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A Scholarship Program is Boosting the Range of U.S. Academic Scientists

A 95 years old civil engineer and Baltimore philanthropist, Rober Meyerhoff, who has made his career in commercial real estate, is grabbing public attention for his $500,000 donation to University of Maryland Baltimore Country (UMBC) to launch the most successful and popular program in the United States. The program named Meyerhoff Scholars Program is helping and preparing minority students for careers in academic research.

During the 30th anniversary of Meyerhoff Scholars Program, the audience applauded when Crystal Walkins Johansson revealed that she is being promoted to associate professor of neuroscience at Johns Hopkins University and head of the new Sheppard Pratt Memory Clinic in Baltimore, Maryland. There were also happy moments of Lola Eniola-Adefeso, a professor of chemical engineering at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor when she told that she is standing at the top of the academic ladder with the help of Meyerhoff Scholars Program. Many Chemical engineering experts in Canada have taken benefits from the program already and they are setting a benchmark in the chemical engineering.

The data of the program tells its impressive journey. Johansson and Eniola-Adefeso are both black and part of 1150 pupils where 71% are black. Till date, 312 pupils have received Ph.D.s., 59 have joint M.D/Ph.D.s and 141 have been awarded M.D.s. In addition, 265 have received a master’s degree in a science, technology, engineering, and math field and 258 are about to enroll in graduate or professional school. Michael Summers, a UMBC biology professor and longtime adviser to the program, called these scholars a new face of science.

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