Message of Congratulations from Marsha
The University of Maryland Senior Marshals this year — as in years past — represent graduating seniors who have demonstrated the highest levels of scholarship, service to the campus community, extracurricular involvement, and personal growth.
Together with Robert Infantino, associate dean of Computer, Mathematical, and Natural Sciences at UMD, I have had the privilege to serve alongside student Senior Marshals each year to usher in graduating Terps at main commencement ceremonies. We are so happy to be celebrating in-person commencements again this year.
We congratulate the Class of 2023 for their achievement in overcoming such unprecedented times and making the most of it. We celebrate the achievement of graduation for all of these Terps
Marsha Guenzler-Stevens, PhD '93
Director, Adele H. Stamp Student Union — Center for Campus Life
Division of Student Affairs
University of Maryland
Abigail is a senior working towards a dual degree in journalism and economics from North Potomac, Maryland. A third generation Terp, she was a part of the College Park Scholars Public Leadership program. While on campus she promoted the school giving tours to the prospective students, led the national service fraternity Alpha Phi Omega, wrote for The Diamondback, was the General Assignment Editor for Stories Beneath the Shell and was a multimedia journalist and anchor at Capital News Service, a biweekly live news show on campus. She is currently interning at NBC4 Washington and is excited to begin her Master's in Public Policy here at the University of Maryland.
Alexandra Joy Tome Saquilayan
Civil Engineering; Minor in Asian American Studies
Alexandra Joy (AJ) Saquilayan is graduating with a B.S. in Civil Engineering and a minor in Asian American Studies. Within the A. James Clark School of Engineering, AJ has served as a ClarkLeader and the Vice President of the UMD chapter of Chi Epsilon -- The National Civil Engineering Honor Society, and is a recipient of the David T. Crockett Sr. and Josephine G. Crockett Scholarship in Civil Engineering. Pursuing her passions for advocacy and community education, AJ has involvements in the Asian American Student Union, the Yuri Kochiyama High School Leadership Program, the Filipino Cultural Association, and the programing committee for Asian Pacific Islander Desi American (APIDA) Heritage Month, is also a member of the Omicron Delta Kappa National Leadership Honor Society and serves on the Vice President of Student Affairs Student Advisory Council. Following graduation, she is excited to join WBCM as a Design Engineer in their Marine-Industrial Department and take her first steps toward professional licensure by taking the FE.
Alyssa J Cobb
Criminology and Criminal Justice
Alyssa is a Criminology and Criminal Justice student from Baltimore, Maryland. She has been active in The Humble Walk Campus Ministry, Student Alumni Leadership Council, and Resident Life as a Resident Assistant. She loves UMD and can't wait to continue to be a Terp as a graduate student next year!
Public Health Science and Psychology
Ama-Greg (Ama) Adjabe is a first-generation immigrant and college student. Her ethnicity is Cameroonian and Ivorian. Ama was born and raised in Baltimore City, Maryland. In May 2023, she will be graduating with a dual degree in Psychology and Public Health Science with a minor in Human Development. During her time at the institution, she has been involved in several student organizations such as being an Incentive Awards Recipient, Student Success Leadership Council Member, BioFire Undergraduate Research Student, Charles R. Drew Pre-Health Society Member, Maryland Ascent Program Undergraduate Student Ambassador, Phi Alpha Epsilon Public Health Honorary Society Member, Alpha Lambda Delta National Honor Society Member, Department of Reslife Community Assistant, School of Public Health Students Transitioning into Effective Professionals (STEP) Member and Teaching Assistant. Ama hopes to continue leaving a mark wherever she goes throughout her life marathon with her tenacity, hard-working, and quiet confident spirit.
Coming all the way from Wilmington, Delaware, Amber is pursuing a degree in Computer Science, a certificate in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, and a minor in Business Analytics. Throughout her time on campus she’s worked as an undergraduate TA for CMSC131, CMSC132, and ENEE150, a Guided Study Sessions Leader for MATH135 and MATH140, and an intern for the Student Legal Aid Office. In her free time, she’s also been lucky enough to serve as President of Maryland Mock Trial, on the board of the Taiwanese American Student Association and the Omicron Delta Kappa National Honor Society, and as an experience organizer for Technica, which is the world’s largest hackathon for underrepresented genders in technology. After graduation, she’ll be moving to the other Washington to work as a Software Engineer for Microsoft.
Public Health Science
Amira Idris is graduating with a B.S in Public Health Science on the pre-medical track. On campus, she served as the president of the Charles R. Drew Pre-Health Society and the co-chair for the Gift of Giving Gala for the Student Success Leadership Council, she also works as a student resource specialist at the Student organization resource center . She engaged in independent research with the NIH's National Human Genome Research Institute, where she wrote a manuscript for publication. Amira hopes to enroll in a research based doctoral program with a focus on neurodegenerative diseases, and contribute to existing neurological research in a substantial manner and lead her own research lab regarding neurological diseases.
Amy Lissette Rivera
Criminology & Criminal Justice, Government & Politics, US Latino/a Studies Minor
Amy is a CCJS and GVPT major and US Latinx Studies minor from PG County, Maryland. Her life experience as a low-income Latina combined with her passion for service drives her to get involved in community organizing, particularly in the areas of criminal justice and immigration reform. During her time at UMD, she was the proud president of Political Latinx United for Movement and Action in Society (PLUMAS), historian of the Latinx Student Union, Diversity & Inclusion Chairwoman of Hermandad de Sigma Iota Alpha, Inc., a student advocate in the Undergraduate Student Legal Aid Office, and resident assistant in Dorchester Hall.
Neurobiology and Physiology; Anthropology
Ananya Krishnan is a Banneker/Key scholar from Darnestown, Maryland graduating with a dual degree in Neurobiology/Physiology and Anthropology. She was a member of the Gemstone Honors program and the Federal Fellows Public Health Policy program. During her four years, Ananya was a teaching assistant for Neuroscience and Global Health Anthropology courses, a volunteer with the National Sexual Assault Hotline, a Terps for Change coordinator, a member of Omicron Delta Kappa, and the founder and president of Women's Health Network, an organization dedicated to providing students with accurate sexual and reproductive health information. Following graduation, she hopes to continue fostering her passion for women's health and pursue a career in medicine.
Accounting & Information Systems
Andrew is a third-generation Terrapin studying Accounting and Information Systems from Sykesville, Maryland. During his time in College Park, he was involved in the QUEST honors program where he served both as a mentor to students in Cohort 40, as well as co-lead for the internal newspaper, QUEST Press. In his free time, Andrew loved giving back to the community. He served as President of College Mentors for Kids on campus and helped the chapter more than double in size. Andrew also served as a tour guide to prospective students and has spoken to admitted accounting students about his experiences at the University of Maryland.
