Undergraduate Admissions

Session Recordings: Spotlight on Scholars

This is your chance to hear directly from scholars like you and the mentors who support them as they extend beyond the typical college experience.

Monday, February 15, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Tips for navigating your experience

  • • Review the list of sessions
  • • Use the links provided to join each session at the session start time
  • • If prompted to enter a password enter UMBCevents
  • • Have fun and enjoy the day!

Agenda at a Glance

The Day’s Agenda


10 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.

Your first stop at Spotlight on Scholars! Hear from the Undergraduate Admissions team and learn more about how to navigate your Spotlight on Scholars experience.

Spotlight on Research in the Social Sciences

10:15 a.m. – 11 a.m.

Join Dr. Felipe Filomeno and current UMBC students for a conversation about the important undergraduate research that is being done in the areas of immigration, diversity, and community development in Baltimore.
Presenter: Dr. Felipe Filomeno, Associate Professor, Department of Political Science and Global Studies Program

Choose One: Science and Engineering Spotlights

11 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Spotlight on Exploration: UMBC’s Earth and Space Institute

UMBC’s Satellite Program

Join faculty and undergraduate student researchers from UMBC’s Earth and Space Institute to learn more about how UMBC’s undergraduate students are building satellites and contributing to groundbreaking research.
Presenter: Dr. J. Vanderlei Martins, Professor of Physics

Spotlight on Biological Research

Join Dr. Rachael Brewster and her undergraduate student research team to learn more about their research on fundamental aspects of brain development and the process of neurulation.
Presenter: Dr. Rachel Brewster, Associate Professor of Biology

Lunch with the Center for Democracy and Civic Life

12 – 1 p.m.

Grab your lunch and join staff and student leaders from the Center For Democracy and Civic Life for a guided, small-group discussion on your hopes for your transition from high school to college.

Drop In: Q&A with Undergraduate Admissions and Merit Scholarships

12 – 2 p.m.

Have questions about your Merit Scholarship? Are you looking for more information about enrollment at UMBC? Drop into this session to meet the Merit Scholarships and Undergraduate Admissions teams and discover your next steps to becoming a Retriever.

Choose One: Afternoon Spotlights

1 – 2 p.m.

Spotlight on Student Leaders

The College of Engineering and Information Technology

Join faculty and current UMBC students to learn more about how the College of Engineering and Information Technology’s Undergraduate Teaching Fellows program is developing student leaders and transforming the classroom experience for undergraduate students.

Presenters: Dr. Jamie Gurganus, Associate Director of Engineering Education Initiatives and Director for the Center for Integrated Research, Teaching, and Learning; Dr. Mark Berczynski, Lecturer

Spotlight on Storytelling and New Media

Dive into Digital Storytelling and UMBC’s New Media Studio with Dr. Shewbridge, students, and recent alums as they discuss the evolution of new media technologies and hear about new technology-intensive projects that they are working on.
Presenter:  Dr. Bill Shewbridge, Professor of the Practice, Media & Communication Studies

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