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The Third Annual CNMS Student Recognition Day

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May 9, 2008

3:30 p.m. – Welcome by Dr. Geoffrey Summers, Dean
3:45 p.m. – Special Award Sponsors – UMBC Office of Institutional Advancement
3:55 p.m. – Presentation of Student Awards

  • Department of Physics – Dr. L. Michael Hayden, Chair
  • Department of Mathematics and Statistics – Dr. Nagaraj Neerchal, Chair
  • Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry – Dr. William LaCourse, Acting Chair
  • Department of Biological Sciences – Dr. Lasse Lindahl, Chair
  • Valedictorian Finalists, Phil Beta Kappa invitees, and CCCSTEP Scholars – Dr. Geoffrey Summers

4:30 p.m. – Closing Remarks – Dr. Summers



CNMS Finalists for Valedictorian of the May 2008 Graduating Class

Michael Atamas – Mathematics & Philosophy Major

Philip Graff – Physics & Mathematics Major

Lindsay Morrell – Biological Sciences Major

Clare Wickman – Mathematics and Modern Languages and Linguistics Major

Phi Beta Kappa

Founded at the College of William and Mary in 1776, Phi Beta Kappa is the oldest and, by general agreement, the most prestigious academic honor society in the country. As potential candidates for the degree magna cum laude and having pursued a broad curriculum of liberal studies well beyond minimal institutional requirements, the following CNMS majors are among a select group of students invited to join Phi Beta Kappa by the Eta Chapter of Maryland.


Brian Bennett

Jason Salvo


Ita Agarwal

Ijeuru Chikeka

Ryan Green

Elizabeth Kuhn

Silpa Poola-Kella

Biological Sciences

Michael Comberiate

Julie Fields

Uzoma Iheagwara

Dorothy Kenny

Igor Kukelyansky

Lindsay Morrell

Frances Onyimba

Payal Patel

Niraj Patel

Alice Rutatangwa

Erica Smearman

Gretel Spitzer


Christopher Sims


Stacey Carroll

Alexandra Menton

Edward Phillips

Austin Rochford

Tejan Shah

John Stevenson

Physics & Mathematics

Marc Herrmann

Kushal Mehta

Amir Najmi

CNMS Community College Transfer Excellence Program (CCCSTEP) at UMBC

The following students completed their 2007-2008 appointments in the CCCSTEP at UMBC, a pilot program directed by Dr. Geoffrey Summers and Kathy Lee Sutphin. This comprehensive program is dedicated to the retention and success of select transfer students majoring in the disciplines of the four CNMS departments.

Deslegn E. Abraham, Moses T. Ashukem, Eric D. Bitoude, Shannon N. Marucci, Michael L. Maust, Jr., Carlos J. Meheux, Tamara M. Mendez, and Sekelelo Nsimpasi

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