Recent Student Highlights

2019 Pi Mu Epsilon Inductees

Pi Mu Epsilon (PME) is the national mathematics honor society for students. Election into PME is based on mathematical achievement and overall scholarship. The following five students, pictured from left to right, Sandra J. Bonga (ACSC), Toluwalope O. Ologun (Math), Roshan Ghimire (ACSC), Kameryn M. Robinson (Math minor), and Alexis D. Samuels (ACSC) were inducted into the Maryland Beta Chapter of PME on Thursday, April 25, 2019. Congratulations Sandra, Toluwalope, Roshan, Kameryn, and Alexis!

For more information on PME, please see Dr. Najat Ziyadi, Chapter Advisor.

Benjamin Clinkscale, sophomore computer science major, has been accepted in the Distributed Research Experience for Undergraduates (DREU) Program for summer 2019. He will conduct research in the lab of Dr. Chris Crawford at the University of Alabama. (March, 2019)

George Makunde Martin III, sophomore computer science major, has been selected for the Generation Google Scholarship in the amount of $10,000. (March, 2019)

Myka Terry, sophomore mathematics major, co-presented a research paper at a Mini Conference for National Research Experience for Undergraduates Program (NREUP) hosted by the Mathematical Association of America (MAA) last fall at the MAA Carriage House in Washington, DC. Dr. Leon Woodson co-organized the conference, and Drs. Kendra Pleasant and Najat Ziyadi were also participants. The conference is featured in the February/March 2019 MAA Focus Maganzine (Vol. 39, No. 1, page 22). (February, 2019)

Roshan Ghimire, senior actuarial science major, won a $3,000 scholarship from the Society of Chartered Property and Casualty Underwriters. (February, 2019)

On February, 22—24, 2019, Somayeh Gharaie Fathabad (pictured right) gave an oral presentation, "Overexpression of Sterol desaturase gene enhances lipid productivity in Fremyella diplosiphon, a model cyanobacterium," and Shaveen McKen (pictured left) gave a poster presentation, "Virulence genetics of Erwinia tracheiphila on the cucurbit, 'ambrosia' melon," at the Emerging National Researchers (ERN) Conference in Washington, DC. Somayeh is a PhD candidate in the Bioenvironmental Science PhD Program, and Shaveen is a senior biology major. Somayeh received a travel grant to present her research at the Conference. Both Somayeh and Shaveen are conducting research under Dr. Viji Sitther. (February, 2019) 

Jose Dixon (pictured left), senior computer science major, and Taiwo Akinnuoye (right), junior computer science major, presented posters at the Emerging Researchers National (ERN) Conference in Washington, DC on February 22—24, 2019. Jose received a full travel grant from the conference organizer. Both students are conducting research under Dr. Md Rahman on projects related to crowd sourcing and machine learning. (February, 2019)

On February 17, 2019, Myka Terry, sophomore mathematics major, gave a poster presentation, "Investigating First Returns of Random Walks: The Effect of Multicolored Vectors," at the 2019 AAAS Annual Meeting held in Washington DC. (February, 2019)

Industrial and Computational Mathematics PhD candidate, Mrs. Zeinab Bandpey's paper, "Compact and Extremely Disconnected Spaces," has been accepted for publication in the Journal of Advanced Studies in Topology. The paper is co-authored by Mrs. Bandpey's joint PhD advisor, Dr. Bhamini Nayar. (February, 2019)

Jamyra Tingle-Baltimore, junior actuarial science major, won a $2,500 scholarship from the Principal Insurance Company. (January, 2019)

Amanda Nweke at ABRCMS

On November 7, 2018, Amanda Nweke, junior biology major, gave a research poster presentation, "CB2 Inhibitor, A New Binding Mechanism for MCT4 and Its Possibilities as a New Therapeutic Drug for Colorectal Cancer," at the at the Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students (ABRCMS). Amanda received a Certificate of Achievement in recognition of her outstanding presentation. (November, 2018)

Three SCMNS students, John Paul Akinbami (junior chemistry major), Dolapo Nurudeen (sophomore biology major), and Ayanna Culmer-Gilbert (junior chemistry major), applied and were accepted to the Johns Hopkins University's Explore Hopkins Weekend held October 4—6, 2018. All three students conduct research in the Chemistry Department on a volunteer basis. (October, 2018)

