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UMBC’s programs, and former students, in the spotlight

Presidents of MIT and Duke highlight UMBC’s accomplishments 

At a recent talk given by President Freeman Hrabowski at Duke University, Duke President Richard H. Brodhead highlighted UMBC success in supporting “diverse students who go on to medical and natural science careers.” Brodhead also noted that “UMBC itself has become a formidable research university” and a “vital economic engine for the city of Baltimore.” Similarly, after Hrabowski spoke at MIT, the school’s President L. Rafael Reif spoke to how “UMBC’s inclusive excellence initiatives have become ‘models for colleges and universities across the country.’”

STEM program highlighted

UMBC, along with 25 other universities, has joined the Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching and Learning. CIRTL is a collection of both American and Canadian research universities with STEM graduate programs committed to diversity in the future of the field. As part of the program, UMBC will “develop and promote learning communities for STEM graduate students.”

UMBC grad’s business takes off

After raising more than $85,000 through his Kickstarter campaign, Joseph Hyman, ’11 and a slew of other UMBC engineering students and alumni are preparing to implement their business model. The product? A travel mug that brews its own coffee. Hyman got the idea for the mug while studying late into the night at club AOK.