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.
Class of 2017
“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.
“I felt that I had a community of fellow graduate students and mentors who understood my journey and pushed me to finish the program,” says Opoku-Boateng. Continue Reading Gloria Opoku-Boateng becomes a user experience researcher after Ph.D. on gaming and mental acuity
“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.
“In my time here, I have been pushed beyond my comfort zone and I have been challenged to perform beyond by perceived capabilities,” says Kamei. Continue Reading Faith Kamei, committed to community, prepares for Peace Corps service in Peru
“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 most rewarding aspect of Take Flight Robotics was realizing the potential of many gifted students. When given the chance, they are very quick to learn,” says Lee. Continue Reading Andrew Lee, engineer who enjoys teaching robotics, pursues Ph.D. at University of Guelph
On the UMBC swim team, “I always had something and someone to work for…I had to succeed for my team. And I would not have succeeded without each and every member of the team,” says Escobedo. Continue Reading Emily Escobedo, record-setting swimmer, to pursue career in special education
“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