Student and Campus Resources

Student and Campus Resources

Academic and Other Resources

  • Architecture Library: Many of the journals (e.g. Landscape Architecture Monthly) related to landscape architecture are housed in the Architecture Library.

  • Campus Sustainability: Information on sustainable activities on campus.

  • Office of Undergraduate Studies

  • The National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center: Socio-environmental synthesis generates useful new insights about the world’s most challenging environmental problems by combining diverse forms of knowledge in creative ways. Focusing on the complex interaction of humans and the natural environment, such synthesis opens up new ways of thinking about a particular problem, generating discoveries and solutions.

  • National Center for Smart Growth Research and Education: Information on smart growth, land use and environment, GIS data resources, etc.

  • University of Maryland Library Resources: Reference guide to selected landscape architecture resources in the University of Maryland Libraries.

  • Counseling Center: Resources available to UMD students, faculty, and staff. Visit this website for counseling services, disability support, learning assistance, and testing and research.

  • Undocumented TerpsThe University of Maryland is committed to creating a welcoming and inclusive environment for all students, including undocumented students. Undocumented students, who often face barriers and challenges as they navigate campus policies, require support services that address their unique needs. As such, the Office of Multicultural Involvement & Community Advocacy (MICA) and the Asian American Studies Program (AAST) have partnered with other UMD departments and allies to increase institutional support for undocumented students, providing advising related to financial aid and admissions. Ultimately, the University strives to provide resources and guidance to support the advancement of undocumented students during their time at Maryland. This website is funded in part by the Office of Diversity and Inclusion.

  • Division of Student Affairs: Resources available regarding student life, for alumni and partners, staff and faculty, and more!

  • Le: Notre Institute: Dr. Kelly Cook is the coordinator for the University of Maryland. Involvement in the group allows you to attend the annual Landscape Forum, to use online e-lectures, and to network with a global group of professionals. You can become a student member at a very low rate. It is definitely a worthwhile group to work with. 

 

International Students

International Students

Welcome to the University of Maryland Landscape Architecture!

We want to provide you with some links to useful resources specifically available to international students on campus.

Financial Resources

Financial Aid

For many students and their families college is a major investment. We recognize that families may need some assistance to make college more affordable. At the University of Maryland, we offer an array of financial aid programs, scholarships, grants, loans and student employment opportunities. We encourage you to use our online information to educate yourself about our merit scholarships, need-based financial aid programs and other sources of aid, available to assist you in financing your Maryland education. It is a simple process to apply for merit scholarships and need-based financial aid. Please visit the University of Maryland's financial aid web page.

For more information on the university application process please go to www.admissions.umd.edu.

Details and information on freshmen and transfer student merit scholarships can be found listed on UMD's Financial Aid/Scholarships webpage.

Graduate

If you are interested in a Graduate Assistantship with the Landscape Architecture program, please contact Dr. Christopher Ellis, cdellis@umd.edu. For university-wide Graduate Assistantships, please check out www.ejobs.umd.edu to get more information. 

Scholarships

Academically talented students can apply for College of Agriculture and Natural Resources (AGNR) merit scholarships. A separate application is required once an admit decision is rendered by the Office of Undergraduate Admissions. For AGNR scholarship application details please go to http://agnr.umd.edu/students/scholarships. Priority is given to those students who have submitted a complete application to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions by the November 1 priority deadline.

 

Department of Plant Science and Landscape Architecture Scholarships

Visit the PSLA department's scholarships web page

 

Outside Scholarships

Approximate Deadlines Organization
Feb 15 Landscape Architecture Foundation (multiple awards)
March 1

National Capital Area Garden Clubs, Inc.

May 1

Maryland Nursery and Landscape Association Ornamental Horticulture Scholarship

June 15

March 1

Robert Lewis Baker Scholarship

Potomac ASLA Chapter Ballard Scholarship Fund

Award Winners

Congratulations to all of our students who have won awards and have been recognized for their exemplary work!

Students: Please feel free to share with us any awards/scholarships you receive!

