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UMBC Grit: Duke and MIT Presidents Praise UMBC Success

March 1, 2016 1:18 PM
When UMBC President Freeman Hrabowski spoke at Duke University on February 23, 2016, about supporting minority students in STEM fields, he began by asking UMBC alumni in the audience to stand. A dozen graduate students and emerging leaders on the Duke faculty rose to a round of applause.

The alumni included powerhouse innovators like Kafui Dzirasa ‘01, chemical engineering, recently named a recipient of the prestigious Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE).

“While so many universities struggle to attract underrepresented minorities into the sciences and engineering,” notes Duke Today, “[UMBC’s] record of success is astonishing.”

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