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Baltimore Sun Hall of Fame honoree Robert Meyerhoff shares pride in achievements of UMBC’s Meyerhoff Scholars

“What is so significant” about Meyerhoff, President Hrabowski told The Baltimore Sun, is that he gives “not only money but also so much of himself. He has shown the kind of interest one shows when one cares deeply about people.” Continue reading Baltimore Sun Hall of Fame honoree Robert Meyerhoff shares pride in achievements of UMBC’s Meyerhoff Scholars

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President Hrabowski discusses the importance of connecting STEM with the arts, humanities and social sciences

“One of the ways we can get students to appreciate what STEM can do for our country is through the humanities, not only through reading skills, but understanding many of the ethical issues involved in the achievement gap, in health disparities, and in the environmental issues that we face.” – Dr. Hrabowski on The Kojo Nnamdi Show on WAMU. Continue reading President Hrabowski discusses the importance of connecting STEM with the arts, humanities and social sciences

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UMBC Meyerhoff Scholars and alumni celebrate personal impact of a nationally lauded program

“The program has turned my undergraduate career into so much more than four years of classes,” says Julian Sass ’16, mathematics and statistics. “It…has changed my life and inspired me to dream bigger.” Continue reading UMBC Meyerhoff Scholars and alumni celebrate personal impact of a nationally lauded program

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Congressman Elijah Cummings discusses UMBC’s research leadership and commitment to Baltimore during campus visit

Faculty speak about UMBC’s well-rounded research portfolio and focus in on research strengths in physics, geosciences, space science, and bioengineering; students share career goals and experiences working with local communities. Continue reading Congressman Elijah Cummings discusses UMBC’s research leadership and commitment to Baltimore during campus visit

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Marketplace radio series highlights UMBC faculty diversity initiatives

What will it take to move the dial on the representation of diverse faculty at U.S. colleges and universities? Marketplace, a leading radio program on business and the economy, tackles this question in two new stories highlighting UMBC’s work to train, recruit, hire and retain diverse faculty. Continue reading Marketplace radio series highlights UMBC faculty diversity initiatives

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Hassan Omar becomes UMBC’s first cross country All-American

UMBC’S Hassan Omar ’16, mechanical engineering, concluded a phenomenal cross country career with the Retrievers by finishing 27th at the NCAA Championships on Saturday,  November 21. Omar is an exemplary scholar-athlete — a Meyerhoff Scholar recognized as an All-Academic runner, who is now UMBC’s first … Continue reading Hassan Omar becomes UMBC’s first cross country All-American

Nobel Prize winners recognize alumni Benyam and Isaac Kinde as “Bright Young Minds”

When Science News asked 30 Nobel Prize winners to name early-career scientists who have caught their attention, two UMBC alumni stood out from the crowd. Brothers Benyam Kinde ’10, and Isaac Kinde ’05, both biological sciences, made the top ten list of “Bright Young Minds”—inspiring scholars who are “up-and-coming stars” completing high-caliber research. Science News highlights Benyam’s work on how genetic changes affect brain cell activity in Rett syndrome, a disorder marked by developmental delays and seizures, and Issac’s work to create technology to detect cancer very early, giving patients a better chance at survival. “We still don’t know very much about how individual cells … Continue reading Nobel Prize winners recognize alumni Benyam and Isaac Kinde as “Bright Young Minds”

Meyerhoff Scholars Program Featured in NSTA Reports

The National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) recently released its Summer 2015 edition of NSTA Reports, which included a feature on UMBC’s Meyerhoff Scholars Program (MSP). NSTA Reports is an organizational newspaper which covers national science education news. The article, titled “Creating Communities of STEM Scholars,” describes the different components of the Meyerhoff program and how it has inspired similar programs around the country. “The Meyerhoff program is a community of scholars, and students are working to support one another,” MSP director Keith Harmon told NSTA Reports. “What we try to convey is the idea that working together, you can do … Continue reading Meyerhoff Scholars Program Featured in NSTA Reports

UMBC/HHMI Meyerhoff Video Wins Telly Award

The inspiring video “Strength in Numbers: Inside the Meyerhoff Scholars Program” has won a 2015 Telly Award. The Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) created this video for a feature article in The HHMI Bulletin focused on the supportive community at the heart of UMBC’s Meyerhoff Scholars Program. “Strength in Numbers” was filmed at the UMBC Meyerhoff Scholars retreat in the fall of 2013 and featured several scholars speaking about how the program has helped them. It is available to view through the HHMI website. Blossom Tewelde ’14, biochemistry and molecular biology, spoke to The HHMI Bulletin about the importance of diversity in the sciences. … Continue reading UMBC/HHMI Meyerhoff Video Wins Telly Award

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UMBC hosts White House College Opportunity Initiative workshop to improve STEM education nationwide

“What is UMBC’’s special sauce?” ”That’s what Susan Singer, director of the National Science Foundation’’s Division of Undergraduate Education, pondered aloud when she took the stage on September 16, 2014, at an education workshop co-hosted by the White House and … Continue reading UMBC hosts White House College Opportunity Initiative workshop to improve STEM education nationwide

Say Something: Jesse Smith

The Chronicle has just featured math major and Meyerhoff Scholar Jesse Smith in their Say Something audio series. Smith talks about his experience with the Meyerhoff program and how peer connections through the program have given him a sense of confidence and what is possible to achieve in his career. The article also links to the HHMI story about the Meyerhoff Replication Project. Continue reading Say Something: Jesse Smith

Howard Hughes Medical Institute Takes UMBC’s Meyerhoff Program On the Road

Today, UMBC and the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) announced the Meyerhoff Adaptation Project, a five-year partnership between the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI), Penn State, UNC Chapel Hill and UMBC. This project will expand UMBC’s innovative Meyerhoff Scholars Program — which has seen dramatic results in successfully preparing minority students for STEM careers — to Penn State and UNC Chapel Hill. Since 1993, the Meyerhoff program has graduated more than 900 students in STEM disciplines; alumni have earned 144 PhD degrees, 39 MD/PhD degrees, 1 DVM/PhD degree, 239 Masters degrees, and 107 MD degrees. The program is built on … Continue reading Howard Hughes Medical Institute Takes UMBC’s Meyerhoff Program On the Road

Future Meyerhoff Scholar Austin Murdock in Pasadena Patch

Incoming freshman Austin Murdock was profiled in a short June 7 article for the Pasadena Patch. Murdock is participating in the “Summer Bridge” sub-program of the Meyerhoff Scholars Program, which the student is quoted in the article as “basically just… getting us ready for school.” The article also details his work with the Department of Defense (DOD) during his senior year, along with his academic achievements, including graduating in the top five percent of Chesapeake Senior High School, a Certificate of Merit and membership in both the National Honor Society and the World and Classical Languages Honor Society. Among his … Continue reading Future Meyerhoff Scholar Austin Murdock in Pasadena Patch