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2021 UMD Virtual Grad Fair and Open House

The University of Maryland cordially invites all undergraduate students from all fields and disciplines and from any institution to participate in a FREE week-long virtual graduate school fair and open house from September 20 through 27, 2021 (dates and times of sessions vary, see full schedule below). 

All sessions are listed below with dates/times, descriptions, and registration links.

Please share this announcement widely with your colleagues, scholars, and anyone interested in graduate study at University of Maryland.

What can I get out of attending a free Virtual UMD Graduate School Fair & Open House?

  • Connect with dozens of UMD faculty, staff, and graduate students over a full week of virtual sessions.
  • Get answers to your questions about graduate school.
  • Learn about application deadlines, degree options, funding, future career prospects, and much more.
  • Network directly with admissions representatives and directors and coordinators of graduate study.
  • Explore dozens of graduate programs and more.

All sessions are Eastern Standard Time, and all students are required to register for these free workshops and sessions. 

Register for as many sessions as you would like to attend by clicking on the session title. 

Please register for each session separately.

To register, click on the link for any (or all) of the sessions that interest you. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the session.

Contact The Graduate School with any questions or concerns:

gradschool@umd.edu

 

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The Graduate School

Sept. 21 - 2:00pm Writing Your Personal Statement In this workshop, we'll discuss ways to compose an effective personal statement for your graduate school application. Come with questions and ideas to present to facilitator, Dr. Linda Macri, Director of the Graduate Writing Center!
Sept. 22 - 3:00pm Resumes that Impress Graduate Selection Committees A CV and/or resume is a typical part of the graduate application process. Learn how to present your qualifications and experiences in a way that stands out to the graduate faculty selection committee.
Sept. 25 - 12:00pm Choose Maryland for Graduate School Overview of research, funding, facilities, culture, and more that University of Maryland offers graduate students.
Sept. 25 - 2:00pm Funding Opportunities for McNair Scholars Learn about the McNair Graduate Fellowship, best practices to get nominated, and the Society of McNair Fellows at University of Maryland.
Sept. 25 - 4:00pm Developing a Competitive Application Graduate applications cannot just be good, they must be competitive. Learn about how to approach your graduate application, create a timeline, and speak with Director in The Office of Graduate Diversity and Inclusion Christopher Pérez in this session to help you develop a competitive application.
Sept. 26 - 11:00am Application Fee Waiver Information, Eligibility, and Requests Learn how to effectively request an application fee waiver and speak directly with Office of Graduate Diversity and Inclusion Director Christopher Pérez. This session will also cover the Big Ten Academic Alliance FreeApp.
Sept. 26 - 1:00pm Needs Assessment and Support Services Designed for Graduate Students at UMD Being successful in graduate school requires more than just a good funding package and mentors. This session will help you understand the needs of graduate students, support services at UMD, and will help you develop a "needs assessment" plan to help you be successful as a graduate student.
Sept. 26 - 3:00pm Funding Opportunities for McNair Scholars Learn about the McNair Graduate Fellowship, best practices to get nominated, and the Society of McNair Fellows at University of Maryland.

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Graduate Student Groups

Sept. 21 - 11:00am UMD SACNAS - Advancing UMD Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science SACNAS is a national society seeking to promote the advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science. Join us to learn about its wide reach, its presence at UMD, the social and professional events we host, and how to get involved!
Sept. 22 - 1:00pm Black at UMD: The Intersection of the Black Graduate Experience Join the Black Graduate Student Union (BGSU) for an authentic panel on what it means to be Black at Maryland through the eyes of current Master's and Doctoral students. BGSU is a professional and social support network for Black graduate students across disciplines & programs. If you have questions that you would like to be answered during the panel, please email Christina Sessoms, BGSU Vice President, at csessoms@umd.edu before the session.

