OFFICE OF UNDERGRADUATE STUDIES

In Memoriam: Ira Berlin
Ira BerlinThe Office of Undergraduate Studies joins the entire University of Maryland community in mourning the passing of Professor Ira Berlin on June 5, 2018. He was 77.

renowned scholar of American history, Berlin had a vital role in shaping undergraduate education. Former UGST Dean and Professor Emerita Donna B. Hamilton says, "His broad and deep influence on behalf of students resulted not only from the energy he poured into the cause, but from the extraordinary respect in which he was held throughout the university."

While serving as Dean for Undergraduate Studies, Berlin helped establish College Park Scholars in 1994. The program has flourished thanks to the generous spirit of collaboration that he fostered in all his work, and thanks to the support that he and his wife Martha have given it over many years.

In 2010 Berlin chaired the committee tasked with redesigning the university's General Education Program, and he is remembered for his remarkable service to the campus community and his lasting impact on undergraduate education. We join the Berlin family in celebrating his life and extend our sympathies to all who knew him. 

Abigail McEwen teachingSeven New Communities Added to the Carillon Program for Fall 2018
The innovative living-learning program for first year students will offer seven new communities in the areas of social justice, science, and entrepreneurship for the upcoming academic year. Abigail McEwen (left) leads the Art and Activism community. More about the Carillon Communities.

The four winners of the Goldwater Scholarship
Four Honors College students have been awarded scholarships by the Barry Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Foundation to pursue advanced study and careers in the sciences, engineering and mathematics. Paul Neves, Lillian Sun, Tanay Wakhare and Eric Wang were among the 211 Barry Goldwater Scholars selected from 1,280 students nominated nationally this year. More about the winners and the Goldwater Scholarship.


Honors College ACES Receives $5M NSF Scholarship Grant
The five year grant from the National Science Foundation’s CyberCorps Scholarship for Service (SFS) program to address today’s workforce demand will fund scholarships for students in UMD’s Advanced Cybersecurity Experience for Students (ACES) program. More information about the grant and the ACES Program.

Announcements

Phi Beta Kappa inducteesThe Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society inducted 77 students into the Gamma Chapter of Maryland. Forty students attended the ceremony to receive their certificate and take the membership pledge. Associate Provost and Dean for Undergraduate Studies William A. Cohen delivered the keynote address.


Julie Park and Dean William CohenThe Donna B. Hamilton Teaching Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching – Office of Undergraduate Studies Program Teaching Award:
Dr. Julie Park (left with UGST Dean William A. Cohen), Director of the Asian American Studies Program and Associate Professor of Sociology and the Asian American Studies Program.

The Donna B. Hamilton Teaching Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching – General Education Teaching Award
Dr. John Buchner (left with UGST Dean William A. Cohen), Lecturer in the Department of Cell Biology and Molecular Genetics.

About the Teaching Awards and Past Winners

Non-Exempt/Exempt Undergraduate Studies Staff Award
Ben Parks, Assistant Director, College Park Scholars

Graduate Student Staff Award
Nancy Truong, McNair Scholars Program

Undergraduate Student Staff Award
Katie Bemb, College Park Scholars

Asian American Studies Program Selected for a UMD President's Award
The program was chosen for the 2018 UMD President's Award Commission on Ethnic Minority Issues (PCEMI) Minority Achievement Award for an Instructional Unit. Led by Professor Julie Park, the AAST Program was commended by the commision for the scope and content of its courses, the number and range of students reached through their courses, and the programs provided to the community.


I-Series Chronicle of Higher Education examines General Education's I-Series courses in, At U. of Maryland, an Effort to Make Introductory Courses Extraordinary.

 PROGRAM RESOURCES 

Course Related Polices

For Students and for Faculty: Course Related Policies for UMD Undergraduate Students is an important guide that locates UMD resources and policies on excused absences, syllabi, sexual misconduct, and much more.

General Education

General Education at UMD is a challenging and provocative curriculum that reflects the educational quality of the University, and prepares our students for success at Maryland and beyond. Information for students and faculty.

Student Ombuds Office

The Undergraduate Student Ombuds Office ensures that students receive fair and equitable treatment and assists to resolve issues in matters of concern or complaints involving the university.

News of Note & Upcoming Events

The 2018 Donna B. Hamilton Teaching Awards for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching

The Office of Undergraduate Studies Program Teaching Award

Dr. Julie Park, Director of the Asian American Studies Program and Associate Professor of Sociology and the Asian American Studies Program

The General Education Teaching Award
Dr. John Buchner, Lecturer in the Department of Cell Biology and Molecular Genetics

About the Teaching Awards and Past Winners


The 2018 Non-Exempt/Exempt Undergraduate Studies Staff Award
Ben Parks, Assistant Director, College Park Scholars

The 2018 Graduate Student Staff Award
Nancy Truong, McNair Scholars Program

the 2018 Undergraduate Student Staff Award
Katie Bemb, College Park Scholars

Upcoming

2018 McNair Summer Research Institute
Oral and Poster Research Presentations

Oral Research Presentations: Tuesday July 3 and Thursday July 5, 10:00am to 4:00pm, Marie Mount Hall Rm 1400
Poster Research Presentations: Friday July 6, 11:00am to 12:00pm, Samuel Riggs Alumni Center

About 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 Program and the Global Fellows in Washington, DC Program
  • Letters and Sciences, New Student Orientation, Academic Achievement Programs, Office of Multi-Ethnic Student Education, Pre-College Program, Hillman Entrepreneurs, Incentive Awards Program, and the National Scholarships Office
  • Asian American Studies, Individual Studies, Air Force ROTC, Army ROTC, and Naval ROTC
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