With You, We Can Send Students to National Conferences

Editor’s note: Here at UMBC, our students are the heartbeat of campus, and we are committed to providing them the best possible education. So, for the month of March, we will be highlighting our amazing academic departments, some of their recent achievements, and ways that you can help fund their continued excellence.

Your gift is extremely important and many of our students are depending on you. Please show your support and make an impact today. With you we can make a difference.


EconomicsThe Economics Department is proud to announce that professor Scott Farrow was named economics coordinator for the Department of Homeland Security’s National Center on the Risk and Economic Analysis of Terrorism Events (CREATE). The department would also like to announce that professor Dennis Coates was chosen as editor of the Journal of Sports Economics, effective summer of 2015.

With your help, the Economics department can provide scholarships for economics and financial economics majors and supply new computers with the latest version of Stata, an econometric software.

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MCSThe Media and Communication Studies Department is excited to share that last year the department awarded student scholarships and provided state-of-the-art equipment for classrooms.

With your help, the Media and Communication Studies Department can continue supporting these worthwhile initiatives and continue providing students a top-rate education.

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Political ScienceThe Political Science Department is thrilled to share that in the past year, the department funded student trips to national conferences and supported undergraduate and graduate research.

With your help, the Political Science department can continue supporting these worthwhile initiatives and providing students a top-rate education.

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With You, We Can Sustain Students During Internships

Editor’s note: Here at UMBC, our students are the heartbeat of campus, and we are committed to providing them the best possible education. So, for the month of March, we will be highlighting our amazing academic departments, some of their recent achievements, and ways that you can help fund their continued excellence.

Your gift is extremely important and many of our students are depending on you. Please show your support and make an impact today. With you we can make a difference.


UMBC EducationThe Education Department is proud to announce that Joan Shin ’99 M.A., instructional development systems, and ’08 Ph.D., language, literacy & culture, received the 2013 Ben Warren International House Trust Prize for her book Teaching Young Learners English. The department would also like to announce that Zane Berge, professor of education, won the Distance Education Book Award from the Association for Educational Communications and Technology.

With your help, the Education department can sustain an education student during the internship phase of their program and provide an education student with supplies and presentation material.

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EnglishThe English Department is thrilled to announce that it welcomed new faculty members with expertise in contemporary African-American literature, the Harlem Renaissance, digital humanities, sound studies, and poetry. The department would also like to announce that the new graduate program is doing amazing research, ranging from the sociolinguistic study of code switching in the African-American community to the exploration of the aesthetics and politics of fan fiction in online communities.

With your help, the English department can organize a trips for students to the Folger Shakespeare Library, the Walters Art Museum, and the Creative Alliance as well as host a speakers series for UMBC students and the public, bringing in talented creative writers and journalists from around the country.

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MLLIThe Department of Modern Languages, Linguistics & Intercultural Communication is proud to announce that Dr. Ana María Schwartz Caballero received the NFL Hispanic Heritage Leadership Award. The department would also like to announce that MLLI faculty and students were featured in Russia Beyond the Headlines and Voice of America; both articles covered the Russian Club’s star-studded evening of Russian song, cuisine, and fashion.

With your help, the Modern Languages, Linguistics & Intercultural Communication department can support activities of the Intercultural Living Exchange, fund study abroad scholarships, and award students for academic excellence.

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PhilosophyThe Philosophy Department is excited to share that in the past year the it has supported undergraduate and graduate research, awarded  scholarships, and funded student trips to national conferences.

With your help, the Philosophy department can continue supporting these worthwhile initiatives and continue providing students a top-rate education.

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With You, We Can Provide State-of-the-Art Equipment

Editor’s note: Here at UMBC, our students are the heartbeat of campus, and we are committed to providing them the best possible education. So, for the month of March, we will be highlighting our amazing academic departments, some of their recent achievements, and ways that you can help fund their continued excellence.

Your gift is extremely important and many of our students are depending on you. Please show your support and make an impact today. With you we can make a difference.


10253753_10152428862635763_7168937595574120359_nThe Emergency Health Services department is proud to share that since 1980, it has provided an exceptional educational experience for future EMS leaders and professionals. The department has also been involved with the development of the EMS profession worldwide through their participation in national and international organizations, conference presentations, and cutting-edge research.

With your help, the Emergency Health Services department can continue awarding scholarships, providing an active learning environment, and supplying state-of-the-art equipment.

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10178091_10202943339277940_6941546641407171669_nThe Health Administration and Policy Program is thrilled to announce that Regine Charlot ’14, health administration and policy program, has accepted a one-year position with Haiti’s Minister of Public Health. In her new role, she will evaluate and write recommendations to help alleviate Haiti’s health concerns and improve access to remote areas where little to no medical attention is provided. The department is also proud to announce that five of its graduating students last spring were nominees for valedictorian, and in winter, they graduated a record number of 45 students.

