“From UMBC to Oxford University”
Nieshia Williams, a Meyerhoff scholar graduating with a B.A. in chemistry, is headed to Oxford University (UK) for graduate studies as a National Institutes of Health Oxford-Cambridge scholar.
A native of Ft. Washington, MD, Williams is one of only a handful of U.S. undergraduates chosen to participate in this prestigious Ph.D. program. She will have an opportunity to work at both the NIH and Oxford and will be co-mentored by a research investigator at NIH and a faculty member at University of Oxford who work together on a collaborative project in which Williams will carry out her research.
The University of Oxford is one of the world’s most prestigious universities and the training institution of Rhodes Scholars. While at the University of Oxford Williams will stay in one of the Oxford Colleges and be immersed in Oxford student community life. While at NIH, she will be working alongside more than 1,200 investigators and 3,600 postdoctoral fellows who do basic, clinical, and translational research in some of the top research facilities in the world.
Williams says that her time at UMBC has made her ready for the challenge. “UMBC professors demand a high quality of work and ethics from all their students. I am confident I am well prepared for any of my future endeavors.”
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