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Dean Newsletter FeatureMay Highlights with Dean Prabhudev Konana

“It’s been an exciting month, particularly for the undergraduate program! There’s been so much interest in the new Integrated Business Honors program, and over 200 students applied for 60 IBH slots. We will admit our first cohort of Smith Business Leadership Fellows in May. We are set to launch an undergraduate program on computational finance in fall 2022, and despite a short window of marketing we received applications from 25 extraordinary CS students. We expect to formally propose a minor and a major in computational finance with CMNS soon.”

Read the Dean's letter.

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Jeron DavisJeron Davis '15 - Navigating Finance for Resiliency 

From selling crayons for change in elementary school to investing in the stock market in the 9th grade, Forbes 30 Under 30 recipient Jeron Davis ‘15 has always had a passion for business. 

Davis credits his time at Maryland Smith as a dual degree finance and information systems student for instilling the drive, motivation, and resiliency in him that led him to the Forbes 30 Under 30 nomination. 

“Obviously you want to be the best candidate you can be from a data standpoint, you want to shoot for that 4.0 GPA, you want to be involved in extracurriculars, you want to network, you want to check all of the boxes,” Davis said. “But, resiliency and the ability to experience failure and still push on is what is really going to make you successful.” Read Jeron's full story

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Magazine Spring 2022 

The spring issue of Smith Business magazine is here! In this issue, we’re exploring The Greening of Business. Read how climate risks and regulations are reshaping businesses and careers around the planet.

Flip through the magazine’s virtual pages to learn about new programs to help professionals take advantage of blockchain technology. You’ll read research that answers the question: Can you bank happiness? You’ll also find tips for writing a winning cover letter (hint: don’t skip it, even if it says “optional”), and how to navigate changes in power dynamics at work. 

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OCS May Feature

If you or your colleagues are expanding your teams or hiring interns, we encourage you to join our “Terps Helping Terps community - pay it forward by considering a Maryland Smith hire. Just complete our short form with the job details and our team will market the role to the right populations of students and alumni.

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Survey Executive Education 

Support Executive Education at Smith by providing your feedback! We want to hear from you - how can we enhance the Smith Open Enrollment Program and support lifelong learning for our community. Your feedback is extremely valuable to us and we appreciate you taking the time to fill out this survey.

By completing this survey you will be automatically entered into a raffle to win a FREE enrollment into one of Smith’s open enrollment classes! (You must provide your email address to be entered)

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Blockchain Demo Day-3-2 

Reserve your spot to attend Demo Day of the first UMD Blockchain Accelerator on Wednesday, May 4. Seven startups will be pitching their ideas and improvements after an 8 week program. All are welcome to join us!

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ESG Reimagine Your Impact

Join the Center for Social Value Creation for our inaugural ESG Conference: Reimagine Your Impact. This conference will connect thought leaders, researchers, Smith School faculty, students, and more to learn about and discuss current ESG topics. Attendees will hear from esteemed speakers including Chrissa Pagitsas, Stephan K. Thieringer, Apoorva Gandhi, Corinne Doughtery and many more who will challenge the way we think about business impact. The conference will be taking place at Van Munching Hall on Friday, May 6th from 12:00-6:00 PM. Register today.

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Terps in Your Town California 

Join President Darryll J. Pines and fellow California Terps for an evening of reconnecting and meeting new friends. Hear from President Pines as he shares exciting updates from College Park. These events will feature heavy hors d'oeuvres and an open bar. 


San Francisco: May 12 | 6:00-8:00 p.m. PST, La Mar Cebicheria Peruana

Los Angeles: May 13 | 6:30-8:30 p.m. PST, The Eveleigh

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Maryland in Manhattan 

This year marks the 10th Anniversary of Maryland in Manhattan! Join us on Wednesday, May 25 at Slate NY for the University of Maryland's Signature New York event. This evening of celebration and networking has become a Maryland tradition, where 400+ alumni and friends, university leaders, faculty, deans and athletics coaches unite. Register today.

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 Global MD Business Adapts

On June 3 at the World Trade Center in Baltimore, five Maryland companies will be recognized for persevering through the ongoing pandemic at the 2nd Annual Maryland Business Adapts event. These companies found innovative ways to adapt and now they will share their discoveries with others. Celebrate the adjustments that Maryland companies made during the pandemic and hear from peers as they provide their insights on topics like minimizing business risk of their global operations or preparation for sudden operational changes. Register today.

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 Science Academy Programs

Data Science, Machine Learning, and Bioinformatics Master’s Degrees at UMD. Advance your career to the next level by enhancing your skills with your alma mater. UMD’s Science Academy offers master's programs in Data Science, Machine Learning, or Bioinformatics that can be completed in less than 2 years.


Designed specifically for working professionals, courses are taught in the evenings. Successful graduates will apply the tools and techniques they learn to real-world problems in areas such as finance, marketing, telecommunications, security, engineering, weather and climate, biology, and information technology.


Apply by June 30 for Fall 2022 admission. No GRE is required. 

May 4 How to Leave a Job on Good Terms (Virtual) 
May 4 Quantum: UMD's Leading Impact (College Park) 
May 12 Terps in Your Town: San Francisco (San Francisco)  
May 13 Terps in Your Town: Los Angeles (Los Angeles)  
May 14 Boston Terps at the Greater Boston Food Bank (Boston) 
May 18 - 20 UMD and Smith School Commencement Ceremonies (On Campus)
May 25 Maryland in Manhattan (New York)
June 3 Maryland Business Adapts Roundtable (Baltimore)  
Alumni Association Events Check here for additional events with fellow Terps 
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Blood Drive
Tuesday, May 3 

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Networking and discussion with university leaders
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