Skip to Main Content

James Sanders

James_Sanders_150x150“The UMBC graduate student community is the nicest, most diverse group of people I’ve ever worked with. I have learned a lot about other cultures and made many good friends since coming here.”

 

Hometown: Aurora, CO

Degree Program/Post-Baccalaureate Certificate: Environmental Engineering (Ph.D.)

Expected year of graduation: 2017

Faculty Advisor: Dr. Upal Ghosh

Thesis/research topic: Monitoring and reducing the bioavailability of methylmercury in sediments

Undergraduate Study (Year, Degree, Institution):
2008, B.S. Chemistry, Metropolitan State College of Denver

Previous Graduate Study (Year, Degree, Institution):
2012, M.S. Toxicology, Colorado State University

What are some of the benefits of being part of the graduate community at UMBC?
The UMBC graduate student community is the nicest, most diverse group of people I’ve ever worked with. I have learned a lot about other cultures and made many good friends since coming here.

Briefly describe your graduate research and its purpose/applications.
I’m working to develop a novel passive sampling device for methylmercury in aquatic ecosystems. It will assist regulators and managers in cleaning up contaminated sites to protect human and ecological health.

What are your plans after graduation from UMBC?
After graduating, I hope to find a job in government or consulting, working to assess and manage risk at sites with chemical contamination.

More Student Profiles