Angela Chen Sun
Angela is from Rockville, Maryland and is graduating with a bioengineering major and Spanish minor with a citation from the Integrated Life Sciences program. She is an aspiring pediatrician and is passionate about promoting and protecting child health. At UMD, she founded The Every Child Project, a student organization dedicated to providing personalized, accessible tutoring to K-12 students. In her spare time, she loves learning languages and speaks Spanish and Mandarin.
Argen Gian Detoito
Argen is a senior graduating with a B.S. in Physics, a minor in Computer Science, and a citation from the First-Year Innovation and Research Experience (FIRE) program. During his time at UMD, he has been a member of SGA’s First Year Council, Co-Treasurer of the Filipino Cultural Association, Secretary of the Undergraduate Quantum Association, and a member of the Sigma Pi Sigma honor society. He has also been involved in research with the FIRE program’s Simulating Particle Detection stream, the Department of Physics at UMD, and the High-Energy Astrophysics group at Caltech. After graduating, Argen will pursue a Ph.D. in Physics in Fall 2023 with hopes of becoming an academic or government researcher.
Operations Management Business Analytics
Ayelette Halbfinger is a dual degree student in the Robert H. Smith School of Business. At UMD, Ayelette was a part of the Honors College and Design Cultures and Creativity Honors Program, the QUEST Interdisciplinary Honors Program, and two Smith Fellowships. This year, Ayelette serves as the Student Body President and President of the Student Government Association where she has been an advocate for collaboration between students and administrators.
Briana Jurbania Mercado
Briana is a Biochemistry major from Aspen Hill, Maryland. She is a first-generation student and American and will be pursuing a graduate degree starting in the fall. She is a sister of Hermenadad de Sigma Iota Alpha, Incorporada, and has served as the president of the Multicultural Greek Council.
Communication, Public Relations Track and Marketing
Brooke Gordon is a Marketing and Communication with a focus in Public Relations double major. She has applied her PR coursework to her on-campus involvement as the Public Relations Director for the university’s programming board, Student Entertainment Events (SEE), and as the VP of PR/Marketing for UMD’s Senior Council. After having experience with PR in the entertainment industry, she is excited for opportunities within the industry to pursue a future in a PR role. But until then, she is looking forward to enjoying summer at home on the Eastern Shore of Maryland.
Bryana Mae Rowley
Bryana Rowley is a Bioengineering major and Health, Humanities and Medicine minor from Hyattsville, Maryland. She is an Incentive Awards Program full scholarship recipient. During her four years at the University of Maryland, she has been involved with various organizations including College Mentors for Kids, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated, College Park Community Food Bank, Theta Tau and Black Engineers Society. Upon graduation, Rowley will be working with FTI Consulting as a Health Solutions Consultant in Washington D.C.
Government and Politics, International Relations
Calypso is a Government and Politics (IR) major and Art History minor from Rome, Italy. She moved to Bethesda, Maryland at the age of 16 during her sophomore year of high school. She will be attending Law School in the Fall.
Catherine Eden Theresa Chua
Public Health Science
Catherine is graduating with a B.S. in Public Health Science and a double minor in Humanities, Health and Medicine and Public Leadership. During her time at UMD, Catherine was an undergraduate researcher and Peer Research Mentor for the First-Year Innovation and Research Experience program (FIRE), the Vice President of Academic Support for OMSE's Academic Excellence Society (OAES), the President of OMSE's Student Leadership Advisory Council (SLAC), an Anatomy tutor for ASTS, the Vice President of DEI for the Courtyards Residence Hall Association Council (RHA), and the creative arts subgroup director for the Filipino Cultural Association (FCArts). Catherine has also been inducted into UMD's public health honor society (PAE) and the National Leadership Honor Society, ODK. Catherine is grateful for the experiences and opportunities UMD has provided her and upon graduation she is looking to make impactful social change by leading with empathy and applying her backgrounds in public health and policy to develop innovative, sustainable, fair, and data-driven solutions to public health issues.
Christina is going to graduate from the University of Maryland with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication, a certificate in Leadership Studies, and a minor in Innovation and Entrepreneurship. In addition to her academic endeavors, she is a 4-year varsity athlete on Maryland's field hockey team. She is excited to graduate from Maryland both academically and athletically fulfilled. In her next chapter, she will pursue an MBA from the University of Massachusetts, Lowell while finishing out her eligibility on their field hockey team.
Physiology and Neurobiology; Psychology
Clarissa Xia is a Banneker/Key scholar with a double degree in Physiology & Neurobiology and Psychology, graduating with a citation from the Integrated Life Sciences Honors College. During her time at UMD, she has served as the Co-President of Terps Against Hunger, Co-President of Taiwanese American Student Association, Vice President of Brain Exercise Initiative, Peer Counselor at the UMD Help Center, teaching assistant for "Honors Organismal Biology," Student Ambassador for the Health Professions Advising Office, and has also been involved as a member of Omicron Delta Kappa Leadership Honor Society, Nu Rho Psi Neuroscience Honor Society, and the Student Health Advisory Committee. Clarissa was also involved in research on campus exploring learning and decision making in rats, worked off campus as a medical assistant, and spent time volunteering for the American Red Cross and Crisis Text Line. Post graduation, Clarissa is passionate about improving the accessibility of medical care and hopes to work as a multilingual physician, providing patients with empathetic and culturally competent care in their native language.
Biological Sciences: Physiology & Neurobiology, Minor: Human Development
Originally from Elkridge, MD, David Diep is graduating with a degree in Physiology & Neurobiology, Human Development minor, and a University Honors citation from the Honors College. During his time at UMD, David served as the Vice President of Programming for Phi Delta Epsilon Medical Fraternity, a team leader and mentor for the Maryland Reading Program, and an Honors College Student Ambassador. Off-campus, David has worked as a research assistant in the Sidorov Lab at Children's National Hospital where he is a published author, a medical assistant at OrthoBethesda, an emergency medicine research assistant at Prince George’s Hospital Center, and a volunteer at an urgent care clinic. Upon graduation, David plans to pursue a career in medicine.
Deborah T. Omotoso
Deborah Omotoso is graduating with a degree in Family Science and a minor in Human Development studies. During her time here at the University of Maryland, she was involved on campus as a member of Bethel Campus Fellowship, an Academic Peer Mentor with the Teaching and Learning Transformation Center, a Family Science student ambassador, a member of her department’s Coalition for Anti-Racism, Equity and Inclusion, a Resident Assistant, and a violinist in UMD’s Gamer Symphony Orchestra. Deborah was awarded as an Undergraduate Dean’s Scholar under the School of Public Health, and stands among eighteen other graduating seniors as a Phillip Merrill Presidential Scholar for the 2022-2023 academic year. After graduation, she hopes to pursue an MPH to address health disparities in the Black immigrant and Black American community through policy and program intervention.
