Monday, September 1, 2014

Spring Break Studying in Japan?

Are you interested in:

· An international or domestic career in the non-profit or government sectors?
· Environmental policy and nuclear energy?
· Disaster recovery and preparedness?
· Social reform in a global context?
· Japanese culture and Japan-U.S. relations?

...Then apply for Spring Break 2015 in Japan: "Civil Society, Recovery & Reform in the Wake of Disaster"

1 week in Japan + 4 weeks of online coursework and special events at UMD

Weeks 1 and 2: Pre-departure activities (early March, 2015)
· Online discussions of Japanese culture and the impact of disasters in the U.S. and Japan
· Guest lectures by experts on the Japan-U.S. relationship and Japan’s nuclear energy issues; documentary screening on the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster
Week 3: Travel to Japan! (March 14 to 21, 2015)
· Participate in service learning with Japanese university students from Tohoku University  (Tohoku was the region of Japan most affected by the March 2011 disaster)
· Explore Tokyo and Sendai; meet with organizations involved in disaster relief and social reform
Weeks 4 and 5: Post-travel activities (late March and April, 2015)
· Develop and deliver a presentation for the civil society audience of your choice about the situation of disaster victims in Japan, and on disaster preparedness
· Participate in the Sakura Matsuri, the Japanese cultural festival held as part of the National Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington, D.C.
Knowledge of Japanese language is not required. Open to UMD sophomores, juniors, seniors and graduate students. Participating students will be enrolled in the 3-credit course UNIV 318: “Civil Society, Recovery & Reform in the Wake of Disaster.”    Program fee (which does not include airfare) is $1,850.00.

Visit to learn more!

Students wishing to apply for the Education Abroad Fund General Scholarship must apply by September 24, 2014 for the program and the scholarship.

Welcome Back from BSOS Advising

The BSOS Advising Center would like to welcome all of our students for the Fall 2014 semester. Here are a few reminders for the start of school:
  • Labor Day – No Classes, Monday, September 1st
  • First Day of Class – Tuesday, September 2nd
  • Last day of Schedule Adjustment – Monday, September 15th
  • Last day to drop a class with a W – Tuesday, November 11th
  • If you are on a waitlist, please check in everyday starting Tues, September 2nd 
For more information about academic deadlines, please go to the Registrar's Office website.

If you have questions please visit a college or your departmental advisor.

Contact Information

The College of Behavioral and Social Sciences Advising Center
2148 Tydings Hall

Hours: Monday-Friday, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Walk-in hours: Monday-Friday, 1:00pm – 4:00pm
(Walk-in hours can vary, please call to confirm)

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Open Forum on the War in Gaza

The Gildenhorn Institute for Israel Studies (GIIS) and
The Anwar Sadat Chair for Peace and Development are sponsoring an

Open Forum on the War in Gaza
Wednesday, September 3, 2014 (the second day of classes)
5:30 p.m. Prince George's Room, Stamp
Speak your mind and address your burning questions to a group of experts:

Prof. Shibley Telhami - Anwar Sadat Professor for Peace and Development and Middle East expert
Prof. Yoram Peri – Director of GIIS, Former advisor to Prime Minister Rabin
Prof. Ariel Bendor – Expert on law and war on terrorism, Distinguished Visiting Scholar at GIIS.
Dr. Khaled Elgindy – Former advisor to the Palestinian Authority, fellow at Brookings Institution
Shlomi Eldar – Israeli journalist and expert on Hamas; Journalist-in-Residence at GIIS

For more information and to RSVP, visit

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Need Help Finding a Campus Job? Attend a Workshop August 29

Career the Turtle: How to Find an On-Campus Job  
Friday, August 29, 2014 • 3:30 p.m.-4:00 p.m.
Location: Benjamin Banneker Room - Stamp Student Union

Event Details:
Need help finding an on-campus job? The University Career Center & The President’s Promise is sponsoring two free, 30-minute seminars that will be presented by our Peer Career Educators. These sessions will cover the ins and outs of the on-campus job search process. The first session will begin at 3:30 p.m. and the second session will begin at 4 p.m.

For additional information about this event: contact Neal McKinney

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Planning to Study Abroad? These Events are for You!

The Honors College and Education Abroad are hosting Passport Day with the U.S. State Department on Tuesday, September 9 from noon to 4:00 p.m..  You may process an application for a new or renewal passport; have your passport picture taken  ($10), or just come later to learn about abroad opportunities at the Study Abroad Fair sponsored by Education Abroad. Passport Day Event information and registration are here. Go to US Department of State travel for more detailed information regarding required documents.  The fee is $135. Checks should be made payable to the "Department of State."

