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Selected Research Areas

The University of Maryland is engaged in a broad variety of research areas addressing regional, national, and global challenges, ranging from science, engineering, business, social sciences, arts and humanities, and other disciplines. Below are a selected sample of research areas where University of Maryland researchers are discovering new knowledge, contributing fearless ideas for innovation, and achieving societal impact.

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Climate Change

UMD researchers are addressing environmental and energy challenges through a unique approach, combining natural and social science research with sustainable technologies. UMD researchers contribute to actionable science, offering policy makers direct data to help them make decisions about how to adapt to the conditions of our evolving environment.

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Quantum Research

The University of Maryland is an established powerhouse of quantum discovery and innovation. With over 200 researchers on campus, partnerships with government laboratories, strong connections with industry and an international research network, UMD and its partners are leading the United States and global community into a quantum future.

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AI and Data Science

The University of Maryland has world-class expertise in these areas, including: machine learning, statistics, data visualization, natural language processing, algorithms, social scientific theory and analysis, and others.

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National Security

UMD researchers are engaged in intensive research on a range of national security issues, including better understanding the causes and consequences of terrorism, how to respond to it, and how to proactively address future threats to help prevent potential terrorist activity.

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Our laboratories and research programs are making a difference in critical areas, from understanding how respiratory viruses spread through air to climate change’s impacts on health, physical activity’s benefits to aging brains, innovative approaches to treating cancer, and advancing health equity, among others.

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Social Justice

Our research across disciplines focuses on a variety of topics, including social policies and reforms, policing, the criminal justice system, sentencing and incarceration, voting and social movements, health equity, work and the economy, family, violence, the arts and humanities, geography, and climate.

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