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Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the baccalaureate degree levels
Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the graduate degree levels Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics Dietetics (DIETI) - Dietetic Internship
Didactic Program in Dietetics American Psychological Association, Commission on Accreditation Professional Psychology (IPSY) - Predoctoral internship programs (University Counseling Center)
Clinical Psychology (CLPSY) - PhD Doctoral programs
Counseling Psychology (COPSY) - PhD Doctoral programs
School Psychology (SCPSY) - PhD Doctoral programs American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology Clinical doctoral program in Audiology
Speech-Language Pathology (SLP) - Graduate degree programs
Thinking about a career in public health? At the University of Maryland learning goes beyond the classroom on a daily basis. Just four miles from Washington and its own Metro stop,UMD uses its location to its advantage to focus on today’s issues. The school of public health (SPH) receives faculty research funding and institutional support from agencies such as the National Institutes of Health and National Institute of Standards and Technology. Public health majors who love kids can volunteer with the Children’s Developmental Clinic to give one-on-one support to youngsters with developmental delays. Students have worked with Text4baby to help develop educational texts for pregnant women and new mothers to improve everyone’s health. There’s even an SPH monthly forum on campus where students exchange ideas about race, racism, ethnicity, gender, class, and discrimination on health and wellness. Does a trip to Europe figure into your plans? You can spend 10-12 days in Germany comparing the individual and community health needs between the countries. The International Public Health program partners the UMD SPH with the University of Cologne to compare research programs, environmental protection and social approaches to public health here and abroad.
University of Maryland, particularly the Global Public Health (GPH) Scholars Program, Kinesiology Department, and the Kinesiology Honors Program, have provided invaluable knowledge and insight. I began research in Dr. Carson Smith's Exercise for Brain Health Laboratory my freshman year as a young student without any certainty of what I wanted to do with my college career, and came out 3.5 years later with a research background that I cannot compare to any of my peers'. Dr. Smith gave me immense responsibility right away (I guess my enthusiasm was sufficient!) and I got very involved in several of our projects, leading to first authorship on several posters, where I was able to present at national and international meetings. The GPH Scholars Program mentors I had encouraged me and recommended me for my only two ever international experiences-- study abroad in India and presentation at an international meeting in Shanghai, China. With this immense global experience and the need to learn my research well enough to present at national and international platforms, I felt well prepared to begin a post-graduate research fellowship at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Bethesda, MD. I feel that UMD has given me a strong background in the sciences, a drive to succeed, and an enormous set of research skills that have set me up in which I could not be happier. Not to mention, social skills in the sciences are invaluable traits I have brought with me that are helping lead collaborations within my lab group and even across disciplines here at the NIH.
One of the things that everyone says is a benefit of attending a large public research institution is that there’s no shortage of professors looking for students to help them with their work. I have found this to be largely true and students who can code are even more likely to find work. I began research during my first semester at UMD, working for the professor of my first physics class, Dr. Douglas Hamilton. We studied the magnetosphere of Saturn using NASA’s Cassini spacecraft, and I was responsible for doing a lot of the data analysis. I worked for him for about a year until starting a project with Dr. S. James Gates Jr., under whom I worked for a couple years conducting research in theoretical physics (in particular, relating to supersymmetry and superspace) before writing my senior thesis on a similar topic with Dr. William D. Linch III. All of these professors were happy to work with undergraduates and seemed to have no shortage of interesting, tractable research problems. Drs. Gates and Linch both became valuable mentors and wrote letters of recommendation for my application to graduate school. My time at UMD definitely prepared me for Berkeley; it’s hard to overstate just how well all those years of research helped get me ready for the next level of study where research is the primary focus. Additionally, working closely and publishing papers with actual professional physicists was a great way to reaffirm that physics is really what I want to spend my life studying. All of these opportunities were available to me because of UMD, and I’m happy I made the most of them while they were there.
As part of the Gemstone Research Program at the University of Maryland, I worked with a group of students on a large scale research project concerning sustainable agriculture. In four years, I gained the skills to critically develop, troubleshoot, execute, and analyze a research project addressing an overarching societal issue. I also learned how to collaborate on ideas, negotiate conflicts, and confront obstacles as a member of a larger collective. As a current medical student, I am applying these skills to my own independent research project. I now feel more confident navigating the research process, from developing an initial proposal, to collecting and analyzing data, to writing and defending a final thesis. By introducing me to the entire research process, start to finish, Gemstone gave me a strong foundation for a future career in medical research.