Biological sciences: physiology & neurobiology
Delyar Delavari is graduating with a degree in physiology and neurobiology and is in the Gemstone honors program. During her time at UMD, she was involved in the American Medical Association, College Mentors for Kids, Resident Life, the Iranian Student Foundation, the Help Center, and was an undergraduate teaching assistant. After graduation, she hopes to continue her path toward medicine.
Emily Gallant is graduating with a B.A in Communication specializing in digital and media. Throughout her time at Maryland, Emily loved helping future Terps acclimate to campus as an Orientation Leader and campus tour guide with Maryland Images. She spent most of her time being a Director on the executive board of Student Entertainment Events and was the PR chair for her sorority, Sigma Kappa. Following her graduation in Winter 2022, Emily has pursued a career in entertainment in NYC.
Emily Rose Brownfield
Mechanical Engineering, Global Engineering Leadership (minor)
Emily Brownfield is from Bel Air, Maryland, and is a Mechanical Engineering major, with a minor in Global Engineering Leadership. She is an executive member of the Society of Women Engineers (SWE), a Women In Engineering (WIE) peer mentor, a technician in the Instructional Fabrication Lab for Terrapin Works, and an executive member of Alpha Phi Omega, a co-ed service fraternity. She was also a Clark School of Engineering Ambassador the previous three semesters and has conducted on-campus research focused on additive manufacturing and the morphology of liquid injection over the past two years with Dr. David Bigio.
International Business and Supply Chain Management
Emmanuel Corporal is a senior from Silver Spring, Maryland studying International Business and Supply Chain Management. He is a member of the Pi Sigma Epsilon business fraternity, Omicron Delta Kappa, Maryland Images: Campus Tour Guides, and the Dean’s Student Advisory Council in the Smith school. During his time at UMD, Emmanuel has served as a Resource Specialist and Student Manager at the Student Organization Resource Center, an Ambassador for the Smith Business Leadership Fellows, Resident Life community assistant, and a teaching assistant for Career Search Strategies in Business. Outside of academics, he enjoys trying new foods, traveling around the D.C. area, and spending time with the friends he has made thanks to the many opportunities and experiences UMD has to offer.
Erika Jeanne Maher
Erika Maher is a Baltimore native graduating with a B. S. in Aerospace Engineering. In her time at UMD, she served as President of the Society of Women Engineers , served on the executive boards of Alpha Omega Epsilon and the Flexus Living Learning Program, represented the Clark school as a Clark School Ambassador, been an active participant of the Women in Engineering Program by serving on the Women in Engineering Student Advisory Board, being a Women in Engineering Peer Mentor to over 20 mentees, and spearheading new event initiatives. She has interned for Genesis Engineering Solutions, working as a Mechanical Design Intern on a CubeSat Satellite, and will be working in the Space Industry upon graduation. She has been awarded the 2022 A. James Clark Women in Engineering Leadership Award and the 2023 A. James Clark Leadership Dean's Award as recognition for her scholarship, leadership, and service to the University of Maryland community.
Esther Adenike Odeyemi
Criminology and Criminal Justice ; Psychology
Esther Odeyemi is a first-generation student from Baltimore, MD graduating with her Criminology & Criminal Justice and Psychology degree, and a citation from the Justice and Legal Thought Scholar Program. During her time at UMD, Esther has been committed to serving her campus community as a Peer Mentor, Ambassador, and Orientation Peer Advisor for the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences. She has also served as a Resident Assistant, a Campaign Intern for MaryPIRG, a Math Mentor for the Maryland Mentor Corps, a member of Alpha Phi Sigma, and a Teaching Assistant for UNIV100. After graduation, Esther plans to pursue her JD with the goal of becoming an attorney and advocating for social justice.
International Business, Finance
Ethan Jenkins graduated magna cum laude with a B.S. in International Business and Finance with a passion to use his education for good. His love for the University of Maryland was displayed through his work as President of the Student Alumni Leadership Council, Vice President of Omicron Delta Kappa, member of the Alumni Association Board of Governors, and intern for Terrapins Connect at the Alumni Association. Throughout his years at the university, Ethan was also a tour guide for Maryland Images, a member of Mortar Board Honor Society, and a peer mentor for College Park Scholars. Ethan is now working at Ally Financial in Bethesda but can still be seen cheering on the Terps in College Park!
Gabrielle Coleman is graduating senior from Bowie, MD, earning a Bachelor of Science in Information Systems from the Robert H. Smith School of Business. During her time at the University of Maryland, Gabrielle was the North Hill Representative for UMD Student Government Association, the Director of Diversity and Inclusion for Technica Hacks, the Vice President of Diversity and Inclusion for the UMD National Pan-hellenic Council, a member of the Alpha Kappa Alpha, Theta Nu Chapter, Co-Chair of Mentorship for the Women’s Empowerment Institute, and a Resident Assistant. Academically, Gabrielle was an Information Technology and Business Transformation Fellow within the Robert H. Smith School of Business, she was named an Adele Circle of Women Scholar, and studied abroad in Cape Town, South Africa. Upon graduation, Gabrielle will be working full-time at Microsoft as a Customer Success Manager.
Gracie May Tanner
Public Policy & Multi-Platform Journalism
Gracie is a Public Policy and Multi-Platform Journalism double major from Frederick, Maryland. Throughout her time at UMD, she has served as President and Editor-in-Chief of Her Campus at Maryland and Advocacy Director for Pro-Choice Terps, and is involved in the university’s prestigious leadership honors society Omicron Delta Kappa, UMD’s Pre-Law International Fraternity Phi Alpha Delta, the Do Good Institute, Ignite UMD, Green Terps, and Model United Nations. Gracie has also received a certificate in the University Honors, Honors College Program. Following graduation, Gracie plans to pursue a masters degree in public policy and political management to continue her career in reproductive justice and healthcare policy.
Biological sciences: Neurobiology & Physiology and Public Health Science
Hammad Baqai is an honors student from Ellicott City, MD with a citation from the Integrated Life Sciences honors program pursuing a dual degree in Biology (PHNB) and Public Health Science. He has spent his time on campus on the executive boards of Maryland Mauj (Director), Penny Appeal (President), Phi Delta Epsilon (VP of Recruitment), and the Pakistani Student Association (Historian) helping to plan events that will better the education and cultural awareness of the greater College Park community. Passionate about working with communities he belongs to, he served as a volunteer tutor/mentor for Peer to Peer, a member of the Omicron Delta Kappa Society, a site leader for One Tent Health, and a volunteer for MEDLIFE, where he had the opportunity to go with UMD students out to underserved communities in Peru to help close healthcare disparity gaps. Inspired by his time here at the University of Maryland, College Park, he plans to go to the University of Maryland Medical School next year to begin his MD/MPH program where he hopes to learn more about community engagement and cultivate the medical skills to continue helping medically underserved communities at home and internationally.
