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Samantha Maygers

“I chose UMBC because of the Center for Women in Technology Scholars Program. CWIT made me feel welcomed and accepted and immediately created a community where I felt supported.”

 

Major: Chemical Engineering

Hometown: Baltimore MD

Campus Activities:
American Institute of Chemical Engineers (Vice President) Chemical Energy Car Team (Stopping Mechanism Team Lead) Center for Women in Technology Scholar Club Ultimate Frisbee

Why did you chose UMBC?
I chose UMBC because of the Center for Women in Technology Scholars Program. CWIT made me feel welcomed and accepted and immediately created a community where I felt supported. Also the campus is very diverse and inclusive, and I liked the mid-sized feel.

What has been your favorite class at UMBC?
My favorite class has been Chemical Engineering Kinetics. In this class we were able to size and design reactors based on the rate of the reactions taking place in the reactor and reactor conditions, and we were able to determine rate laws based on experimental data. I felt like I understood the “why” to all of the choices that I was making, and that helped me to be more confident in the material and have a deeper appreciation for the class.

What are you researching?
For three years I did research in Dr. Marten’s lab researching the model fungal species Aspergillus nidulans. I presented two URCAD posters, one in my sophomore year and one in my junior year. My sophomore project I completed with a team and focused on the effect of autophagy on the morphology (branching rate, growth rate) of the cell. My junior year project focused on functional genomics and understanding the effect of the kinase snf1 in the cell.

Where did you complete your internship/applied learning experience?
I spent the last summer in Houston, Texas working with ExxonMobil. I created an application that modeled their sulfur and volume data for their gasoline (mogas) and suggested a plan to comply with the new EPA Tier III mogas regulations for sulfur.

What do you hope to achieve after you complete your degree at UMBC?
After college I would like to pursue a PhD in chemical engineering.

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