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Faculty and Students Honored With Fulbright, Goldwater Awards


September 7, 2005 – UMBC faculty and students continue to be well-represented in prestigious academic award competitions. A faculty member and a 2004 graduate were recently named Fulbright Scholars, and four undergraduates were awarded scholarships by the Goldwater Foundation.

The Fulbright Scholars program, among the top international education exchange programs, will send Lisa Moren, associate professor of visual arts, to lecture at one of the oldest film schools in Prague, the Film and TV School of the Academy of Performing Arts. Her classes will prepare film based on their memories of the former Soviet culture. Moren’s new media work has also received several awards from the Maryland State Arts Council. Tavon Cooke ’04, modern languages and linguistics, will pursue a master’s degree in social work at the European University in St. Petersburg, Russia. He will examine the welfare of Russian orphans, a point of special personal interest for Cooke, who grew up in foster care. After completing his master’s, Cooke plans to return to the United States to pursue a Ph.D.

Three UMBC students received 2005 Goldwater Scholarships, and an additional student was selected as an honorable mention. Goldwater Scholars must have an exceptional academic record and a commitment to pursuing research careers in mathematics, the natural sciences, or engineering.

Michael Aaron, a sophomore mechanical engineering major from Frederick, plans to earn a Ph.D. in biomechanics and teach at a research university. Andrew Kohlway, a junior bioinformatics major with a minor in mathematics from Westminster, wants to pursue a Ph.D. in computational chemistry and conduct research in drug design and receptor modeling. Stephanie Núñez, a sophomore biochemistry major from Bowie, expects to earn a combined D.D.S./Ph.D. in molecular or developmental biology, conduct research, and teach at a university. Kate Laskowski (honorable mention), a junior biology major from Easton, plans to pursue a Ph.D. in evolutionary ecology and wants to become a research professor.


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