UMBC celebrated so many milestones in the past year. In thousands of ways, big and small, the UMBC community made their mark on 2017. Here are 12 top highlights. Continue reading UMBC’s Top 12 Highlights of 2017
The new finding “is attacking the bugaboo of this whole class of possible quantum computers,” says Jason Kestner. And yet, like so much in science, the finding “is something we stumbled across almost by accident,” says Michael Wolfe ’17. Continue reading UMBC physicists’ finding has potential to springboard quantum computing to major advances
“The BUILD participants at URS exemplify the objectives of the program,” says Laura Ott. “By participating in the BUILD program, they’re helping us explore novel strategies to increase participation in undergraduate research for all students.” Continue reading Undergraduate Research Symposium award winners embody success of UMBC STEM BUILD program
On October 14, more than 300 students from across the East Coast descended on campus to share their research with each other, participate in workshops, and learn about UMBC. The event celebrated the diversity among young scientists and the potential for their work to have a positive impact on the world. Continue reading 20th Undergraduate Research Symposium shines a light on students’ diverse contributions to science
Ken Baron is committed to helping students “get grounded in their career areas early,” and focuses on connecting students at all levels with opportunities. In the end, programs like this one represent “the best of what a university can do for its students.” Continue reading UMBC undergrads conduct pharmaceutical research at UMB through new partnership
“It is a privilege to have so many students coming from far and near to participate in the authentic research experience UMBC provides,” shared Dean Bill LaCourse. “I assure you that your discoveries have added to scientific knowledge, which in the end benefits society through empowerment.” Continue reading UMBC’s 20th Summer Undergraduate Research Fest spotlights emerging science talent from across the nation
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.
“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 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
“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
“I’ve learned the importance of critical feedback, community, and making my films an ‘us’ effort versus a ‘me’ effort,” says Eaglin. “All of these skills and lessons have…equipped me to achieve and exceed my goals.” Continue reading Emily Eaglin tackles complex social issues through creative film and TV projects
“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
“My professors encouraged deeper exploration and learning than the material covered in class, and took a serious interest in my professional development,” says Wojcik, of the mentorship she found at UMBC. Continue reading Jacqueline Wojcik to combine animation and history through Fulbright research in Norway
“UMBC has encouraged me to meet professionals who are already working in my fields of interest, to build relationships and gain insight and experience early in my career,” says Berbert. Continue reading Amy Berbert continues memorial photography project and begins work with Zinnia Films
“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
“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
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
“With heart disease, early prevention is critical,” says Henry Wu ’17. “Pulse Finder is a way to support younger people to help them maintain cardiovascular health later in life.” Continue reading UMBC students develop Pulse Finder game to teach local kids about heart health
UMBC celebrated a banner year in 2016. In thousands of ways, big and small, this golden anniversary has been full of moments to remember for the university community. Here are 12 top highlights. Continue reading UMBC’s Top 12 Highlights of 2016
At 19th annual symposium, 331 students learned from workshops and received insightful feedback on their research projects from cricket behavior to breast cancer to biodegradable polymers. Continue reading Life sciences research symposium attracts a record number of students from across the mid-Atlantic
Students from all backgrounds who work in the Summers Lab say it has boosted their scientific skills, increased their confidence, and set them on a path to success in research. For Summers, this “is a reward without measure.” Continue reading Nature spotlights Summers Lab for showing how science can be for everyone
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
Students come away from summer research with new perspectives and skills. “People don’t think about how math can overlap with other things,” says Danielle Sykes ‘19. Continue reading College students from across the U.S. gain summer research experience at UMBC
“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
High expectations and the chance to work on real problems the Walters Art Museum faces create a rich, interdisciplinary experience for students. Continue reading Meet SCIART: Groundbreaking fellowship opens students’ eyes to interdisciplinary careers
As a voting member of the Board of Regents, Enriquez represents more than 168,000 undergraduate and graduate students from 12 institutions across the state, including UMBC. Continue reading UMBC’s Brandon Enriquez named University System of Maryland student regent
On its journey from an online lab notebook to a national resource, the Smog Blog has always provided educational opportunities for UMBC students. Continue reading “Smog Blog” run by UMBC students becomes go-to air quality reference for national audience
“The competition itself is stressful and hectic. But at the end of the day, getting it done and doing what you love with your friends in a highly creative environment…makes it so special,” says Myslinski. Continue reading Cinematic arts student Matt Myslinski presents “Lightyears” at Cannes Film Festival
As UMBC’s Class of 2016, nearly 2,000 strong, prepares to leave campus for graduate programs, fellowships, and career opportunities around the globe, we recognize their tremendous personal achievements and their invaluable contributions to our community. Continue reading Congratulations, UMBC Class of 2016! Meet some of our exceptional graduates.
The University Center Ballroom was humming on Wednesday, April 27, with the voices of hundreds of UMBC students presenting their research and creative work to proud long-time supporters and curious first-time visitors alike. Continue reading Undergraduate Research and Creative Achievement Day celebrates 20 years of remarkable student work
“My hours in the lab struggling to explain or duplicate results have made me a stronger student and problem-solver,” says Seale, who expects her research and volunteer experience to benefit her future medical career. Continue reading Valedictorian Katelyn Seale heads to medical school with sensitivity to diversity and a strong research background