Profiles of Excellence, in their own words...

LaVonda Brown

Posted: September 12th, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: students | Tags: , , , | No Comments »
What year did you graduate?
May 2010
Where are you from?
Smithfield, VA
What was your major?
Electronics Engineering
Do you have any advanced degrees?
Ph.D. in progress
What are you currently doing (professionally)?
Grad School at Georgia Tech studying Electrical Engineering
How would you describe DNIMAS to someone who doesn’t know about the program?
DNIMAS is a great opportunity for students interested in the math and sciences. Everyone is
like family and you are surrounded around positive successful people who share the same goals
as you (and you graduate debt free).
How did DNIMAS help you get to where you are?
DNIMAS prepared me for the professional world with its weekly Applied Science Seminar. Here
they had people come in from different companies, universities, and previous graduates of the
program to better prepare us for internships, and grad school, and jobs.
How did DNIMAS help you non academically/professionally?
Through DNIMAS I met some lifelong friends that I will never forget. My roommate now is a
DNIMAS graduate and we keep each other focused.
What activities did you participate in when you weren’t studying?
Outside of studying, I was an active member of the National Society of Black Engineers, Delta
Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., and the Society of Women Engineering. I was also a tutor at the
STARS and ACCESS tutoring centers on campus.
What was your favorite DNIMAS memory?
I’m pretty sure I have one…..it just isn’t coming to me right now.
What did you least like about DNIMAS?
I did not like that we were not allowed to stay in the suites, but I understand why it is better that
we stay together in the honors dorm.
What do you think would be different about your life if you weren’t in DNIMAS?
I would be paying back school loans now if I did not have the DNIMAS Scholarship.
Do you still keep in contact with people from DNIMAS?
Of course I keep in contact with my DNIMAS family: the faculty, staff, current students, and the
graduates.
What advice could you pass on to current DNIMAS scholars?
Don’t take this full scholarship for granted!!