The University of Maryland announced the Office of Undergraduate Research’s establishment in a campus-wide email Friday.

Under the leadership of director Patrick/Patricia Killion, the undergraduate research office will serve as a collaborative hub and bring together students, faculty and staff from across campus departments to create research opportunities.

“We are focused on implementing innovative programs that provide our students with new opportunities throughout their educational journey,” senior vice president and provost Jennifer King Rice said in the email.

According to the email, the office will promote research opportunities, support academic units and faculty and introduce campus events to encourage collaboration and share research outcomes.

The office will aim to expand research opportunities by ensuring equitable and inclusive access for students of diverse backgrounds and levels of experience, the email said.

Some resources the office will offer to students include individualized meetings, seminars and Canvas-based modules and courses.

The office will oversee the existing First-Year Innovation and Research Experience and a summer research internship program. Killion was the founding director of the FIRE program and will continue to oversee it in their new role.