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computer chipUMBC researchers are leading a six-university team on a $7.5-million, five-year Multi-Disciplinary University Research Initiative (MURI) grant from the U.S. Department of Defense. The UMBC group, collaborating with colleagues from Purdue, the University of Illinois, University of Michigan, and University of Texas at Dallas and San Antonio, is working to translate recommendations by the 9-11 Commission for more effectively sharing classified information into a technology network that both works and is secure. 

The University is fourth among U.S. research universities in the production of IT degrees and certificates, according to the most recent data from the Department of Education. The data also shows that UMBC ranks second among U.S. research universities in undergraduate IT degrees awarded, and it is the largest producer among those universities of IT graduates in Maryland, DC and Virginia.


The Rise of American Research Universities, a book ranking university research achievement on a per-capita basis, found that UMBC scholars in the arts and humanities ranked 13th among all public campuses in the nation in prestigious awards.

HurricaneIkeUMBC ranks eighth among U.S. universities in NASA funding, according to the NSF HERD Survey of FY11 (the most recent year for which data is available). The university's NASA-funded centers are the Joint Center for Earth Systems Technology, the Goddard Planetary Heliophysics Insititute and the Center for Research and Exploration in Space Science and Technology.

UMBC ranks second nationally in invitations to perform at the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival.

ErleEllisAccording to Thomson Scientific's Science Watch, UMBC's geoscience research ranked third nationally in citation impact for 2001-2005. The only other U.S. universities producing more frequently cited geoscience research papers were Harvard University and the Georgia Institute of Technology.

The UMBC Public Policy program is ranked tenth nationally in faculty scholarly productivity, according to the Chronicle of Higher Education. Harvard, Duke and the University of Maryland, College Park were also ranked in the top 10. In 2006/2007, UMBC awarded more public policy doctoral degrees than all but one university in the U.S.

For the fifth year in a row, U.S. News & World Report America's Best Colleges Guide named UMBC #1 in up-and-coming national universities, a list that includes Arizona State University, Drexel University, Clemson University, Carnegie Mellon University, and Boston University. UMBC also is on a list of the top national universities “where the faculty has an unusual commitment to undergraduate teaching,” a list that includes such schools as Princeton, Brown, Yale and Stanford universities.


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