Seeing what nobody else sees. Thinking differently. Believing in the impossible. A Fearless Idea is born out of any of these. Making it come to life is where the real work starts. Maryland offers the right environment for students and faculty to create the next game-changing technology, invention or business. By supporting Maryland’s pioneering programs in entrepreneurship, you can turn imagination into innovation.
Arts and Humanities
The renowned scientist E.O. Wilson has described the humanities as “the natural history of culture, and our most private and precious heritage.” The humanities are the study of what it means to be human, and the arts are the channels through which we deliver the stories and ideas that express our humanity. They’re central to human understanding and penetrate every aspect of existence, and they can, and should, intersect with the natural and social sciences. To be a truly great university, the University of Maryland must embrace and advance the intersections of arts, the humanities and the sciences in the context of a liberal education devoted to advancing knowledge and nurturing good citizens.
Expanding scholarship and innovation in the arts, this collaboration includes new courses, unparalleled research and education opportunities for UMD faculty and students, music programming, fellowships, internships and exclusive access to the collection of the nation’s first museum of modern art.
Housed at the University of Maryland since 2014, the DeVos Institute helps Maryland team up with public and private leaders in diverse, challenged and critical arts communities worldwide to educate and support the arts leaders of today and tomorrow.
The unique collaborations between partners in the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center uniquely position Maryland to build the future of the field where students learn from a curriculum that balances the rigor of music, theater or dance training with a comprehensive liberal arts education.Together, we are training, mentoring and presenting the next generation of artists, scholars and creative innovators.
A major research university contributes to the store of human knowledge. UMD makes that happen by attracting and retaining the highest caliber of faculty, who use their expertise and passion to create and disseminate knowledge to the next generation through their teaching and to the world through their scholarship.
Academy for Innovation and Entrepreneurship
The Academy for Innovation and Entrepreneurship is where our ideas become Fearless.
It’s a presidential initiative to infuse the university with a culture of innovation and entrepreneurship (I&E) across all 12 schools and colleges. By embedding I&E into the core curriculum, bringing real-world experiential learning into the classroom and giving students opportunities to work across disciplines to creatively solve problems they’re passionate about, the academy prepares students to tackle the world’s biggest challenges. Your support can enhance its exciting initiatives including Fearless Ideas courses, design thinking modules, collaborative learning spaces and Innovation Fridays.
Maryland Social Entrepreneur Corps
Creating sustainable impact while gaining the perspective, skills and knowledge to become the social entrepreneurs of the futureGive Now
Sustainability and Climate Change Initiative
Global climate change is one of today’s most urgent challenges, threatening cultures and ecosystems worldwide while endangering public health and economic prosperity.
With our strategic location near the nation’s capital and our strengths in areas including public policy, computer science, agriculture, education and environmental health, our bold Sustainability and Climate Change Initiative will position UMD as a global, results-oriented leader in this critical field. The initiative will establish new interdisciplinary degree programs, extension services and research collaborations to study the impact of global warming, focusing on new adaptive approaches to build resilient societies and mitigate a broad spectrum of harmful effects.