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June 2009

Meyerhoff Alumni Advisory Board Elections, June 1st through June 8th

Posted on June 2, 2009 11:59 AM |Permalink

The Meyerhoff Alumni Advisory Board will host online elections from June 1st to June 8th. For detailed information on all officer, cohort representative and committee chair positions, and to vote beginning June 1st, please visit the website by clicking here.

For questions or more information, contact the elections committee at

Meyerhoff Alumni Advisory Board Meeting, June 17th

Posted on June 10, 2009 12:16 PM |Permalink

The Meyerhoff Alumni Advisory Board will have a meeting on Wednesday, June 17, 2009 at 6 p.m. The meeting will be held in the Alumni House located at 5451 Wilkens Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21250.

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

Meyerhoff Scholars Program in Science

Posted on June 11, 2009 1:54 PM |Permalink

The Meyerhoff Scholars Program was recently profiled in Science.

To read the article, click on the link below.

Minority Retention Rates in Science Are Sore Spot for Most Universities

Bettel Mussie (M16) Accepted to M.D. Program

Posted on June 16, 2009 4:03 PM |Permalink

Ms. Bettel Mussie (M16) '08, biological science and psychology will begin an M.D. program at The George Washington University in Fall 2009.

Donnetta McFadden (M15) accepted to Pharm.D. Program

Posted on June 16, 2009 4:10 PM |Permalink

Ms. Donnetta McFadden (M15) '07 biochemistry and molecular biology will begin a Pharm.D. program at the University of Maryland, Baltimore in Fall 2009.

Ivette Santana-Cruz (M15) accepted to Ph.D. Program

Posted on June 16, 2009 4:12 PM |Permalink

Ms. Ivette Santana-Cruz (M15) '07 bioinformatics and computational biology will begin a Ph.D. program in human genetics at The Johns Hopkins University in Fall 2009.

Gerald Lopez (M9) IITC 2009 Presentation

Posted on June 16, 2009 4:16 PM |Permalink

Gerald Lopez (M9) '01, computer engineering, presented at the 2009 IEEE International Interconnect Technology Conference in Sapporo, Japan on June 1st.

His presentation topic, "A New Physical Model and Experimental Measurements of Copper Interconnect Resistivity Considering Size Effects and Line-Edge Roughness (LER)," can be viewed on youtube by clicking here.

Gerald Lopez is in the Ph.D. program in The School of Electrical and Computer Engineering at The Georgia Institute of Technology.

Congratulations to the New Leadership of the Alumni Advisory Board

Posted on June 17, 2009 2:39 PM |Permalink

The Meyerhoff Alumni Advisory Board hosted their first nomination and election process this past Spring. Congratulations to the 2009-2010 Alumni Advisory Board of the Chapter of Meyerhoff Alumni.

President, Raymond Onley, M4
Vice President, Mawuli Dzirasa, M7
Secretary, Vondell Coleman, M4
Treasurer, Donna Person, M7
Parliamentarian, John Foster, M11
Historian, Tanisha Hall, M6
M1 Rep, Michael Haywood
M3 rep, Angelique Blanding
M4 Rep, Delayne Johnson
M5 Rep, Jason McCullers
M6 Rep, Jennifer Plummer
M7 Rep, Camelia Owens
M8 Rep, Alexandra Harryman
M9 Rep, Mileka Gilbert
M10 Rep, Lauren (Battle) Wills
M11 Rep, Tiffani Bright
M12 Rep, Richard Shoge
M13 Rep, Seth Miller
M14 Rep, Michael Aaron
M15 Rep, Candace Mainor
M16 Rep, Shayla Shorter
M17 Rep , Latey Jones

To learn more about the advisory board, click here.

Delayne Johnson Ph.D. (M4) Accepts Professorship at Clemson University

Posted on June 18, 2009 1:41 PM |Permalink

Dr. Delayne Johnson (M4) '97, mathematics has accepted a position of assistant professor of mathematics education at Clemson University in South Carolina.

Dr. Johnson recently completed her Ph.D. in mathematics education a the University of Delaware. Her dissertation topic was "Equity and Social Justice in School Mathematics."

