A community of learning: Fostering growth. Adding value.

To excel and achieve its aspirations, any organization must be committed to continual learning.

That commitment requires a deeply supportive organizational culture and is critical for businesses that want to grow and prosper in today's fiercely competitive international economy.

At the Robert H. Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland, a deeply supportive organizational culture is part of our DNA.

The Smith School is a community of faculty, students, staff, alumni, supporters and corporate partners working together to foster growth and advancement.

Combining cutting-edge scholarly research with experiential, real-world street smarts, we empower, challenge and nurture one another.

Geared for competition, we also recognize that collaboration is far more productive than trying to go it alone, win it all and take no prisoners.

The Smith School is a community of learning committed to preparing smart, savvy business leaders who can handle change, think on their feet and work collaboratively. We do that through respect and support for everyone in the extended family that is our community of learning as we work to advance our shared aspiration of improving the organizations, constituents, markets and communities we serve.

The Smith School
Inspired to learn. Determined to succeed.

Association of Doctoral Students

The mission of the Association of Doctoral Students (ADS) is to enhance the lives of PhD students at the Robert H. Smith School of Business.


President: Shubham Akshat
Vice-President: Maya Mudambi
Treasurer: Laurel Mazur
Social Media Ninja: Lauren Dahlin
Social Chairs: Juan Castillo Bustamante, Lu Yan, Jane Jiang, Rebekah Hong, and Yifei Wang
Intramural Social Chair: Mingwei Sun
GSG Representative: Alec Dennis

ADS Dues

The ADS Board works hard to fund as many events as possible through campus sources such as Graduate Student Government (GSG) funds. We have also been fortunate to receive additional support from the PhD Office and the Dean's Office. Equally important is the contribution of members — PhD students — through our annual dues. Paying a modest $20 a year expresses your support for the community of doctoral students at the Smith School and provides a key source of funds for our monthly social events. If you have not yet paid your $20 ADS donation, please contact the treasurer. Thank you to those who have already paid!

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