College of Computer, Mathematical, and Natural Sciences



While the department continues to increase the amount of external funds received through grants and contracts, in many ways the future success of the department will depend increasingly on contributions from faculty, staff, alumni and friends. Your support, either on a one-time or continuing basis, can make a difference and help insure that students have an outstanding educational experience and are both challenged and inspired by the very best faculty. Please read below about alternative uses for your donation. If you would like additional information, please contact the College of Computer, Mathematical and Natural Sciences' development office by clicking here.

Department of Biology Gift Fund

Donations given to this fund support a wide range of departmental activities and educational activities, from helping to recruit new students and faculty to supporting graduate student research and travel.

Dr. William J. Higgins Endowed Professorship Fund

The Higgins Endowed Professorship Fund honors the legacy of Dr. William J. Higgins by endowing a professorship in the Department of Biology. During his 34 years (and counting) as a faculty member in the Department of Biology (formerly Zoology), Dr. Higgins has guided countless students into successful careers through his teaching, advising, and mentoring.

Read more about the Higgins Fund.

CONS (Sustainable Development and Conservation Biology) Program

This strong, innovative, multidisciplinary academic Master of Science program recruits and trains the world's best candidates for leadership in conservation biology and sustainable development.

For 20 years, CONS has produced graduates who can work and move seamlessly in the scientific, political, business, and economic worlds. With a holistic, systems-thinking approach, our graduates find solutions for today's environmental problems that work in the real world. The CONS Program fund is used entirely to help support current students pursue related educational activities.

Find out more about the CONS program.

Giving Options

Online - Fulfill your pledge online by clicking here. Where prompted to select a fund, choose one of the fund names above from the drop down menu.

Check - Send checks, made payable to "the UMD College Park Foundation - Fund Name" to:

CMNS Office of the Dean
3147 A.V. Williams Building
University of Maryland
College Park, MD 20742

Pledge - Pledge support by calling 301.405.7749. You will be sent a confirmation letter and automatically enroll you in our reminder system.

Payroll Deduction - (For UMD employees only) To request a payroll deduction, please call 301. 405.7749 or send an email to: