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“The recognition our students receive for their achievements through prestigious competitions and awards is a testament to both their abilities and the quality of their UMBC education.”

President Freeman A. Hrabowski, III

UMBC Students Recognized through Prestigious Scholarships and Competitions

June 15, 2010 - The excellence of UMBC students across disciplines was recognized through competitions, tournaments and prestigious awards in 2010. The following are just a few of their recent achievements:

Class of 2010 Valedictorian Benyam Kinde, biological sciences, was invited to attend the 60th Interdisciplinary Meeting of Nobel Laureates, which gathers Nobel Laureates and young researchers in the fields of medicine, physiology, physics and chemistry. Kinde will pursue an M.D./Ph.D. at Harvard-MIT this fall.

Two graduating seniors and an alumna were awarded 2010-11 Fulbright grants. Michelle Ko, music, was awarded a research fellowship to study flutists of the Neapolitan School in Italy while Anna Gitterman, biological sciences, was awarded an English Teaching Assistantship in Argentina. Jessica Sadler ’09, English and geography and environmental systems, also received an English Teaching Assistantship in Thailand.

Two juniors are the recipients of 2010-11 Barry M. Goldwater scholarships, one of the most prestigious awards in the U.S. given to undergraduates studying science. Geoffrey Clapp, computer science and mathematics, plans to pursue a Ph.D. in applied mathematics. Nathaniel Kim, chemistry and political science, will pursue a Ph.D. in chemistry.

The Chess Team won a record sixth President’s Cup in April, and in December captured the Pan American Championship. UMBC has won or tied the Pan Am competition nine times in the past 14 years, more than any other college in the tournament’s history.

The Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) chapter placed 8th in the Baja SAE West Race in Bellingham, Washington, in May. Baja SAE is an event where student teams design, build and race an off-road vehicle. UMBC is known for building high-performing cars on lower budgets.

The Cyberwarfare team finished fourth at the Mid-Atlantic Regional competition. Students involved in this competition tackle and solve concerted attacks launched by a team of cyber-professionals.


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