Tida Kumbalasiri M.D./Ph.D. (M10) Earns Degree in Neurosciences

Posted on June 18, 2009 1:57 PM |Permalink

Dr. Tida Kumbalasiri (M10) '02, biological science and psychology graduated from Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences with an M.D./Ph.D. in Neurosciences.

Dr. Kumbalasiri is an internal medicine intern at the Bethesda Naval Hospital in Maryland.

Christy Gray M.D./Ph.D. (M8) Earns Degree in Anesthesiology

Posted on June 18, 2009 2:07 PM |Permalink

Dr. Christy Gray (M8) '00, chemical engineering graduated from Case Western University with an M.D./Ph.D. in early June 2009.

Dr. Gray plans to complete her residency training in anesthesiology at The Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD and complete an internship at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, VA. She will then return to JHU to complete her residency in the department of anesthesiology.

"To Whom Much Is Given, Much Is Required"

Posted on June 23, 2009 4:09 PM |Permalink

Do you remember your first days as a Meyerhoff? Throughout Summer Bridge, you made friends who stoked your curiosity and inspired a spirit of healthy competition that allowed you to grow not only as a scholar, but as a person. As you progressed through the program, the Meyerhoff staff supported you, helping you ace the tough exams, and acting as mentors through times of success and challenge.

As a graduate of the Meyerhoff Scholars Program, you know the experience you were given at UMBC was priceless. However, in these hard economic times, it becomes necessary to think realistically about the costs of our Meyerhoff Scholars Program. In recent months, the endowments supporting the program have declined and although the program remains strong, alumni support is necessary to maintain the resources that make it so successful, including:

* Scholarships (tuition, fees, room, and board)
* Summer Bridge instruction, transportation, room, board, activities, textbooks/materials
* Student conferences, seminars, and summer internships
* Marketing and recruitment and day-to-day administrative operations

The annual Meyerhoff Cohort Giving Challenge allows you to demonstrate your appreciation for the program that gave you so much, as well as your commitment to future Meyerhoff Scholars. Last year, 165 alumni made a gift or pledge totaling $17,700. We would like to surpass that amount this year by increasing the number of donors and raise a minimum of $22,000. As of today, 69 donors have made gifts or pledges totaling $8,000 and we hope you will be a part of surpassing our goals.

Last year, the M1 cohort won the giving challenge; as of early June, the M6 cohort is in the lead for the 2009 prize, recognition on a special plaque in the Meyerhoff Office. The academic and career achievements of Meyerhoff graduates speak volumes about the Program’s impact. However, the level of support of the program by its own alumni is just as important in measuring the program’s success over time.

As it is said, “To whom much is given, much is required.” Make a commitment to the future of the Meyerhoff Scholars Program by making your gift before the deadline of June 30.

To make a gift, click here

Joseph Keller (M15) Earns M.A., and is Accepted to MIT Neuroscience Program

Posted on June 25, 2009 12:33 PM |Permalink

Joseph Keller (M15) '07, biological sciences recently completed his master's degree in computational neuroscience at the Cognitve and Neural Systems Department at Boston University.

Joseph is currently conducting summer research at Massachussetts General Hospital with EEG studies of patients under anesthesia. In the fall, Jospeh will matriculate to Massachusetts Institute of Technology's (MIT) Brain and Cognitive Sciences Department to begin a Ph.D in neuroscience and plans to focus on dementia and alzheimer's disease.

Lekelia Jenkins Ph.D. (M5) Accepts David H. Smith Conservation Research Postdoctoral Fellowship

Posted on June 25, 2009 12:52 PM |Permalink

Dr. Lekelia "Kiki" Jenkins (M5) '97, biological sciences recently accepted the David H. Smith Conservation Research Fellowship and Ford Postdoctoral Diversity Fellowship.

The Smith Fellowship is the most prestigious and competitive postdoctoral fellowship in the field of conservation. Dr. Jenkins will be based at the University of Washington and will conduct research in Mexico, Costa Rica and Ecuador. To learn more about Dr. Jenkin's project, click here.

Dr. Jenkins earned her Ph.D. in marine science and conservation from Duke University in 2006.

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