President’s Symposium & White Paper Project

Dr. Jarrell speaking at en event with students watching

Each year, students from across the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) have the opportunity to shape the future of the university. 

As part of the President’s Symposium and White Paper Project, an interdisciplinary group of students (known as President's Fellows) are selected to participate in a mentored fellowship while researching, developing, and writing recommendations surrounding an issue that impacts the UMB community. All UMB students from all disciplines are encouraged to submit an application. 

We Recognize Innovation and Discovery

Students receive many benefits from participating in the symposium. They will: meet and interview UMB's President, Deans, and Leadership; publish a university-focused white paper; and present their finding, and institutional recommendations to the university's leadership and community. Participants who complete the program are awarded a stipend accumulating to $2,500.00 during the 2023-2024 academic year, in recognition of their work and contributions to the institution's Core Values. 

Topic for 2023-24

This year's topic is Near Campus Vibrancy at the University of Maryland, Baltimore. The Fellows will answer the question: "How can the University of Maryland, Baltimore, as an anchor institution, positively contribute to near-campus vibrancy through the investment of resources and strategic initiatives?"

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