Democracy Then and Now logoDemocracy Then and Now (DTN) is a campus-wide initiative exploring the central role of public education in the development of American democracy. DTN considers what a good public education means in terms of civic participation, political representation, and citizenship rights for all the people in this country. Democracy Then and Now: Citizenship and Public Education is supported in part by the Office of Undergraduate Studies.


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.


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. 

College Park Scholars Theme logo The College Park Scholars annual theme brings our community together in a shared intellectual experience centered on a complex problem that demands thoughtful, creative, hands-on solutions. This year's theme is "Power: Citizenship, Circuits, Societies", a study of power across social, political, cultural, scientific, and technological domains.

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

The Donna B. Hamilton Teaching Awards for Excellence in Undergraduate Education
The 2016 Awardees

The Donna B. Hamilton Teaching Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching – Office of Undergraduate Studies Program Teaching Award: Todd Cooke, Professor of Cell Biology and Molecular Genetics

The Donna B. Hamilton Teaching Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching – 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

About the Awards and Past Winners

Other News of Note

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--»

Office of Undergraduate Studies
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