Location, location, location!

Washington Monument and reflection at sunset

*D.C. skyline.

Baltimore Inner harbor

*Baltimore's inner harbor. 

Why should you study chemical and biomolecular engineering at UMD?

Next door to the U.S.A. capital, Washington, D.C., and down the road from Baltimore, Md.

Being near two major metro areas, and within easy driving distance of outdoor getaways, has its advantages. Our students can take advantage of two major metropolitan areas' worth of parks and outdoor activities, fun on the water, theaters, zoos, concert venues, professional sports (Redskins, Ravens, Nationals, Orioles, Mystics, Wizards and Capitals), museums (including the free Smithsonian Institution), street festivals, world cuisine, bars and nightlife, and historic neighborhoods, conventions and conferences for all kinds of interests. A drive of 1-4 hours in any direction can get you to places like Philadelphia, New York City, Williamsburg, Six Flags, Civil War sites, vineyards, incredible caverns, mountains, and the beach!

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In the national research laboratories' neighborhood.

The University of Maryland's College Park Campus is within a Metro (subway) ride or easy driving distance of many prominent government research facilities that employ chemical and biomolecular engineers, including the NIH, the FDA, the USDA, and the NRC. Some of our students have had internships or co-advisors at one of these top-tier labs, while others have gone on to secure postdoctoral positions or careers there.

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A campus community offering excellent research facilities, services, social activities, and 27 Division I NCAA sports!

The A. James Clark School of Engineering is home to a wide variety of departmental and shared labs and equipment, ranging from well-established to recently-renovated to completely new, for both research and teaching. Interdisciplinary research centers on campus administer major shared equipment facilities as well as organize activities promoting cross-disciplinary collaboration. These centers include the Maryland Nanocenter, the Materials Research Science and Engineering Center (MRSEC), and the University of Maryland Energy Research Center (UMERC). 

Even if you don't get out of the lab, classroom, or library much you can still have a great time on and around campus. The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center offers theater, jazz, orchestral, dance, and other performances throughout the year. At the Stamp Student Union, you can catch a movie at the Hoff Theater, eat out, visit the Stamp Gallery, take art and dance lessons, or hang out at the Terpzone, where you'll find bowling lanes, pool tables and an arcade. Visit Campus Recreation Services for swimming, fitness classes, outdoor excursions, and intramural sports. Shop for a computer. Join one of the dozens of special interest groups. Catch a Maryland Terrapins game‚ there are 27 sports to choose from! Let Engineering Co-op and Career Services help you find an internship or job, or attend one of the many career fairs held throughout the year.

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