HackUMBC and The Shriver Center hosted a hackathon where students collaborated to build projects focused on solving problems and creating positive social outcomes. Continue reading Hackathon inspires participants to “Innovate Good” through technology
Two dramatic findings in mice suggest melanopsin, a retinal protein, may play a key role in regulating biological rhythms. If the findings hold in humans, further melanopsin research could eventually lead to treatments for disorders like non-24. Continue reading Breakthrough UMBC vision research finds protein holds promise to treat biological clock disorders
In remarks to his graduating class, Valedictorian Daniel Ocasio reflected, “At UMBC, people from all over the world, every race, every socioeconomic background, cooperate — not just exist together, but really work together — to better themselves and each other through education.” Continue reading UMBC’s spring 2017 commencement honors each student’s story of achievement
Michelle Starz-Gaiano’s interdisciplinary approach and creative ideas have been rewarded with an NSF grant for a project that could result in a paradigm shift in cell signaling research. “I can’t wait to get the answers,” she says. Continue reading Michelle Starz-Gaiano’s new cell migration research may lead to more effective cancer treatments
Summers reflects, “The satisfaction that goes with helping our students achieve their dreams, and showing colleagues elsewhere new ways that they can approach and support their own students, is a reward without measure.” Continue reading Mike Summers honored as “Best Academic” by Baltimore Sun
Zhu’s award of nearly $500,000 focuses on improving the sensing capabilities of common technologies, such as cell phones. Continue reading Ting Zhu receives NSF CAREER Award to develop “Internet of Things” technology
Lee Blaney says a “multi-pronged approach” will help today’s scientists, policymakers, and innovators “continue to improve our quality of life without harming the environment.” Continue reading UMBC faculty research works to reduce pollution in waterways
As the Class of 2017 prepares for commencement, the UMBC community honors all our graduates have achieved in their time as Retrievers, and the legacies they will leave as they take their next steps. Continue reading Congrats, Class of 2017! Meet some of UMBC’s exceptional new graduates.
“I have received so much support from faculty and my peers to pursue endeavors that could not have been accomplished without a strong support network,” says Ocasio. Continue reading Daniel Ocasio, UMBC’s 2017 valedictorian, to pursue environmental engineering Ph.D.
“I felt that I had a community of fellow graduate students and mentors who understood my journey and pushed me to finish the program,” says Opoku-Boateng. Continue reading Gloria Opoku-Boateng becomes a user experience researcher after Ph.D. on gaming and mental acuity
“My favorite thing about UMBC is that I believe, ‘It is cool to be smart at UMBC,’ is true…The students here are extremely bright, which pushes me even harder to be the best person and student I can be,” says Furman. Continue reading Samantha Furman pursues math solutions to medical problems in unique dual Ph.D. program
“UMBC prepared me for a future in astronomy research by allowing me to get hands on experience with amazing mentors,” says DeNigris. Continue reading Natalie DeNigris continues work with NASA while completing astronomy Ph.D.
“Dr. Brewster and other lab members have helped encourage and teach me to become a confident scientist over the past four years,” says Gabel. Continue reading Austin Gabel to continue developmental biology research through M.D./Ph.D.
“The most rewarding aspect of Take Flight Robotics was realizing the potential of many gifted students. When given the chance, they are very quick to learn,” says Lee. Continue reading Andrew Lee, engineer who enjoys teaching robotics, pursues Ph.D. at University of Guelph
“The amazing mentorship I have received at UMBC has brought me the courage and confidence I needed to apply to competitive graduate programs and pursue my Ph.D.,” says Frank. Continue reading Heather Frank to pursue Ph.D. at Harvard after Summers Lab nurtured her passion for HIV research
“I decided to find new ways to help other students to succeed,” says Ngea, who became a tutor and mentor to pass along knowledge she gained from courses, conferences, and internships. Continue reading Natacha Ngea, future software engineer, reflects on the impact of mentorship
“UMBC has taught me the value of and need for collaboration. The world is currently faced with complex problems which cannot be solved by one individual,” says Landen. Continue reading Matthew Landen, peer mentor, pursues security-focused computer science Ph.D.
