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Research & Creative Impact

Our Bold Creativity Helps Advance Social Justice

At Maryland, we merge the power within disciplines to propel positive outcomes for all. Through the fearless integration of the arts, sciences, and technology, we've seen ourselves and our communities transform. Today, we aim to design solutions to the biggest challenges of our time by developing new and re-imagined research, as well as curricular and project-based offerings that ignite visionaries in their relentless pursuit of excellence.

We can't do it alone

This world is ours to share, and with that comes the responsibility of leaving behind a lasting legacy of positive change. At Maryland, our formula for impact is simple, and everyone gets a seat at our table: researchers, students, faculty, artists and activists. Together, we do our best work.

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Donated to 50 projects addressing the world's grand challenges
Combined research expenditures in FY21 with the University of Maryland, Baltimore
Raised for research funding and related activities in 2023

For the Good: Terps Forge Ahead

Above all, we believe in the power of our community to do the work to help advance humanity and move fearlessly forward. 

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Inclusivity Through Technology (FIT)

Through the Grand Challenges Grants program, FIT aims to bridge the gap between neurotypical and autistic people in workplaces through a video-calling platform—promoting mutual understanding, ethical usages of technology, and rapport building.

Inclusivity Through Technology
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Equity in Dance

Maryland Ph.D. graduate and faculty member, Dr. Kate Spanos, champions equity and inclusion in the dance field through her debut book: "Dancing in the World: Revealing Cultural Confluences."

Dancing in the World: Revealing Cultural Confluences

Music Education for All

An ARHU and CMNS duo are teaming up to democratize music education through their inaugural Artificial Intelligence (AI) platform VAIolin. Together, they will bring the power of music to underserved communities around the world through a Grand Challenges Team Project Grant. 

Music Education for All
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The Global FEWture Alliance

This initiative seeks to mediate the biggest challenges in public health—ranging from population growth, urbanization, climate change and more. Through the implementation of tech-based solutions, community-driven capacity building and experiential education, this Maryland-based international alliance will spend the next three years addressing 13 of the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. 

The Global FEWture Initiative

Global Impact Stories

Our Terps take on the grand challenges of our times through explorations and action across all fields of human endeavor.

Maryland Senior Meghna Pandey, a Champion for Menstrual Justice in India

Public Health Beyond Borders (PHBB) president Meghna Pandey '24 shares her experiences traveling to India and conducting menstrual outreach—one conversation and comic book at a time.

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Maryland to Train and Mentor Ph.D. Students from Select African Universities

Maryland has joined the Regional Scholarship and Innovation Fund (Rsif) as an International Partner Institution (IPI), where it will offer internship opportunities for visiting doctoral students to train, conduct research, and build capacity to innovate when they return to Africa. 

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