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Sammie Maygers-2018

“I love that UMBC has a different feel than many other universities. UMBC is a collaborative environment rather than a competitive environment.”

 

Major: Chemical Engineering

Hometown: Baltimore, MD

Campus Activities: Shazam Ultimate Frisbee, American Institute of Chemical Engineers, Society of Women Engineers, Research in Dr. Marten’s Lab

Why did you chose UMBC?
I chose UMBC because of the Center for Women in Technology scholars program. This program offered me a community to support me through my college experience and a scholarship that made UMBC a very good financial choice.

What do you love about UMBC?
I love that UMBC has a different feel than many other universities. The school is not small, but has a small feel. I walk across campus and see tons of people that I do not know, but I always see people that I do know as well and that makes me feel at home.

What would you say to a prospective student?
UMBC is a collaborative environment rather than a competitive environment. In engineering classes you always work in teams and the professors want you to succeed. If you are looking for a hard academic curriculum with plenty of support, UMBC is a great place to be.

What has been your favorite class at UMBC?
My favorite class at UMBC has been organic chemistry. The class made me work incredibly hard but at the end of it I felt as if I really learned and accomplished something, which was really fulfilling.

What are you researching?
I have spent two years doing research in Dr. Marten’s Lab. Right now I work on a team of undergraduates studying if there is a link between autophagy and morphology in filamentous fungi. We are trying to see if turning off the pathway for this cellular process has an effect on fungal growth.

What do you hope to achieve after you complete your degree at UMBC?
I would like to work in the biotechnology industry.

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