With your help, the Health Administration and Policy department can continue funding the Health Administration and Policy Program Council of Majors, and providing opportunities for the International Field Research (IFR) program.

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251293_218415591514336_4403744_nThe Psychology department is pleased to share that last year, it awarded scholarships, supported undergraduate and graduate student research, and funded student trips to national conferences.

With your help, the Psychology department can continue supporting these worthwhile initiatives and continue providing students a top-rate education.

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With You, We Can Send Students Abroad

Editor’s note: Here at UMBC, our students are the heartbeat of campus, and we are committed to providing them the best possible education. So, for the month of March, we will be highlighting our amazing academic departments, some of their recent achievements, and ways that you can help fund their continued excellence.

Your gift is extremely important and many of our students are depending on you. Please show your support and make an impact today. With you we can make a difference.


Geo and Environmental SysThe Geography and Environmental Systems Department is proud to announce that it has doubled its majors to 320, launched a graduate program that offers M.S., M.P.S., and Ph.D degrees, as well as expanded its space to the basement of Sondheim. The department would also like to announce that it has added new faculty members to their department.

With your help the Geography and Environmental Studies department can provide support for undergraduate research projects, its Book Scholarship Program, and class field trips.

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HistoryThe History Department is pleased to share that last year, it supported the John Jeffries International Fellowship Fund and encouraged undergraduate and graduate travel and research opportunities by funding trips to national conferences where students presented their research.

With your help the history department can continue supporting these worthwhile initiatives and continue providing students a top-rate education.

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Socio and AnthroThe Sociology and Anthropology Department is pleased to announce that last year, Robert Barrett, an anthropology and biochemistry double major, studied abroad at Manipal University in India. The department is also thrilled to announce that Kelsey Krach ‘14, anthropology, has been accepted to the Visual and Digital Media masters program at the Institutuo de Empresa in Madrid, Spain. Krach is a Sondheim Nonprofit Leadership Fellow and competed as a finalist for a Fulbright Award.

With your help the sociology and anthropology department can cover travel costs to national research conferences, foster undergraduate research, and fund student scholarships.

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With You, We Can Fund New Scholarships

Editor’s note: Here at UMBC, our students are the heartbeat of campus, and we are committed to providing them the best possible education. So, for the month of March, we will be highlighting our amazing academic departments, some of their recent achievements, and ways that you can help fund their continued excellence.

Your gift is extremely important and many of our students are depending on you. Please show your support and make an impact today. With you we can make a difference.


daceThe Dance department is proud to announce that Alexis Renee DeVance won the top award in Outstanding Student Choreography at the 2014 American National College Dance Festival for her piece “Salt. Rose.Witness.” DeVance’s work was one of 31 selected for presentation at the festival. The department is also thrilled to share that last semester, UMBC hosted the Dance Education Training Institute, co-sponsored by Clancyworks and Baltimore County Public Schools; kicked off the performance season with a shared concert by Washington, DC based-companies Rebollar Dance and Clancyworks; and hosted the Maryland All-State Dance Auditions.

With your help, the Dance department can continue developing a regular master class series and funding new scholarships and summer study opportunities.

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jazzmusicThe Music department is excited to announce that, as of last fall, it is officially moved into UMBC’s new Performing Arts and Humanities Building — students are now making music in a new concert hall, new recording studios, and a number of other state-of-the-art spaces. A gift to the department helps strengthen its programs and ensures that current students have the resources the need to make the most of their studies.

With your help, the Music department can continue supporting student ensembles, such as the orchestra, camerata, and wind ensemble, as well as funding visits by renowned musicians.

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CriminalsInLove-5681_490The Theatre department is proud to announce that its new curriculum has broadened their focus on student training and internships. In the past year, the department placed more than a half dozen students in internships with theatre companies in Baltimore, Annapolis, and DC, including several run by department alumni who have excelled in their fields and are seeking to provide opportunities for our students to make the leap into the professional world.

With your help, the Theatre department can continue supporting initiatives such as its mentor program, which assists graduating seniors develop their professional acumen, and the Student Travel Fund Patron program, which provides on-going support for freshmen to experience professional theatre in Baltimore.

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xxlargeThe Visual Arts department is excited to share that Alumna Hadieh Shafie, M.F.A. ‘04, imaging and digital arts, received the Outstanding Alumni Award for Visual & Performing Arts from the UMBC Alumni Association. Shafie also launched her first one-person show in New York last month; Surfaced will be on view until April 11at the Leila Heller Gallery. The department is also excited to share that Lynn Cazabon, associate professor of art, will conduct research at Liepaja University in Latvia this spring after receiving a Fulbright Scholar Award.

