UMD: A Globally Connected University
Universitas 21 Programs
“International education is undergoing fundamental change, and U21 will help keep us at the forefront. In our increasingly interconnected world, bilateral relationships are no longer adequate. Multilateral programs with institutions from many countries give everyone in the network a much greater reach. Membership in U21 will allow UMD to connect with many of the best universities in the world at once. It will advance our mission of bringing the world to the campus and projecting the University on to the world stage.”
—UMD’s Associate Vice President for International Affairs Ross Lewin
For Undergraduate Students
- The U21 Undergraduate Research Conference (URC) is an annual weeklong event that brings together the brightest young researchers from throughout the U21 network and provides them with the unique opportunity to present their original research in front of an international audience of their peers. The research conference is hosted by a different U21 member university each year and aims to attract students from a diverse range of disciplines whose research areas focus around a common theme.
Call for applications: 2017 U21 URC
- The U21 Summer School for undergraduate students is an intensive summer seminar consisting of a two-week program of lectures, animated discussions, project-based learning, and relationship building that provides students with an opportunity to engage with their U21 peers around the world. U21 member universities take turns hosting this annual event which is built around a region or nationally relevant theme selected by the hosting institution.
Call for applications: Program will not be offered in 2017
- Through the U21 Social Entrepreneur Corps in Guatemala (U21 SEC), students interested in international development will work directly with field professionals and social entrepreneurs in Guatemala to help establish new and grow existing micro-consignment supported businesses. The benefits include exposure to economic theories of social entrepreneurship and active engagement with case study analyses, Spanish language, and Guatemalan, including Mayan culture. The U21 students will experience living with the local families and working intensively with community service organizations and local social entrepreneurs.
Call for applications: TBD
For Graduate Students
- The U21 Graduate Research Conference is an annual interdisciplinary conference giving graduate students an opportunity to enhance the skills relevant to their research and career development. Conferences are organized every 12-18 months, with a different topic and host member university each conference.
Call for applications: 2015 U21 Graduate Research Conference
- Three-Minute Thesis Competition (3MT) provides research students with the opportunity to develop their academic, presentation, and research communication skills by explaining their research to an intelligent but non-specialist audience. Each U21 member university is invited to run their own internal competitions and nominate their winner for 3MT participation.
- The U21 Early Career Researcher Workshops (junior faculty) aim to encourage international networking and tackle career developmental topics, such as grant writing and journal editing. Each workshop involves core themes, approached from a variety of different disciplinary viewpoints.
Call for applications: 2015 U21 Early Career Researcher Workshop