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Agriculture and Natural Resources

Sept. 20 - 12:00pm Urban Design, Ecological Design, Community Design and Creative Design: Exploring Career Pathways in Landscape Architecture If you want to restore natural ecosystems, improve the quality of life for urban communities, or express your creative ideas through urban design, then Landscape Architecture can set you on a career path to reach these exciting goals. Learn what a design career in landscape architecture is all about, why licensing is important, and the great things our alumni are doing.
Sept. 21 - 12:00pm MS and PhD in Plant Science Join us to learn more about our Plant Science graduate program in which students are advised and mentored by our world-class faculty recognized for their contributions to Plant Science. The PLSC graduate program provides opportunities for students to receive training and conduct research in a wide range of areas that include Agronomy, Cell Biology, Genetics and Genomics, Molecular Biology, Physiology, Pathology, Food Safety and Security, and Conservation Biology and Ecology, including agroecology.
Sept. 21 - 2:00pm Comparative Biomedical Sciences graduate program Learn about the Comparative biomedical Sciences graduate program (M.S. and Ph.D.) that provides training in a wide variety of Biomedical Science-related disciplines, including virology, bacteriology, parasitology, immunology, epidemiology, pathology, and vaccinology. There will be a Q&A session following the information presentation about the application/admission process.
Sept. 21 - 3:00pm Extension Education Discover courses in sharing your research with others, learn about how to design outreach programs to assist the public through a variety of non-formal educational activities and examine your professional goals within the new Master of Extension Education program in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources.
Sept. 22 - 5:00pm Urban Design, Ecological Design, Community Design and Creative Design: Exploring Career Pathways in Landscape Architecture If you want to restore natural ecosystems, improve the quality of life for urban communities, or express your creative ideas through urban design, then Landscape Architecture can set you on a career path to reach these exciting goals. Learn what a design career in landscape architecture is all about, why licensing is important, and the great things our alumni are doing.
Sept. 24 - 11:00am Science Focused Summer Research Programs This session will explore the intricacies of acquiring a summer research internship in varying STEM disciplines. The Big Ten Summer Research Opportunities Program (SROP) requirements and an introduction to faculty and staff participation will be discussed.

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Architecture, Planning, and Preservation

Sept. 20 - 2:00pm School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation This event will include an overview of our graduate programs in the School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation, followed by time for Q&A period. Programs include Architecture, Community Planning, Historic Preservation, Real Estate Development, and more than 17 interdisciplinary dual degrees.

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Arts and Humanities

Sept. 22 - 9:00am Graduate Opportunities in UMD's Department of Communication Learn more about opportunities for graduate study in UMD's Department of Communication. We'll provide a short overview of our department and our three graduate research areas: Communication & Social Cognition, Public Relations & Strategic Communication, and Rhetoric & Political Culture. There will be time for Q&A at the end.
Sept. 22 - 2:00pm University of Maryland's MFA in Design Program: Training in Design for Live Performance The session is design to discuss the UMD's program which trains students for careers in design and visualization for live performance (theatre, Opera, Dance etc.) as well as prepares them for work in film and television.
Sept 22 - 4:00pm So You're Thinking of Getting a Graduate Degree in American Studies? Top 10 Things You Should Know In this session you'll learn more details about the MA and PhD program in American Studies and our department's focus on social justice, race and ethnicity, Black cultural studies, and cultures of everyday life.
Sept. 24 - 4:00pm  Graduate Opportunities in UMD's Department of Communication Learn more about opportunities for graduate study in UMD's Department of Communication. We'll provide a short overview of our department and our three graduate research areas: Communication & Social Cognition, Public Relations & Strategic Communication, and Rhetoric & Political Culture. There will be time for Q&A at the end.

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Behavioral and Social Sciences