2016-2017 Academic School Year

2015-2016 Academic School Year

  • 2016 University Olmsted Scholars
    • Kim Jacobs, 4th year BLA (undergraduate)  
    • Amina Mohamed, 3rd year MLA (graduate)
  • ASLA Honor Award Nominees
    • Stephanie Bartas, 4th year BLA
    • Kathleen Hayes, 3rd year MLA
    • Brittney Wood, 4th year BLA
  • ASLA Merit Award Nominees
    • Nathan Allen, 3rd year MLA
    • Kim Jacobs, 4th year BLA
    • Hanyang Liu, 4th year BLA
  • The Emery Family Scholarship - Sarah Whiteley, 2nd year BLA
  • The Homeland Garden Club of Baltimore Award - Amanda Oppenheimer, 4th year BLA
  • Landscape Architecture Award of Excellence
    • Hanyang Liu, 4th year BLA (undergraduate)
    • Amina Mohamed, 3rd year MLA (graduate)
  • Link-Shanks Award - Christopher Chima, 4th year BLA
  • Bowie-Crofton Garden Club Scholarship - Edy Ruano, 3rd year BLA
  • Southern States Scholarship - Edy Ruano, 3rd year BLA

Internships

We e-mail all internship and job opportunities that we receive from private industry, state, federal and municipal government offices, and non-profit organizations out to students on our list serve.

We thank our local and national partners for supporting the growth of young professionals. 

Employers: If you are interested in sharing any job opportunities you have available with our students, please email Marcina Garner at mmarcie@umd.edu. Please include your contact information and an ad for the job opportunity. Thank you!

LARC students: Don't forget to enroll in LARC389 Internship class! For approval of your internship please contact your faculty advisor or Dr. Mark Carroll, mcarroll@umd.edu. Also, check out AGNR's Career page for more resources!

MDASLA Job Shadow Program

MDASLA Job Shadow Program

The Maryland ASLA Job Shadow Program is one of the most successful programs for students and is an excellent experience. The program is a great way for the professional community to meet and inspire the next generation of Landscape Architects. Here are some of the local firms that have participated.

Recent Participating Firms:

AECOM | Alexandria, VA

A. Morton Thomas & Associates, Inc. | Rockville, MD

Ayers Saint Gross | Baltimore, MD

Barks Road Landscape Architecture, Ltd. | Arnold, MD

Ben Dyer Associates, Inc. | Mitchellville, MD

Bohler Engineering, P.C.| Sterling, VA

Boyd & Dowgiallo ~ Environmental Services, LTD | Glen Burnie, MD

Campion Hruby Landscape Architects | Annapolis, MD

christopher consultants, ltd. | Columbia, MD

christopher consultants, ltd. | Fairfax, VA

Clinton & Associates, PC Landscape Architects | Hyattsville, MD

Daft - McCune - Walker, Inc. | Towson, MD

Design Collective | Baltimore, MD

Dewberry | Baltimore, MD

Dewberry | Gaithersburg, MD

AECOM | VA

EDSA | Baltimore, MD

G. E. Fielder & Associates | Laurel, MD

Graham Landscape Architecture | Annapolis, MD

Gutschick, Little, & Weber, P.A. | Burtonsville, MD

hord | coplan | macht | Baltimore, MD

Loiederman Soltesz Associates, Inc. | Rockville, MD

Mahan Rykiel Associates Inc.| Baltimore, MD

Mark Willard & Associates, LLC | Baltimore, MD

Maryland State Highway Administration - Landscape Architecture Division | Baltimore, MD

Michael Vergason Landscape Architects | Alexandria, VA

Morris & Ritchie Associates, Inc. | Laurel, MD

Morris & Ritchie Associates, Inc. | Towson, MD

Neighborhood Design Center | Riverdale Park, MD

Nemetchek | Columbia, MD

Parsons Brinckerhoff Americas | Baltimore, MD

Quayle and Company | Severna Park, MD

Rodgers Consulting, Inc. | Germantown, MD

Slater Associates | Columbia, MD

Sigma Engineering | Annapolis, MD

Site Resources, Inc. | Phoenix, MD

Toll Brothers | Columbia, MD

URS Corporation | Hunt Valley, MD

Walnut Hill Landscape Company, Inc.| Annapolis, MD

LARC389 Internship Class

LARC 389

Offered as a semester combination course. Must be taken in the Summer and Fall semesters. Taught by Dr. Mark Carroll.

