“It is so inspiring to see hundreds of undergraduate researchers from over 40 colleges and universities and nearly a dozen states coming together to present research to fellow students, mentors, and faculty judges,” shares CNMS Dean Bill LaCourse. Continue reading Student scientists take center stage at UMBC’s largest-ever Undergraduate Research Symposium
“My time at UMBC was filled with adventures,” says Vital, “whether I was experiencing a new culture through an event on campus or challenging myself in a course that was outside of my comfort zone.” Continue reading Valedictorian Eudorah Vital to pursue neurobiology-focused M.D./Ph.D. at Emory University
“UMBC has provided me with a welcoming environment where I have felt okay with making mistakes and trying out new skills that are outside of my comfort zone,” says Mburu. Continue reading Naomi Mburu, UMBC’s first Rhodes Scholar, to pursue engineering Ph.D. at Oxford
“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
In total, 44 UMBC alumni who identify as African-American or black earned M.D.-Ph.D.s. M.D.-Ph.D. degrees, which combine scientific and medical education. Continue reading UMBC leads nation in producing African-American undergraduates who pursue M.D.-Ph.D.s
“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.
“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
“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.
“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
“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
“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
“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
“Our program is successful in part because of its core principle,” President Hrabowski and Peter Henderson, senior advisor to the president, suggest. “The university is responsible for supporting student success, not weeding students out.” Continue reading AAMC highlights UMBC’s national model to support minority student success in med school
“This funding for expanded programs indicates that we are able to continue the legacy of inclusive excellence that UMBC celebrates,” explains Renetta Tull. Continue reading NSF provides $5 million to UMBC-led LSAMP program to support students from underrepresented groups in STEM
With a focus on research experiences and lots of support, the MARC U*STAR program seeks to “light the fire in the belly so students are hooked on science,” says Lasse Lindahl. Continue reading UMBC’s 100th MARC U*STAR alumnus to earn Ph.D. inspires today’s scholars
“SURF’s growth demonstrates the commitment of UMBC to undergraduate research and getting the next generation of researchers prepared,” says Lasse Lindahl. More than 250 people turned out for the August event to learn what 83 intrepid undergrads have been up to this summer. Continue reading Summer Undergraduate Research Fest spotlights next generation of scientists