WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 14, 2020, 6 – 8 P.M.

CNMS Open House Session Descriptions and Recordings

6-6:10 P.M.


Your College of Natural and Mathematical Sciences Open House experience starts here.
Hear from the Dean and the Undergraduate Admissions Staff to learn more about how to navigate our CNMS Open House.
Dr. William R. LaCourse, Dean; Gina King, Associate Director Undergraduate Admissions and Orientation

6:10-6:35 P.M.

Student’s Choice

Explore our Majors

Learn more about the academic programs within the College of Natural and Mathematical Sciences. Unsure which program is best for you? Attend our Academic Exploration for Undecided Students session to help you navigate your path to UMBC.

Biology, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, and Bioinformatics and Computational Biology

Presenters: Dr. Kevin Omland, Professor;
Nichole Do, Program Management Specialist


Presenters: Dr. Mark Perks, Senior Lecturer; Dr. Brian Collum, Professor; Dr. Diana Hamilton, Lecturer

Mathematics and Statistics

Presenters: Dr. Animikh Biswas, Chair; Janet Burgee, Department Coordinator


Presenter: Dr. Michael Hayden, Chair

Teaching the Natural and Mathematical Sciences – For those interested in an Education Certificate

Presenters: Dr. Jonathan Singer, Associate Professor and Chair; Cheryl Blackwell, Program Management Specialist

Undecided? Investigate All Majors Offered in the College

Presenters: Julie Crosby, Assistant Director for Student Transitions; Christine Powers, Assistant Director for Student Success

6:35-6:55 P.M.


Join current students in the College of Natural and Mathematical Sciences to learn more about life as a Retriever inside and outside of the classroom.

7 – 8 P.M.

Student’s Choice:


This hour allows you the flexibility to decide what sessions are most important to you as you continue to learn about UMBC. Our Campus Highlights Tours, Admissions Overview, and our Financing your Education Workshop will be offered twice, at 7 p.m. and repeating at 7:30 p.m.

We will also offer a Pre- Professional Pathways Overview for students interested in Pre-Medicine, Pre-Dentistry, and Veterinary Sciences at 7pm and a Pre-Nursing and Allied Health Overview at 7:30 p.m.  Choose your next session by clicking the links on the session descriptions below.


Undergraduate Admissions Overview

Join our admissions staff for an overview of how to apply to UMBC and learn more about our test-optional policy for fall 2021 applicants.

Presenters: Caitlin Henry, Admissions Counselor; Hana Albrecht, Visual and Performing Arts Admissions Counselor

Financing Your Education: Scholarships, Grants, and Loans

Join staff members from the Office of Financial and Scholarships for an overview of how to apply for Financial Aid and Scholarships at UMBC.

Presenters: Keia Brown, Associate Director; Shelly Kessler, Assistant Director; Ben Zimitti, Financial Aid Counselor

Pre-Professional Pathways Overview 

Learn about how UMBC’s Office of Pre-Medical and Pre-Dental Advising provides guidance on the professional school application process and how students can best position themselves as applicants.

Presenters: Michelle Bulger, Director, Science and Mathematics Advising Resource Team; Melissa Huselton, Health Professions Preparation Coach

Pre-Nursing and Allied Health Overview

Learn about how UMBC provides comprehensive academic advising for students who are planning to enter professional programs in Dental Hygiene, Medical Technology, Nursing, Pharmacy, Physical Therapy and Physician Assistant.

Presenter: Kelly Simer, Senior Academic Advisor

Campus Highlights Tours

Join our Grit Guides for a photo highlights tour of our campus. Check out our Grit Guide bios below and select the tour with the Grit Guides that you want to get to know better. All tours will cover the same content.

Tour Group 1: Get to know UMBC with Nivi, Josh, and Abi

Nivi M.

Class Year: Junior
Hometown: Ellicott City, MD
High School: Centennial High School
Major: Biological Sciences and Economics 
Learn more about Nivi M.

Josh L.

Class Year: Senior
Hometown: Waldorf, MD
High School: North Point High School
Major: Chemistry
Minor: Biology
Learn more about Josh L.

Abi A.

Class Year: Junior
Hometown: Germantown, MD
High School: Clarksburg High School
Major: Biological Sciences
Minor: Africana Studies
Learn more about Abi A.

Tour Group 2: Get to know UMBC with Ian, Sophie, and Kayla

Ian A.

Class Year: Sophomore
Hometown: Bear, DE
High School: Charter School of Wilmington
Major: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and Health Administration and Public Policy
Learn more about Ian A.

Sophie S

Class Year: Senior
Hometown: Baltimore, MD
High School: Roland Park Country School
Major: Psychology
Minor: Media and Communication Studies
Learn more about Sophie S.

Kayla H.

Class Year: Sophomore
Hometown: Hagerstown, MD
High School: Smithsburg High School
Major: Biology
Minor: Political Science
Learn more about Kayla H.

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