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"Abby V. Robinson, Ph.D." <[log in to unmask]>
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Daily eNews for CMNS Students <[log in to unmask]>
Tue, 23 Dec 2014 14:35:47 -0500
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Subject: UMD crowdfunding application due Jan. 10

Dear CMNS students—

With two UMD crowdfunding rounds completed this fall, Launch UMD is now
accepting applications for its next session. Applications are available at Applications are due Jan. 10, with the program
likely running during the month of February.

What could you do with $5,000 or $10,000 or more, to support a student
project, trip, activity, lab, course or competition? Do you have any projects
coming up or things that you dream of doing but just don’t have the
necessary funding? A new crowdfunding effort at UMD, called Launch UMD, could
provide the funding you need!

Crowdfunding is a great way to engage members of the UMD community, including
alumni and families of students, with specific, exciting projects being
initiated by our students, faculty and staff. Money can be used for things
like equipment, competitions, sending students to a conference or training or
to conduct research; and sustainability and community efforts.

Launch UMD began in April 2014 with a pilot round of five crowdfunding
projects, all of which met and exceeded their fundraising goals. This fall, a
CMNS entomology project to “save the bees” by placing sentinel hives
around the state of Maryland blew past its initial goal of $8,000 and raised
$24,105. Another CMNS project to purchase a 3-D scanner and printer for
geology raised $8,000, which was $1,000 more than its goal.

For specific questions and more details, please contact me or Nora Pittmann,
301-405-8076, [log in to unmask] You can also visit and

Please let me know if you have an idea that you think can work. I look
forward to hearing from you!


Abby V. Robinson, Ph.D.
Director of Communications
College of Computer, Mathematical, and Natural Sciences
University of Maryland
2318 Symons Hall
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