The program will begin on Sunday evening, July 28, 2019, at 5 PM at the University of Maryland STAMP center. The workshop will conclude after dinner on Thursday evening, August 1. There is an optional visit to the National Science Foundation on August 2.
Workshop Check-In: Sunday, July 28
- Workshop Check-in will take place in the lobby of The Cambria Hotel (8321 Baltimore Avenue, College Park, MD) from 3:00pm-4:30pm, and in the Atrium Room 1107 at the STAMP Center from 5:00pm-9:00pm. Participant notebooks and name tags will be distributed at check-in. If you are not staying in the hotel, your parking pass will be available at either workshop check-in site.
- Hotel Check-in is available after 3 pm at The Cambria Hotel. Hotel check-out time is noon.
Getting around UMD
If you cannot arrive on Sunday in time for the 5:00 PM opening session and dinner, please plan to travel on Saturday and indicate that on your travel information form. Under these circumstances, we will arrange for housing for you on Saturday night.
Optional NSF Trip
We are offering an optional one-day trip to the National Science Foundation on Friday, August 2 (see schedule - opens in a new window). We will start with an orientation session followed by small group meetings with program officers. Following that, NSF staff will offer group sessions on some specific NSF programs and you will be able to meet individually with NSF program officers. We are organizing transportation to NSF, but you can also drive yourself (if you have your car at UMD). This NSF trip is optional, but we encourage everyone, including faculty from two-year colleges, to attend.
If you opt to stay in DC on Friday night you will be responsible for finding accommodations and the cost of the extra night's stay.
Participants are responsible for their travel to and from the workshop. Maps and Directions to College Park are available on the UMD web site.
**Please be advised of the Metro shutdown that will be in effect during our visit. While it will still be possible to get from Reagan National to UMD, it may be better to use Lyft/Uber/taxis and coordinate rides with other participants. We will send travel information in advance so that you can do this. See https://www.nbcwashington.com/news/local/Metro-Summer-2019-Shutdown-Blue-Yellow-Lines-Virginia-Parking-Shuttle-Trains-Commute-510023741.html for more info.
Transportation to College Park, MD by Air
Reagan National Airport (DCA) is the most convenient to College Park. The campus is approximately a 30-minute drive/cab ride from the airport
Alternatively, you can fly in to Baltimore/Washington International airport or Dulles International airport. Travel times to these airports will vary due to traffic, and travel times can be highly variable, but it typically it takes ~40 minutes to/from BWI to UMD and an hour to an hour and a half to/from Dulles.
There are public transportation, taxi service, and SuperShuttle options for each of the airports. The metro stops at Reagan International airport and near UMD campus (College Park station). For more details about ground transportation options from each airport, see the red text at bottom of the Maps and Directions web page, under "By Air." **See note above that has modified information for summer 2019 based upon Metro shutdown.
The Cambria Hotel is ~1.5 miles from the College Park Metro station. There are many transportation options from the Metro to the Hotel - Uber/Lyft/taxi is one option. There are bus options as well.
If you attend the NSF trip, you may choose to fly home late afternoon or evening of August 2. Travel time from the NSF offices to Dulles is at least one hour (and may be more during rush hour); to Reagan National you should allow at least one-half hour if during rush hour. The Washington DC Airport Shuttle serves both airports. They will pick up at the door and deliver to the airport.
Travel by Rail
Several Amtrak routes serve the DC area.
Travel by Car
Use your favorite online map to get directions to the University of Maryland, College Park, MD.
We are arranging travel by bus for the group to NSF.
Participants will stay in double-occupancy rooms in The Cambria Hotel (8321 Baltimore Avenue, College Park, MD).
Accommodations assume a Sunday arrival (or Saturday for people traveling long distances), and a Friday AM departure. You will indicate your preferences for your arrival on your registration form. For those of you attending the NSF visit, you will need to plan a late Friday afternoon departure time, and there will be no hotel provided by the workshop that evening.
Complimentary internet access will be available at the University of Maryland. Access instructions will be available at check-in.
Free parking is available at The Cambria Hotel for participants staying at the hotel. For those not staying at the hotel, there will be a fee ($10/day) for parking at the University of Maryland. Please indicate if you will need a parking pass when you fill out your travel form. Passes can be picked up when you check-in.
The Cambria Hotel has a small workout facility. In addition, workshop participants will be able to purchase guest passes for the UMD gym at the Eppley Recreation Center. Passes are $7.00 a day and grant access to the Eppley Recreation Center (ERC), Cole Field House, Ritchie Coliseum, Reckord Armory, and the School of Public Health Building (SPH).
Visit the UMD website for information on hours and specific facilities.
What to bring:
Dress will be casual during the workshop. Please be prepared for cool air-conditioned buildings and the hot/humid outdoors. Rain sometime during the week is likely. More formal attire is recommended for the NSF visit.
For those staying in the hotel, breakfasts will be provided Monday through Thursday in the hotel. Some, but not all, other meals during the week will be provided. There will be various options, including vegetarian entrees. We expect to be able to satisfy most food preferences and restrictions. Please tell us about any special dietary restrictions on the travel information form.