Thursday, November 16, 2017

Ambassadors Needed for EDGE Overnight Stay Program

Ambassadors Needed for EDGE (Experience Diversity, Growth, & Excellence) Overnight Stay Program - Apply by 11/22

Each Spring, the Office of Undergraduate Admissions hosts admitted students from underrepresented populations on campus in an overnight stay program called EDGE (Experience Diversity, Growth, & Excellence). This successful overnight stay program helps to attract talented students to the University of Maryland by showcasing current students’ experiences and opportunities offered.
The search is on for talented students who desire to become an Ambassador and assist with planning and implementation of the EDGE program and host a student overnight.

EDGE will host 2 overnight stay programs -- April 5 and April 12, 2018.
The EDGE Ambassador application is now live and can be found here: EDGE Ambassador Info & Application Link

Applications should be submitted in PDF format by November 22. Should you have questions, please don’t hesitate to contact

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Computer Sciences Class for Non-Majors

Interested in computer science but not yet ready to declare a major or minor? Want to learn more about computer science concepts and coding?

Consider enrolling in CMSC131 in Spring 2018! 

The Department will be reviewing requests from non-majors to take CMSC131 before the last day of classes (December 11). The deadline to request permission for all other CMSC courses as a non-major is January 24, 2018. You can submit a request for CMSC131 now via a Google Form:

If you have additional questions, please email

It's Geography Awareness Week!

UMD is celebrating Geography Awareness Week (GAW) with events on Wednesday, November 15 through Friday, November 17! The purpose of GAW is to promote "what geography is, why it is important, and the relevance of a geographic education in preparing citizens to understand and debate pressing social and environmental issues and problems" (AAG).

WEDNESDAY, November 15 - GIS Day
9:30 AM - 11:30 AM : OSM Mapathon - McKeldin Library 6107 (Breakfast provided)
12:00 PM - 01:00 PM : Lightning Talks - LeFrak 1124 (CGIS) (Pizza provided)
1:30 PM - 03:00 PM : Learn about Project Sidewalk - LeFrak Hall 1138

THURSDAY, November 16
7:00 AM - 02:30 PM : Geography and GIS demos at Parkdale Academy

FRIDAY, November 17
4:00 PM - 07:00 PM : OSM Mapathon (Compete against GW & GMU) - McKeldin Library 6107

For more information, click here.

NOAA Hollings Undergraduate Scholarship for Sophomores - Info Sessions

NOAA Hollings Undergraduate Scholarship for Sophomores

Francis DuVinage, Director ­ Leslie Brice, Assistant Director­

Attention FRESHMEN and SOPHOMORES studying atmospheric and oceanic sciences, environmental engineering, environmental sciences and policy, or ANY major with a strong environmental focus or interest!!! In the last three years, 17 Maryland students have won awards worth up to $9,500 annually along with paid summer research internships (see award benefits below)!!!

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Ernest F. Hollings scholarship program is designed to: (1) increase undergraduate training in oceanic and atmospheric science, research, technology, and education and foster multidisciplinary training opportunities; (2) increase public understanding and support for stewardship of the ocean and atmosphere and improve environmental literacy; (3) recruit and prepare students for public service careers with NOAA and other natural resource and science agencies at the federal, state and local levels of government; and (4) recruit and prepare students for careers as teachers and educators in oceanic and atmospheric science and to improve scientific and environmental education in the United States. The deadline to apply is Friday, January 31, 2018. US Citizenship, sophomore (2nd year) status, and a minimum GPA of 3.0 are required to apply.

The National Scholarships Office is offering information sessions for students interested in learning more about the Hollings Scholarship program ­ please write to indicating which session you plan to attend (if you are interested but cannot attend, write to the same address to let us know):
  • Wednesday, November 29 at 12 noon – ­2403 Marie Mount Hall
  • Wednesday, November 29 at 4:30 pm – ­2403 Marie Mount Hall
AWARD BENEFITS: The Hollings Scholarship Program provides successful SOPHOMORE applicants with awards that include academic assistance (up to a maximum of $9,500 per year) for full-time study during the 9-month academic year; a 10-week, full-time internship position ($650/week) during the summer at a NOAA facility; and, if reappointed, academic assistance (up to a maximum of $8,000) for full-time study during a second 9-month academic year. The internship between the first and second years of the award provides the Scholars with a hands-on research experience in NOAA-related science, research, technology, policy, management, and education project. Awards also include travel funds to attend a mandatory Hollings Scholarship Program orientation, conferences where students present a paper or poster, and a housing subsidy for scholars who do not reside at home during the summer internship.

