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
“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