Understanding human behavior has profound implications for our grasp of global economic crises, biased social structures, crime and terrorism, climate change and changing demographics and governments. These are among the critical challenges facing humanity, and the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences is leading the way toward solving them. The Fearless Ideas campaign will allow the college to expand our innovative research and policy discussions, develop transformative tools and technology, and inspire our students to be the solution to the world’s great challenges.
Scholarships and Faculty Support
Endowed Funds for Students
Establish 50 new endowed funds to help students become engaged campus and global citizens, whether interning with nonprofits or government agencies or conducting service projects abroad.
Signature Dean’s Scholarship
Launch a signature Dean’s Scholarship that fully funds students’ time at Maryland, plus provides a $3,000 stipend for experiential learning to explore public service, follow intriguing research questions and lead the next generation of businesses.
Create new Chair’s Graduate Fellowships to attract the strongest graduate students and provide them with summer funding to pursue research, field work or community impact.
Endowed Chairs and Professorships
New endowed chairs and professorships allow Maryland to recruit and retain the very best faculty to guide the future of our institution.
Create endowed lectureship positions to bring prominence, stability and focus to our professional teaching faculty.
Increase Research Funds
Grow research funds critical to expanding the breadth of ideas and span of issues that our faculty and graduate students can tackle, including faculty and graduate research, travel and summer funds.
Participate in campus-wide signature research initiatives including Language Science, Brain and Behavior, Climate, Cybersecurity and more.
A new academic and career advising center providing support services for at-risk students, additional advisers and career, research and internship opportunities to meet students’ individual needs.
Hearing and Speech Clinical facilities
Renovation of the Hearing and Speech Sciences Clinical facilities to provide state-of-the-art training and service to the community.
Honors Program Space
Acquisition of space in Washington, DC for the new Government & Politics Honors Program and students completing internships and research in the city.
Programs and Initiatives
The College of Behavioral and Social Sciences will support several programs and initiatives, including:
The Contemporary African-American Experience
Examining and providing new insights into the Contemporary African-American experience including education inequalities, public health access, fairness in policing and sentencing and opportunity gaps in all areas of life.
Government & Politics Living Learning Honors Program
Establishing a new endowed Government & Politics Living Learning Honors Program to recruit and train our future government, policy and community leaders, located in the heart of the nation’s capital and uniquely positioned for applied research and experiential learning.
New Neuroscience Major
Leading the campus initiative on brain and behavior, including a new Neuroscience major, partnerships with virtual reality initiatives, integrating our clinical and research facilities with the new Cole Field House and partnerships with the University of Maryland School of Medicine.
Integrating critical behavioral and social science expertise in fields like economics, geographical sciences and sociology into the campus initiative to expand research and policy guidance on the climate change challenges facing our world.