For more information, or for assistance preparing a NOAA Hollings application, please contact the National Scholarships Office at

Deadline to Apply: Friday, January 31, 2018

Bored Scholarships: FINAL Info Sessions - November 30 & December 1!


Francis DuVinage, Director - Leslie Brice, Assistant Director­

The Boren Scholarship is aimed at undergraduates (US citizens) who want to study abroad for one or two semesters (preferably) in 2018-19 in non-traditional regions and countries, and who are interested in learning the languages of those areas. Maryland has ranked # 1 in the nation in Boren Scholarships awarded for the past 6 years!!!

Eligible regions include Africa, South Asia, East and Southeast Asia, Eastern Europe and former Soviet Republics, Latin America, and the Middle East. (Boren Scholarships MAY NOT be used for study in Western Europe, Canada, Australia, or New Zealand.) Boren Scholarships for 2018-19 may be used for study abroad in Summer 2018, Fall 2018 and/or Spring 2019.

*The Boren Scholarship is a U.S. Government-funded award that seeks applicants who have a strong interest in future Government service; the award carries a one-year service expectation.

The UMD deadline to apply for the Boren Scholarship will be January 24, 2018. You can learn more about the BorenScholarship program here:

The NSO has also scheduled information sessions to help you learn more about the Boren Scholarship and its application process. Please write to to let us know which session you plan to attend. (If you are unable to attend any of the scheduled sessions send a note to the same address to let us know).

Thursday, November 30 at 12 noon – 2403 Marie Mount Hall

Friday, December 1 at 12 noon – 2403 Marie Mount Hall

All Maryland applicants for the Boren Scholarship must take part in a required campus review process which is designed to help you strengthen your application. The deadline for Maryland¹s review process is WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 24, 2018.

Underrepresented Nations & Peoples Organization (UNPO) Internship

The Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organization (UNPO) is an international membership organization working in the field of human rights, self-determination, indigenous issues, democracy and non-violence. UNPO represents 42 nations, minorities and indigenous peoples worldwide, and was established in 1991 at the Peace Palace in The Hague. UNPO’s worldwide activities are coordinated and implemented by the organization’s offices in Brussels and Washington, DC.

Students and young professionals from all over the world, with degrees in international relations, political science, international law, development and political/social geography and a range of work experience have undertaken internships at UNPO. Interns and volunteers are offered a unique experience, with a wide range of responsibilities in a multicultural environment that uses English as the main working language. Each intern is given the opportunity to develop and implement their academic, organizational, political, administrative, language and research skills.

Interns are expected to have a mature and flexible attitude, display good time management skills, be able to undertake work independently and conduct accurate research. The intern should enjoy working in an internationally oriented office where a multitude of tasks will be assigned. The internship requires a high degree of responsibility and autonomy from the intern, but in turn promises an equally rewarding experience.

Interns will work remotely and should be based in the United States, ideally in Washington, DC. Work will be assigned by UNPO’s US Program Coordinator. Interns must have reliable internet access and will work online for at least 30 hours per week. DC-based interns will have occasional access to UNPO-rented co-working facilities.
Click here to learn more.

Applications Open for C-BERC Fellows Program 2018

Undergraduate and graduate students are invited to apply for fellowships in the Center for the Study of Business Ethics, Regulation & Crime (C-BERC). The fellowships include a $500 annual stipend. All students interested in corporate crime, compliance, financial regulation, forensic accounting, business ethics are encouraged to learn more and to apply.
Apply Today!

Applications are due by Dec. 15, 2017.
To apply, send the following materials to

  • Resume with GPA
  • Personal statement
  • Selections will be made by January 15, 2018

Criteria for selection will include:
  • Academic accomplishments
  • Strong communication skills
  • Demonstrated interest in Center goals and activities

About the Fellowship

Fellows will support the activities and operation of C-BERC in numerous respects. Tasks may include reviewing applications by potential visiting scholars, identifying guest speakers for C-BERC events, assisting C-BERC faculty with grant applications, attending guest lectures, providing logistical support for guest lectures and conferences, and assisting with research projects as needed (e.g., coding data, conducting literature reviews, etc.) Fellows must be available spring and fall semesters.

