Graduate Student Association
2012 – 2013 Executive Board
Program: Ph.D. Language Literacy & Culture
Hometown: El-Beheira, Egypt
Previous Degree(s): Master of Arts in ISD/ESOL Bilingual & Bachelor of Arts in Teaching English as a foreign Language
Why UMBC?: I came to UMBC in 2000 in a professional development training program for teachers, and learned about the ESOL Master Program, so I came back five years later to get a master degree.
Post-UMBC Plans: Continue research in the area of teacher identity and retention, and teacher professional development.
Words I Live by: “We live in a culture of domination. What values and habits of being reflect our commitment to freedom?” --Bell Hooks
Program: Ph.D Molecular and Cell Biology
Hometown: Raleigh, NC
Previous Degrees: BS in Biology from North Carolina A&T State University
Words I live by: “The best years of your life are the ones in which you decide your problems are your own. You do not blame them on your mother, the ecology, or the president. You realize that you control your own destiny.” – Albert Ellis
Brittny Davis, Treasurer
Program: Chemistry, Ph.D.
Hometown: N/A I was a military child
Previous degree: B.S. Chemistry (Jackson State University)
Why UMBC? The diversity and graduate student support brought me here.
Post-UMBC plans: I plan to obtain a post-doctoral position in a Government or Industrial lab.
Words I live by: ”The wind from one door closing opens another”
Program: Ph.D. Language, Literacy, and Culture
Hometown: Durban, South Africa
Previous Degrees: BA – International Relations; MA in Education – Urban and Diverse Learners
Words I live by: “repeat the actions of your own success to be successful; know your own formula, your own ingredient, what makes you, you” – KRS-One