Class of 2018

Grit and community support help UMBC grads envision—and claim—their futures

Each UMBC student has a unique journey, including challenges to tackle with tenacity, courage, and grit. For many of UMBC’s newest grads, a culture of community support has made all the difference, enabling them to both claim their future and help others along the way. Continue reading Grit and community support help UMBC grads envision—and claim—their futures

Victoria Herr, right, talking with CWIT's Cindy Greenwood during a stress buster event during finals.

From visual effects to cybersecurity, UMBC grads share transformative career connections

Each year, thousands of UMBC students complete high-value internships, service-learning, research, and other applied learning experiences, and they have an impact. Surveys of UMBC graduates show that 90 percent head directly to a job, advanced degree, or both. Of those employed, a majority worked for or interned with their employer as a UMBC student. Continue reading From visual effects to cybersecurity, UMBC grads share transformative career connections

Student trainer in UMBC t-shirt (at right) chats with a small group of other UMBC students (at left).

UMBC’s newest grads leave a legacy of community-building and support

Meet a few of the many UMBC students graduating this December who exemplify the Retriever spirit of building connections and community by offering a compassionate ear, a helping hand, and a voice of support when it is most needed. Together, these students have created a more inclusive, accessible, and supportive UMBC for everyone, and they continue to reach together to help UMBC grow. Continue reading UMBC’s newest grads leave a legacy of community-building and support

Morgan Chadderton

Morgan Chadderton to pursue study of Slavic languages through Fulbright in Kyrgyzstan

“I knew from my first campus tour that UMBC would be a place where I could succeed. I was encouraged to go beyond the usual single-degree path, as well as to conduct research, explore new subjects, study abroad in two countries, and get involved with student life,” says Chadderton. Continue reading Morgan Chadderton to pursue study of Slavic languages through Fulbright in Kyrgyzstan

Jamshaid Shahir pursues research at the interface of math and biology through Ph.D. at UNC-Chapel Hill

“My time at UMBC has made me more resilient, learning from failure and overcoming it,” says Shahir. “I believe UMBC promotes a healthy balance between cooperation and competition that has motivated me to push myself harder, allowing me to grow as an aspiring scientist and a young adult.” Continue reading Jamshaid Shahir pursues research at the interface of math and biology through Ph.D. at UNC-Chapel Hill

Bryan Vanek, president of national champion Cyber Dawgs team, heads to computer security career

“Thanks to  the great friends that I made in the Cyber Dawgs, the professors that continually showed a vested and fervent interest in my success, and the networking skills and community of peers that I gained through the CWIT/T-SITE program, my skill base and craving to be successful in the field of computer security has never been higher,” says Vanek. Continue reading Bryan Vanek, president of national champion Cyber Dawgs team, heads to computer security career

Maia Schechter

Choreographer Maia Schechter’s critically acclaimed “Now Elsewhere” to be featured at the Kennedy Center

“Thanks to my teachers, I am setting and achieving goals I never thought would be possible,” says Schechter, who has completed multiple competitive dance intensives and will soon study with the NW Dance Project in Portland. Continue reading Choreographer Maia Schechter’s critically acclaimed “Now Elsewhere” to be featured at the Kennedy Center

Daniel Morris to pursue microbiology Ph.D. at Penn without losing sight of love for the arts

From theatre productions to HIV research, Daniel Morris has taken advantage of the breadth of opportunities UMBC offers. “Being involved with performing and social student groups helped me to appreciate the value of being a well-rounded individual,” he says. Continue reading Daniel Morris to pursue microbiology Ph.D. at Penn without losing sight of love for the arts