UMBC Introduces Summer Enrichment for Middle and High School Students

Starting Summer, The Shriver Center at UMBC will offer various hands-on learning opportunities for Middle and High School students through its new Summer Enrichment Experience (SEE).

SEE provides an opportunity for local middle and high school students to get a sense of the college learning experience. SEE participants will collaborate and learn under the direction of UMBC faculty and with the support of UMBC undergraduate students.

The experiences cover a broad range of academic interests, including STEM and the arts and humanities, and program material focuses on relevant topics, ranging from cybersecurity to devised theatre. View a complete list of experiences offered here.

Registration for SEE is now open, and can be accessed at Registration discounts are offered to UMBC faculty, staff and alumni. Learn more at:

Workshop on Commercialization of UMBC Inventions (1/20)

12662631454_73fd5871b4_zJanuary 20, 2015, 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon. Location: ITE 456

This workshop will describe the resources available for commercialization of inventions by UMBC researchers. UMBC has a process in place to help — starting with the submission of invention disclosures and patent applications, to the licensing of the patent or to the development of a start-up company. UMBC faculty will discuss their experiences in obtaining funding for their projects.

U.S. Secretary of Energy, Ernest Moniz, Visits UMBC

Last week the U.S. Secretary of Energy, Ernest Moniz, visited UMBC to meet with President Hrabowski, faculty and students.

WBAL’s Tim Tooten covered the visit. Tooten reported that Moniz explained that there was a growing need for underrepresented minorities to help fill the energy-related jobs of the future.

Sec_Energy_Visit14-4127Moniz first met with a group of students from UMBC’s prestigious Meyerhoff Scholars program. Students said that Moniz’s remarks made a big impact on them.

“I think I am going to go and look more into what energy can do and what I can do in research for energy,” Aida Berhane told Tooten.

“To see the amount of funding available for the future of energy and to see someone like him kind of taking charge, not supporting one particular project, but a variety of different energy-related fields, it was nice to see,” Stephen Vicchio said in an interview with Tooten.

But the visit was not just limited to students. Faculty and administrators met with the Secretary as well.

“The Secretary provided an insightful picture of the breadth and scope of the Department of Energy and its impact on scientific research, development, and technology. His inspirational approach highlighted many of the opportunities afforded by the DOE that will indeed benefit our students and faculty at UMBC,” said William LaCourse, Dean of the College and Natural Mathematical Sciences.

“It was a very successful conversation,” added Karl Steiner, Vice President for Research. “It allowed us to share with the Secretary the breadth of our expertise in energy research.”

Faculty included in the visit were: Belay Demoz, Director for the Joint Center for Earth Systems Technology (JCET); Ruben Delgado, Assistant Research Scientist, JCET; Andrei Draganescu, Associate Professor, Mathematics and Statistics; Tinoosh Mohsenin, Assistant Professor, Computer Science and Electrical Engineering; Jeff Gardener, Assistant Professor, Biological Sciences; and Mark Allen, Assistant Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry.

University System of Maryland Announces Appointment of Robert Caret as Fourth Chancellor

To: The UMBC Community

From: President Freeman Hrabowski

I am very encouraged by the University System of Maryland Board of Regents’ selection of Robert Caret as our next Chancellor. He is a strong leader and will do a fine job as Chancellor.

The official announcement from Regents chair, James Shea, is available here. Please join me in welcoming Dr. Caret back to Maryland.

UMBC in Kiplinger’s Best Values List

UMBCUMBC was named a 2015 Best Value College by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance, recognized on both the Best Value Public University list and “top 300″ national Best Value University list. The ranking recognizes affordable four-year schools with outstanding academics. 

The ranking is created through assessing admission rates, student-faculty ratio, four-year graduation rates, financial aid and more. This year marks the sixth consecutive year UMBC has appeared on the list, a testament to the value the university consistently provides.

Click here to view the Best Value list. 

UMBC Named to President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll

15365064460_649cdd1abb_zUMBC has again been recognized on the annual President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll. The award is the highest federal recognition of a university’s commitment to community, service-learning, and civic engagement, and is administered by the Corporation for National and Community Service.

UMBC was recognized in the General Community Service category, which honors universities with established campus-community partnerships that engage in community service and service-learning. Click here to learn more about the award.