Hiruni Amanda Mendries
Public Health Science
Hiruni Mendries is graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Public Health Science. During her time at UMD, she was an Orientation Advisor, an Undergraduate Teaching Assistant for the Biological Sciences Program, a leader in the Student Alumni Leadership Council, an ambassador for the Health Professions Advising Office, President of The Jim Henson Chapter of the National Residence Hall Honorary, a Community Assistant for Hagerstown Hall following as a Desk Operations Supervisor for resident life, pharmacy employee for the University of Maryland Health Center, Maryland IMAGES tour guide, member of Nu Rho Psi, and a Research Assistant for Dr. St. Legers lab. She has worked hard to give back and inspire her community after feeling welcomed and supported by UMD. Following graduation, Hiruni is excited to apply to medical school and work as a clinical research coordinator during her gap year.
Imani Mayo is a dual-degree BA/MPP student from Gaithersburg, Maryland. Imani is a proud member of the Kappa Phi Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated, which has put on countless insightful and informative programming for the wider University of Maryland campus community. Imani has served as an Orientation Advisor, a Teaching Assistant, and a Resident Assistant. Imani was also a part of the Living Learning Program, CIVICUS, and volunteered as a General Manager with College Mentors for Kids.
Public Health Science
Isha is a Public Health Science major on the pre-medical track from Gaithersburg, Maryland. She currently serves as the Co-Director of Health and Wellness for SGA, does research in the School of Public Health and at the University of Maryland Medical Center, and is the Co-Founder of the Terrapin Think Tank, a student-led health policy incubator on campus. Isha is the recipient of the 2022 Spirit of Maryland Award and the 2021 National Phi Beta Kappa Key Into Public Service Scholarship. Passionate about community-driven health policy, Isha is excited to pursue a career as a physician-public servant upon graduating.
Environmental Science and Technology, Geographical Sciences
Janna Chapman is an Environmental Science and Technology and Geographical Sciences dual degree student from Anne Arundel County, Maryland. She has contributed to the UMD community by being a Peer Research Mentor for the FIRE program, a Teaching Assistant for the Federal Fellows program, an AGNR Ambassador, an OAES member, and the Treasurer of both ENST RESTORE and MANRRS. She has also been awarded an Honors College Citation from University Honors and has been named a Philip Merril Presidential Scholar. After graduation, Janna will pursue a Master of Science in Geographical Sciences at UMD through the GEOG Combined BS/MS Program.
Japneet Kaur Singh
Japneet is a Physiology/Neurobiology major and Spanish minor from Marriottsville, Maryland. This three time winner of the Medstar Health Women's Board Scholarship is a student ambassador for the College of Computer, Mathematical, and Natural Sciences. She's served as president for CIVICUS Living and is an active member of Phi Delta Epsilon, Omricon Delta Kappa, and the Sikh Student Association. She's a teaching assistant for the College of Behavior and Social Sciences and, upon graduation, plans on attending medical school.
Public Policy and Chinese
Josie Urrea is a Public Policy and Chinese double major and an accelerated BA/MPP student. Josie served as the Director of the Sexual Misconduct Prevention Committee for the Student Government Association, Chair of the Office of Civil Rights and Sexual Misconduct Title IX Advisory Board, undergraduate representative on the University of Maryland Sexual Assault Prevention Committee, Peer Advocate for the Campus Advocates Response and Educate to Stop Violence Office, undergraduate representative on the Senate Student Conduct Committee, and member of the School of Public Policy Dean’s Student Advisory Council where she spearheaded campus-wide educational campaigns, and advocated for accessibility and equity within the Title IX office. Josie lives in the on-campus Language House immersion program as a member of the Mandarin Chinese cluster where she participates in weekly cultural and linguistic activities. During her time at UMD, Josie developed a robust political background, interning for former State Delegate Eric Luedtke, interning on Capitol Hill, and serving as a campaign manager before being promoted to be the Legislative Assistant to State Senator Will Smith.
Julia Brigitte Kischkat
Environmental Science and Policy (Politics and Policy Concentration), Honor's College Advanced Cybersecurity Experience for Students
Julia is originally from Harrison, New York, and she is currently pursuing a B.S. in Environmental Science & Policy with a minor in the UMD Honors College Advanced Cybersecurity for Students Program. During her time at UMD, she participated in several organizations, including Federal Fellows, Alpha Omicron Pi, and the Pi Sigma Alpha Honor Society. As a Peer Advisor in the Government and Politics Advising Office, she enjoyed assisting other students in achieving their academic goals. Beyond UMD, Julia interned for her local Congressperson at the U.S. House of Representatives for a semester, conducted research at the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism, volunteered at the U.S. Department of Energy, and worked as a policy fellow at the Maryland Clean Energy Center. She was also awarded the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Ernest F. Hollings Scholarship, which allowed her to conduct environmental field research in Juneau, Alaska, for ten weeks, assessing the impacts of climate change on the phenology of Pacific salmonids. Julia's passion for our planet, dedication to helping others, and commitment to promoting meaningful change inspire her to pursue graduate studies and a career in environmental academia on the West Coast or in the Washington, D.C. area.
Government & Politics
Juliza is an El Salvadorian first-generation transfer student graduating with a degree in Government and Politics and a minor in Technology Entrepreneurship. Her government and entrepreneurship courses inspired her to apply her knowledge from the classroom to positively give back to her community. During her time on campus she was involved in the Southern Management Leadership Program, Undergraduate Studies Dean's Student Advisory Council, Political Latinxs United for Movement and Action in Society (PLUMAS), ALPFA, Pi Sigma Alpha, and the Global Fellows program. Upon graduating she will be working as a policy specialist at Google and hopes to work on leveraging technology to aid in international development and social entrepreneurship.
Government & Politics and Criminology & Criminal Justice
Kassidy Jacobs is graduating with a dual degree in Government & Politics and Criminology and Criminal Justice. During her time on campus, she has been the Vice Chair of Student Services for the BSOS Dean’s Student Advisory Council, Chair of the Student Affairs Committee in the University Senate, President of Senior Council, Vice President of Omicron Delta Kappa and a Coordinator with Terps for Change for three years. Off campus, she has interned at the U.S Department of Education, U.S Environmental Protection Agency, U.S Department of State and at a legal nonprofit serving low income clients. After graduating from the University of Maryland, she hopes to attend law school with a focus on public interest, specifically educational disparities.
