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Honors alum Fang Cao Awarded the Marcus L. Urann Fellowship

Fang Cao, a 2015 alumnus, is no stranger to recognition. Last year, the computer science and physiology and neurobiology major was this university’s first Truman’s Scholar as well as the second Rhodes Scholar in the school’s history. Now, the Phi Kappa Phi honor society awarded Cao a Marcus L. Urann Fellowship, which grants $15,000 each to a few select students across the country.

Two Honors College Students Awarded Gilman Scholarships

Congratulations to Alexis Marion and Marilyn Mensah, who were recently awarded Gilman Scholarships to study abroad in summer 2015. The Benjamin A. Gilman scholarship supports students who are Pell Grant recipients, U.S. citizens and studying abroad for 4-weeks or longer. Alexis will be studying in Nicaragua, and Marilyn will be studying in South Africa.

Four Honors College Students Awarded Boren Scholarships

Congratulations to Olivia Bethea, Sarah Brown, Anna Pavlos, and Catherine Tappert on being awarded Boren Scholarships to pursue intensive language studies in critical regions around the world. The Boren Scholarship, a Department of Defense award, provides up to $20,000 for long-term (two semester or longer), language-focused study abroad. The scholarship is designed for students with a serious interest in using their language and regional knowledge skills in U.S. Government service.

Four Honors College Students Named 2015 Goldwater Scholars

UMD juniors Shane Falcinelli, Benjamin Gastfriend, Nathan Ng and Iowis Zhu were among the 260 Barry Goldwater Scholars selected from 1,206 students nominated nationally this year. The four students, who are all members of the UMD Honors College, plan to pursue doctoral degrees in their areas of study and to become university professors. The Honors College congratulates them all.

Eva Morgun is going to Germany!

Congratulations to Eva Morgun, who received a German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) Study Scholarship to conduct gene therapy research in Germany. She is majoring in biological sciences and is a member of the Integrated Life Sciences honors program.

Fang Cao, Rhodes Scholar

Integrated Life Sciences senior Fang Cao has been named a 2015 Rhodes Scholar. Fang will pursue a graduate degree in medical anthropology at the University of Oxford. Fang won the Spirit of Maryland award in 2014 and is a Banneker/Key scholar pursuing a degree in biological sciences with a specialization in physiology and neurobiology. He was already the first University of Maryland student to be named both a Truman and Goldwater Scholar. Congratulations, Fang! We are very proud of you!

Honors Leads Way to UM Commitment to Afghanistan

The University of Maryland and American University in Afghanistan (AUAF) signed a memorandum of understanding on Friday, March 14, committing the two universities to deepening their relationship with exchanges of students and faculty and cooperation in research and innovation. The MOU was signed at the Embassy of Afghanistan, hosted by His Excellency Ambassador Hakimi. The relationship between the two universities to date has been led by University Honors, which has featured courses on Afghanistan in collaboration with AUAF.

EIP Best in Nation

A leading voice in entrepreneurship research, teaching, and application, with over 1,000 members across the world, the United States Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship established Excellence in Entrepreneurship Education Awards to recognize excellence in entrepreneurship education at the programmatic level. Each is awarded on a competitive basis, with only one institution winning in each category during a given year. A few days ago, EIP won first place in the category of Outstanding Specialty Entrepreneurship Program. Congratulations, EIP!

Erin Hylton, Marshall Scholar

Erin Hylton, a senior in the University Honors Program, has been named a 2014 Marshall Scholar, one of only 40 winners nationally. This is just the latest of many honors for Erin, a 2010 Banneker/Key Scholar who won a Udall Scholarship in 2012 (one of 60 in the US) and a Boren Scholarship in 2013 (one of 160 in the US; Maryland is number one in the country for Boren winners). We are very proud of Erin, the fourth Honors College student in four years to win a major UK fellowship. Go Terps!

Parsons, as part of its partnership with the University of Maryland Honors College, hosted a networking event for Honors College students on Tuesday, November 19. Parsons professionals currently working on cybersecurity, engineering, environmental, transportation, and other infrastructure projects networked with more than 100 Honors College students to share their career experiences. "This successful networking event is just one of several events to come," said Mary Ann Hopkins, Parsons group president. "In early September, we announced our partnership with UMD to help produce future cyber security professionals, and things couldn't be off to a better start."

Winston Liu, Whitaker Scholar

Winston Liu, a bioengineer in the Gemstone Program, has been named Maryland's first Whitaker Scholar. The award provides a maximum of $7,500 which Winston will use to study abroad in Spain, and and is specifically for biomedical engineering and bioengineering students. Congratulations, Winston!