Service and Scholarship
OrLando Yarborough, who graduated in May with a B.S. in Biological Sciences, is on his way to Yale University’s biomedical research doctoral program, but it’s not the first time, nor likely the last, that he will be counted among the elite of scholarship and research. In addition to being a Meyerhoff Scholar at UMBC, Yarborough was part of the Undergraduate Scholarship Program (UGSP) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), one of the world’s top biomedical research institutions.
For the past two summers, through the NIH UGSP’s Summer Biomedical Research Training Internship, Yarborough worked under the mentorship of Dr. Roland Owens, Senior Investigator of the Laboratory of Molecular and Cellular Biology in the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases.
Yarborough’s other achievements during his four years at UMBC are numerous and equally impressive. During his freshman and sophomore years, he interned at Baltimore’s Center for Marine Biotechnology. He received additional scholarship support from the William Randolph Hearst Endowed Scholarship Fund, the Ray A. Kroc Youth Achievement Scholarship program and a Brown-Pettyway Scholarship.
He was also a member of the UMBC Honors College and the Golden Key International Honors Society. A highly active member of UMBC’s chapter of Alpha Nu Omega, Inc., Yarborough was named the fraternity’s national Undergraduate Brother of the Year for 2003. Yarborough also mentored elementary school students and spoke or served at various UMBC community service and academic events.
“As I move from UMBC to enter my graduate studies, I carry with me the mindset that academic integrity is a virtue and diversity is a blessing,” says Yarborough. “On this campus, I developed leadership skills, built strong social bonds, and embraced scholarship as a lifestyle. God has used UMBC to equip me for my future, and I am grateful for the experience.”