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January 2010

FDA Commissioner's Fellowship Program Accepting Applications Now through 3/15

Posted on January 14, 2010 3:19 PM |Permalink

The FDA offers a two-year Fellowship Program, which provides an opportunity for health professionals and scientists to receive training and experience at the FDA. Fellows will train at FDA's new state-of-the-art White Oak campus in Silver Spring, Maryland or at other FDA facilities. Salaries are extremely competitive, and travel funds are available to attend scientific meetings.

For more information, click here.

Meyerhoff Alumni Advisory Board Meeting, Feb 18th

Posted on January 14, 2010 3:20 PM |Permalink

The Meyerhoff Alumni Advisory Board will have a meeting on Thursday, February 18, 2010 at 6:30 p.m. The meeting will be held in the Alumni House located at 5451 Wilkens Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21250.

To learn more about the advisory board and the Chapter of Meyerhoff Alumni, click here.

If you are interested in atteding the next meeting (either in person or via conference call), please contact Mrs. Earnestine Baker at 410-455-3786 or erbaker@umbc.edu.

We're Number One

Posted on January 23, 2010 9:54 AM |Permalink |Comments ( 7 )

Americans are devoted, passionate, and quite loyal to our sports teams and the athletes that are associated with them. Our enthusiasm runs the spectrum of competition - from little league, high school, college, to professional. We celebrate joyously when they win and commiserate with total strangers when they lose. It is not hard to imagine that most fans of the New Orleans Saints, the Boston Celtics, NY Yankees, and a host of other teams are wearing paraphernalia that proudly states, "We're Number One!"

So I ask, why is it so hard for us to have this same enthusiasm and pride for our institutions and our scholars that excel in academics? Why is it that the State Champion high school football team receives trophies, plaques, banquets, and letter jackets, and the honor roll students receive bumper stickers? As a former athlete, I fully understand the dedication, effort, and skill set required to be the best. In fact, I learned early in my athletic career that "excellence demands sacrifice." However, these same attributes are required to excel in and out of the classroom.

We must start changing the culture that promotes our athletic prowess and yet minimizes academic achievement. The same motivation and encouragement that we give athletes, also will work in an academic environment. We should tell our scholars that "with practice, determination, commitment, and persistence, you can be what ever it is you want.

For quite some time, UMBC and the Meyerhoff Program have consistently ranked among the country's best in math and science graduation rates, graduate and professional school placement, and STEM graduate degree completion. Yet, even our alumni are quite modest about their university, their program, and the success of their peers as well as their own impressive accomplishments.

Finally, it is my hope that the faculty and staff of UMBC and Meyerhoff Alumni know how proud we are of their efforts, their accomplishments (in and out of the classroom), and the way that they have carried themselves throughout their impressive journeys. I also hope they know that because of their efforts, commitment to excellence, their willingness to sacrifice, their unyielding support of each other, and the support of the principals and mission of the Meyerhoff program, UMBC is able to say "We are Number One." And for that, so are you!

"Hold Fast to Dreams"

LFT

Dr. Freeman Hrabowski Selected as one of the most Influential Advocates for Black America

Posted on January 25, 2010 11:36 AM |Permalink

For Dr. Martin Luther King day, the Daily Beast surveyed black leaders to determine who best carries on his legacy and Dr. Freeman Hrabowski was selected along with 13 other influential leaders.

Click here to read more.


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