Democracy Then and Now logoDemocracy Then and Now (DTN) is a two-month campus-wide initiative that culminates in the national election on November 8th. Through a series of events and activities for Maryland students and the campus community, DTN focuses on the central role of public education and the University of Maryland in the development of American democracy and the political lives of its citizens. Democracy Then and Now: Citizenship and Public Education is supported in part by the Office of Undergraduate Studies and the participation of undergraduate students.


Asian American Studies Program Shares in $500K National Science Foundation Grant for Extensive Survey of Asian Americans in the United States

Professor Janelle Wong
Professor Janelle Wong, Director of
Asian American Studies Program
Asian Americans are the fastest-growing racial group in the United States, but despite their rapid growth and remarkable diversity, Asian Americans remain an understudied group whose experiences and attitudes are not reflected in national polls. To address this gap, the National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded a multi-campus team of researchers, including the University of Maryland, a $507,132 grant to undertake the most extensive study of Asian Americans to date.

The team includes Janelle Wong, professor of American Studies and director of the Asian American Studies Program at the University of Maryland; Karthick Ramakrishnan, associate dean of public policy and professor of political science at UC Riverside; Jennifer Lee, professor of sociology at UC Irvine; and Taeku Lee, professor of political science and law at UC Berkeley.

“Funding from the National Science Foundation shows that research on Asian Americans is becoming more of a national priority,” said Professor Wong, co-principal investigator on the project. Read more about the grant and the project.


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Undergraduate Studies News & Events Rundown

Associate Dean Bryant (left) and UMD President LohLetters and Sciences Awarded the 2016 Outstanding Non-Instructional Unit Service Minority Achievement
Award recognizes accomplishments and contributions in fostering an inclusive and diverse educational environment. More about the award. 

The Li familyDr. Paul Li (left with his late son Calvin and family) endowed a $1.2 fellowship to focus on issues facing Asian American immigrants in memory of his son. The story of Calvin's death in a drunk driving accident, and the gift to the Asian American Studies Program is told in a Washington Post article.

IVSP LogoIndividual Studies students Sade Ayinde recently returned from study in India, and Irene Solaiman is at the National University in Singapore. This summer Sade will be at Princeton on an international relations fellowship, and Irene is authorized for a U.S. embassy posting in Tanzania. More about these two students.

Naval ROTCUndergraduate Studies welcomes Naval ROTC to the University of Maryland. The program's inaugural class of both Navy and Marines began this fall. It joins the Army and the Air Force ROTC programs at UMD.

For Students and for Faculty: Course Related Policies for UMD Undergraduate Students
A guide to UMD resources and new policies on excused absences, syllabi, sexual misconduct, and much more.

The Office of Undergraduate Studies

The Office develops and directs high impact undergraduate programs and manages campus-wide policies and initiatives. Focused on student success, the Office strives to ensure every undergraduate student's access to campus courses and programs, enhancement of the academic experience, and graduation. The Office of Undergraduate Studies leads General Education, transformative teaching initiatives, and campus-wide advising guidelines and practices. The Office encompasses many critical units, programs, and activities, including:

  • The Honors College, College Park Scholars, Carillon Communities, and Beyond the Classroom
  • Federal Fellows, Global Fellows in Washington, DC, and Hillman Entrepreneurs
  • Letters and Sciences, New Student Orientation, Academic Achievement Programs, and the National Scholarships Office
  • Asian American Studies, Individual Studies, and Air Force and Army ROTC

Undergraduate Studies Teaching and Staff Awards

Undergraduate Studies Program Teaching Award: Todd Cooke, Professor of Cell Biology and Molecular Genetics

General Education Teaching Award:Randy Ontiveros, Associate Professor of English

Non-Exempt/Exempt Undergraduate Studies Staff Award: Dario Middleton, Counselor and Advisor in the Academic Achievement Program

Graduate Student Staff Award: Hannah Jardine, Integrated Life Sciences, Honors College

Undergraduate Student Staff Award
Gira Patel, Asian American Studies


Other News of Note

Army ROTC shoulder patchMajor General (Ret) George A. Alexander, M.D., former Deputy Surgeon General for the Army National Guard, Office of the U.S. Army Surgeon General, delivered the keynote address at the UMD's Army ROTC end of academic year event. His speech focused on the past, present and future of Army ROTC. Read the speech in full.

The Teagle Foundation logo
The Teagle Foundation is bringing the liberal arts into closer academic and intellectual alignment with professional schools and programs. UMD's General Education I-Series courses developed by the College of Engineering are included in the Teagle Foundation case studies from U.S. and Canadian schools of engineering.

Megan Forbes Cleaver and Leah Howell of the Pre-Transfer Advising Office are the 2016 winners for Innovative Academic Support Initiative. The award is given annually by the Commission for Academic Support in Higher Education

Discover internships on and off-campus — for credit or not, your first-stop to find out what UMD offers you. More on internships--»

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