Katherine Marina Clugg
Criminology and Criminal Justice, Government and Politics
Katy Clugg is a senior Criminology and Criminal Justice and Government and Politics dual major with a minor in Global Terrorism Studies, and a certification from the Justice and Legal Thought College Park Scholars Program from Elmhurst, IL. Outside of classes, Katy is a research assistant at the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START) center, co-chair of the Student Conduct Review Coalition, a Presiding Officer for the Office of Student Conduct, and Communications Chair of the American Civil Liberties Union chapter at UMD. Katy dedicated her time at UMD to advocating for more fair and equitable systems and understanding how policy and rhetoric impact the process of radicalization into violent extremism. After graduation, Katy plans to continue working in research to study far-right extremism and effective programs for prevention.
Kevin J. Tu
Physiology and Neurobiology (BS); Economics (BS)
Kevin Tu is graduating with dual degrees in Physiology & Neurobiology and Economics. During his time at UMD, he founded Combating Overdoses in Rural Areas and The Hare and co-founded Lean on Me College Park. He also taught a student-initiated course, served as a teaching assistant, ran the university’s Green Labs program, sat on the Student Government Association and the University Senate, and conducted research on cancer genetics. Following graduation, he will attend the University of Cambridge on a Churchill Scholarship and eventually matriculate into medical school.
Spanish Language, Literatures, and Culture and English
Leah Campbell is graduating with a B.A. in English and a B.A. in Spanish Language, Literature and Cultures. While at the University of Maryland, she has held leadership roles at the Eppley Recreation Center, University Resident Life, the Writing Center and The Diamondback, to provide quality academic, emotional, and affirmational support to her peers. Leah has also been active on campus, whether it be learning to skateboard with friends in We Skate, tutoring learners who are incarcerated through the Petey Greene Program, fine-tuning her crocheting skills at Crocheting for a Cause meetings, or leading multiple intramural sports teams to playoffs. In the future, she hopes to expand her area of expertise into the field of anthropology with a focus on Spanish-speaking communities in Latin America.
Madison Sue Burns
Hearing and Speech Sciences; Minor in Disability Studies
Madison is a Hearing and Speech Sciences major and Disability Studies minor from Pasadena, Maryland. During her time at UMD, she worked as a teaching assistant, a research assistant in the FluencyBank lab, a student coordinator for the Lakeland STARs tutoring program, and a Certified Lead Peer Mentor for the TerpsEXCEED Program. Additionally, she earned a citation from the College Park Scholars Media, Self & Society program, defended an Honors Thesis as a student in the Hearing and Speech Sciences Departmental Honors program, and presented a poster at the Joint World Congress on Stuttering and Cluttering in Montreal, Canada. After graduation, Madison will be attending graduate school to become a speech-language pathologist.
Maria Lourdes Villacorta Otarola
Early Childhood/Early Childhood Special Education
Maria Villacorta is graduating with a B.S. in Early Childhood/ Early Childhood Special Education. During her time at UMD, she has served as a research assistant at the TLPL department at the College of Education. Maria's work for the "Together/Juntos" grant has been reflected in her practices to recognize spaces and roles to transform school-home power differentials around mathematics learning and build teacher, parent, and student partnerships to strengthen the role of positioning in supporting mathematics learning. Besides her role as a research assistant, Maria has served the College of Education as an EdTerp Ambassador hosting different events such as COE Open Houses, tours, Maryland Day, etc. Likewise, she has served the Center for Young Children (CYC) at the University of Maryland as the Vice-president of the Parent and Teacher Partnership. She has also been involved in the OMSE Academic Excellence Society at UMD and has been an active member of the KDP's national honor society. With her Hispanic background, Maria hopes to transform the education system and make education accessible for everyone. For that reason, after graduation, she will pursue her Master’s degree in Teacher Leadership with an emphasis on Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages.
Government and Politics
Mark Salman is an International Relations major double minoring in History and International Development and Conflict Management and holds a citation from the International Studies (IS) College Park Scholars program. Throughout his time on campus Mark has been a part of many extracurricular activities, including being a Program Assistant for the IS Scholars program, the Tours Committee Head for Maryland Images tour guides, and an undergraduate representative on the Educational Affairs Committee in the University Senate. Mark is also a member of Omicron Delta Kappa and UMD Global Fellows, and has worked as an undergraduate teaching assistant with the Government and Politics Department for four semesters. After graduation, Mark hopes to pursue a career in public service by working with the federal government.
Matthew is a Biological Sciences major, and Public Leadership minor from Gaithersburg, Maryland. Throughout his four years on campus, he has been involved with Maryland Images: Campus Tour Guides, UMD Club Swim, and SALC. Over time, he had the opportunity to interact with many different members of the direct and indirect UMD community, through giving tours to prospective students, networking events, and helping run large-scale events on campus, such as Admitted Student Visit Days, I <3 UMD week, and hosting Club Swimming Regionals, to name a few.
Medha Tumkur is a Mechanical Engineering major and a Technology Entrepreneurship minor from Potomac, Maryland receiving a citation from the Gemstone Honors Program. She has worked as a research assistant for the UMD Radiation Facilities, been a part of the QUEST Honors Program, served on the executive board of Alpha Lambda Delta, and was an Undergraduate Teaching Fellow for the Department of Mechanical Engineering. Outside of her academic pursuits, Medha has served as the President and Music Director of UMD Anokha A Capella, the VP of Engagement and GEMS100 Co-Director for the Gemstone Leadership Council, an organizer for the Technica hackathon, and an ambassador for the Clark School and the Honors College. After graduation, she is excited to pursue a career in mechanical design and process improvement.
Early Childhood and Early Childhood Special Education
Megan is an Early Childhood and Special Education major from Olney, Maryland. Despite being a commuter student, Megan was able to have an on-campus experience through the various clubs and organizations that she was a part of, including the Student Alumni Leadership Council, Sigma Kappa sorority, Kappa Delta Pi International Honor Society, and the Senior Council. Megan is a proud 'Terp Legacy' by following in the steps of her father, who graduated from the Agricultural College in 1995.
Natalie Adams is a journalism major with minors in history and international development and conflict management from Crofton, Maryland. She has served as an assistant managing editor, copy chief, and copy editor for The Diamondback, the president and vice president of communications for Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society, and the communications chair for Global Communities Student Association. Additionally, she has worked for the Capital News Service Data and Graphics Bureau, was a member of Phi Alpha Delta Pre-Law Fraternity, worked for Her Campus Maryland, and is an alumna of the Global Communities living-learning program. Natalie hopes to work in journalism as a copy editor and data reporter and go to law school to study media law.