Sept. 21 - 2:00pm Government and Politics Learn about our PhD program in Government and Politics, covering the sub-fields of International Relations, Comparative Politics, and American Politics.
Sept. 22 - 12:00pm Psychology PhD programs Learn about UMD's PhD programs in Psychology (Clinical, Counseling, Cognitive/Neural Systems, Developmental, and Social/Decision/Organizational), and about our departmental initiatives promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion. This will be a short presentation followed by a Q&A session with faculty and current students.
Sept. 22 - 4:00pm IO Psychology: Apply your Psychology Degree to the Workplace In this session, you will learn about how you can utilize psychology to improve employee wellbeing and organizations. We will provide an overview of the IO Master’s (IO MPS) degree program and admissions process followed by a Q&A session with the IO MPS program director and faculty.
Sept. 23 - 10:00am Neuroscience and Cognitive Science Program Join us to learn about our interdisciplinary NACS PhD program and the application/admissions process. Prospective students will have the opportunity to talk with current NACS students and ask questions.
Sept. 23 - 10:00am Geospatial Information Sciences (GIS) and Geospatial Intelligence (GEOINT) Master of Science and Graduate Certificate programs This is a 15-20 minute information session followed by a Q&A. Students can ask admissions questions regarding GIS and GEOINT Master of Science and Graduate Certificate programs.
Sept. 23 - 3:00 M.S. in Survey and Data Science The Joint Program offers a Master of Science in Survey and Data Science from the University of Maryland with three tracks of study namely, Statistical Science, Social and Psychological Science, and Data Science.
Sept. 24 - 11:00am Anthropology Graduate Programs Learn about the graduate programs in anthropology at UMD (PhD, MAA, MAA/MHP, MPS (CHRM)), as well as general information on graduate training and career paths in anthropology. The Director of Graduate Studies (Dr. Christina Getrich) and the Assistant Director of Graduate Studies (Nadine Dangerfield) will be available to answer your questions.
Sept. 24 - 12:00pm Department of Geographical Sciences PhD Program This event is structured as a 15 minutes information session followed by a Q&A to answer questions about the Department of Geographical Sciences PhD program and the admissions process to the Department of Geographical Sciences PhD program.

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Business

Sept. 20 - 11:30am How to Choose a Business Master's Join us to learn how to choose the best Business Master's program to fit your career goals.
Sept. 21. - 2:00pm Business Master's for non Business Majors Afraid of joining a Business Grad Program if you didn't do Business in Undergrad? Don't be! Come learn how a Business Master's can work for you.
Sept. 22 - 1:00pm What is a PhD in Business and Management? What is a PhD in Business and Management and why pursue a PhD in Business and Management.
Sept. 22 -1:00pm  MBA and Business Masters Programs Learn more about Maryland Smith's MBA (Full Time and Part Time/Flex) and MS programs (Accounting, Business Analytics, Business & Management, Finance, Information Systems, Marketing Analytics, Quantitative Finance, Supply Chain Management).

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Computer, Mathematical, and Natural Sciences

Sept. 23 - 10:00am The Department of Mathematics (AMSC, Math, Stat/StatBB) This is an information session for prospective graduate students interested in the Department of Mathematics. Representatives from the Math, Stat, and AMSC program will be presenting. Ample time will be provided for Q&As
Sept. 23 - 11:00am Graduate Study in Entomology Information session about the Entomology Graduate Program (MS &PhD) and the application/admissions process. There will be a Q&A following the presentation. 
Sept. 23 - 11:00am Finding the Right Graduate Program in the Life Sciences There are many ways to pursue graduate training in the various fields of biology. Prof. Haag will describe how to choose between M.S. and Ph.D tracks, and within the Ph.D how to identify a program and research mentor that will maximize your chances for success.
Sept. 23 - 2:30pm NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program Information session about the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) and application process. The GRFP helps ensure the vitality of the human resource base of science and engineering in the United States and reinforces its diversity. The GRFP will help you get into the graduate program of your choice. The program recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students in NSF-supported science, technology, engineering, and mathematics disciplines who are pursuing research-based master's and doctoral degrees at US institutions.
Sept. 24 - 11:00am Graduate Study in Entomology  Information session about the Entomology Graduate Program (MS &PhD) and the application/admissions process. There will be a Q&A following the presentation. 

