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College Breaks Ground on New Chemistry Building
State-of-the-art facility is designed for breakthrough research and innovation in the chemical sciences. Read More » | Watch »
Andrew Childs leading a discussion among Quantum Leap Challenge Institute members. ION Q lab equipment
UMD Leads New $25M NSF Quantum Leap Challenge Institute for Robust Quantum Simulation

The new Institute led by Computer Science’s Andrew Childs "further elevates our region as the Capital of Quantum," said UMD President Darryll J. Pines. More »
IonQ, UMD to Establish First-of-its-Kind Facility to Provide Quantum Computing Access

$20M UMD investment will create National Quantum Lab in Discovery District adjacent to campus. More »
(L-R) Nada Fadul, Manuela Fantcho and Dilan Gangar Lekha Tantry
Fall 2021’s Fresh Faces

Meet 11 impressive first-year students, including biological sciences major Nada Fadul, computer science major Manuela Fantcho and biochemistry major Dilan Gangar. More »
Alumna Embraces Student-centered Teaching During the Pandemic

Lekha Tantry (B.S. '20, mathematics) taught Algebra II virtually while completing teaching certificate program. More »
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Moses Namara Makes MIT Technology Review's "35 Innovators Under 35"

Now a Ph.D. student at Clemson, Namara (B.S. '16, computer science) co-founded the Black in AI Academic Program. More »

Taking Satellite Technology—and Physics—to New Heights

How James Carr (Ph.D. '89, physics) built a career of 30-plus years in aerospace and a lasting legacy for his first physics mentor. More »
A microscopy image showing muscle cells in green and neurological junctions in red. The ATLAS comet breaking apart, as seen by the Hubble space telescope.

Chemistry and Biochemistry's Lai-Xi Wang's Research Could Offer Hope to Pompe Disease Patients

Discovery could improve therapy for people with the deadly inherited disease. More »

Comet ATLAS May Have Been a Blast from the Past

Research led by Astronomy's Quanzhi Ye suggests that a comet seen in 2020 is a remnant of one that crossed the sky during the Stone Age. More »

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An audience watches a chemistry demo create a big poof of white smoke to represent the groundbreaking of the new chemistry wing A video still with a play button, showing the opening of a video about the new chemistry wing. A video still with a play button, showing Chemistry Wing One being demolished.

Chemistry Building Groundbreaking Event [Photos]

New Chemistry Building Preview [Video]

Wing One of the Chemistry Building is History [Video]


John S. Toll Endowed Lecture in Physics

"Perspective on John S. Toll's 'OmniPolymathism' From an Age of Skepticism"
Speaker: Sylvester James Gates Jr., Brown University and UMD More »

OCT 18

Science On Tap

"Looking into Mars with InSight"
Speaker: Ved Lekic, UMD More »

OCT 19

27th Annual Dr. Shih-I Pai Lecture

"Structural Color–Origin and Evolution in Nature"
Speaker: Hui Cao, Yale University More »

OCT 29

Ice Cream Social

Mingle and enjoy ice cream with faculty, staff and students. We’ll also unveil a special ice cream flavor! More »

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