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College of Natural and Mathematical Sciences

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Exploring, supporting, and coordinating research and education in the natural and mathematical sciences through academic excellence, creative and innovative thinking, and responsibility to our students, staff, faculty, and society.





Find out more about the eQUBS Summer 2014 study. The deadline for enrolling in the Exploring Quantitative Undergraduate Bridges to Success has been extended to Friday, June 20, 2014.

Dr. Mario Livio of the Space Telescope Science Institute presented a Colloquium entitled, Brilliant Blunders, on Wednesday, May 7, 2014 from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. in the first floor Gallery of the Albin O. Kuhn Library.

Congratulations to Sara Leupen, Senior Lecturer in the Department of Biological Sciences, who was selected to receive the 2014 Carl S. Weber Excellence in Teaching Award. The award included a $1,000 prize from the Carl S. Weber Excellence in Teaching Award Endowment. Dr. Leupen received her award at the CNMS Student Recognition Day on Friday, May 2.

Over 78 undergraduate and graduate students received individual awards at the ninth CNMS Student Recognition Day on Friday, May 2, 2014. In addition, many more CNMS students were recognized for scholarship excellence as new members of two key national honor societies - Phi Beta Kappa and Pi Mu Epsilon. Next year's event has been scheduled for the afternoon of May 1, 2015.

The tradition of UMBC's Life Science Symposium continued for the 17th year with A Look Ahead XVII: Explorations in Transformative Research on Tuesday, April 29, 2014. The event featured two invited plenary speakers, Dr. Eve Marder, Professor and Head, Division of Science, Brandeis University, and Dr. Phyllis Robinson, Professor, Department of Biological Sciences, UMBC, as well as an extended poster session featuring the research of UMBC faculty. The symposium was offered free of charge thanks to the generosity of event sponsors. Next year's event will be held on April 15, 2015.

The grand opening of the Science Learning Collaboratory or SLC was held on April 28, 2014. Located on the second floor of the Meyerhoff Chemistry Building, the innovative science teaching wet lab is the result of a collaboration between the Howard Hughes Medical Institute and CNMS. HHMI will use the lab during the summer months for its Science Education Alliance initiatives and UMBC will use the lab as a classroom during the fall and spring semesters.

The 17th Annual Undergraduate Research Symposium in the Chemical and Biological Sciences will be held October 24, 2014 at UMBC. Over 400 attendees attended last year's event and enjoyed the morning and afternoon juried poster sessions, workshops, and plenary talk. For more details and the list of the first and second place poster winners, Visit:

The College was represented by over 95 poster and oral presentations at the 17th Annul Undergraduate Research and Creative Acheivement Day (URCAD) on April 23, 2014. These presentations were given by our undergraduate majors, many of whom have been mentored by CNMS faculty. This impressive number serves as a testimony to the talent of our students and, also, to how much our faculty have been and continue to be involved in student success initiatives and research.

The College will host the 17th Annual Summer Undergraduate Research Fest on Wednesday, August 6, 2014, in the University Center's Third Floor Ballroom. The event will feature the research of undergraduates and high school students presented as posters and oral presentations.