As a species, it is the nature of humankind to seek out and explore fresh insights, additional knowledge and new discoveries. The College of Computer, Mathematics and Natural Science (CMNS), University of Maryland (UMD), explores the world of natural, and chemical sciences with the physical sciences of mathematics and computers.
There are twelve major research institutes housed at CMNS, as well as ten academic departments. The academic departments include astronomy, oceanography, biology, computer science, geology and physics, among others.
Opportunities for Natural Science Research at UMD
Many of the natural sciences offer opportunities for research at the undergraduate or graduate level. An undergrad in astronomy can participate in the Lab for Millimeter Wave Astronomy, studying star formation in our galaxy or in others, seek to understand the origin and evolution of the solar system with the Planetary Astronomy Group or join the Space and Plasmic Physics Group to study plasmas in space and in the laboratories.
UMCP has a highly interactive research environment and outstanding laboratory facilities for Cell Biology and Molecular Genetics studies. The areas of research include Cell and Developmental Biology, Genetics and Genomics, Microbiology, Plant Biology and Virology.
Computer Science Research
The UMD Department of Computer Science sponsors the Computer Vision Laboratory, which has a history of over forty years in computer science research. Established in the 1960’s by Professor Azriel Rosenberg, the founder is largely regarded as the father of the field. He is responsible for the first international conference on computer vision and has published over five hundred journal and conference papers covering nearly all aspects of computer vision and imagery.
A number of computer science alumni have acquired great success in the world for their prestige in the computer sciences that have studied at the laboratory, including Narendra Ahuja, recipient of the IEEE Peori Prize. Over one hundred computer science students have received their PhDs in computer vision since the establishment of UMD’s vision laboratory.
The University of Maryland College Park Department of Mathematics
Washington D.C. and the surrounding area have become the center for intense scientific activity, with UMCP playing a major role. The rapidly growing Mathematical Department currently has over 30,000 students in over 100 degree programs, and approximately 9,000 students in 87 master’s degree programs.
The Department of Mathematics is housed in the Mathematics Building on Campus Drive, near U.S. Route 1. The Physics, Chemistry and Engineering Departments occupy adjoining buildings. Resources for undergraduates include math tutoring, problem solving help sessions and the math success program. Mathematics are taught at the undergraduate level, the graduate level, with programs in applied mathematics and statistics, and at the professional research level.
The Departments for natural science, physical science and the mathematics remain a convenient close distance to each other. The campus grounds have a relaxing atmosphere, with a number of recreational facilities, such as swimming pools, playing courts, gymnasiums, art galleries and cinema. The location affords a short and easy drive into the Maryland countryside for quiet contemplation and rest.
UMD has some of the best programs for science, mathematics, and computer training in the country and students would be remiss in not considering all of their options with an accredited, socially-centered university.