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The Program Behind This Math Major


“He’s going to Michigan to get his Ph.D. in engineering. If he can do it, then why can’t I?”

Jesse SmithUniversity of Maryland-Baltimore County

As part of the Meyerhoff Scholars Program at UMBC, which seeks to promote diversity in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, Jesse Smith started his freshman year with a peer mentor, another African-American man pursuing a STEM major. Now Mr. Smith, a rising junior studying math and computer science, hopes to advise incoming students too. Meanwhile, two other universities are planning to adapt the scholarship model.

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Photo: Interdisciplinary Program in High Performance Computing, UMBC Music: Theme by John Gravois

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