The University of Maryland, College Park has long been established as a top national research university. It is consistently named as one of the top fifty research universities and one of the top twenty-five public research
universities in the nation. The university garnered $401 million dollars in research money in 2008,
funding faculty and graduate investigation of our world from the myriad perspectives of scientists,
sociologists, businesspeople, historians, and artists.
Scientific Terrapin provides a stepping stone for scientists across disciplines at the beginning of their research careers. We seek to provide undergraduate researchers a forum to present their work and receive peer and faculty review, as well as readership and recognition. We seek to connect student researchers with one another, so they might form intellectual partnerships and friendships, and so will sponsor workshops and presentations to not only encourage interdisciplinary discussion and debate, but to share research opportunities and practical advice for advancement in their fields. We herald the work of promising young minds and extraordinary mentors, allowing the community to learn about exciting research produced at the University of Maryland. And last, we hope to inspire students as they enter the university or continue with their education, to take the next step and join their fellow classmates in contributing to this culture of research and to claim their integral role in the vibrant and dynamic research at the University of Maryland.