During your time at UMD
Graduate Writing Center
At the GSWC, we enact the Graduate School mission, “Advancing graduate education. Enhancing the graduate student experience,” by providing opportunities for conversations about writing across the graduate community. We offer support for graduate students at every stage of their development as academic and professional writers who can, in turn, fulfill the university’s mission of sharing research, educational, cultural, and technological strengths with the broader community.
Of particular interest, the Graduate Writing Center offers English Editing for International Graduate Students. The English Editing for International Graduate Students (EEIGS) program is a unique opportunity for enrolled University of Maryland international students. Through this program, international students may submit portions of required academic writing for free editing. Editors are volunteers from the university’s Volunteer Service Corps.
This is an online service: students submit papers electronically as Word documents and editors respond using the “track changes” feature in Word. All documents submitted for review must be submitted in Word; we cannot review documents submitted in LaTeX, PDF, or PowerPoint.
EEIGS services are available only during the regular academic year (fall and spring semesters). Because services are provided by volunteers, the number of requests that can be fulfilled and the time it takes to respond to papers may fluctuate. Please be aware of this, and make sure to plan accordingly.
English Language Support
There are formal and informal campus resources for deepening an international student's English language skills.
- Obtaining part-time (non-academic, on-campus) employment is a superb way to practice conversational English, and get a paid a little, as well. These positions can be between 5-10 hours/week and even though they may not be related to your area of study, they provide essential language skills. (https://careers.umd.edu/students/student-employment/part-time-jobs-campus#Oncampus)
- ISSS has a free English conversation class for students, faculty and staff. All others must pay $75 per semester. For more information contact the ISSS office at firstname.lastname@example.org(link sends e-mail) or visit http://umdesol.weebly.com(link is external).
- Montgomery County Public Schools Adult Education (link is external) -The Montgomery County Public School system offers adult English classes around the county which are either free or require a small fee.
- Prince George's County Community College Adult Education (link is external) -Like Montgomery County, Prince George's Community College offers adult English classes which are either free or require a small fee.
- Voxy UMD - an online service (for a fee) through the Graduate School.
- Oral Communication workshop (weekly) through the Graduate School's Writing Center.
Do you have a question about word choice, punctuation, sentence structure, or proper citation? Are you unsure if an idea, sentence, or word sounds good? For answers to quick questions like these, call the Grammar Hotline!
The Grammar Hotline is available to University of Maryland undergraduate and graduate students, faculty, staff, and people from the community at large.
The Grammar Hotline accepts calls during the Writing Center's normal business hours. You can also leave a message and we'll return your call during our business hours
UMD Psychology Clinic
The Psychology Clinic offers year-round, sliding-fee scale services for children, adolescents, and adults in the suburban Maryland and greater Washington DC metro area. Services include individual and couples/marital psychotherapy and psychoeducational assessment, such as LD/IQ/ADHD. Specialty services also available are Behavioral Parent Training, Diagnostic Consultation, Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT), and Behavioral School Consultation. We treat a wide variety of concerns across the lifespan such as: Depression, Anxiety, Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders, Relationship/Interpersonal Problems, Emotional and Behavioral Disorders, and Problems with Stress and Coping. The Psychology Clinic is staffed by Licensed Clinical Psychologists, Clinical Program Faculty Members, and graduate students from the Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology.
UMD Memorial Chapel
Dedicated on October 12, 1952, the non-denominational and picturesque Memorial Chapel stands in honor of members of the University of Maryland community who lost their lives serving our country in the United States Armed Forces. An icon at the University of Maryland, the Memorial Chapel stands as a symbol of unity and serenity. The location of about 1200 activities a year, the doors are open annually to more than 80,000 visitors of all faiths, cultures and walks of life.
Serving as the center for religious life for the campus, the Chapel is also a great venue for lectures, concerts, services, convocations, commencement ceremonies, and weddings. The facility has much to offer to our on- and off-campus communities. Activities in the Chapel need not be religious in nature, but all must be the type of event that respects the integrity of a place of worship.
While many students look to the future as they receive their degree at the many commencements ceremonies held here each year, hundreds of alumni return to the Memorial Chapel to exchange wedding vows. Throughout the academic year students, faculty and staff are invited to lectures that often feature such prominent leaders such as Senator John McCain, former Governor Robert Ehrlich, Senator Joseph Tydings and Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi.
