UM Scholars Program

My favorite part was learning about the study and creating a virtual poster that I presented to my peers. Research is fundamental in nursing because health care is constantly changing. Thus, research will help future nurses, like me, to improve patient care and better practices. Amy Zhao, Project: Alzheimer’s and Related Dementias
Matriculation to UMSON Spring 2022
It was great being exposed to various aspects of research, from data collection and analysis to participant intake and study design. As a future nurse, this experience will help me gain a new perspective on best practices and advancements in patient care. Kira Mazel, Project: Pain
Matriculation to UMSON Fall 2022
I was able to learn about geriatric care along with the essentials to make residents’ experience exceptional in nursing home facilities. Nia Kooiman, Project: Palliative Care
Matriculation to UMSON Fall 2021
The UM Scholars program was a great opportunity to learn about the practices involved in nursing research. I will definitely take the skills I developed and the knowledge I gained to nursing school and beyond! Michelle Soltz, Project: Pain
Matriculation to UMSON Spring 2022

University of Maryland Strategic Partnership Mpowering the State LogoThe UM Scholars program is a paid summer internship program that connects students from the University of Maryland College Park (UMCP) with faculty from the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) to collaborate on research projects. It is part of the University of Maryland Strategic Partnership: MPowering the State (or MPower).

Faculty members mentor students during the 10-week summer program with the hopes of expanding their knowledge about specific topics in nursing research and exposing them to various research careers available to doctoral-prepared nurses.

What You'll Do

  • You'll be exposed to each element of the research process, including lab skills, data skills, and data collection.
  • Tasks will vary by project and faculty member.
  • The program runs for 10 weeks, full time, beginning in early June.
  • You'll work with your mentor to establish a work schedule.
  • This experience takes place at the UMB campus.

Recent Projects

Alzheimer's and Related Dementias

Faculty Mentor:

Barbara Resnick, PhD, RN, CRNP, FAAN, FAANP 
Professor, Organizational Systems and Adult Health
Co-Director, Biology and Behavior Across the Lifespan Organized Research Center
Sonya Ziporkin Gershowitz Chair in Gerontology

Project Description:

Older adults with Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias (ADRD) comprise approximately 25% of hospitalized older adults. These individuals are at increased risk for functional decline, delirium, falls, behavioral symptoms associated with dementia (BPSD), and longer lengths of stay. 

We developed Function Focused Care for Acute Care (FFC-AC-EIT) to increase physical activity and prevent functional decline while hospitalized for patients with ADRD. Implementation of FFC-AC-EIT changes how care is provided by having nurses teach, cue, and help patients with ADRD engage in physical activity during all care interactions.

The purpose of this study is to test the efficacy of FFC-AC-EIT within 12 hospitals in Maryland and Pennsylvania randomized to FFC-AC-EIT or Function Focused Care Education Only (FFC-EO) with 50 patients recruited per hospital (total sample: 600 patients). 

We evaluate efficacy at the patient level based primarily on physical activity, function, and participation in function-focused care, and at the unit level, the aim is to evaluate the impact of FFC-AC-EIT on policies and environments that facilitate function and physical activity at 6-, 12-, and 18-months post-implementation.

Hospitals randomized to FFC-AC-EIT will be compared with those randomized to FFC-EO.  We also evaluate the feasibility, based on treatment fidelity (delivery, receipt, enactment) 136, and relative cost and cost savings of FFC-AC-EIT versus FFC-EO.

Palliative Care

Faculty Mentor:

Joan Carpenter, PhD, CRNP, ACHPN, FPCN 
Assistant Professor

Project Description:

Palliative care is goal-directed patient and family-centered care that focuses on a wide range of physical, psychosocial, and spiritual needs for persons with serious, life-limiting illnesses.

Despite its association with improved quality of care, higher satisfaction, and better symptom management at the end of life, palliative care is not widely available to Medicare patients living with dementia in the Skilled Nursing Facility (SNF) setting.

The research evaluates an evidence-based telehealth palliative care consult intervention derived from existing standards for older adult SNF patients living with dementia.


Luana Colloca headshotFaculty Mentor:

Luana Colloca, MD, PhD, MS 
Professor, University of Maryland School of Nursing
Adjunct Professor, University of Maryland School of Medicine

Project Description:

The feeling of pain is not just a sensory experience, but is also influenced by emotions, beliefs, and expectations, making pain a highly subjective experience. This is evident in clinical practice, where the behavior of the physician and the treatment context can strongly influence the pain experience of patients. The Colloca lab is involved in several studies examining the perception of pain and the mechanisms of pain and pain reduction.


If you are a full-time UMCP undergraduate student on a pre-nursing track, you are eligible and encouraged to apply.

Application Information

An application for summer 2022 is expected to open in April 2022.

Questions? Contact:

Adrienne Arthur
Executive Director, UM Strategic Partnership
MPowering the State

UMB students interested in participating in the UM Scholars Program with UMPC faculty can learn more about UMCP’s program here.