Baltimore Sun Hall of Fame honoree Robert Meyerhoff shares pride in achievements of UMBC’s Meyerhoff Scholars

“What is so significant” about Meyerhoff, President Hrabowski told The Baltimore Sun, is that he gives “not only money but also so much of himself. He has shown the kind of interest one shows when one cares deeply about people.” Continue reading Baltimore Sun Hall of Fame honoree Robert Meyerhoff shares pride in achievements of UMBC’s Meyerhoff Scholars

UMBC honors Class of 2016, adding nearly 2,000 new members to the Retriever alumni family

Thousands of supporters gathered to celebrate the tremendous achievements of the Class of 2016, nearly 2,000 strong, at UMBC’s commencement ceremonies, held May 18-19. Moving speeches served as a powerful reminder of the value and impact of a UMBC degree. Continue reading UMBC honors Class of 2016, adding nearly 2,000 new members to the Retriever alumni family

Congratulations, UMBC Class of 2016! Meet some of our exceptional graduates.

As UMBC’s Class of 2016, nearly 2,000 strong, prepares to leave campus for graduate programs, fellowships, and career opportunities around the globe, we recognize their tremendous personal achievements and their invaluable contributions to our community. Continue reading Congratulations, UMBC Class of 2016! Meet some of our exceptional graduates.

Undergraduate Research and Creative Achievement Day celebrates 20 years of remarkable student work

The University Center Ballroom was humming on Wednesday, April 27, with the voices of hundreds of UMBC students presenting their research and creative work to proud long-time supporters and curious first-time visitors alike. Continue reading Undergraduate Research and Creative Achievement Day celebrates 20 years of remarkable student work

UMBC heads to Light City Baltimore: festival of light, music, innovation

Baltimore’s history as the first U.S. city to be illuminated by gas lamps has inspired Light City Baltimore, a new festival in the Inner Harbor, March 28-April 3, with 1.5 miles of glowing public artworks, free music, a free UMBC hospitality space, and a six-day innovation conference, Light City U. Continue reading UMBC heads to Light City Baltimore: festival of light, music, innovation

Congressman Elijah Cummings discusses UMBC’s research leadership and commitment to Baltimore during campus visit

Faculty speak about UMBC’s well-rounded research portfolio and focus in on research strengths in physics, geosciences, space science, and bioengineering; students share career goals and experiences working with local communities. Continue reading Congressman Elijah Cummings discusses UMBC’s research leadership and commitment to Baltimore during campus visit

UMBC Swimming & Diving wins second straight America East championship

UMBC women’s swimming and diving defended their America East Championship on February 14 with high-energy, record-setting performances. Emily Escobedo ’17, received her third straight Most Outstanding Swimmer award and has been named College Swimming’s National Athlete of the Week, after winning the 200 breaststroke with the fastest time in the NCAA this season. Continue reading UMBC Swimming & Diving wins second straight America East championship

UMBC featured in Princeton Review’s 2016 “Colleges That Pay You Back”

UMBC is among the the nation’s best colleges for students seeking an exceptional education with great career preparation at an affordable price, according to Princeton Review. The publication highlights engaging teaching across disciplines and notes, “Thanks to UMBC’s amazing Career Center, undergrads here are able to enter the job market with confidence. Starting from freshman year, the office works to empower students and help them plot their career goals.” Continue reading UMBC featured in Princeton Review’s 2016 “Colleges That Pay You Back”

UMBC’s MDQuit researchers celebrate ten years of progress toward a smoke-free Maryland

Nearly 250 health professionals and researchers will gather in Ellicott City this month to mark a major milestone: ten years of dramatically reducing tobacco use across the state. In the decade since Carlo DiClemente established MDQuit as a resource hub for doctors and health officials, the Maryland’s smoking rate has declined from 31 percent to under 17 percent. Continue reading UMBC’s MDQuit researchers celebrate ten years of progress toward a smoke-free Maryland

Kiplinger again names UMBC a “Best Value College” for strong academics and affordability

UMBC has again been named a Best Value College for 2016 by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance, appearing on both the Best Value Public University list and “top 300” national Best Value University list. Kiplinger has recognized UMBC as a Best Value … Continue reading Kiplinger again names UMBC a “Best Value College” for strong academics and affordability

Goalkeeper Billy Heavner ’17 receives top academic honor in U.S. college sports

UMBC goalkeeper and men’s soccer co-captain Billy Heavner ’17, financial economics, has been selected to the 2015 Academic All-America Division I Men’s Soccer First Team by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). Heavner is the second UMBC men’s … Continue reading Goalkeeper Billy Heavner ’17 receives top academic honor in U.S. college sports

Hassan Omar becomes UMBC’s first cross country All-American

UMBC’S Hassan Omar ’16, mechanical engineering, concluded a phenomenal cross country career with the Retrievers by finishing 27th at the NCAA Championships on Saturday,  November 21. Omar is an exemplary scholar-athlete — a Meyerhoff Scholar recognized as an All-Academic runner, who is now UMBC’s first … Continue reading Hassan Omar becomes UMBC’s first cross country All-American

Times Higher Education recognizes UMBC as a top world university in 2015-16 rankings

