The Path Forward: The Campaign for CMSE

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The Path Forward: The Campaign for CMSE is an ambitious plan to amplify CMSE's impact, secure our future, and advance our mission towards increasing the number of underrepresented minority students in engineering studies and careers.

To meet the challenges that lie ahead, CMSE must grow its capacity to recruit, retain, advise and mentor underrepresented students. And we need you to join us.

Together, we will ensure that CMSE can support, guide, and mentor underrepresented students for generations to come. 


The Path Forward: The Campaign for CMSE

The Path Forward: The Campaign for CMSE is a historic campaign to invest in the Center's top three priorities.

Learn more about CMSE's cuttent Pre-College Programs

  • Increase accessibility to these STEM programs for underrepresented students of all economic backgrounds;
  • Deepen the pipeline of URM students who pursue engineering; and
  • Increase URM enrollment in STEM degrees at the University of Maryland
  • Achieve our goal to expand the Bridge program by 25%
  • Enhance the Center's ability to serve students through advising and mentoring; and 
  • Continue offering and evoloving these programs to best meet undergraduate students' needs.
  • Establish endowed funding to support CMSE for generations to come
  • Build capacity to adapt and launch new programs 

CMSE's Impact

  • Number of Underrepresented Minority Students at the Clark School of Engineering has grown by 35% since 2012
  • Clark School is ranked #5 in the Nation for Number of Engineering Bachelor's Degrees Awarded to African Americans in 2020 (Diverse Issues in Higher Education)
  • Clark School is ranked #1 in the Big Ten for Number of Engineering Graduate Degrees Awarded to African Americans in 2020

Read about CMSE's 40 years of impact as featured in the spring 2021 Engineering at Maryland magazine.

The Alumni Success Stories highlights CMSE alum who continue to give back while advancing their own careers in industry, government, and academia. If you are a CMSE alumnus who would like to be included, share your story.



For the past four decades, CMSE has invested in its students. For the first time, we are asking friends, alumni, and partners to invest in CMSE through The Path Forward Campaign.

To give scholarship support, please contact Tamika Hodnett, Assistant Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations.

Donate to CMSE Director's Fund

The CMSE Director's Fund supports areas of greatest needs provides flexibility to fund any gaps throughout the year. Additionally, this fund enables the Center to pivot quickly as well as innovate new programs to recruit, retain, and graduate URM students. By giving to this fund, you will ensure that the Center has the agility to best meet students' needs as well as take advantage of opportunities that arise.

CMSE Director's Fund

Donate to Pre-College Outreach and Programming Fund

Support CMSE's Pre-College outreach and programming by giving to this targeted fund. Additional funding can help the Center provide programs for free or at a reduced cost to students and their families. Current programs include STEM Expo (spring), ESTEEM SER Quest and SeaPearch (both in summer).

CMSE Pre-College Outreach and Programming

Donate to Transfer Student Connection Fund

The Transfer Student Connection is the Center's newest program aimed at helping transfer students transition to UMD and providing them support through graduation. Contributions to this area will enhance resources such as the transfer student orientation, advising, and other student support to this important student population.

Transfer Student Connection

For inquiries or more information, please contact:

Tamika Hodnett

Assistant Director of Corporate & Foundation Relations, Clark School of Engineering | (301)-405-2150