Exploring the universe and planet Earth. Securing cyberspace. Unraveling the molecular origins of disease. Students, staff, and faculty in the College of Computer, Mathematical, and Natural Sciences (CMNS) are committed to using science to address the world’s most pressing problems. The college’s research program sparks scientific discovery and advances in diverse areas that include quantum computing, global climate change, virtual and augmented reality, and data science.
Scholarships and Faculty Support
Need-based scholarships help some of our brightest students succeed in attending college and graduating from UMD. We will provide need-based and merit-based scholarships for undergraduates of every major.
Merit-based fellowships for graduate students in every program will allow for groundbreaking research across many disciplines.
Named professorships and chairs
Named professorships and chairs expand resources that help faculty soar to or stay at the forefront of their fields, and provide important recognition for extraordinary research and teaching.
Brendan Iribe Center for Computer Science and Innovation
The Brendan Iribe Center for Computer Science and Innovation will boldly proclaim Maryland’s commitment to leadership in technology.
The 215,600-square-foot building will feature inviting classrooms with flexible spaces that promote interactive and collaborative learning. Makerspaces and specialized labs will allow students and faculty to innovate in artificial intelligence, human-computer interaction and wearable technologies. This cutting-edge facility will enhance UMD’s expertise in augmented and virtual reality, fields of extraordinary promise and potential for doctors, educators, defense personnel and others.
Programs and Initiatives
CMNS will raise support for programs and initiatives, including:
Growing efforts in data science to help businesses, governments and organizations tackle the computational challenges associated with today’s information flood and develop new computational tools to extract the most important pieces of information from these huge data sets.
Environmental Security Research
Expanding environmental security research, with scientists who are working to understand the causes of environmental changes and to improve monitoring and prediction of vulnerabilities to life, property and governance at home and abroad.
Virtual and Augmented Reality
Exploring and enhancing technologies and applications in virtual and augmented reality that include enhancing medical diagnosis and treatment; providing public safety officials with critical situational awareness data and new tools to process crime scenes; and creating lifelike virtual training tools for surgical residents in trauma centers, government data and language analysts, and high-tech factory workers of the future.
The First Quantum Computer
Maintaining leadership in the race to build the first quantum computer, which scientists believe will be able to solve problems that are intractable using current technology.