Students:

You must get approval of your internship through Dr. Mark Carroll. We want to make sure you get the best experience out of your internship.

Steps

1. Email Dr. Mark Carroll (mcarroll@umd.edu) with a brief (i.e., 1 to 2 paragraph) description of your proposed internship. The description should focus on your expected internship responsibilities and what you expect to get out of your internship experience.

2. Before starting your internship, have your supervisor complete and send directly to Dr. Carroll the Internship offer form (i.e. first two pages of the linked document).

3. Once your internship is approved by Dr Carroll you will receive a document outlining the requirements for the Internship Journal. Journal entries should made while you are doing your internship.

  • Dr. Mark Carroll will email Diana Cortez (dcortez@umd.edu) once he has approved your request. You must email Diana your UID# so she may lift the block.

Course Objectives:

  1. To become informed about internship learning experiences.
  2. To learn about career opportunities.
  3. To become familiar with the university career counseling services.

Course Requirements:

  1. Completion of a ten-twelve week internship, which meets PSLA criteria.
  2. Submittal of the internship supervisor's evaluation.
  3. Submittal of an internship journal documenting the internship responsibilities, learning experiences and mentorship. An evaluation of the overall internship experience should also be included.
  4. Class presentation.
  5. Submittal of weekly internship presentation summaries.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Students will develop technical and knowledge-based skills in the required areas of study.
  • Students will use technical and basic learned knowledge to collaborate, solve problems and then articulate conclusions.
  • Students shall develop effective communication skills and demonstrate the ability to present ideas with clarity to an appropriate audience.
  • Students will connect and build relationships with external groups in the appropriate fields of study.

For more information, please contact Dr. Mark Carroll at mcarroll@umd.edu.

GIS Internships

Maryland Department of Planning Internship

The Maryland Department of Planning has partnered with us to provide a year-round internship opportunity for four students in the MLA program. Students will have the opportunity to expand their knowledge in fields such as planning, GIS, geography, and communications, while gaining valuable work experience. 

General Logistics 

  • The internship will take place during both fall and spring semesters. Students will work an average of 20 hours per week.

  • For each academic term, interns will be entitled to all holidays granted to University of Maryland employees. 

  • Stipends are available for 1-2 semesters. 

Selection

  • The MLA Program and MDP will agree on minimal qualifications for the Intern. The Landscape Architecture program will select the candidates for the internships and MDP will have the final selection of the interns. 

Study Abroad

New Zealand

Winter: New Zealand

NEW ZEALAND: SUSTAINABLE TRANSFORMATION AND ADAPTATION: CULTURE AND EARTH 

LARC 489N: 3 credits

This program investigates the unique land forms and geology of the stunningly beautiful country of New Zealand and its unique and varied geologic forms, including thermal springs, geysers, caves, glaciers, plant life, fjords, and beaches. This course explores the country and its culture, engaging students in tours, hikes, excursions, and visits to museums, universities, and farm demonstrations. Of equal importance will be an investigation of cultural issues related to the colonization of the Maoris by the English settlers. Students will track the history of colonization from the introduction of English settlers to the present through the influences and challenges that have unfolded. New Zealand is the land of extreme sports and remarkable natural beauty. Time and opportunity will be given to individual pursuits such as bungee jumping, sky-diving, and whitewater rafting. A special visit will be provided to the Hobbit village movie set that was used in the filming of The Lord of the Rings. Students will also explore Auckland, Queenstown, Milford Sound, Franz Josef glacier, Rotorua, Matamata, Hobbiton, Waitangi, 90 mile beach, and Waitomo.

Applications and other details can be found at University of Maryland Study Abroad.

For more information, contact Dennis Nola, PLA, ASLA.

Costa Rica

Summer 2017: Costa Rica

SUSTAINABLE FUTURES - MONTEVERDE, COSTA RICA

This ten-week summer course of study is designed to offer students the opportunity to live and work on ecological and social projects in a rural, but rapidly developing region in Costa Rica. This is a multi-disciplinary program designed for students from various disciplines, including architecture, planning, landscape architecture, resource management, and international development. Students participate in a seminar on sustainable development, enroll in Spanish language classes, and take an intensive studio/internship with one of the many organizations in the Monteverde zone working toward sustainability. There is a final report, plans or design scheme, or actual environment intervention, depending on the nature of the work. In addition, there is a series of lectures and field trips to local cooperatives, ecologically managed farms, and various forest reserves.

