The University of Maryland and American University in Afghanistan (AUAF) signed a memorandum of understanding on Friday, March 14, committing the two universities to deepening their relationship with exchanges of students and faculty and cooperation in research and innovation. The MOU was signed at the Embassy of Afghanistan, hosted by His Excellency Ambassador Hakimi. The relationship between the two universities to date has been led by University Honors, which has featured courses on Afghanistan in collaboration with AUAF.
A leading voice in entrepreneurship research, teaching, and application, with over 1,000 members across the world, the United States Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship established Excellence in Entrepreneurship Education Awards to recognize excellence in entrepreneurship education at the programmatic level. Each is awarded on a competitive basis, with only one institution winning in each category during a given year. A few days ago, EIP won first place in the category of Outstanding Specialty Entrepreneurship Program. Congratulations, EIP!
Erin Hylton, a senior in the University Honors Program, has been named a 2014 Marshall Scholar, one of only 40 winners nationally. This is just the latest of many honors for Erin, a 2010 Banneker/Key Scholar who won a Udall Scholarship in 2012 (one of 60 in the US) and a Boren Scholarship in 2013 (one of 160 in the US; Maryland is number one in the country for Boren winners). We are very proud of Erin, the fourth Honors College student in four years to win a major UK fellowship. Go Terps!
Parsons, as part of its partnership with the University of Maryland Honors College, hosted a networking event for Honors College students on Tuesday, November 19. Parsons professionals currently working on cybersecurity, engineering, environmental, transportation, and other infrastructure projects networked with more than 100 Honors College students to share their career experiences. "This successful networking event is just one of several events to come," said Mary Ann Hopkins, Parsons group president. "In early September, we announced our partnership with UMD to help produce future cyber security professionals, and things couldn't be off to a better start."
Winston Liu, a bioengineer in the Gemstone Program, has been named Maryland's first Whitaker Scholar. The award provides a maximum of $7,500 which Winston will use to study abroad in Spain, and and is specifically for biomedical engineering and bioengineering students. Congratulations, Winston!
We are so proud of University Honors student Deana Parris, who is a USA Gymnastics National Team member and wants to participate in the 2016 Summer Olympics. Check out her story. We're cheering for you, Deana!