The well-documented success of this program has made UMBC a national leader in the education of minority students who go on to earn graduate and professional degrees in science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and medicine . Other successful scholarship programs supporting undergraduate research include the Linehan Artist Scholars Program, the MARC U*STAR program, EMBARC, the Beckman Scholars program, the McNair Scholars Program, and HHMI scholarships. Please see the Relevant Publications section for Web links to information about these and other programs related to undergraduate research at UMBC.
Our leadership team reflects the highest possible level of support for UMBC’s participation in the CASTL Leadership Program. It also reflects our substantial expertise in areas related to undergraduate research and program evaluation and assessment.
Our Provost, Dr. Arthur Johnson, is responsible for developing and implementing UMBC's academic programs and aligning university priorities with resource allocation. He has overseen and guided development of the university’s strategic plan, spearheaded a campus-wide academic planning process, and relentlessly pursued reform of general education. Dr. Johnson has contributed to the work of the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, the American Council on Education (ACE), the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U), and the National Association of College & University Business Officers (NACUBO). Dr. Johnson is also Professor of Political Science and previously served as chair of that department.
Our team leader and primary contact person is Dr. Diane Lee, Vice Provost and Dean of Undergraduate Education and Special Assistant to the President for Education Initiatives. Dr. Lee is a faculty member in the Department of Education and was a Presidential Teaching Professor (1997-2000). She is a scholar of educational psychology, human learning and cognition, and the study of teaching and research methods. Dr. Lee leads our campus commitments to undergraduate research, academic integrity, and continued enrichment of the undergraduate experience. She also provides leadership for UMBC’s K-16 activities.
Dr. Taryn Bayles is Professor of the Practice of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering. Her research interests include undergraduate education and outreach, transport phenomena, calorimetry, and surface chemistry. She is an energetic and innovative teacher who uses her Introduction to Engineering Science course to excite freshmen about research through hands-on projects. Each semester culminates with a competition that puts theoretical principles into practice. Select students visit local, middle, and high schools to demonstrate their projects and to share their enthusiasm for engineering.
Dr. Kenneth Maton (original team member) is Professor of Psychology, with research interests in minority student achievement, empowering community settings, strengths-based research and policy, and community psychology of religion. He has an established record of scholarship in the analysis and assessment of educational programs and has served as a consultant on evaluation of countless community-based intervention programs. Several of his publications, some of which are co-authored by our President, Dr. Freeman A. Hrabowski, III, are listed in the Relevant Publications section of this proposal.
2. Several articles evaluating the success of the Meyerhoff program are listed in the Relevant Publications section of this application.