Howard Hughes Medical Institute
Scholars Program
 
University of Maryland, Baltimore County
1000 Hilltop Circle · Baltimore, MD 21250 · (410) 455-1381
 


      In September of 2002 UMBC received a grant from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute for the Undergraduate Biological Sciences Program. The program's primary goal is to increase the number of minority students that matriculate to Ph.D. or M.D./Ph.D. programs in the biomedical field. The HHMI Scholars Program was modeled after the highly successful Meyerhoff Scholarship Program at UMBC, which is one of the top producers in the United States of African American science, engineering and math undergraduates that matriculate to PhD programs.

      HHMI Scholars at UMBC are chosen through a rigorous application and interview process, which includes the Program Director and Department Chairs. Only those students majoring in a biomedical field with a GPA above 3.2 and a strong interest in pursuing research as a career are chosen for the program. Current HHMI Scholar biographical information along with their research experience and research interests can be found here.

      As a key component of the HHMI Scholars Program students participate in research experiences beginning with their freshman year. While completing a research project during their sophomore year at UMBC, scholars select highly productive off-campus scientists, particularly HHMI Investigators, with whom they work during the summer. Providing students various research experiences will prepare them for the rigors of scientific research as a career. For information on all program requirements for students click here.

      Student support is provided by the HHMI Scholars program, including travel, housing, and a salary for working in the laboratories during their tenure as an undergraduate. Also, if the student and mentor are interested, there is an option for the student to remain at the host institution for their junior year in order to complete an extended research project with their chosen mentor.

      If you would like more information on the program, please contact:

Keith Harmon, Coordinator
University of Maryland, Baltimore County
1000 Hilltop Circle
Baltimore, Maryland 21250
410-455-1381
kharmon@umbc.edu



 


Freshman BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES

Brandon Young
Major: Biological Sciences
High School: William G. Enloe High School, Raleigh, NC
Career Goal: MD/PhD
Current Research Mentor: Rotating

 

Sonia Dalal
Major: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
High School: Paint Branch High School, Burtonsville, MD
Career Goal: MD/PhD
Current Research Mentor: Rotating

 

Carmen Matos
Major: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
High School: Annapolis Area Christian School, Glen Burnie, MD

Career Goal: PharmD/PhD
Current Research Mentor: Rotating

Christopher Ecker
Major: Biological Sciences
High School: Smithsburg High School, Smithsburg, MD
Career Goal: PhD

Current Research Mentor: Rotating

Sophmore BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES

Patrice Stark
Major: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
High School: The Bullis School, Potomac, MD
Career Goal: PhD
Current Research Mentor: Michael Summers, PhD

Melanie Wiley
Major: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
High School: North Carolina School of Math and Science, Durham, NC
Career Goal: MD/PhD
Current Research Mentor: Erik Lillehoj, PhD

Elisia Clark
Major: Biocemistry and Molecular Biology
High School: Charles Herbert Flowers High School Upper Marlboro, MD

Career Goal: PhD
Current Research Mentor: Charles Bieberich, PhD

Richard Maduka
Major: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
High School: Eleanor Roosevelt High School, Greenbelt, MD
Career Goal: MD/PhD
Current Research Mentor: Veronika Szalai, PhD

Phillip Geter
Major: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
High School: Eleanor Roosevelt High School, Greebelt, MD

Career Goal: MD/PhD
Current Research Mentor: Daniele Fabris, PhD

Keisha Carr
Major: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
High School: Eleanor Roosevelt High School, Greenbelt, MD

Career Goal: PhD
Current Research Mentor: Julie Ross, PhD

Carlos Fonseca
Major: Chemistry
High School: William G. Enloe High School, Raleigh, NC
Career Goal: PhD
Current Research Mentor: James Fishbein, PhD


Shawn Barton
Major: Chemistry
High School: Brunswick High School Frederick, MD
Career Goal: MD/PhD
Current Research Mentor: Michael Summers, PhD

 

Robert Wardlow
Major: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
High School: Cherry Hill High School, West Cherry Hill, NJ
Career Goal: MD/PhD
Current Research Mentor: Terry Rogers, PhD


 

Rashmi Singh
Major: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
High School: Winton Churchill High School Rockville, MD
Career Goal: MD/PhD
Current Research Mentor: Michael Summers, PhD


junior BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES

Annisa Alexander
Major: Biological Sciences
High School: Aberdeen High School Aberdeen, MD
Career Goal: MD/PhD
Current Research Mentor: Christopher Plowe, MD

Bilguujin Dorjsuren
Major: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
High School: Govenor Thomas Johnson High School Frederick, MD
Career Goal: PhD
Current Research Mentor: Michael F. Summers, PhD

Brandon Nemieboka
Major: Biological Sciences
High School: Mount Saint Joseph's Academy Baltimore, MD

Career Goal: MD/PhD
Current Research Mentor: Angela Brodie, PhD

Chioma Ihekweazu
Major: Biological Sciences
High School: Orangeburg-Wilkinson High School Orangburg, SC
Career Goal: PhD
Current Research Mentor: Tamra Mendelson, PhD


Igor Shusterman
Major: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
High School: Pikesville High School, Pikesville, MD
Career Goal: MD/PhD
Current Research Mentor: Patricio O'Donnell, MD, PhD

Nicole Parker
Major: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
High School: North Carolina School of Math and Science High School, Durham, NC

Career Goal: MD/PhD
Current Research Mentor: Jia Bei Wang, MD, PhD

Phillip Fitzgerald
Major: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
High School: Suitland High School Suitland, MD
Career Goal: MD/PhD
Current Research Mentor: Suzanne O. Rosenberg, PhD


Sameera Syed
Major: Biochemistry
High School: Pikesville High School Pikesville, Maryland
Career Goal: PhD
Current Research Mentor: Michael Summers

 

Nana Owusu-Boaitey
Major: Biological Sciences
High School: River Hill High School Clarksville, MD
Career Goal: PhD
Current Research Mentor: David Scott, PhD


senior BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES

Ashleigh Bouchelion
Major: Biological Sciences
High School: Reservoir High School, Laurel, MD
Career Goal: MD/PhD
Current Research Mentor: Lasse Lindahl, PhD

Benyam Kinde
Major: Biological Sciences
High School: Arrowhead Christian Academy, CA
Career Goal: MD/PhD
Current Research Mentor: Andrea Meredith, PhD

Alexandra Scott
Major: Environmental Sciences
High School: Enloe High School, Raleigh, NC

Career Goal: PhD
Current Research Mentor: Tamra Mendelson, PhD

Erwin Cabrera
Major: Biological Sciences
High School: Eleanor Roosevelt High School Greenbelt, MD
Career Goal: PhD
Current Research Mentor: Phyllis Robinson, PhD

Gabrielle McRae
Major: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
High School: Charles Herbert Flowers High School, Maryland
Career Goal: PhD
Current Research Mentor:

 

Dina Popovkina
Major: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
High School: Walter Johnson High School, Rockville, MD
Career Goal: PhD
Current Research Mentor: Scott Thompson, PhD


Nicholas Pinkin
Major: Chemistry
High School: Governor Thomas Johnson High School, Frederick, MD
Career Goal: PhD
Current Research Mentor: Ramachandra Hosmane, PhD