Some examples of specific research projects available to C-BERC Fellows:
Criminology: "Offending and Victimization in Corporate America: A blueprint for estimating the prevalence of known white-collar crime and cybercrime incidents in the U.S." Students will help to code open source data (newspapers) in which incidents of white-collar crime and cyber crime are described. Researchers can then link the incidents to company characteristics.
Business Law: “Defending Unclean Hands in Damages Actions: A California Case Study.” Students will help conduct historical research on the California court system as well as other aspects of California law, including the right to trial by jury and the theory of fraudulent conveyance.
About C-BERC

CBERC is a unique interdisciplinary effort by the Robert H. Smith School of business and its College of Behavioral and Social Sciences to address the legal and ethical challenges of operating businesses in modern society. C-BERC strives to integrate and extend research in the fields of business ethics, regulation, and criminology.

Applications Open for C-BERC Fellows Program 2018

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Geospatial Intelligence (GEOINT): Online Information Session 11/20!

EVENT: Geospatial Intelligence (GEOINT) Online Information Session
TIME: 7 PM EST on Monday, Nov 20th

The Center for Geospatial Information Science (CGIS) at the University of Maryland is pleased to present the Master of Professional Studies in Geospatial Intelligence (MPS GEOINT). You're invited to join us for an online information session for our master's degree in GEOINT. Reserve your place here today to register for this event.

The MPS GEOINT program provides workforce-focused technical training that gives graduates the skills and expertise to lead new initiatives in the rapidly shifting landscape of GEOINT applications, data collection systems, analytic methods, and mission support. The master's program may be taken on a full-time or part-time basis, and may be taken fully online or on-site. The MPS GEOINT degree can be completed in as little as 15 months.

At the online information session, we will introduce our master’s program in Geospatial Intelligence, and discuss our unique program format, curriculum, class delivery, and the admissions process. The session will feature a comprehensive presentation, and a question and answer section with us. I hope that you will join us to learn how this master's degree can advance your career in the geospatial industry.

We are now accepting applications for admission in Spring 2018 (Application deadline: Feb 15, 2018) and Fall 2018. Full details regarding the programs are available at or contact us at Students with no prior GIS experience are welcome to apply. We are happy to discuss admission requirements on an individual basis.

Don't forget to reserve your place today for this upcoming online information session.

Administrative Specialist with the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit

Apply through Careers4Terps ID #166707

This position is located in the Clerk’s Office (CO) of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. The incumbent is responsible for providing a wide variety of administrative, operational, and specialized assistance to help maintain the smooth and efficient operation of the department. The position reports directly to the Administrative Supervisor.

Responsibilities of the Administrative Specialist include, but are not limited to:
  • Perform reception duties by greeting visitors/clients in person. Answer and route incoming calls and assist the public in the use of computerized databases. Provide information to the public, bar, and the court. 
  • Receive and review incoming documents to determine conformity with appropriate rules, practices, and/or court requirements. Route documents to proper offices and/or staff after acceptance.
  • Sort, classify, and file case records. Maintain the integrity of the filing system by monitoring proper access to records and maintaining timely and accurate filing of documents. Retrieve files and make copies of records for court personnel, attorneys, and others. 
  • Certify court documents and create and process new case files. Assign case numbers, open cases in the case management system, and docket initial case opening events. Maintain, update, and track paper and electronic files. Scan and upload paper filings into the electronic case management system (CM/ECF).
  • Receive, screen, and process attorney admission materials. Perform CM/ECF account registration and maintenance for attorneys and public filers. Prepare case related documents such as forms, letters, notices, and other correspondence using the appropriate templates.
  • Prepare, ship, and retrieve records from the Federal Records Center. Sort and process the mail and receive and stamp incoming documents. Process email received from electronic filers. 
  • Inform customers of required fees, receive payments, and issue receipts. Secure funds in cash register, balance cash drawer, and process credit card payments for filed documents.
  • Assist with the compilation of briefs according to the court calendar and prepare and deliver briefs to the appropriate chambers. Perform shelving and re-shelving duties.
  • Perform other related duties as assigned.

Geography Courses for Winter 2018

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