Music education, human development
In her time at UMD, Natalie Bartholet has been equally at home in the performing arts and preservice education communities. Outside of performing with the University of Maryland Wind Ensemble, Wind Orchestra, and Symphony Orchestra, Bartholet has furthered student-led professional development as President of the National Association of Music Education, prioritized community building and service as President of the Gamma Epsilon Chapter of Sigma Alpha Iota Professional Music Fraternity, and is also a member of Kappa Delta Pi, Omicron Delta Kappa, Pi Kappa Lambda, and the College of Education Student Assembly. As a research assistant in the Social and Moral Development Lab as well as a recipient of the Maryland Summer Scholars Award, Bartholet supplements her practical passion for teaching with a curiosity for pedagogy informed by research in child development. Upon finishing her B.M.E. in music education and B.S. in human development, she plans on entering the education field as an elementary school instrumental music teacher while advocating for equity and social justice through education policy.
Nichelle Isabella Columba
Accounting and Information Systems
Nichelle Isabella Columba is graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting and Information Systems at the University of Maryland, gaining CPA Eligibility from her successful completion of 150 semester hours. During her time on campus, she was the President and Vice President of Communications for the Management and Organization Society, an active member of the Omicron Delta Kappa National Leadership Society, a committee member of the Women in Business Association Finance Committee, a KPMG Campus Ambassador for Accounting, and member of Phi Kappa Phi, Association of Latino Professionals for America, Business and Information Technology Society, and Accounting and Business Association. She hopes to continue making an impact within the community by inspiring others to take initiative and be the change they wish to see, through the development of leadership. Beginning in the Fall, Nichelle will fulfill the position of Forensic Accountant at KPMG in their Washington D.C. Office.
Biological Sciences: General & Public Health Science
Nikki is a Biological Sciences: General & Public Health Science dual degree from Rockville, Maryland. On campus, Nikki is the president of Peer to Peer, a group leader for the family mentoring program, a research assistant in an epidemiology lab in the School of Public Health, co-chair of CMNS recruitment ambassadors, senior advisor of the Iranian Students’ Foundation, and served as an undergraduate teaching assistant for Essentials of Public Health Biology. Off campus, she is a clinical research associate at the University of Maryland Medical Center and a medical assistant in a pediatric office. She hopes to attend medical school after taking a gap year!
Bachelor of Information Science
Nikole Grandez is an Information Science major from Gaithersburg, MD, originally born in Lima, Peru. She developed a passion for technology after moving to the United States and is now pursuing a Master's degree in Information Management at the University of Maryland. Nikole is a curious learner who enjoys spending time with loved ones and animals in her free time.
Neurobiology and Physiology, Psychology
Originally from Tel Aviv, Israel, Noam is graduating with a Bachelors of Science in Neurobiology and Physiology as well as in Psychology. During her time at the University of Maryland, Noam started the student organization, J-Health, and has been involved in the Motivated Cognition Lab, Omicron Delta Kappa Leadership Honors society, Phi Delta Epsilon pre-medical Fraternity, the Jewish Student Union, and the Help Center. Noam was also a Resident Assistant for 3 years, a Guided Study Session Biochemistry of Physiology Educator, and an Emergency Medical Responder for the College Park community. Noam was also a Medical Assistant for a local clinic and a Research Assistant at the National Institute of Mental Health. After graduation, Noam is looking forward to continuing her neuroscience research at the National Institute of Health and applying to medical school.
Pavan Bhat is a Bioengineering major and Banneker/Key Scholar from Boyds, Maryland. During his time at Maryland, he participated in many multidisciplinary programs, such as QUEST, Federal Fellows, and the ILS Honors College. He was able to intern at many biomedical organizations, including NIST, the FDA, Novartis, and Regeneron, and conducted research under Dr. Klauda in the Department of Chemical Engineering. Outside of classes, he was involved as the President of Tau Beta Pi, director of the Indian classical dance competition Mayuri, a Clark Ambassador, Honors Ambassador, served as an Undergraduate Teaching Fellow, and participated in Study Abroad programs in Madrid, Hanoi, and Singapore.
Rakshita is a Neuroscience Major from Columbia, Maryland, in the University Honors program at UMD. She is passionate about Neuroscience research and was an undergraduate researcher in the Caras Lab, where she defended a senior Biology Honors thesis under the mentorship of Dr. Melissa Caras. During her time at UMD, Rakshita served as a Teaching Assistant in the Neuroscience Department, a student course facilitator in the Biology Department, a student Ambassador for the Neuroscience major and UMD Honors College, and as a co-president of the UMD Rising Researchers Club. After graduation, Rakshita will work as a postbac conducting research for two years at the NIH before applying to doctoral programs in Neuroscience.
Biological Sciences - Microbiology
Rayshaun is a senior from Baltimore county, Maryland, majoring in microbiology with a minor in humanities, health and medicine. During his time at UMD he served as a teaching assistant for PSYC200(statistical methods in psychology) and was a part of the CIVICUS Living and Learning Program where he served as an ambassador and peer guide for incoming freshmen interested in community service. He is a dedicated member of the College Mentors for Kids organization where he mentored elementary school kids from DC throughout every semester during all four years of his undergraduate education. He is a recipient of the Benjamin A. Gilman scholarship that he used to study abroad in Ghana and in the United Kingdom and is a Ronald E. McNair scholar that has completed research in both the school of public health and the department of biology and will create and defend an honors thesis in front of his committee this spring prior to enrolling in graduate school this upcoming fall.
Government and Politics
Raja Ukondwa is graduating with a B.A in Government and Politics and a minor in Law and Society. During his time at UMD, he served as the Chair of the BSOS Dean Student Advisory Council, President of the Black Pre-Law Association, Vice-President of the OMSE College Success Scholars, Lead Advocate for UMD's Undergraduate Legal Aid, and Philanthropy & Community Service Chair of the Omicron Delta Kappa National Leadership Honor Society. He has also worked as a Teaching Assistant for Introduction Into Courts, Law, & Justice & American Economic Inequality and the Law. Following graduation, he will be attending Harvard Law School in the fall of 2023.
Government and Politics (B.A.); Information Science (B.S.)
Renee Paulraj is graduating with a dual degree in Government and Politics and Information Science, a citation from the Design, Cultures, and Creativity Honors College, and a citation from the Global Fellows Program. During her time at the University of Maryland, she has founded and served as President of the student chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union. She has also served as an Intern for the TerpsVote Coalition, President of Girl Up, Chair and Presiding Officer of the University Student Judiciary, Communications Co-Chair of Omicron Delta Kappa, a Co-Captain on the Mock Trial team, a member of Moot Court, a member of the Student Conduct Review Coalition, and a member of Phi Alpha Delta. Renee has also worked as a Teaching Assistant for First Amendment Law and a Research Assistant within the Department of Government and Politics. Renee hopes to pursue a career in law to protect civil rights and liberties and advocate on behalf of marginalized communities.
