Honors University in Maryland
The University of Maryland, Baltimore County’s commitment to innovative teaching, relevant research across disciplines, and supportive community empowers and inspires inquisitive minds. UMBC offers an honors university experience that combines the learning opportunities of a liberal arts college with the creative intensity of a leading research university. At the same time, UMBC is one of the country’s most inclusive communities for undergraduate and graduate education.
U.S. News & World Report has named UMBC a national leader in both innovation and undergraduate teaching. Times Higher Education recognizes UMBC as one of the world’s top 100 young universities for strong research, innovation, and an international outlook. The Princeton Review, Kiplinger’s Personal Finance,and Fiske Guide to Colleges have named UMBC a “Best Value” university.
UMBC’s government and industry partnerships advancing entrepreneurship, workforce training, K–16 education, and technology commercialization contribute to the state’s economic development. More than 120 technology, bioscience, and research companies and organizations are located at the bwtech@UMBC Research and Technology Park, which is also home to Maryland’s first Cyber Incubator.
Key STEM programs
The Center for Women In Technology
The Center for Women in Technology (CWIT) established at UMBC in 1998, is dedicated to providing global leadership in achieving women’s full participation information technology, engineering, and other technology-related fields. Women’s participation in the creation of technology will strengthen the workforce, provide important career opportunities for women, and help to assure that emerging technologies address women’s needs and expand the possibilities for their lives. CWIT provides significant scholarship support for students, peer mentoring, a residential living-learning community, a parents’ organization to support scholars, service-learning opportunities, and connections with industry professionals. The program also works to grow the pipeline of talented girls interested in technology careers through K-12 outreach. See cwit.umbc.edu for details.
The Meyerhoff Scholars Program
For 25 years, the Meyerhoff Scholars Program has been at the forefront of efforts to increase diversity among future leaders in science, engineering, and related fields. The nomination-based application process is open to prospective undergraduate students of all backgrounds who plan to pursue doctoral study in the sciences or engineering and who are interested in the advancement of minorities in those fields. The program’s success is built on the premise that, among like-minded students who work closely together, positive energy is contagious. By assembling such a high concentration of high-achieving students in a tightly knit learning community, students continually inspire one another to do more and better.
The UMBC Meyerhoff family is now more than 1300 strong. Alumni from the program have earned 209 Ph.D.s, including 43 M.D./ Ph.D.s, 1 D.D.S./Ph.D. and 1 D.V.M./Ph.D. Our graduates have also earned 239 Masters degrees, as well as 107 M.D. degrees. Meyerhoff graduates have received these degrees from such institutions as Harvard, Stanford, Duke, M.I.T., Berkeley, University of Michigan, Yale, Georgia Tech, Johns Hopkins, Carnegie Mellon, Rice, University of Pittsburgh, NYU, and the University of Maryland. Over 300 alumni are currently enrolled in graduate and professional degree programs. An additional 270 students are currently enrolled in the program for the 2015-16 academic year.
The program is having a dramatically positive impact on the number of minority students succeeding in STEM fields. Students were 5.3 times more likely to have graduated from or be currently attending a STEM Ph.D. or M.D./Ph.D. program than those students who were invited to join the program but declined and attended another university. Recent data from the Association of American Medical Colleges reveal that UMBC is the #1 producer of African American undergraduates who go on to enroll in M.D./Ph.D. programs, with Yale at #2.
The Meyerhoff Scholars program has been recognized by the National Science Foundation and The New York Times as a national model, and Science has described it as the “gold standard” for preparing diverse students for STEM careers. UMBC and the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) recently announced a $7.75 million, five-year partnership to replicate the Meyerhoff Scholars Program at Penn State and UNC-Chapel Hill. See meyerhoff.umbc.edu for details.
The National Institutes of Health recently awarded UMBC a $10 million Building Infrastructure Leading to Diversity (BUILD) grant to create STEM BUILD at UMBC, a program to support the success of large numbers of STEM students at UMBC and partner institutions. STEM BUILD at UMBC borrows the most effective interventions from existing UMBC programs — such as the Meyerhoff Scholars Program and Gates-funded STEM Transfer Student Success Initiative — to create a holistic model to support student success. The program focuses on students with a GPA of 2.5-3.2 — students with very high potential, but who may be at risk for not completing their STEM degrees. It examines which interventions are most effective in supporting student success, and incorporates a living-learning community, peer mentoring, intensive advising, and other supports designed to better enable students to complete STEM degrees. See stembuild.umbc.edu for details.