“UMBC has provided the best environment for me to challenge myself, discover new passions, and grow both personally and academically,” says Maduka. Continue reading Austin Maduka, dedicated mentor, to pursue M.D./Ph.D. at Duke University
“My experiences with the Shriver Center were my most meaningful at UMBC, and they showed me how to incorporate social change into my future ambitions,” says Bos. “I appreciate how UMBC encourages and empowers students to create change on and off campus.” Continue reading Jaelyn Bos applies passion for ecology to teaching biology in Mozambique
“My experiences have shown me the importance of self-determination and the need for students to recognize their own power within their communities and beyond them,” says Melluso. Continue reading Emily Melluso to continue social justice work through applied sociology master’s at UMBC
“Playing hockey at UMBC has helped me grow so much as an individual and as a leader,” says Atkinson. “The people I encountered playing hockey are a huge reason why I am heading to medical school this fall.” Continue reading Ryan Atkinson, ice hockey MVP, to attend medical school on U.S. Air Force scholarship
“UMBC embodies students giving back to their peers,” says Johnson. “I spent my college career in a give and take relationship where older students provided guidance, and my classmates and I worked as a team to achieve success.” Continue reading Da’Kuawn Johnson, future M.D./Ph.D., combines commitments to research and peer mentorship
“UMBC has helped me achieve my goals and prepared me for my next steps by providing me with a community that celebrates me in my unique interests and background,” says Salib. Continue reading Gabrielle Salib, inspired to boost STEM access, focuses on human-centered computing
“I found the diversity innate to the UMBC community invaluable,” says Seas. “I have had the opportunity to participate and contribute as a student, a scientist, a musician, and a dancer.” Continue reading Andreas Seas pursues biomedical engineering M.D./Ph.D. while supporting next generation of diverse STEM students
“There are many talented and intelligent college graduates in the world against whom I must compete. My advantage comes through the support I receive from my school, through how I am pushed by mentors to be innovative and creative. UMBC provides that support,” says Enriquez. Continue reading Brandon Enriquez, USM student regent, heads to economics Ph.D. at MIT
“Health, we know, is not cardiovascular, is not neurological, is not pathological. Those are completely artificial distinctions,” shared keynote speaker Luigi Ferrucci, director of science at the National Institute on Aging. “It’s become very, very clear that everything interconnects.” Continue reading UMBC forum highlights need for interdisciplinary collaboration in aging research
A Look Ahead “is all about highlighting the pioneering research that our faculty, students, and staff here at UMBC do,” said Dean Bill LaCourse. “The aim of the College is to provide the tools and resources for the faculty and students to succeed and achieve great heights. We hope this event will be one of those tools.” Continue reading A Look Ahead highlights UMBC-affiliated scientists making waves in cell biology
“UMBC is proud to have four of our undergraduate students chosen for this nationally competitive award — selected from over 13,000 applicants– to support their graduate study that will lead to research-based master’s or doctoral degrees in science and engineering,” said April Householder, director of undergraduate research and nationally competitive scholarships. Continue reading UMBC’s 2017 NSF Graduate Research Fellows prepare for groundbreaking careers, from environmental engineering to computer science
“The stream network is really the circulatory system of the Bay watershed,” Matt Baker says, “and getting a better picture of that is critical for understanding…what features are important for keeping the water clean.” Continue reading UMBC ecologist Matt Baker partners with Chesapeake Conservancy to improve stream mapping
Several UMBC programs designed to prepare students to start or advance careers in new areas that combine the most recent innovations of different fields are highlighted in The Baltimore Sun’s special section on education. Continue reading Baltimore Sun highlights UMBC programs that prepare students for rapidly evolving careers
UMBC’s new Interdisciplinary Life Sciences Building (ILSB) is an answer to two questions, says Dean Bill LaCourse: “What is UMBC going to be in the future?” and “What are our students going to need in the 21st century?” Continue reading UMBC celebrates Interdisciplinary Life Sciences Building groundbreaking
Now in its twenty-first year, UMBC’s Undergraduate Research and Creative Achievement Day (URCAD) “attains a certain kind of maturity,” but it’s “thrilling to see that as it comes of age, it retains the brawling, restless energy that has always made it so special,” shares Simon Stacey, interim dean and vice provost of undergraduate education. Continue reading UMBC students tackle complex questions with creativity at URCAD 2017
“Your collaborative work empowers people like me to help improve the human condition. You need to know that your work is critically important,” shared UMB President Jay Perman. Continue reading Third annual UMBC-UMB Partnership Symposium reveals impact of collaborative research
The internal funding opportunities support faculty who wish to pursue new areas of research, and compete for external funding and support. Continue reading START and SFF awards support UMBC faculty pursuing research in new directions
“As we continue to prospect for new enzymes,” Jeffrey Gardner writes, “I expect that we will find solutions to many technical challenges by studying the fascinating ways microbes go about obtaining their next meal.” Continue reading UMBC biologist Jeffrey Gardner explains how “bio-prospecting” may solve biotech challenges
“If the nation’s policymakers and education leaders take the deliberate steps needed to expand the participation and success of underrepresented minorities in STEM based on what we know works, success is possible,” write President Hrabowski and Peter Henderson. Continue reading UMBC a case study for success supporting STEM students of all backgrounds