Ruben Turner will be graduating in May with a Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering with a citation from the Aerospace Honors Program and Design, Cultures, and Creativity Honors Colleges. Ruben leveraged some of the valuable skills in software engineering and robotics that he developed while performing undergraduate research at the UMD Space Systems Laboratory in order to prepare him for summer internship opportunities with Boeing and NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory. He is a member of several campus organizations including the Armenian Student Association, Student Alumni Leadership Council, Order of Omega Honors Society, and the Lambda Chi Alpha Fraternity for which he previously served as a Secretary. After graduation, Ruben will be working for the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory while pursuing a Master of Science in Electrical and Computer Engineering.
Physiology and Neurobiology
Sahana (she/her) is majoring in Physiology and Neurobiology with a minor in General Business and received her citation from the Integrated Life Sciences Honors Program. On campus, Sahana was actively involved in service to the UMD community as the Co-Founder and Co-President of One Love UM, a CMNS Representative in SGA, a Peer Supporter for Lean on Me College Park, Entertainment Editor for The Hare, and the Vice-President and former Treasurer for the Kidney Disease Screening and Awareness Program. She was also a Teaching Assistant in the Biology, Management, and Honors College departments, a Research Assistant at the Aphasia Research Center, inducted in Omicron Delta Kappa, a member of the Federal Fellows Program, and a Yoga Group Fitness Instructor at UMD RecWell. Following graduation, she will be joining the Managed Care Leadership Development Program at Cigna to learn about public-private partnerships in healthcare, with the hopes of working towards ensuring that healthcare is not just a privilege, but a right for every single American.
Computer Science; Mathematics; Minor in Asian American Studies
Sam Bai is graduating with a dual degree in Computer Science and Mathematics and a minor in Asian American Studies. He has served as Internal Vice President and Co-Historian of the Taiwanese American Student Association, Vice President and Secretary of TerpWushu, Operations and Executive Organizer for Technica, and Teaching Outreach Ambassador for the Iribe Initiative for Inclusion and Diversity in Computing. He has also served as a member of the Omicron Delta Kappa National Leadership Honor Society, a Peer Mentor for the First-Year Innovation and Research Experience program, and a Peer Academic Leader for the University Honors program in the Honors College and has collaborated with the Asian American Student Union to promote advocacy and awareness within the APIDA community. Following graduation, in addition to working as a software engineer at Capital One, he hopes to continue working with underrepresented groups in tech and minority communities in his spare time.
Samantha is a Bioengineering major on the Therapeutic Engineering & Development track. During her time on campus, she has been an undergraduate researcher working with understanding drug delivery. When not in lab, she is involved with the Honors Bioengineering Society and volunteering at UMMC. On campus she is also committed to being a teaching fellow, peer mentor, and Clark Leader. After graduation, she hopes to pursue a Master's in Engineering and spend time in clinical engineering.
Samuel Mensah is a first-generation Ghanaian senior at the University of Maryland College Park. He will graduate with a B.S. in Information Science and a minor in Technology Entrepreneurship as part of the Southern Management Leadership Program. Sam was a Building Manager in the Stamp Student Union and a member of the Student Success Leadership Council. He was also a Resident Assistant for the College Park Scholars dorms. His commitment to promoting diversity in the tech industry is evident through his role as the Founder & President of ColorStack UMD, a chapter of a non-profit that aims to increase the representation of Black/Latinx and minority groups in technical fields. He also dedicated his time as a mentor in the I4C Mentoring Program. Upon graduation, Sam will work as an Associate Product Manager at Warner Bros. Discovery in New York City with plans to pursue an MBA from NYU soon.
Sara Jain is a Banneker/Key Scholar graduating with a B.S. in Neuroscience, double minor in Asian American Studies and Public Leadership, and a citation from the Integrated Life Sciences Honors College. On campus, she served as the President of Senior Council, President, Events Chair, and Correspondence Officer of Doctors Without Borders/MSF UMD, Vice President of Recruitment for Phi Delta Epsilon Medical Fraternity, and was a member of Omicron Delta Kappa and Club Volleyball. Sara is also a volunteer EMT in Howard County, and engaged in independent research through both the Asian American Studies program and Nathan Schnaper Intern Program at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. After graduation, Sara will be attending medical school and plans to integrate her interests in advocacy, policy, and healthcare by pursuing a joint MD/MPP.
Dual Degree: Marketing and Communication
Sarah Cwerner is graduating with a B.S. in Marketing and a B.A. in Communication with a specialization in PR. At UMD, Sarah has been involved in several programs, including the Business, Society and the Economy (BSE) Scholars Program and the Strategic Design and Innovation Fellows Program. She has also served as a peer mentor, TA and an active member in her Greek Life organization. Following graduation, Sarah is excited to continue her education at UMD by pursuing her Master’s in Marketing Analytics.
Sasvi Mandari Kulasinghe
Biological Sciences: Cell Biology & Genetics and Global Public Health (Individualized Studies)
Sasvi Kulasinghe is graduating with degrees in Biological Sciences and Global Public Health (Individualized Studies Program), as well as a citation from the University Honors Program. During her time at UMD, she was involved in the Student Health Advisory Committee, the Global Fellows program, Sri Lankan Student Association, a CMNS recruitment ambassador, an undergraduate researcher in the Cell Biology & Molecular Genetics department, and competed nationally with UMD Anokha, a South Asian fusion a cappella team. Outside of academics, she volunteers as an EMT at Branchville Volunteer Fire Company and co-founded MedSurplus United, a nonprofit organization that redistributes surplus medical supplies from the US to underresourced hospitals in Sri Lanka. After graduating, she hopes to pursue an MD/MPH to pursue a career as a physician and global public health professional.
Economics Bachelor of Arts
Hailing from Rockville, Maryland, Shiva is earning a degree in Economics. During his time at UMD Shiva has been involved in various on-campus organizations, serving in all three branches of SGA, first as a Legislator, then as Chief Financial Officer, and most recently as a Justice on the Governance Board. Shiva has also served on the University of Libraries Student Advisory Group, SEE Funding Board, and as a Federal Teaching Fellow with the Federal Fellows program. Outside of the Classroom Shiva has interned with the Department of Energy's Office of the Chief Financial Officer and with KippsDeSanto an investment bank that focuses on the Aerospace, Defense, and Government sectors
Shivasree Margam is a Computer Science major and an Innovation and Entrepreneurship minor at the University of Maryland. During her time on campus, she has served as the President of the Hindu Students’ Council (HSC), Peer Advisor for the Computer Science Department, Computing Instructor for The Iribe Initiative for Inclusion and Diversity in Computing (I4C), Peer Research Mentor for The First-Year Innovation & Research Experience (FIRE), Mentor Developer of BitView, logistics organizer for Bitcamp, and member of Alpha Omega Epsilon (AOE). Following graduation, she will be working full-time at Amazon Web Services (AWS).
