Friday, November 17, 2017

Final Info Sessions - Boren Scholarships for Critical Language Study - 11/30, 12/1

The Boren Scholarship is aimed at undergraduates (US citizens) who want to study abroad for one or two semesters (preferably) in 2018-19 in non-traditional regions and countries, and who are interested in learning the languages of those areas. Maryland has ranked # 1 in the nation in Boren Scholarships awarded for the past 6 years!!!

Eligible regions include Africa, South Asia, East and Southeast Asia, Eastern Europe and former Soviet Republics, Latin America, and the Middle East. (Boren Scholarships MAY NOT be used for study in Western Europe, Canada, Australia, or New Zealand.) Boren Scholarships for 2018-19 may be used for study abroad in Summer 2018, Fall 2018 and/or Spring 2019. 

*The Boren Scholarship is a U.S. Government-funded award that seeks applicants who have a strong interest in future Government service; the award carries a one-year service expectation.*
The UMD deadline to apply for the Boren Scholarship will be January 24, 2018. You can learn more about the BorenScholarship program here:

The NSO has also scheduled information sessions to help you learn more about the Boren Scholarship and its application process. Please write to to let us know which session you plan to attend. (If you are unable to attend any of the scheduled sessions send a note to the same address to let us know).

Thursday, November 30 at 12 noon – 2403 Marie Mount Hall
Friday, December 1 at 12 noon – 2403 Marie Mount Hall

All Maryland applicants for the Boren Scholarship must take part in a required campus review process which is designed to help you strengthen your application. The deadline for Maryland¹s review process is WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 24, 2018.

Francis DuVinage, Ph.D.
Director, National Scholarships Office and Maryland Center for Undergraduate Research
2403 Marie Mount Hall
University of Maryland
College Park, MD 20742
Phone: (301) 314-9458
Fax: (301) 314-0085

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Position Announcement: Undergraduate Research Assistants - Graphic Design; Communications

The Center for Early Childhood Education and Intervention is seeking two undergraduate Research Assistants to assist with current and future projects:
  • The Graphic Design Research Assistant will primarily assist  
  • with the development of an iBook/eBook for educators, and complete other needed  
  • design tasks such as design work for the CECEI website and other media assets.
  • The Communications Research Assistant will assist with 
  •  producing blog and social media content, press outreach, promoting family  
  • engagement in young children’s learning, and other communication-related tasks.
RAs will be expected to work at the CECEI approximately 10 hours per week. Compensation will be course credit. Please note that priority will be given to applicants who are available/interested in working for two consecutive semesters. 
For more information, please refer to the attached position announcement. Please feel free to email with any questions:

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Peace and Justice, a new student organization, meeting 11/16

Are you interested in working on social and environmental justice issues? Are you interested in pressing environmental issues that deferentially impact marginalized and disadvantaged groups? Are you interesting in become
more civically engaged and advocating for social change locally, regionally, nationally, and internationally? Are you interesting in building a more inclusive, diverse, and transformative environmental movement?

If you are, please join 17 for Peace and Justice, a new student organization dedicated to expand the environmental justice movement on the College Park campus, Prince Georges County, state of Maryland, Washington,
DC region, the United States, and other countries.

Our next meeting is scheduled for this *Thursday, November 16, 2017 from 7:30-8:30 pm in Art-Socy room 3215* and *pizza will be served!*

Ambassadors Needed for EDGE (Experience Diversity, Growth, & Excellence) Overnight Stay Program - Apply by 11/22

Each Spring, the Office of Undergraduate Admissions hosts admitted students from underrepresented populations on campus in an overnight stay program called EDGE (Experience Diversity, Growth, & Excellence). This successful overnight stay program helps to attract talented students to the University of Maryland by showcasing current students’ experiences and opportunities offered.
The search is on for talented students who desire to become an Ambassador and assist with planning and implementation of the EDGE program and host a student overnight.

EDGE will host 2 overnight stay programs -- April 5 and April 12, 2018.
The EDGE Ambassador application is now live and can be found here. 

Applications should be submitted in PDF format by November 22. Should you have questions, please don’t hesitate to contact

Final Info Sessions - NOAA Hollings Scholarship - Environmental Science/Policy - 11/29

Attention FRESHMEN and SOPHOMORES studying atmospheric and oceanic sciences, environmental engineering, environmental sciences and policy, or ANY major with a strong environmental focus or interest!!! In the last three years, 17 Maryland students have won awards worth up to $9,500 annually along with paid summer research internships (see award benefits below)!!!

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Ernest F. Hollings scholarship program is designed to: (1) increase undergraduate training in oceanic and atmospheric science, research, technology, and education and foster multidisciplinary training opportunities; (2) increase public understanding and support for stewardship of the ocean and atmosphere and improve environmental literacy; (3) recruit and prepare students for public service careers with NOAA and other natural resource and science agencies at the federal, state and local levels of government; and (4) recruit and prepare students for careers as teachers and educators in oceanic and atmospheric science and to improve scientific and environmental education in the United States. The deadline to apply is Friday, January 31, 2018. US Citizenship, sophomore (2nd year) status, and a minimum GPA of 3.0 are required to apply.

The National Scholarships Office is offering information sessions for students interested in learning more about the Hollings Scholarship program ­ please write to  indicating which session you plan to attend (if you are interested but cannot attend, write to the same address to let us know):

Wednesday, November 29 at 12 noon – ­2403 Marie Mount Hall
Wednesday, November 29 at 4:30 pm – ­2403 Marie Mount Hall

AWARD BENEFITS: The Hollings Scholarship Program provides successful SOPHOMORE applicants with awards that include academic assistance (up to a maximum of $9,500 per year) for full-time study during the 9-month academic year; a 10-week, full-time internship position ($650/week) during the summer at a NOAA facility; and, if reappointed, academic assistance (up to a maximum of $8,000) for full-time study during a second 9-month academic year. The internship between the first and second years of the award provides the Scholars with a hands-on research experience in NOAA-related science, research, technology, policy, management, and education project. Awards also include travel funds to attend a mandatory Hollings Scholarship Program orientation, conferences where students present a paper or poster, and a housing subsidy for scholars who do not reside at home during the summer internship.

For more information, or for assistance preparing a NOAA Hollings application, please contact the National Scholarships Office at

Deadline to Apply: Friday, January 31, 2018

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Apply to be a Consult Your Community Spring '18 Business Analyst

Scientists panel on God and Science (Free Krazi Kebob, Stamp Colony Ballroom, Nov. 18th 2-5 PM)

 In modern times, science and religion seem fundamentally at odds. Is it possible for the two to co-exist in harmony? We invite you to join us as we explore the answer to that question and probe the intersection between science and religion. You'll hear from professors and researchers from top universities. Ask questions, engage in interactive dialogue, and enjoy free food. All voices and perspectives are welcome. See the event and RSVP at