With your help, the Visual Arts department can continue supplying new equipment and funding scholarships for their students.

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With You, We Can Foster Innovation

Editor’s note: Here at UMBC, our students are the heartbeat of campus, and we are committed to providing them the best possible education. So, for the month of March, we will be highlighting our amazing academic departments, some of their recent achievements, and ways that you can help fund their continued excellence.

Your gift is extremely important and many of our students are depending on you. Please show your support and make an impact today. With you we can make a difference.


Africana Studies The Africana Studies Department is proud to announce that Dr. Gloria Chuku, assistant professor of AFST, presented on the life, work, and death of literary mogul Chinua Achebe in Johannesburg, South Africa. The department would also like to announce that Drs. Chuku and King-Meadows were awarded a Fulbright-Hays Group Projects Abroad Grant that will enable them to fund a study-abroad program for students and educators of grades K-12.

With your help the Africana Studies department can advance research and engage communities through undergraduate research and internship fellowships and promote the W.E.B. Du Bois Distinguished Lecture Series & Symposium.

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The American Studies DeAmerican Studiespartment is pleased to announce that Professors King and Shewbridge received the Hrabowski Grant that will fund their community-based project, Emerging Media Across the Curriculum. The department would also like to announce that Kimberly Moffitt, associate professor of American Studies, spoke at UMBC’s first TEDx event.

With your help the American Studies department can support special programming and projects, like the Mill Stories project, as well as foster innovative collaborations among scholars.

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The Ancient Studies DeparAncient Studiestment is excited to announce that it is now housed in new, state-of-the-art facilities, which include an archaeology lab. The department also announces that it plans to celebrate its 50th annual study tour with a trip to Rome and Italy in March 2016.

With your help the Ancient Studies department can provide scholarships for study tours to such places as France, Italy, Greece, and Turkey and fund student participation in Maryland field schools and archaeological digs in the Mediterranean.

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With You, We Can Build a Community

Editor’s note: Here at UMBC, our students are the heartbeat of campus, and we are committed to providing them the best possible education. So, for the month of March, we will be highlighting our amazing academic departments, some of their recent achievements, and ways that you can help fund their continued excellence.

Your gift is extremely important and many of our students are depending on you. Please show your support and make an impact today. With you we can make a difference.


2612644819_1ca2dac0c0_zThe Chemical, Biochemical & Environmental Engineering department is proud to share a few testimonials of its undergraduate research program.

“As an undergrad at UMBC, I studied the same curriculum that all of you had: learning to size reactors, heat exchangers, separators, etc. [. . .] In contrast, my research gave me a chance to tackle problems that don’t have an answer yet, and that might not even have a satisfying answer. [. . .] That was an exciting challenge for me so I went to grad school to continue working with that kind of problem.” Sean Kshimetski ’14, chemical engineering

“My experience as an undergraduate researcher gave me the confidence and experience to pursue a Ph.D. Through my UG research experience, I was able to build not only a tool set of research techniques but an understanding of how scientific research is conducted in an academic setting. When I was starting my graduate program, I was able to more easily acclimate to a new laboratory setting because I had gained familiarity with basic laboratory protocols from working in Dr. Marten’s lab.” Colleen Courtney ’12, chemical engineering

With your help, the Chemical, Biochemical & Environmental Engineering department can continue supporting students like these in their achievements. Click here to donate.


oatesThe Computer Science and Electrical Engineering department is proud to announce that UMBC will be partnering with MITRE Corporation to found national cybersecurity research center that supports the National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence and help businesses secure their data and digital infrastructure. The department would also like to announce that Professor Chintan Patel M.S. ‘01, Ph.D. ‘04, and computer engineering student Gurashish Singh recently demonstrated a prototype system that can detect distracted driving behavior at the ATPA Expo, the largest gathering of industries involved with transportation.

With your help, the Computer Science and Electrical Engineering department can continue supplying new equipment and providing resources to build a sense of community among our students.

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xxlargeThe Information Systems department is pleased to share that a research team led by Dr. Nirmalya Roy, assistant professor of information systems at UMBC, is exploring how to retrofit homes with sensor networks that monitor a resident’s behavior and activity levels. The team is also exploring ways to modify existing sensors and other smart-home technologies to help health care providers and caregivers remotely monitor seniors in their own homes at a lower cost. The department would also like to congratulate Victoria Lentz ’15, cybersecurity, on receiving one of the Scholarship for Women Studying Information Security program’s HP-backed scholarships. Lentz, one of ten recipients, plans to work in the cybersecurity industry and pursue a master’s degree.