Shivawn Nayeni Angelo
Public Health Science
Shivawn Angelo is from Bel Air, Maryland, graduating from the University Honors program with a B.S. in Public Health Science on the pre-medicine track. During her time at the University of Maryland, Shivawn started a mental health club, Prescription for Happiness, where she advocated for mental health at the public health level, was a public health ambassador at the School of Public Health, taught as an undergraduate teaching assistant for both Human Anatomy and Physiology II and Physiological Basis of Physical Activity and Human Health, mentored with the Maryland Mentor Corps, and served as a guided study session leader for Human Anatomy and Physiology I. She also works as an undergraduate research assistant at the Public Health Aerobiology, Virology and Exhaled Biomarker Laboratory (PHAB Lab). After graduation, Shivawn plans to take a gap year and continue her research before attending medical school.
Shreya Nandita Vuttaluru
Journalism, Government and Politics
Shreya Vuttaluru is a journalism and government and politics major from Princeton Junction, New Jersey. She served as Chair on the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences Dean’s Student Advisory Council in the 2021-2022 academic year, and in various leadership positions on The Diamondback. Her journalism work has been featured in The Washington Post, the Associated Press and The Baltimore Banner. Shreya is looking forward to pursuing a career in journalism, focusing on data analysis and government accountability.
Government & Politics (IR Concentration) and French Language & Culture
Sophia is a senior French and Government and Politics major with a concentration in International Relations from Boston, Massachusetts. She earned her citation from the College Park Scholars Public Leadership Program as well as the Global Fellows Program. During her time on campus, she has worked as a tutor for Lakeland STARs, a Student Lead and founding member of TerraPeers, a Senior Teaching Fellow and Program Assistant for the UMD Fellows Program, and the Chairperson for the STAMP Advisory Board. After graduation, she is excited to pursue her passion for storytelling in a career in public relations.
Tania Jhosabeth Sorto Padilla
Major: Finance, Minor: Technology Entrepreneurship and Corporate Innovation
Tania Sorto Padilla is a first-generation Salvadoran student graduating with a degree in Finance and a minor in Technology Entrepreneurship and Corporate Innovation. During her time at UMD, Tania served as VP of Finance for the Association of Latino Professionals For America (ALPFA), worked as a Student Resource Specialist for the Student Organization Resource Center (SORC), and is actively involved in the Southern Management Leadership Program (SMLP). Following graduation, she will join KPMG in their Deal Advisory & Strategy practice as a Securitization Associate.
Tejiri Smart Ofugara
Tejiri Ofugara is an Accounting major in the Robert H. Smith Business School from Montgomery County, Maryland. Over his academic career he has made a clear impact in the business school by serving as the President of the Smith Business Academy, a group dedicated to the advancement of minority men through impactful service leadership, and professional experiences. He has also made an impact as a campus ambassador for Big Four accounting firm, KPMG. Lastly, he impacted the school through his involvement in the Public Leadership Scholars program which propelled him to becoming the leader he is today.
Psychology，Neurobiology & Physiology
Tesia is senior Psychology/Neurobiology & Physiology double major from Gaithersburg, Maryland. On-campus, she has served as a biology teaching assistant, an Alternative Breaks co-lead, and a peer outreach member and Step-UP Educator for CARE to Stop Violence. She is passionate about mental health and wellness for students and co-founded Lean On Me College Park, a peer-to-peer non-crisis campus textline, in 2020. Outside of service, she is also pursuing an honors thesis through the biology department and is a member of the Gemstone Honors Program.
Physiology and Neurobiology
Tyler Przygocki, originally from Silver Spring, MD, is graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Physiology and Neurobiology. During his time at UMD, he was a Research Assistant in The UMD Hearing Brain Lab and at the UM Capital Region Medical Center, a volunteer Team Leader with Maryland Mentor Corps, a CMNS Recruitment Ambassador, an Undergraduate Learning Assistant for LING272, the Social Relations Chair of Delta Epsilon Mu, a 4-Maryland COVID-19 Testing Ambassador, and a member of Brain Exercise Initiative, Be the Match, and KDSAP clubs. After graduation, Tyler plans to take a gap year and work as a Medical Assistant before matriculating into medical school to become a well-trained and compassionate physician. He hopes to work with diverse and underserved populations to help mitigate health disparities within the patient population.
Neurobiology and Physiology
Urvi Chowdhury is graduating with a degree in Neurobiology and Physiology, a minor in Statistics, a citation from the Integrated Life Sciences Honors Program, and a fellowship in Global Policy and Leadership. On campus, she serves as the President of UNICEF UMD, where she organizes education, advocacy, and fundraising campaigns on various humanitarian crises, and previously ran a “Disability during COVID-19” photojournalism project showcasing societal changes in accessibility. Off campus, she is the Director of Community Projects at United Against Inequities in Disease, a Health Policy and Advocacy Intern for Project HOPE, and has interned for the United Nations Foundation. Her future career aspirations include combining medicine, public health, policy, and advocacy to combat health inequities locally, domestically, and globally.
Vivian Grace Flanagan
Public Health Science
Vivian Flanagan is a Public Health Science major and Korean Studies minor with a certificate from the First Year Innovation and Research Experience (FIRE). Outside the classroom, she honed her passion for advocacy and science as Marketing and Technology Officer for the Residence Hall Association, University Senate Undergraduate Senator representing the School of Public Health, President of Students Engaged in Public Health (SEIPH), founding member of Terp Coalition for Human Rights in the Philippines, and student advisor to the Counseling Center and the Public Health Science executive suite; because of these leadership positions, she was inducted into Omicron Delta Kappa, the premier leadership honor society in the United States. Vivian conducted health-related research during all four years of college: at the Kennedy Krieger Institute, the Prevention & Early Adversity Research Lab (PEARL), and FIRE labs across campus. After graduation, Vivian will pursue her Masters in Public Health concentrating in Maternal, Child, and Family Health.
Cell Biology and Molecular Genetics
Zoe Davidson is a Cell Biology and Molecular Genetics major with a minor in Humanities, Health, and Medicine and a certificate in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. She has completed her Honor's Citation for Integrated Life Sciences. During her time on campus, she has worked as an undergraduate teaching assistant for Honors Cellular Biology and Physiology and Bodies in Contention, an undergraduate researcher in Dr. Taneyhill's developmental biology lab, and founder of Move Those Paws. Outside of campus, Zoe has served her community of Howard County and College Park, Maryland as a Gilchrist Hospice volunteer and an animal shelter volunteer at Humane Rescue Alliance.