Joan Burton Recognized for Her Service to UMD
Joan Burton speakingDr. Joan Burton, director of Federal Fellows, Global Fellows in Washington, DC, and the Individual Studies Program, received a President's Distinguished Service Award at the Faculty and Staff Convocation on September 12, 2018. The President's Distinguished Service Awards recognize exceptional performance, leadership, and service by a member of the university staff. More about Joan Burton and the Distinguished Service Award

Migrations: A Scholars Theme for 2018-19
Migrations posterMigrations: Populations and Practices on the Move is the year-long theme for College Park Scholars. It is tied to UMD's "Year of Immigration" initiative. Scholars will focus on the topic and host a variety of events around migration and population movements, as well as the First Year Book, The Refugees.

Abigail McEwen teaching Carillon Students Design Sprint to DC
Carillon Communities welcomed its largest cohort of 260 students this fall. The Design Sprint sets the stage for the creative problem solving and addressing big ideas of the Carillon community courses. Once and Future Planet students (left) at the Air and Space Museum considered how to design for moon tourism. More about the Carillon Communities.

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.

Student Speaker for Fall Commencement
For those notified of eligibility to submit a Fall 2018 Commencement Speaker Application

Find a Campus Quiet Space
Students at tables in Hornbake Plaza A quiet space that is open to members of the general campus community can be hard to find. However, they are many of them scattered across campus, both indoors and out. Our Quiet Spaces Project is a guide to finding a quiet space to study/meditate, wherever you are on campus.

The Refugees, First Year Book Selection
Bookcover of the book, The Refugees The Office of Undergraduate Studies is pleased to announce The Refugees, by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Viet Thanh Nguyen, as the 2018-19 First Year Book.

Faculty and staff may pick up a copy of the book in Marie Mount 2110. New students will receive the book in the fall. More information about the book, resources, and planned special programming at the First Year Book Program.

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


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.

Upcoming Events & News of Note

Upcoming Events

Crazy Rich Asians: Panel Discussion
Wednesday, October 31, 2018 12:15pm - 1:45pm
Stamp, Benjamin Banneker, Room 2212
What do Terps have to say about the celebrations, critiques, and issues generated by the film Crazy Rich Asians? Hear a panel including a professor, staff member, graduate student, and undergraduate student address this question. Co-sponsored by the Asian American Studies Program and the Asian American Student Union.

Film: Salam Neighbor
Tuesday, November 13, 7:30pm
HJ Patterson, Global Crossroads Atrium
For the first time ever, two filmmakers were given permission by the United Nations to register and live in a tent in a refugee camp. The film is the result of their month in the Za'atari refugee camp in Jordan, where they chronicled the lives of their Syrian refugee neighbors.
A College Park Scholars Migrations theme event.

News of Note

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

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