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Scholars participate in three types of mentoring programs: Faculty Mentoring, Peer Mentoring and Industry Mentoring.

Faculty Mentors:

Every Scholar is matched with a faculty member who is teaching in the Scholar’s intended major. The Faculty Mentor Luncheon is a time to dine and chat about how classes are going and how to prepare for the semester. Students and Mentors are encouraged to meet once a month which is very useful when Scholars are planning their courses for the next semester, are search for research opportunities, or want to learn about their Faculty Mentor’s undergraduate experience. Are you interested in being a Faculty Mentor? Please email Erica D’Eramo

Thank you to our 2017 Faculty Mentors!
Dr. Anupam Joshi
Dr. Carolyn Seaman
Dr. Chris Marron
Dr. Chuck LaBerge
Dr. Deepa Madan
Dr. Erin Lavik
Dr. George Karabatis
Dr. Janet Rutledge
Dr. Kaurna Joshi
Dr. Katie Gibson
Dr. Marie desJardins
Dr. Naghmeh Karimi
Dr. Nilanjan Banerjee
Dr. Penny Rheingans
Dr. Renetta Tull

Peer Mentors:

Older Scholars are matched with new Scholars during the summer before students arrive on campus. This is a great way to learn more about your major, life on campus, what to expect in classes, and ways to get involved. Additionally, students form lifelong friendships that go beyond the walls of UMBC. Are you interested in becoming a Peer Mentor? Email Kate O’Keefe at

Thank you to our 2020 Peer Mentors!

Ainsley O’Garro
Baile Wolfe
Amina Mahmood
Asmaa Hasan
Danielle Rhoten
Emilie Shoff
Faith Madeoy Gault
Frances Watson
Jenny Lenhoff
Jessica Schneck
Jovan Sankoh
Katy Leatherwood
Kavya Kavanakudy
Kelsey Chesnut
Lauren Hayden
Marian Singletary
Maura Choudhary
Reagan Roberts
Sabrina Rodriguez
Samantha Thorwart
Stacey Villanueva
Swathi Krithivasan

Industry Mentors:

As student progress through their major, gain internship experiences and are planning for their futures, they will enroll in the Industry Mentoring Practicum (approximately junior year). Students navigate career pathways, strengths, workplace culture, and navigating the job offer. The greatest element of the practicum is the matching of Scholars with individuals who volunteer their time and expertise as Industry Mentors. Scholar and Industry Mentors meet once a month and discuss course topics, professional experiences, review resumes and provide advice for career plans.

Thank you to our 2017 Industry Mentors!

Ms. Ronni McTier, ICF
Mr. Michael Rahimi, Coalfire
Mr. Rithy Chhay, Sentinel Solutions, LLC
Mr. Michael Smolyak, Next Century Corp
Ms.  Zozscha Bomhardt, General Electric
Mr.  Matthew McGinnity, Regal Beloit Corporation
Ms. Lilian Johnson, Cornell University
Ms Joan  Worthington, HireVue
Ms. Denise Donohue, NetCraftsmen
Ms. Oana Tibu, CareFirst BlueCross Blueshield
Dr.  Claudia Pearce, National Security Agency
Dr.  Jacqueline Akinpelu, Johns Hopkins APL
Ms. Wyndolyn Alexander, Northrop Grumman
Mr.  Chris Liow, Allstate
Ms. Jackie Gorey, Legg Mason
Ms. Kristine Martz, Exelon Corporation
Ms. Terra Lyons, Northrop Grumman Corporation
Ms. Monica Koepper, Cisco Systems
Ms. Amber-Lee Brown, Northrop Grumman
Ms.  Paula Fetterman, FS-ISAC
Mr. Charles Davis, Asymmetrik
Ms. Ari Blenkhorn, UMBC
Dr. Janet Oren, Legg Mason
Ms. Xin Wang, Cisco Systems Inc.
Dr. Yatish Joshi, Cisco Systems Inc.

If you are interested in becoming an Industry Mentor please sign up here.