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 2020 Faculty Mentors!

Dr. Chuck LaBerge
Dr. Ben Johnson
Dr. Jamie Gurganus
Dr. Neha Raikar
Dr. Janet Rutledge
Dr. Lee Blaney
Dr. Marc Olano
Dr. Carolyn Seaman
Dr. Naghmeh Karimi
Dr. Sanorita Dey
Dr. Vandana Janeja
Dr. Chris Marron
Dr. Tim Finin
Dr. Maryam Rahnemoonfar
Dr. Anupam Joshi
Dr. Sreedevi Sampath
Dr. Frank Ferraro

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 2020 Industry Mentors!

Ms. Katherine Hirsch, Zenimax Online Studios
Ms. Miranda Shortell, McCormick
Ms. Tina Coleman, ClearEdge
Ms. Judy Johnson, Onyx Point
Ms. Mary Nettleton, Exelon
Ms. Donna Williams, Leidos (Operations, Discovery & Analysis Division)
Ms. Zozscha Bomhardt, General Electric Healthcare
Ms. Tabitha Stalder, U.S. Department of Defense
Ms. Summer Romack, AWS Security
Ms. Barbara Harper, b.well Connected Health
Ms. Lindsey Baubien, Northrop Grumman, Space Sector
Mr. Greg Wessel, Senior Cyber Consultant
Ms. Laiela Ahmad, T. Rowe Price
Mr.  Joshua Klosterman, The MITRE Corporation
Ms. Amber Croxford, Northrop Grumman, Mission Systems
Ms. Terra Lyons, Northrop Grumman
Ms. Susan Wilson, Northrop Grumman, Mission Systems
Ms. Kjafa Saunders, PCI
Mr. Alec Pulianas, Microsoft Azure Identity
Ms. Heidi Harris, Leidos
Ms. Robyn De Wees, Northrop Grumman
Ms. Candice Scarborough, Parsons, Cyber & Intelligence
Mr. Tim Burke, The New York Times, Delivery Engineering
Ms. Monica Nicolau, Sylvan Learning
Mr. Rithy Chay, Sentinel Solutions, LLC
Mr. Travis Ward, Northrop Grumman, Mission Systems
Ms. Kimberly Davis, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid

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