Industrial and Computational Mathematics PhD candidate, Mrs. Zeinab Bandpey's paper, "A Study of Generalized Continuous Functions," has been accepted for publication in the International Journal of Advances in Mathematics. The paper is co-authored by Mrs. Bandpey's joint PhD advisor, Dr. Bhamini Nayar. (September, 2018)

Actuarial Science Alumnus, Mr. Alpha Bada (2013) has attained the Associate of Society of Actuaries (AsA) designation. This achievement puts Mr. Bada on track to become Morgan's first Fellow of the Society of Actuaries. (September, 2018)

Sophomore mathematics major, Myka Terry presented her research paper, "Investigating First Returns: The Effect of Multicolored Vectors," at the NAM Mathfest at Spelman College, Atlanta. Ms. Terry's research advisor is Dr. Leon Woodson. (September, 2018)

Ms. Fatemeh Norouzi, PhD candidate in the Industrial and Computational Mathematics Program, presented her paper, "How to model volatility in stock exchange by GARCH(p,q) model" at the Mathematical Association of America Mathfest in Denver, CO on August 4, 2018. Ms. Norouzi is conducting research under the guidance of Dr. Elisabeth Kemajou-Brown of the Mathematics Department. (August, 2018)

Two Biology majors, Mr. Benjamin Frey (May 2018 graduate - pictured left) and Ms. Shauna Tabb (rising senior - pictured right), were selected as Bunting Family Foundation interns during the summer of 2018 at the Institute of Marine and Environmental Technology (IMET). Ben and Shauna both made a strong and positive impression during their internships. Ben has been accepted to the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science (UMET) master's degree program. He will work in the laboratory of Professor David Secor at the Chesapeake Biological Laboratory with Dr. Rosemary Jagus as a co-advisor. Shauna has been invited to continue her research project in the laboratory of Profesor Sook Chung during the Fall 2018 semester. Read more about their experiences here. (August, 2018)

Dy'mon Walker

Recent Biology alumna, Dy'mon Walker (Class of 2018), received an Honorable Mention for her poster presentation, "Effect of Salinity on Microcystin Production and Protein Expression in Selected Cyanobacteria," at the 35th Annual Mid-Atlantic Plan Molecular Biology Society Meeting at the Patuxent Research Refuge in Laurel, Maryland. A total of 28 students presented at the meeting, hailing from a variety of institutions, including the University of Virginia, the University of Delaware, Virginia Tech, Towson University, the University of Maryland, Hagerstown Community College, Frederick Community College, Al Azhar University, and Frostburg State University. Other presenters from SCMNS include Somayeh Gharaie Fathabad (Bioenvironmental Science Ph.D. Candidate) and Shaveen McKen (senior Biology major) who presented their research findings with Dr. Viji Sitther of the Biology Department as their mentor. (August, 2018)

Michael McDonald, a sophomore Computer Science Major, and Michael Guy III, a sophomore Physics Major, were awarded the Hercules Scholarship from the Tom Joyner Foundation. (November, 2017)

Extreme Science Internships at Johns Hopkins University have been awarded to the following MSU students (May, 2017):

Ph.D. candidate in Industrial and Computational Mathematics, Zeinab Bandpey, has contributed an article, "Equations of Peace," to the May–June 2017 Newsletter of the Association for Women in Mathematics. (April, 2017)

Computer Science students, Marissa Bush, Chevane Minto, and Joshua Olumese, and Ambria Dolison in Electrical Engingeering, have been accepted for summer internships at Facebook.  Dionna Burrell and Trevon Wiggs in Computer Science have been accepted for summer internships at Google. (April, 2017)

Freshman Computer Science Major, Chauncey Rogers (mentored by Dr. Edward Dillon), has been accepted for a 10-week summer internship program with the Florida State University Computer Science Department. (April, 2017)

Graduating senior in Computer Science, Martina Taylor, has been admitted to the NYU Tandon School of Engineering to do a PhD in Cybersecurity. (April, 2017)

Graduating senior in Computer Science, Marc Brooks (mentored by Dr. Sam Tannouri), won the first prize in the 24th Annual Undergraduate and Graduate Symposium for his project designing a tic-tac-toe puzzle game. (April 2017)

Ph.D. candidate in BioEnvironmental Science, Behnam Tabatabai, has published a paper, co-authored with Dr. Viji Siither, "Overexpression of hlyB and mdh genes confers halotolerance in Fremyella diplosiphon, a freshwater cyanobacterium," in the journal, Enzyme and Microbial Technology. (April, 2017)