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Education

Sept. 20 - 1:00pm Why EdTerps Welcome Session Discover why EdTerps are choosing grad school in the College of Education. This session will cover information about research, diversity/inclusion and equity, and will feature a current student panel.
Sept. 20 - 2:00pm Introduction to TLPL Join representatives from Teaching, Learning, Policy & Leadership in the College of Education to learn more about our graduate programs. In this informational session, we will share information about the research being done in TLPL as well as opportunities for graduate students and where our alumni go.
Sept. 21 - 12:00pm Master's Degrees in The College of Education The world needs innovative educators – individuals who believe in improving educational outcomes for students everywhere. With more than 30 masters programs, The College of Education is where they are made. This session allows prospective students to explore what masters program is the best fit for them.
Sept. 21 - 2:00pm BIPOC in TLPL Join our virtual session and hear first hand from two current graduate students of Color in TLPL. In this informational session, we will discuss the on-going work being done in the College of Education and TLPL aimed towards anti-racism. We will also provide space for prospective students of Color to ask questions.
Sept. 22 - 1:00pm Doctoral programs in The College of Education Doctoral students in the College of Education have access to renowned faculty experts and unparalleled research opportunities to facilitate collaborative work to empower your education. This session allows prospective students to explore what Doctoral program is the best fit for them.
Sept. 22 - 10:00am School Psychology Program at UMD Join faculty and staff for an overview of the Profession and Training Program at University of Maryland, College Park in the College of Education.
Sept. 22 - 4:00pm Off-Campus M.Ed. in Human Development Cohort based 2 year program in human development with courses taking place online and at Universities at Shady Grove campus.The next cohort begins fall 2022 and we are currently accepting applications on a rolling basis.
Sept. 23 - 10:00am Applying to Graduate School: Student Perspective Join this virtual and learn helpful tools and tricks to applying to graduate school from two current graduate students. In this informational session, we will share best practices to creating a successful TLPL application as well as tips for choosing a graduate program.
Sept. 23 - 4:30pm M.Ed. Teacher Leadership, Special Studies in STEM Education Join us to learn more about this dynamic degree program for ES and MS teachers. Join us for an overview of the program, learn about the classes, see artifacts from current teacher participants, learn about scholarship opportunities and more!
Sept. 23 - 11:00am How Do EdTerp Grad Students Pay For School? The College of Education understands the importance of financial support in your pursuit of a college degree. This session will highlight funding opportunities available to EdTerps to help reduce or remove financial barriers towards your academic and professional goals.
Sept. 23 - 1:00pm Interested in Data Analysis? MS and PhD in the Measurement, Statistics & Evaluation Program Information session on the Measurement, Statistics & Evaluation Program (MS and PhD) and the application/admissions process. There will be a Q&A session with current faculty and students following the presentation.
 Sept. 24 - 10:00am Finding Funding in TLPL Join us for this virtual session as we share information on securing funding for graduate school. Additionally, we will share information on obtaining funding for prospective TLPL graduate students.

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Engineering

Sept. 20 - 11:00am MS and PhD in Aerospace Engineering Our department will offer a brief presentation on the Aerospace Engineering MS/PhD programs and our application requirements. There will be time for Q&A following the session and our of our current grad students will be there to share their experience.
Sept. 21 - 1:00pm Department of Materials Science and Engineering This event will include an overview of our graduate programs in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, followed by time for Q&A with current graduate students.
Sept. 22 - 11:00am Professional Master of Engineering Graduate Programs (non-thesis only) The Master of Engineering and Graduate Certificate in Engineering programs are coursework-based graduate engineering programs that do not require a thesis. There will be a 20 minute presentation on the programs and application process followed by a Q&A session.
Sept. 22 - 2:00pm MS and PhD in Civil & Environmental Engineering This is an information session on the Civil and Environmental Engineering graduate programs (MS and PhD) and the application/admissions process. There will be a 20-minute presentation followed by a Q&A session.
Sept. 23 - 11:00am How to Connect with and Find an Advisor in Graduate School - Mechanical Engineering Programs Are you wondering how to find an advisor? What the process is and where to even begin? In this session, we’ll talk with Dr. Abhijit Dasgupta, Director of Graduate Studies in Mechanical Engineering, about connecting with faculty during the application process and finding an advisor.
Sept. 23 - 1:00pm A Unique Program with Excellent Job Placement - Come Learn More about Fire Protection Engineering Fire Protection Engineering has a 100% job placement rate along with a high demand for engineers to fill existing positions in the field. Haven't heard of this program before? Students who are completing any mechanical, civil or aerospace based undergraduate engineering degree are recommended to attend to learn more about this dynamic and engaging program with a focus on designing solutions to protect life from fire.
Sept. 23 - 7:00pm Make an Impact with a Graduate Degree in Bioengineering  This session will present the graduate program opportunities (MS, PhD, dual degrees with UM School of Medicine) and application process within the Fischell Department of Bioengineering. Ample time will be left for Q&A from participants.
Sept. 24 - 11:00am  MS and PhD Degrees in Chemical Engineering We will present details about the MS/PhD programs in Chemical Engineering and out application requirements. There will be time for Q&A following the session.

