Message from the Dean

I am delighted to have begun a term as Associate Provost and Dean for Undergraduate Studies. I am excited to work with the incredible students, faculty, and staff who participate in the wide range of programs in the Office of Undergraduate Studies. These programs aim to ensure that all University of Maryland undergraduates have rewarding educational experiences and that they take advantage of the numerous opportunities, both on and off campus, offered by the major public research university in the National Capital region.

As Dean, I aim to cultivate an environment in which students are curious and learned; develop creative, critical, reasoning, and research skills; and explore the transformative potential of the liberal arts. Our programs provide educational experiences that prepare students for a lifetime of success.

William A. Cohen
Associate Provost and
Dean for Undergraduate Studies



Undergraduate Studies News & Events Rundown

Merrill Presidential Scholars

Meet the Philip Merrill Presidential Scholars for 2015-2016 and read their testimonies of teachers that have inspired them.

Elana DureHonors College student Elana Dure is the student speaker at the UMD winter commencement ceremony. Elana is a journalism major, with a minor in international development and conflict management.

E-Team reporterSpring 2016 Seminar Series, Rethinking Human Security presents the Sundance award-winning documentary: THE E-TEAM: Going Behind the Lines to Expose Crimes Against Humanity

Award winner The College Park Scholars Outstanding Achievement and Outstanding Citizen Awards were given to two students in each Scholars program for excellence in academics and contributions to Scholars.

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 Semester, Global Semester 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: Kalyani Chadha, Director of College Park Scholars Media, Self, and Society, and Assistant Professor in the Merrill College of Journalism

General Education Teaching Award: Patricia Shields, Senior Lecturer in Cell Biology & Molecular Genetics

Non-exempt/Exempt Staff Award: Marsha Botts, Program Management Specialist, Academic Achievement Programs

Graduate Student Staff Award: Brendan Butler, Federal and Global Semesters

Undergraduate Student Staff Award
Cara Hamel, New Student Orientation


Other News of Note

I-Series profiled in Chronicle of 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--»

UMD ends participation in Academic Common Market. More on the decision--»

Office of Undergraduate Studies
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