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The Maryland Language Science Center (LSC) brings together faculty and students from 17 academic units. It is an umbrella organization and the home of a university-wide initiative in language science. It is not a self-contained research unit.

The foundation for LSC is a community of language scientists from across the University of Maryland. Starting in 2008 an NSF-IGERT interdisciplinary graduate training program served as a catalyst for broader integration in language science. LSC reflects the institutionalization and substantial broadening of those efforts.


University Leadership

External Advisory Board

In development

Internal Advisory Board

The Internal Advisory Board (in development) consists of key individuals from across the University of Maryland who are invested in the success of Language Science as a broad university strength.


LSC's Management Team coordinates ongoing activities at the center. It consists of the Director and LSC staff. LSC's Executive Committee, consisting of faculty leaders and LSC staff, sets priorities and coordinates major initiatives for the center. 


Executive Committee 

Student Leadership
Leadership by students has been one of the keys to the success of the UMD language science community, and it reflects a core value. All students in LSC programs take part in leadership teams. The graduate students are organized into the following teams.

  • Research Skills & Collaboration
  • Professional Development & Communication
  • Outreach
  • Policy & Advocacy

The Student Executive Committee consists of the leaders of each of the individual teams.

Leadership Teams 
Individual faculty teams take responsibility for different functions of LSC.

From 2013-2016, the LSC was supported by a Tier III Campus Research Initiative award, jointly funded by the Division of Research, the Provost, and the Deans of four colleges (ARHU, BSOS, EDUC, CMNS) supporting staff infrastructure. Since 2016, the LSC has been supported by the Divison of Research, the Provost, and the Colleges of Arts & Humanities, Behavioral & Social Sciences, Information Studies, Education, and Computer, Mathematical, & Natural Sciences.