This is a semester's worth of credits (12-13 credits) in a small rural community next to the Monteverde Cloud Forest Preserve in Costa Rica. Students work with community residents on various projects jointly defined. Participating programs hosted by the Monteverde Institute include University of Maryland Landscape Architecture Program, University of New York at Buffalo School of Architecture and Planning , University of Illinois Department Urban and Regional Planning and University of New York ESF at Syracuse. Fluency in Spanish is encouraged but not required.

For more information, contact David Myers, PhD, PLA, ASLA.

Italy

Summer 2017

TERRAPIN TAKE OFF: ITALY: PUBLIC SPACES: THEN AND NOW

LARC188A

Investigate public spaces of the ancient and modern world using Sorrento and Rome as a base of study! We will explore how people perceive space, what makes a successful outdoor space, how people have historically used space, and how modern life adapts and utilizes spaces from antiquity.

We will visit and investigate many piazzas, town centers, and historic monuments. Discover the ruins of Herculaneum and Pompeii, the Greek temples at Paestum, the Amalfi coast, Florence, the Spanish Steps of Rome, the Campidogliio, the Forum, the Coliseum, St. Peter's Square, the Vatican Museum, the Ara Pacis, the Piazza Novana, the Piazza Popolo, the Pantheon, the Campo di Fiori, and the Villa D'Este.

This course visits architectural monuments and public open spaces to gain a better understanding of sustainable built, natural, and cultural systems. Included are tours of museums, archaeological ruins, galleries, natural sites, farms, botanical gardens, and music venues. We travel by train, boat, and bus. The course ends with an Italian chef's cooking class and meal.

ITALY: LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE, ARCHITECTURE & MUSIC

LARC489A / HONR338A

We investigate Italy through the built environment, public piazzas, and music in this three- week, three- credit landscape architecture course (LARC489A or HONR338A). Students will communicate, through one of several methods, their observations, reactions and knowledge of the sites visited throughout Italy. Each student will communicate through either sketching, photography or writing and be responsible for researching and presenting one specific subject. In addition, students will be instructed in a one- hour daily lesson in conversational Italian.

Applications and other details can be found at University of Maryland Study Abroad.

For more information, contact Dennis Nola, PLA, ASLA.

United Kingdom

Summer 2020

DESIGN DISCOVERY: UNITED KINGDOM

ARTT 386L OR LARC 489K: 3 CREDITS

DESIGN is all around us — it influences and modifies every part of our daily lives. What is the process that is universally used to achieve such a huge array of results? How does “Design Thinking” play a role in innovation throughout the ages? Discover what role history plays in the way man-made objects look and function. We are going to be based in one of the most exciting cultural capitals in the world — London — a city that has embraced design for over 2000 years! 

Explore the intersection of imagination, fabrication and transformation in a variety of design endeavors—from fashion to furniture; from typographical fonts to farm fields and forest conservation. Find out what industrial design and garden design share, what building design and graphic design have in common. Find out how all design fields intersect and play a role in local and global economy. Meet other students interested and involved in various aspects of design across campus. Let two design professors from two different disciplines lead you to discover yourself in the world of design!

To participate in this Education Abroad course, you must be in good academic and judicial standing and you must not have any registration blocks. The minimum GPA for this program is 3.0. UMD and non-UMD sophomores, juniors, seniors and graduate students are eligible to apply.

If you are interested in this program but you do not meet the eligibility requirements, contact the Program Leaders Ruth Lozner (rjlozner@gmail.com) or Jack Sullivan (jack@umd.edu) to discuss your situation.

This program is open to all majors. Students in Design, Landscape Architecture, Architecture, Studio Art, Art History and Archaeology, and Non-Designers who are looking into the fields of design are encouraged to apply.

After you commit to the program, Education Abroad will enroll you in one of two 3-credit UMD courses: LARC489K or ARTT 369D.

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