The Meyerhoff Scholars Program

About UMBC

UMBC combines the emphasis on teaching found at the best liberal arts colleges with the innovation of a research university. You’ll find students – inspired by and often working alongside faculty who are leaders in their fields – thinking about the hard questions of society, science, and creative expression, and then moving beyond the classroom to make a difference.

As an Honors University, the campus offers academically talented students a strong undergraduate foundation that prepares them for graduate and professional study, entry into the workforce, and community service and leadership. U.S. News & World Report’s Best Colleges Guide named UMBC the nation’s #1 up-and-coming university for the second year in a row. UMBC President Freeman A. Hrabowski, III, was named one of “The 10 Best College Presidents” in the U.S. by Time Magazine in 2009.

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.

Danielle Evette Robbins, PhD: (M13)

Danielle Robbins graduate with her PhD at North Carolina State University in the Biomathematics Program. She completed a Master’s in Applied Mathematics from Arizona State University, and a Bachelor’s in Mathematics from University of Maryland Baltimore County in where she was a Meyerhoff Scholar. Ms. Robbins graduation is August 2011. Ms. Robbins is a Lord [...]

OrLando Yarborough III, PhD: (M11)

OrLando Yarborough III received his PhD in 2010 from the Department of Genetics, Yale University School of Medicine. OrLando received his Bachelors of Science from the University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC). OrLando’s research focuses on the role of WNK4 kinase in the regulation of blood pressure; mutations in the WNK4 gene cause a hereditary [...]

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 [...]

Kennita Johnson, PhD: (M4)

Johnson completed her undergrad work at UMBC, and then went to the University of Florida, where she earned a master’s degree in medical physics and a doctorate in biomedical engineering. My parents were both actively involved in developing me as a scientist. My father helped me with creativity and scientific discovery. We would do small [...]

View Our Complete Alumni List