With your help, the Information Systems department can continue sponsoring speakers through our Council of Majors and providing travel fellowships for International Field Research.

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xxlarge (1)The Mechanical Engineering department is thrilled to announce that Dr. Carlos Romero-Talamas, assistant professor in the UMBC Department of Mechanical Engineering, has been recognized with a DARPA Young Faculty Award for his research in computational models of nuclear fusion technology. The department would also like to share that Anne Spence, ME professor of the practice, participated in a roundtable discussion hosted by Congressman Elijah Cummings. The panel was part of a congressional initiative to learn about issues women educators encounter in building and sustaining economic security and focused on strategies to increase the number of women pursuing STEM fields.

With your help, the Mechanical Engineering department can continue developing a prototyping space to brainstorm ideas and assemble preliminary models and supporting our Baja team — $500 sends a Baja team member to national competition.

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With You, We Can Support Undergrad Research

Editor’s note: Here at UMBC, our students are the heartbeat of campus, and we are committed to providing them the best possible education. So, for the month of March, we will be highlighting our amazing academic departments, some of their recent achievements, and ways that you can help fund their continued excellence.

Your gift is extremely important and many of our students are depending on you. Please show your support and make an impact today. With you we can make a difference.


The Chemistry and Biochemistry department is proud to announce that last year 76 B.S., 4 M.S., and 4 Ph.D. students joined the ranks of its illustrious alumni; almost 50% were female students and 30% were from underrepresented groups. The department would also like to welcome Dr. Zeev Rosenzweig as its new chair. Before coming to UMBC, Dr. Rosenzweig served eight years as program director at the National Science Foundation Chemistry Division.

With your help, the Chemistry and Biochemistry department can continue supporting undergraduate research and supplying new equipment to our students.

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mathstatThe Mathematics and Statistics department is pleased to announce that Dr. Bedřich Sousedík will be joining the faculty this fall. Before to coming to UMBC, Dr. Sousedík was a research associate at the University of Southern California and the University of Maryland, College Park. The department is also pleased to announce that the 9th Annual Probability and Statistics Day will be held this spring; the event is funded by the National Security Agency and will consist of workshops and a one-day conference.

With your help, the Mathematics and Statistics department can continue awarding scholarships and funding student trips to national conferences.

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pyicshThe Physics department would like to welcome its 10 new Ph.D. candidates: Reed Espinosa, Daniel Miller, Daniel Orozco, and John Sullivan are candidates in the atmospheric program; Fernando Calderon Vargas, John Diehl, Alex Henegar, Garrett Hickman, Diana Marcu, and Jane Sprigg are candidates in the physics program. The department is also proud to announce that its Atmospheric Physics graduate program is in the process of performing collaborative research with NASA and NOAA.

With your help, the Physics department can continue supporting undergraduate and graduate research and awarding scholarships.

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Crowdfunding Highlight: Alternative Spring Break

Here at UMBC, we are eagerly anticipating the arrival of spring; spring means mild temperatures, longer afternoons, outdoorsy fun, and, of course, spring break.

For most, this much needed respite from school is chance to take a mini-vacation, but for our amazing students, spring break is an opportunity to give back to the community through week-long service engagement trips. This year UMBC is offering four different Alternative Spring Break trips, and they all could use your support.

Please consider funding these wonderful opportunities.


Will Hope for Change 5Homelessness (led by students Markya Reed and Megan Lynch): Participants in this ASB trip will learn about the experience and challenges of homelessness, and reflect on approaches to addressing the issue through public policy and community action. Participants will work with local organizations and people in Baltimore experiencing homelessness.

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TEAR 2Public Health (led by students Poulomi Banerjee and Monsuru ‘Neyo’ Adekoya): Working with free clinics and other health-focused nonprofit organizations, participants will learn about the state of health care in Maryland, social factors that can affect health, and populations that suffer from health disparities. Through reflection and conversation, the participants will consider approaches to making positive change in this area.

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ARC1Intellectual and Physical Disabilities/ARC (led by student Simin Hossain): Participants will spend time each day at the ARC of Carroll County (which serves people with intellectual and physical disabilities), developing relationships with clients, learning about the population, and dispelling stereotypes and stigma.

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7_ASB clowningAlternative Healthcare /Gesundheit! Institute (led by students Tina Nassehi and Lisa Dang): During spring break, students will interact with patients as they learn about the Patch Adams’ medical model–the belief that laughter, joy, and creativity are an integral part of the healing process. Students will also study the Institute’s approach to social justice and lend a hand in maintaining the sprawling 300-acre campus.

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