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Extended Studies

Sept. 22 - 12:00pm Graduate Programs in Public Safety Leadership and Administration (PLA) - Information Session Public safety professionals are facing daunting challenges related to COVID-19, climate change, and social unrest. Naturally, public safety work must adapt to this "new normal," and UMD's online professional degree program in Public Safety Leadership and Administration (PLA) is poised to lead the way. In this information session, PLA program director, Lester Andrist, will briefly review the PLA program curriculum. He will discuss how the program helps students achieve their career goals, and he will outline the application requirements. Attendees will have an opportunity to ask questions.

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Information Studies

Sept. 21 - 11:00am An Introduction to MLIS Professional Careers A Master of Library and Information Science (MLIS) degree prepares graduates for jobs in libraries, archives, museums, school libraries, government organizations, and special libraries. This session will introduce you to the many careers available to MLIS grads.

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Journalism

Sept. 27. - 11:00am Merrill College of Journalism Master's and PhD Programs We will talk about our master's programs and/or PhD programs , the application process and answer questions with Serap Rada, Assistant Director of Graduate Programs.

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Public Health

Sept. 20 - 2:00pm Department of Health Policy & Management The Department of Health Policy Analysis & Evaluation has several programs that includes Master of Health Administration, MPH in Health Equity, and MPH in Health Policy Analysis & Evaluation. We wil discuss program criteria and answer any questions or concerns.
Sept. 21 - 12:00pm Online MPH in Practice and Policy and Online MHA This session will include admission criteria and program overviews. The session will also discuss challenges and best practices in navigating and completing an online graduate program.
Sept. 22 - 12:00pm UMD School of Public Health - PhD Programs Join the University of Maryland School of Public Health admissions team to learn more about our PhD programs, UMD SPH community and the application process. This session also has ample time for Q&A.
Sept. 24. - 10:00am UMD School of Public Health - Master’s Degree Programs Interested in pursuing a graduate education in public health or interested to learn about what this field is about? Join the University of Maryland School of Public Health admissions team to learn about the UMD SPH community, our master’s programs, and tips about the application process.
Sept. 24 - 12:00pm Admissions Session for MPH in Epidemiology/Biostatistics and PhD in Epidemiology Admissions Information Session for the MPH in Epidemiology, MPH in Biostatistics, and PhD in Epidemiology programs with Dr. Xin He, Director of Graduate Studies, Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics.
Sept. 25 - 11:30am UMD School of Public Health - Graduate Degree Programs Interested in pursuing a graduate education in public health? Don't miss this opportunity to have your questions answered. Join the University of Maryland School of Public Health admissions team to learn about the UMD SPH community, our academic graduate programs, and the application process.
Sept. 25 - 1:00pm Have a passion for physical activity and health equity? Join us! Come learn about the Master of Public Health (MPH) in Physical Activity in the Department of Kinesiology. This event is structured as a 15 minutes information session followed by a Q&A. The Graduate Director, Dr. Shannon Jette, and the Graduate Coordinator, Andrea Liberto, will answer questions about the MPH in Physical Activity Program and the admissions process to the University of Maryland School of Public Health.

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Public Policy 

Sept. 22 - 1:00pm A Degree for Today and Tomorrow's Challenges - A Master's Degree in Public Administration Learn the art of public administration and government management and establish yourself as an effective and impactful public sector leader.