Year round the Memorial Chapel Carillon, which can be heard across campus, rings the school's Alma Mater, inviting the campus and surrounding community to enjoy concerts, tours and join in worship. Surrounding the Memorial Chapel are gardens and courtyards that provide the community with a place to relax and reflect in the midst of a 1200 acres campus bustling with activity. Being a non-denominational facility, worship services at Memorial Chapel are as varied as the 14 faith communities represented by the University of Maryland Chaplaincies. For more information on religious life and worship times please contact these campus ministries directly at www.chapel.umd.edu/chaplains.
The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center
The Clarice is in the College of Arts and Humanities at the University of Maryland. As part of a major public research university, The Clarice is committed to collaboration and the creation and support of new work that further advances our knowledge and understanding, working in its creative radius.
The Clarice opened in 2001 and is a vital part of the arts ecology in Prince George’s County.
The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center is creating the NextNOW. We are building the future of the arts by educating, training and presenting the next generation of artists and creative innovators.
By shaping NextNOW audiences, experiences and artists, The Clarice breaks through traditional boundaries in art-making and audience development through the work of its 6 partners:
- The School of Music nurtures artists, scholars, and educators who understand tradition and celebrate innovation.
- The School of Theatre, Dance and Performance Studies expands our capacity through performing arts to build communities, solve problems and create a life of meaning.
- The National and International Artist Partner Program nurtures new voices, new works, and new ways to explore and discover ourselves and the world in which we live.
- The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission partners to improve the quality of life through the arts for all citizens in a diverse and inclusive community.
- The Michelle Smith Performing Arts Library is transforming space, both virtual and physical into dynamic collaborative learning environments for all of us.
- MilkBoy is the brainchild of music industry’s Tommy Joyner and Jamie Lokoff of MilkBoy Studio and food and beverage veteran Bill Hanson. MilkBoy started as a recording studio in Philadelphia in 1994. Since then, they've opened two restaurant and music venues there to more widely serve the local music scene. MilkBoy is expanding to Maryland and the College Park community, bringing both great music and elevated American comfort food.
A hub of innovation and possibility, The Clarice is building the future of the arts now!
MilkBoy ArtHouse is a performance venue, restaurant and craft bar where the campus and community can gather, connect and explore. MilkBoy ArtHouse's intimate urban hangout offers a fresh take on contemporary cool where residents and students all feel at home.
This inspired new venue features performance spaces and an art gallery in a friendly setting with varied cuisine and boundary-breaking artists including UMD's own students, staff, faculty and alumni. MilkBoy ArtHouse nourishes imagination and ignites the creative impulse that will shape the future of the performing arts on our campus and in our community.
Consistently eclectic, MilkBoy ArtHouse's top-quality entertainment ranges from contemporary, global pop, indie rock and jazz to world music and things that defy categorization!
The Phillips Collection
Phone: 202-387-2151 / x246
In fall 2015, The Phillips Collection and the University of Maryland launched a bold partnership with a shared vision to dramatically transform scholarship and innovation in the arts. Layered with rich opportunities to collaborate, the agreement is ambitious, entrepreneurial, and risk supportive—essential qualities in today’s competitive arts and academic environments. Together, The Phillips Collection will expand its education programs, reach new and diverse audiences, and pursue key initiatives that align with the museum’s strategic mission as an “experiment station” and institution for learning. At the same time, UMD will grow its established scholarship and academic programs within the arts, provide unparalleled research and education opportunities for UMD faculty and students, and expand its footprint in the nation’s capital.
The Diamondback is the independent student newspaper at the University of Maryland. Online, it's updated daily at dbknews.com; in print, it's published each Monday during the fall and spring semester.
With a print circulation of 8,000 and copies available at more than 60 locations, The Diamondback reaches a wide audience throughout the campus and around College Park. Its website receives more than three million page views yearly from readers across the world.
The Diamondback covers a range of issues relevant to students, including campus life, the administration, university sports teams and the city of College Park. The newsroom is located on the third floor of the South Campus Dining Hall.