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Those who shouted “Go Terps” during their undergrad and graduate days continued into a wide range of careers. They include academics such as Nobel Laureates Raymond Davis Jr. (Physics – 2002) and Herbert Hauptman (Chemistry – 1985) and Pulitzer Prize winner Carl Bernstein. Google co-founder Sergey Brin and former chair and CEO of Hewlett-Packard Carly Fiorina took the technology route. Actor/writer/producer Larry David, Muppets creator Jim Henson, and “Diary of a Wimpy Kid” author Jeff Kinney went into the entertainment/educational fields. Super Bowl winning quarterback Boomer Esiason and ESPN analyst Tim Kurkjian found their futures in sports. In the government sector, UMD graduated U.S. Chief Information Officer Vivek Kundra, Executive Director of the National Fish & Wildlife Foundation Jeff Trandahl, U.S. Congressman (California) Eric Swalwell retired Navy SEAL and Medal of Honor recipient Thomas Norris.
If you’ve seen “National Treasure: Book of Secrets,” then you are already somewhat-familiar with the UMD grounds. Yes, the movie was filmed on campus, Nicholas Cage and all. Founded in 1856 and burned to the ground (except for Morrill Hall) in 1912, the campus is noted for the red-brick Georgian buildings surrounding McKlendin Mall, the large central lawn. Stroll among the 7,500 documented trees and garden plantings and you’ll quickly realize why the campus has been designated as the UMD Arboretum & Botanical Garden. Walk near Stamp Student Union on Campus Drive to find Jim Henson (class of 1960) and Kermit the Frog seated on a park bench. The street crosses Regents Drive at M Circle, where the letter is always in bloom with red flowers.
If you have a computer with high-speed Internet access and the skills to navigate it, you can take courses taught by university professors who divide their time between in-class and online instruction. UMD offers an online learning environment that allows you to engage with faculty and fellow students using the latest eLearning technology. The nice thing is you won’t be going it alone. ELMS (Enterprise Learning Management System) provides access to syllabi, schedules, announcements, and lecture notes as well as facilitating discussion groups and live chats. “Keep Learning,” the buzzwords of OES (Office of Extended Studies) allows you to take free non-credit interactive courses taught by UMD faculty in a variety of areas such as entrepreneurship, understanding terrorism, programming mobile apps, and software/hardware security.
UMD is a member of the Big 10, which includes schools such as Indiana, Michigan, Michigan State, Northwestern, Ohio State, Penn State, and Rutgers. Maryland sponsors 20 men’s and women’s varsity teams. No wonder men’s basketball is one of the most popular – the team has made two Final Four appearances and won it all in 2002. Not to be outdone, the Lady Terps took their first NCAA national title four years later. If you attend a game played on Williams Court at XFINITY Center, be sure to dress in the school colors of red, white, black, and gold to match those on the state flag. You’ll be led in a cheer by Testudo, the diamondback terrapin mascot. That’s right, a ferocious turtle. Those who can’t imagine an autumn Saturday without football will be led by the Mighty Sound of Maryland marching band, which deliveres pre-game performances, then converts to the UMD Pep Band for basketball season.
Maryland is tied for 57th in the 2016 “US News & World Report” rankings of national universities and 13 areas of study are among the magazine’s top 100, including geoscience (14th), physics (18th), economics and business (22nd) and space science (23rd). The university offers its 90 undergraduate majors, where students can pick one of two areas or create their own individual studies program, and 106 masters and 83 doctoral degree programs across 14 colleges. You can even explore a new interest with a minor or certificate, participate in a pre-professional program, or be among the approximately 1,000 undergraduates invited each year into the highly-selective honors college. When fully built, M Square, the state’s largest research park, will encompass two million square feet in a public-private partnership. Its physical and programmatic location links students, staff, and researchers with federal laboratories and private sector companies to explore environmental and earth sciences, food safety and agricultural police, and language and national security. The university congratulates its own with the UMD Invention of the Year awards. The winners for 2013, for example, developed a better material for the 3D printing of vascular implants, a new technology that makes cloud storage more secure and efficient, and a low-cost, high-energy solid state lithium-ion battery.