It wouldn’t be a proper farewell to 2018 without reminiscing about some of the biggest UMBC stories from the year. Here are ten highlights from a year we won’t soon forget. Continue reading UMBC’s Top 10 Highlights of 2018
“Being a Rhodes finalist tells me that I can combine my passion for cell biology research, my interest in educating the public, and also my promotion of mental illness discussion within academia—and have a really unique, rewarding career,” Wiratan says. Continue reading Meet UMBC’s Linda Wiratan, Rhodes Scholar finalist
“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
“Being on the Bahama Oriole Project was my first hands-on glimpse at international research,” Matthew Kane ’19 says. “It was the first time I had seen scientists from two different countries collaborating on a conservation project on this scale.” Continue reading Bahama Oriole Project team awarded NSF grant to offer more UMBC undergrads international research experiences
Forests store carbon, clean water, prevent soil erosion, and provide habitat for a wide range of species, “but all those benefits start kicking in when forests are older,” says Matthew Fagan. Based on their new research, Fagan and colleagues argue that nations would do better to take the long view when committing to forest restoration. Continue reading New UMBC research suggests need to rethink goals of global reforestation efforts
Following clue after clue, Brewster’s lab is on a mission to enable new methods that would allow organs to last longer and travel farther to those in need. NIH has rewarded the lab’s noteworthy progress toward that end with a $400,000, two-year Exploratory Research Award to continue the work. Continue reading UMBC’s Rachel Brewster investigates cellular survival to improve the preservation of organs for transplant
Traveling far from home for an immersive research experience can be transformational for an undergraduate. Living and working in a completely new environment, with new colleagues, can be intimidating, but it also offers powerful opportunities for growth. Five STEM BUILD students from UMBC took that plunge this summer, and all made lasting memories that will inform their paths forward. Continue reading South Africa to Colorado: Summer research helps UMBC STEM BUILD students chart their course
“My favorite part of this project is giving the students hands-on experience,” says Ruben Delgado. “They get to contribute to the process from start to finish.” Delgado is the UMBC lead on the project, in partnership with the NASA lead John Sullivan, Ph.D. ’15, atmospheric physics. Continue reading UMBC, NASA, and partners mount intensive Chesapeake Bay air-quality study
More than 30 faculty mentors, 120+ undergrad and high school students, and dozens more attendees celebrated the students’ achievements at the conclusion of their summer research experiences. “The experience helped us to think like scientists,” says Olufolake Majekodunmi ’21. Continue reading UMBC’s Summer Undergraduate Research Fest 2018 spotlights talents of emerging scientists
“I think the greatest thing about this experience was how we were treated as equals,” shared Zulekha Karachiwalla, a sophomore at Howard Community College. “It’s been challenging in a way that’s made us better scientists,” added Rahaf Alhabashi, also a sophomore at HCC. Continue reading UMBC’s BUILD a Bridge to STEM internship offers students a transformative research experience
UMBC students have rewritten the record books in 2018. With graduation around the corner, and our soon-to-be new Retriever alumni preparing for graduate school, careers, and research around the world, we reflect on all they have achieved. Continue reading Congrats, Class of 2018! UMBC celebrates students making history.
“I am most proud of the kinds of questions these students are asking in their research and creative work,” says April Householder, director of undergraduate research and prestigious scholarships. “From developing clean air technologies or bringing awareness to human trafficking, to collaborating with local poets and creating meaningful art, UMBC undergrads are making change in the world.” Continue reading UMBC students ready to share passion for discovery, expression at URCAD 2018
“Now I see the proof that I am strong enough to create my own future and inspire others,” says Linda Wiratan. “The Goldwater Scholarship is that final push that will help me fly.” Continue reading UMBC “rising star” Linda Wiratan receives Goldwater Scholarship for leadership in scientific research
“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
“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
“UMBC has given me the confidence, connections, and support to be able to achieve my goals. Thanks to people I have met through this university, I’ve completed six engineering internships during my time at UMBC,” says Rutkowski. Continue reading Kourtney Rutkowski pursues a unique international path in mechanical engineering
“Greg is one of the most mature and dedicated undergraduate students that I have met,” says Sebastian Deffner, Huxtable’s mentor. “Visiting scientists frequently mistake him for an advanced graduate student.” Continue reading Greg Huxtable to begin Ph.D. at UC Irvine, building on high-level research in quantum computing
“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
“UMBC has provided me with a bevy of opportunities to explore my unique interests and thrive in a community of service, excellence, and ambition,” says Davey. Continue reading Adrian Davey to research renewable energy and photo-electrochemical synthesis in UC Berkeley Ph.D. program
“I learned that your undergraduate experience is only as good as the culture that surrounds you. The UMBC community makes everybody feel like a somebody,” said Ranade. Continue reading Priyanka Ranade heads to career as a cyber software engineer at Northrop Grumman
“My professors gave me a lot of freedom to follow my own intellectual curiosities,” says Mones. “They taught me the sound of my own creative voice.” Continue reading Emmanuel Mones creates men’s streetwear brand to prompt public discussion of gender, sexuality, and equality
“Few universities are able to provide so many opportunities to one student alone, yet at UMBC I am just one of many students who share a similar journey,” reflects Kirk. Continue reading Flora Kirk to extend study of ancient coins through Fulbright research in Romania
“While having the opportunity to obtain my education, I have become more aware of the need to encourage young people in my community to pursue an education,” Escobar says. Continue reading Soheila Escobar works to connect young people in the U.S. and Colombia with life-changing opportunities
“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
“UMBC nurtured my passions and connected me with professional and personal resources,” Falat reflects. Thanks to that support, she says, she’ll soon enter a rigorous Pharm.D./J.D. program. Continue reading Biochemistry researcher and award-winning figure skater Arissa Falat to pursue Pharm.D./J.D.
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
“The Meyerhoff program taught me how to be a scholar and a life-long learner, and the professors and staff here at UMBC taught me how to use my natural curiosity and intellect to be successful in my chosen career path,” says Werner. Continue reading Jonathan Werner pursues Ph.D. combining interests in experimental and computational biology
“Changing my major took a lot of courage,” says Uchendu, on choosing to follow her passion for mathematics. She went on to share her love of math by mentoring high school girls interested in STEM. Continue reading Adaku Uchendu to extend passion for mathematics through information sciences Ph.D. at Penn State
“Much of the confidence I have now comes from the many admirable female faculty in the computer science department who showed me that women deserve a place at the technology ‘table,’” says Dillon. Continue reading CWIT Scholar Katherine Dillon heads to Google as a software engineer
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