The University of Maryland is the state's premier center for research, advancing knowledge and providing high quality undergraduate education. A publicly supported, land-grant institution, Maryland is dedicated to educating the most promising students in the state, the nation and the world. As the flagship university of the state and the only university in Maryland with a mission to serve the needs of the entire state, the University of Maryland College Park is well known by residents from the western panhandle to the Eastern Shore. The university is espeically dedicated to advancing environmental education and research. Eight of the twelve major schools and colleges are engaged in educating future leaders on the issues of climate change and environmental adaptation and mitigation strategies. Each school provides a unique perspective on the environmental issues faced today on local, state, national and international levels. The close proximity to the nation's capital provides excellent opportunities for students to collaborate with government researchers and policy makers who are at the forefront of developing new research initiatives.
In addition, the Chesapeake Bay, America's largest estuary, with a watershed that reaches into seven states, is profoundly affected by climate change and the environment. Less than an hour from the College Park campus, the Bay provides UMD students with a living classroom and enhanced education and research experiences.
The Marine Estuarine Environmental Science Graduate Program (MEES) offers a high-quality learning experience to students with a committed interest in research and understanding within some subfield encompassed by the purposely broad area indicated in the title of the Program. In the usual case, there must be a demonstrated degree of interaction between the biological and physiochemical systems in the environmental area chosen. The University System of Maryland is able to provide the proper milieu and, through its present graduate school mechanisms, the scholarly control absolutely vital to the success of the Program. The State of Maryland (and the Nation) have made available to them a corps of persons equipped to fill the many responsible research and administrative posts constantly opening in the areas directly covered by the Program. Students are able to acquire advanced degrees in areas fulfilling their ambitions without going to institutions outside the State of Maryland, and the job market, in-state alone, favors their employment on graduation.
The MEES Program attracts high quality students, both internationally and nationally. Included in the rationale for the Program are the significant facts that, in many ways, the Program is the only of its kind within the Nation. The multidisciplinary nature, coupled with strategic physical locations of participating institutions, gives Maryland the ideal opportunity to serve wide-spread State and Federal needs and, at the same time, strengthen its own stature across the Nation as an attractive center of graduate learning in the environmental sciences. Unique in its nature, its organization, and its specific goals, the MEES Program is complementary to, not at cross-purposes with, all other graduate opportunities available throughout the University System of Maryland.
The University of Maryland Extension (UME) is a statewide, non-formal education system within the college of Agriculture and Natural Resources and the University of Maryland Eastern Shore. UME educational programs and problem-solving assistance are available to citizens and are based on the research and experience of land grant universities such as the University of Maryland, College Park.
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