Fearless Terps get out of the classroom!  Explore the possibilities and get inspired at the Study Abroad Fair! Break out of the ordinary and find your extraordinary in Morocco.  Explore Mayan culture and tropical rainforests in Belize. Develop your professional portfolio with an internship in the UK or Israel. Learn a language or go beyond the basics to do field work or research. Think outside your borders and show how fearless Terps are! Meet with program directors, college representatives, and advisors to find your perfect program. Come to the Stamp Grand Ballroom Tuesday, September 9, 4:00 to 7:00 p.m.

Are You a Pell Grant Recipient? A Gilman Can Help Finance Study Abroad!

Are you thinking about studying abroad or interning abroad in spring of 2015 or later? Are you a US citizen receiving a Pell grant (a federal need-based educational grant)?

The Gilman International Scholarship provides up to $5,000 for study abroad for students with financial need who receive Pell grants.  In the past three years more than 90 Maryland students have won Gilman scholarships!

Learn more and receive advice about preparing a Gilman scholarship application by clicking here, or emailing the National Scholarships Office

Eligibility Requirements: 
  • US citizens 
  • Freshmen, sophomores, juniors, seniors
  • All majors 
  • Must be studying abroad for at least four weeks 
  • Must have FAFSA demonstrated financial need and be receiving a Pell grant.

Application Deadline: October 7, 2014 This is the deadline to apply for scholarships for study abroad programs for spring semester 2015.  

The Gilman International Scholarship Program offers 1,700 scholarships of up to $5,000 to students of limited financial means to pursue academic studies world-wide. Such international study is intended to better prepare U.S. students to assume significant roles in an increasingly global economy and interdependent world. 

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Want to Wake up to Career Center Event Updates and Helpful Job Search Resources?

Start the week right by signing up for the University Career Center e-Newsletter. This week's edition not only includes the hours and location of the Fall Career & Internship Fair, it includes a video interview with a recruiter on how to prepare for the fair, a Pinterest display of appropriate attire for the fair, and a full schedule of events.

Friday, August 22, 2014

Join BSOS Ambassadors!

The College of Behavioral and Social Sciences is accepting applications for the BSOS Ambassador Program.  This is an opportunity to become involved in our college while earning two (2) elective credits (via a seminar course). This opportunity provides excellent leadership, public speaking and teaching experience as well as networking opportunities with faculty, staff, alumni, university administrators and/or prospective students. The skills you gain through this experience will make you more marketable to employers as well as graduate programs.

Ambassadors assist with award receptions and dinners, small- and large-scale special events (symposiums, forums, panels, etc.), prospective student events (e.g., open houses, fairs, etc.), faculty/staff receptions, holiday parties, Maryland Day and commencement ceremonies.

Interested?  We are accepting applications through August.  Contact Julianna Bynoe at for more details.

Need Funding for a Great Sustainability Project?

The University Sustainability Council has approved two great opportunities for students, faculty, and staff to fund their sustainability projects:

1. Sustainability Fund - $350,000 available this year. The Fund is for projects requesting more than $1,000. Deadline for faculty and staff to apply: Oct 1. Deadline for students to apply: Jan 15.

2. Sustainability Mini-Grants - $2,500 available each semester. Projects can receive up to $1,000. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis and funding decisions will be made within 30 days of receiving a complete application.

For more info about both opportunities, see

Thursday, August 21, 2014

The Best Internship and Job Search Advice is a Click Away!

The University Career Center just launched the 2014-2015 Terp Guide.  It is overflowing with great advice for students during every year of their college career as well guidance for recent graduates and graduate students.  Click above for great advice on:

  • What steps you should take during each year of your college career to maximize your chances of graduating with a great job offer (Four-Year Career Plan, p. 6)
  • Excellent internship search websites/scholarships for unpaid internships (All About Internships, p. 9)
  • An outline of the qualities employers want in the college graduates they hire (p.10)
  • Examples of, and guidance in, the best resume writing practices (pp. 12 - 21)
  • Writing cover and thank-you snail mail letters (pp. 22 - 23)
  • Drafting professional email (p. 25)
  • Networking online and in person (pp. 26 -  27)
  • Professional Etiquette (pp. 38 - 39)
And much more!