Rankings & Fast Facts


Fast Facts

2100+ Students from 52 Countries
42% Female Student Body
31% of Students from Underrepresented Groups
Located just outside Washington, DC
46 Active Research Grants
2 ACM Fellows
2 LJ/ALISE Excellence in Teaching Awardees
6 NSF or IMLS Career Grants

National Rankings

#2 in USA
Master of Library and Information Science Online
#4 in USA
Master of Library and Information Science
(US News & World Report)
#9 in USA
Master of Science in Human-Computer Interaction
(Value Colleges)
#3 in USA
University of Maryland as a Public University
(Princeton Review)

Faculty Honors

UMD Research Communicator Impact Award
Jen Golbeck (2015)

LJ/ALISE Excellence in Teaching Award
Paul Jaeger (2015)

Library Journal Mover and Shaker Award
Anne Weeks (2016)

Emmett Leahy Award
Richard Marciano (2017)

UMD CMNS Distinguished Research Scientist Award
Catherine Plaisant (2017)

ACM Distinguished Member Status
Niklas Elmqvist (2018)

LJ/ALISE Excellence in Teaching Award
Renee Hill (2018)

ACM Distinguished Member Status
Jen Golbeck (2018)

Inaugural Rachel Olivero Accessibility Innovation Award (NFB MD)
Jonathan Lazar (2019)

Library Journal Mover and Shaker Award
Mega Subramaniam (2019)

Society of American Archivists (SAA) Council Exemplary Service Award
Michael J. Kurtz (2019)

YALSA Outstanding Achievement Award
Mega Subramaniam (2020)

UMD BBI Virtual Seed Grant Symposium Awardee
Katie Shilton (2020)

2021 Library Journal Movers and Shakers
Jennifer Sturge (2021)

2020 SIGCHI Lifetime Service Award
Catherine Plaisant (2021)

2020 ACM SIGACCESS Award (Special Interest Groups on Accessible Computing) for Outstanding Contributions to Computing and Accessibility)
Jonathan Lazar (2021)

Student’s Choice Teaching Award
Ryan O’Grady and M. R. Sauter (2021)

The Instructional Innovation Award
Stacy Surla (2021)

UMD Graduate School Faculty Mentor of the Year Awards for 2021
Amanda Lazar (2021)

ALISE/Bohdan S. Wynar Research Paper Competition Award
Mega Subramaniam and Shandra Morehouse (2021)

iSchool’s Teaching and Excellence Awards

Undergraduate Students’ Choice Teaching Award
Daniel Greene (2021)

Graduate Students’ Choice Teaching Award
Bria Parker (2021)

Instructional Innovation Award
Alex Leitch (2021)

Faculty Distinguished Grants

NSF Career Award
Amanda Lazar (2021-26)

NSF Career Award
Niklas Elmqvist (2014-19)

NSF Career Award
Katie Shilton (2015-18)

NSF Career Award
Jordan Boyd Graber (2017-22)

NSF Career Award
Eun Kyoung Choe (2017-22)

NSF Career Award
Vanessa Frias-Martinez (2018-23)

NIDILRR: Inclusive ICT Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center
Gregg Vanderheiden (2018-23)

Yahoo Faculty Research Award
Jenny Preece (2015)

Google Faculty Research Award
Jonathan Lazar (2019)

Minerva Grant: Impact of Emotions in Social Media Sharing
Suzannah Paletz (2019)

Fulbright Specialist Award: Library Services in Kyrgyzstan
Mega Subramaniam (2019)

NSF Grant: Building an Augmented Reality at UMD
Niklas Elmqvist (2019)

UMD Catalyst Award: Advancing Machine Translation Systems
Ge Gao (2019)

National Fed. for the Blind (NFB) Fellowship Award: Developing Accessibility-Focused Curriculum
Renee Hill (2020)

National Academy of Ed. Postdoctoral Fellowship: Critical Education Research
David Weintrop (2020)

NSF Grant: Developing Computational Models to Detect Clickbait
Naeemul Hassan (2020)

IMLS Early Career Award
Katrina Fenlon (2020)

Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Plannning Grant
Katrina Fenlon (2020)

Maryland Innovation Grant Award
Charles Harry (2020)

Laura Bush 21st Librarian Grant
Mega Subramaniam (2020)

IMLS National Leadership Grant: Capturing Computational Thinking Literacy Development in Public Libraries
Mega Subramaniam and David Weintrop (2020)

Army Research Office Grant
Susannah Paletz (2020)

IMLS Grant: Black Caucus of the American Library Association (BCALA)
Ana Ndumu (2020)

NSF Convergence Accelerator Grant
Niklas Elmqvist – co-PI (2020)

NSF Grant
Vanessa Frias-Martinez (PI), Christopher Antoun (co-PI), and Jessica Vitak (co-PI) (2020)

NSF Grant
Eun Kyoung Choe (PI), Hernisa Kacorri, and Amanda Lazar (2020)

Adobe Grant
Joel Chan and Jonathan Lazar (2020)