The Meyerhoff Scholars Program

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UMBC is home to the Meyerhoff Scholars Program, recognized as a national model for increasing diversity among future leaders in science, engineering, and related fields.

About The Meyerhoff Scholars Program

Established in 1988, the Meyerhoff Scholars Program has been at the forefront of efforts to increase diversity among future leaders in science, engineering, and related fields. The program has been recognized by the National Science Foundation and The New York Times as a national model. Scores of representatives from federal agencies, campuses, and corporations across the country have visited UMBC’s campus to learn more about the program’s success.

The nomination-based application process is open to prospective undergraduate students of all backgrounds who plan to pursue doctoral study in the sciences or engineering and who are interested in the advancement of minorities in those fields. The program’s success is built on the premise that, among like-minded students who work closely together, positive energy is contagious. By assembling such a high concentration of high-achieving students in a tightly knit learning community, students continually inspire one another to do more and better.

Kyla McMullen: (M13)

Graduated from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County with a major in Computer Science, through the support of the Meyerhoff Scholarship Program. She then attended the University of Michigan, where she received her Masters in Computer Science and is presently in the final phase of her PhD program at Michigan. My parents both have a [...]

Oliver J. Myers, PhD: (M1)

A Shining Example of the Power of Commitment Assistant Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Mississippi State University. Dr. Myers is a graduate of the University of Maryland Baltimore County for all three degrees of Bachelors, Masters and Doctorate in Mechanical Engineering. More about Dr. Oliver J. Myers He has also worked as a design and [...]

Nwokedi C. Idika, PhD: (M13)

Nwokedi C. Idika, PhD: (M13) Graduated with his Ph.D. in computer science from Purdue University in 2010 at the age of 26 years old. Nwokedi became the first African-American to attain a Ph.D. in computer science from Purdue University. He attained his B.S. in Computer Science in 2005 from UMBC. He is currently a Technical [...]

Roxann S. Brooks: (M14)

PhD Candidate presently at University of California, Davis as a DVM, PhD Student. UMBC, B.S., 2006 in Biology. Brooks’ has research experience at the institute of virology and immunoprophylaxis, mittelhausern, Switzerland, development department where she was working on generation of recombinant Avian Influenza hemagglutinin and neuraminidase proteins using baculoviruses. My parents are solely to thank [...]

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