Meet our Newest Alums: Donovan, Amazu, Fung Chim, and Connor

UMBC is always full of hard-working people who aspire to do great things, and the class of 2014 is no exception. Today, we wanted to share with you what some of our recent graduates are planning to do with their Retriever education.

After winning the Maryland Sea Grant to
study the health of the Chesapeake Bay, Donovan2014-0162_modMitchell Donovan, M.S. geography and environmental systems, was also able to present his work at the Scientific and Technical Advisory Committee’s Chesapeake Bay workshop. Donovan’s research has been used to justify amending future models of sediment and contaminant sources. He now plans to fulfill his Fulbright Research Grant at the University of Turku, Finland, and earn his Ph.D. in watershed sciences at the Utah State University.

Amazu2014-7057_modChinwendu Amazu, biochemistry and molecular biology, came in to UMBC as a Meyerhoff Scholar, a MARC U*Star Trainee, and a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Scholar. With her hard work she joined the Phi Beta Kappa Society and the Golden Key International Honor Society. Amazue also  won the Faculty Award for Excellence in Biochemistry, Robert and Jane Meyerhoff Award, among others. Along with tutoring her peers in general and organic chemistry, Amazu has worked with research scientists at the Johns Hopkins Malaria Research Institute, the University of Maryland School of Medicine, and the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. She plans to continue working towards an M.D./Ph.D. at the Washington University School of Medicine.

Cho Fung Chim, psychology, used his
talents while at UMBC to work as a research Chim2014-0183_modassistant at Robin Barry’s Couple and Family Research Lab and in Charissa Cheah’s Culture, Child, and Adolescent Development Lab. For his honors thesis, Chim managed all of the work, from beginning to end. He wrote the research question, completed the literature review, and analyzed the collected data. Graduating with a 4.0, he now plans to continue his work with family counseling, especially those who have immigrated to the U.S., and
pursue an M.A. in counseling psychology at
Johns Hopkins University.

Connor2014-6863_modAfter facing a life-threatening illness, non-traditional student Amy Connor, biochemistry and molecular biology, stepped back from her work as an artist and found a passion for science. Her goal now is to “inspire young students to think critically and creatively about science.” Connor plans to obtain a master’s degree in education from UMBC and teach chemistry.

Find out more about the Class of 2014!

Meet our Newest Alums: Tang, Leiter-Mason, Shah

UMBC is always full of hard-working people who aspire to do great things, and the class of 2014 is no exception. Today, we wanted to share with you what some of our recent graduates are planning to do with their Retriever education.

While enrolled in UMBC for her undergraduate career, Tang2014-7203_mod
Ke “Coco” Tang, B.A. political science, history, and visual arts, a National Security Education Program (NSEP) Boren Scholarship and Undergraduate Research Award recipient, completed a documentary in Jordan and traveled to the Philippines for disaster relief. The native of Shenyang, China, plans to continue her community outreach by doing medical missions in Sierra Leone, returning to Jordan through her Fulbright Scholarship, and completing a year of government service to fulfill her Boren Scholarship.

During her undergraduate careeLeiter-Mason2014-7130_modr, Caitlyn Leiter-Mason, B.A. political science and gender and women’s studies, received the Circle of Excellence Scholarship at the Daily Record’s Top 100 Women Awards Ceremony and represented UMBC on the University System of Maryland Student Council.

She also completed an internship for the state legislature and completed research in Tunisia. Now, Leiter-Mason works as the Reelection Campaign
Manager for County Councilman Tom Quirk.

Shah2014-7133_modKabish Shah, B.S. mechanical engineering, B.A. mathematics, a native of Nepal, transferred from CCBC to UMBC. Within one year as a Retriever, he had earned an internship with Whiting-Turner Contracting Company working on the new Performing Arts and Humanities building, where they were so impressed with his work that the contracting company offered him a full-time job after graduation. Along with his new job, Shah will also be teaching robotics to local middle school students
through NASA’s Engineering Exploration Training
(NeXT), where he has taught previously.

Read more about the amazing accomplishments of our class of 2014!