Times Higher Education (THE) has named UMBC one of world’s top universities for the fourth consecutive year. THE World University Rankings “judge world class universities across all of their core missions—teaching, research, knowledge transfer and international outlook,” utilizing metrics in 13 categories. The 2015-16 list of top 800 global universities includes 147 in the United States and highlights three in Maryland: UMBC, Johns Hopkins University, and the University of Maryland, College Park. Universities in the United Kingdom, Germany, the Netherlands, and Switzerland were also well represented in the 2015-16 list. In addition to the World University Rankings, UMBC has appeared in Times Higher Education‘s “100 … Continue reading Times Higher Education recognizes UMBC as a top world university in 2015-16 rankings

Dean Julia Ross receives “Outstanding Chemical Engineer” honor

Purdue University has honored Dean Julia Ross of UMBC’s College of Engineering and IT as one of six Outstanding Chemical Engineers for 2015. Dean Ross is an alumna of Purdue and received her PhD in chemical engineering from Rice University in 1995. She has served as dean of COEIT since August 2014, and is also UMBC’s Constellation Professor of Information Technology and Engineering. Prior to her appointment as dean, Ross served as special assistant to the provost for inter-institutional research initiatives, 2012-14, and was instrumental in enhancing research collaborations between UMBC and the University of Maryland, Baltimore. Among her current projects, Dean … Continue reading Dean Julia Ross receives “Outstanding Chemical Engineer” honor

Nobel Prize winners recognize alumni Benyam and Isaac Kinde as “Bright Young Minds”

When Science News asked 30 Nobel Prize winners to name early-career scientists who have caught their attention, two UMBC alumni stood out from the crowd. Brothers Benyam Kinde ’10, and Isaac Kinde ’05, both biological sciences, made the top ten list of “Bright Young Minds”—inspiring scholars who are “up-and-coming stars” completing high-caliber research. Science News highlights Benyam’s work on how genetic changes affect brain cell activity in Rett syndrome, a disorder marked by developmental delays and seizures, and Issac’s work to create technology to detect cancer very early, giving patients a better chance at survival. “We still don’t know very much about how individual cells … Continue reading Nobel Prize winners recognize alumni Benyam and Isaac Kinde as “Bright Young Minds”

Renetta Tull shortlisted for GEDC Airbus Diversity Award

Renetta Tull, associate vice provost for graduate student development and postdoctoral affairs, is one of ten impressive candidates shortlisted for this year’s GEDC Airbus Diversity Award. The GEDC Airbus Diversity Award honors people and projects worldwide that “have encouraged students of all … Continue reading Renetta Tull shortlisted for GEDC Airbus Diversity Award

UMBC joins National STEM Collaborative supporting opportunities for underrepresented girls and women

Responding to the underrepresentation of minority women in STEM fields, UMBC has joined a new national collaborative committed to supporting educational opportunities for girls and women of color in STEM. The White House Council for Women and Girls announced the formation of the National STEM Collaborative at a special event at the White House on September 15, 2015 (watch video). In addition to UMBC, the consortium, led by Arizona State University, consists of 19 institutions of higher education and nonprofit partners, including Amherst College, City College of New York, Diné College, Maricopa Community Colleges, Spelman College, University of Alabama, University of California-Riverside, … Continue reading UMBC joins National STEM Collaborative supporting opportunities for underrepresented girls and women

Dean Julia Ross outlines UMBC’s commitment to increasing diversity in engineering at White House Demo Day

The Engineering Deans Council of the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) seized the opportunity to outline tangible steps to improve the inclusiveness of engineering education at the first White House Demo Day, hosted by President Barack Obama on Tuesday, August 4, in the White House East Room. UMBC Dean Julie Ross, College of Engineering and Information Technology (COEIT), is one of more than 100 deans who signed on to the ASEE letter of commitment to diversity presented at Demo Day, which was designed to highlight “why we need to give every American the opportunity to pursue their bold, game-changing … Continue reading Dean Julia Ross outlines UMBC’s commitment to increasing diversity in engineering at White House Demo Day

After the tragedy in Charleston: A message from Dr. Hrabowski

A message to the UMBC community from President Freeman Hrabowski: More than 50 years ago, the nation was shocked when the 16th Street Baptist Church in my home town of Birmingham was bombed and four little girls—my friends—were killed. People of all races were in disbelief that hatred could be so strong. Today we find ourselves again in complete shock as a nation, struggling to understand how an event as tragic as the shooting of nine people in a South Carolina church could happen in 2015. None of us can say how to put this in perspective. In times like this, … Continue reading After the tragedy in Charleston: A message from Dr. Hrabowski

UMBC Chess Team Recognized as #4 in the Nation

The UMBC Chess team has been named fourth in the nation among university chess teams after competing in the President’s Cup at the New York Athletic Club, March 27–29, 2015. They qualified to compete in the Final Four competition through the Pan-American Intercollegiate Chess Championships, held in December. UMBC’s team at the President’s Cup (pictured below) included captain Niclas Huschenbeth, Tanguy Ringoir, Akshayraj Kore, and Levan Bregadze—all either international grandmasters or international masters. Nazi Paikidze, an international master who is ranked sixth in the nation among female players, attended as an alternate. Paikidze will represent UMBC at the invitation-only U.S. Women’s Chess Championship in St. Louis, March 31–April 13, … Continue reading UMBC Chess Team Recognized as #4 in the Nation