Ethan Broadbent (Anthropology)

Alex Parrish (Sociology)

Adeola Ojomo (Sociology)


Questions? Contact Dr. Christine Mair at: