We at the Maryland Robotics Center recognize that strength comes through diversity and actively seek and welcome students with diverse backgrounds, experiences, and identities. Listed below are the diversity-in-robotics programs we offer. 

We would like to acknowledge and thank Amazon Lab126 and Microsoft for their diversity-in-robotics program sponsorship. 

Amazon Lab126 University of Maryland Diversity in Robotics and AI Seed Grant Program

The Amazon Lab126 Seed Grant Program is a new component of the Amazon Lab126–University of Maryland Diversity in Robotics and AI initiative. The program will support UMD and UMD’s HBCU partner school faculty, students, and researchers working in robotics and AI and is intended to enable inter-institutional collaboration with UMD’s HBCU partner schools to further increase the diversity pipeline and enhance connectivity between faculty, students, and researchers in robotics and AI.

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Amazon Lab126 Diversity in Robotics and AI PhD Fellowship Program

The Maryland Robotics Center Amazon Lab126 Diversity in Robotics and AI Fellowship was established in September of 2020 by Amazon Lab126 and supports merit-based fellowships for two or more Ph.D. students in robotics a year who are involved in the cutting edge research in the general areas of advances in mobile robotics, robot motion planning, computer vision, pedestrian tracking and machine learning. The fellowship recipients may be invited for a summer internship at Lab126.

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Microsoft Diversity in Robotics and Autonomy PhD Fellowship Program

The Microsoft Diversity in Robotics and Autonomy PhD Fellowship Program supports two full-time UMD PhD students for one academic year conducting research in robotics and autonomous systems modeling, simulation, and/or experimentation.

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Microsoft Future Leaders in Robotics and Autonomy Seminar Series

The Maryland Robotics Center (MRC) at the University of Maryland, College Park,  is pleased to announce the Future Leaders in Robotics and AI: Celebrating Diversity and Innovation Seminar Series as part of the University of Maryland and Microsoft Robotics and Diversity Initiative. This is a nationwide online seminar series for PhD students and postdoctoral researchers, especially underrepresented minorities and women. The seminar series will highlight the latest research and innovation in the field of robotics and AI. The series is intended to provide exposure and mentorship opportunities to the speakers,  build a network of innovators across the country, and support the speakers’ career planning.

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