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Joint Center for Quantum Information and Computer Science Receives Renewed Federal Funding from NIST
The interdisciplinary center focused on quantum computation, communication and cryptography is expected to receive up to $12.2 million over the next five years. Read More »
(L-R) Scott Juntti and Praytush Tiwary Hugo Burbelo and Utsa Santosh
Biology's Scott Juntti and Chemistry and Biochemistry's Pratyush Tiwary Each Receive a $1.9M Maximizing Investigators' Research Award

The award from the NIH will support their pioneering research in neuroscience and precision medications, respectively.
Read about Juntti's award »

Read about Tiwary's award »
Computer Science Majors Hugo Burbelo and Utsa Santhosh Named to DC Inno and Washington Business Journal's 25 Under 25 Class of 2021
They were honored for running Technica, the largest hackathon in the world for underrepresented genders in tech. More »
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IonQ Goes Public on NYSE

UMD Physics quantum computing startup aims to build a 64-qubit chip by the end of 2023. More »
Computer Science Undergraduate Program Ranks No. 9 Among Public Institutions

Program ranks in the Top 10 for the second year in a row. More »
The Mokhtarzada brothers A prototype Nike shoe. Photo courtesy of Nike.

Alumni Brothers Launch Startup Hatchery at UMD

The Mokhtarzadas' startup success story comes home to College Park with a new student venture incubator. More »

Alum Kelley Baek Develops Green Sneakers for Nike

Baek (B.S. '05, biological sciences) plays a central role in the company's Move to Zero initiative for more sustainable products. More »
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A New Vision for Violin Instruction

UMIACS' Cornelia Fermüller developed an artificial intelligence-powered app to eyeball posture, form for solo practice. More »

Cell 'Quakes' May Help Cells Respond to the Outside World

Research from Chemistry and Biochemistry's Garegin Papoian reveals how earthquake-like disturbances shake up living cells. More »

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UMIACS' Rita Colwell: Why It’s a Great Time to be a Microbiologist [Podcast]

New Chemistry Building Preview [Video]

Chemistry Building Groundbreaking Event [Photos]

OCT 19

27th Annual Dr. Shih-I Pai Lecture (Virtual)

"Structural Color–Origin and Evolution in Nature"
Speaker: Hui Cao, Yale University
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OCT 26

Prange Prize Lecture

"The Emergence of Topological Quantum Matter"
Speaker: Charles Kane, University of Pennsylvania 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 »

NOV 13-14


Technica is the world's largest hackathon for underrepresented genders, hosted annually by students at the University of Maryland. Students, mentors and volunteers are welcome to join this year's hybrid event. More »

NOV 16

Irving and Renee Milchberg Endowed Lecture

"The Public Relations Machine in Science: A Self-Inflicted Wound?"
Speaker: Jim Glanz, The New York Times More »

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