Program: M.S. Biological Sciences
Hometown: Deerfield, IL (a Chicago suburb)
B.S. in Biological Engineering with a Minor in Education, Cornell University
M.A.T. (Master of Arts in Teaching), Cornell University
Why UMBC?: I was looking for a graduate program in biology in the Baltimore area. I chose UMBC because of the general high regard for its biology programs, the warm and welcoming atmosphere in the department, and the flexibility of the program. At the time I started at UMBC, I did not have a specific career path in mind, so choosing a flexible program was important to let me explore my options. Now that I have zeroed in on my career goal, the administration has been supportive and willing to let me shape my path through the master’s program in a way that will best prepare me for my chosen career.
Post-UMBC Plans: I am pursuing a career in science writing, where I can help inform the public about current science via the written word. I would like to write for a publication likeScience News, a research institution like UMBC, or a place that provides the public experiences with science and nature like the National Aquarium. If I can’t obtain a staff writing position right away, I will freelance.
Words I Live by: “I will find a way or make one.” Jessie Moon Holton, co-founder of the Holton-Arms School, where I taught middle school science for four years before coming to UMBC.
Immediate Past Graduate Student Association
2013 – 2014 Executive Board
Doaa Rashed, President
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
Daniel Miller, Vice President
Program: Atmospheric Physics Ph.D.
Hometown: Oxford, MI
Previous degrees: B.S. Physics, Michigan Tech and M.S. Atmospheric Physics, UMBC
Why UMBC? The Atmospheric Physics program at UMBC has very strong ties with NASA Goddard community making it the perfect place to pursue a promising future career in atmospheric science.
Post-UMBC Plans: Continue to study satellite remote sensing of clouds and aerosols and play a role in the development of future NASA atmospheric remote sensing systems.
Words I live by: “The really important kind of freedom involves attention, and awareness, and discipline, and effort, and being able truly to care about other people and to sacrifice for them, over and over, in myriad petty little unsexy ways, every day.” ― David Foster Wallace, This Is Water
Jesse Fox, Vice President for External Affairs
Program: Ph.D Molecular and Cell Biology
Hometown: Raleigh, NC
Previous Degrees: BS in Biology from North Carolina A&T State University
Why UMBC?: The supportive nature of the graduate community.
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”
Ian Brown, Historian
Program: Ph.D. Language, Literacy, and Culture
Hometown: Durban, South Africa
Previous Degrees: BA – International Relations; MA in Education – Urban and Diverse Learners
Why UMBC?: Only school with a full interdisciplinary PhD, and therefore the flexibility to mold a particular area of interest. The program also has professors who are leading scholars in their field.
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