Janet McGlynn
Director of Communication and Outreach, Office of Undergraduate Education
2011-2012 UMBC President’s Commission for Women Achievement Award

Since joining UMBC in 2001, Janet McGlynn has been a champion of student research and an advocate for women’s issues on campus. She is responsible for several campus-wide undergraduate research programs, including the Undergraduate Research and Creative Achievement Day (URCAD), the Undergraduate Research Awards (URA) and the UMBC Review. She also promotes summer research opportunities and travel grants to support students presenting research at national conferences.

Her hard work and dedication has made URCAD a unique opportunity for all undergraduates to showcase their talents and develop as professionals in their fields. Around 250 students participated and about 2,000 people attended URCAD in 2010. Outside of research, McGlynn participates in committees, planning and activities that support student success, retention and graduation. She teaches a section of Introduction to an Honors University (IHU) designed to help new students make the transition to college academics. She works with the committee that selects the book read by incoming students each year as a part of the New Student Book Experience.

She encourages members of Women in Learning and Leadership (WILL) to participate in URCAD, recognizing it as an excellent opportunity for undergraduate women, particularly those in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields, to gain valuable experience. She also serves on the Women’s Center Advisory Board and is involved in women’s issues on campus.

McGlynn earned her B.A. in Natural Sciences and Masters in Administrative Science from Johns Hopkins University.


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