Profiles of Excellence, in their own words...

Sharon Reynolds Banks

Posted: October 22nd, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: students | Tags: , , , , , | No Comments »

What year did you graduate?
1994
Where are you from?
Halifax Virginia
What was your major?
Chemistry: Pre-Med
Do you have any advanced degrees?
Yes, MS in Biomedical Sciences from UT Houston
What are you currently doing (professionally)?
High School Biology Teacher
How would you describe DNIMAS to someone who doesn’t know about the program?
DNIMAS is a very challenging program for students who want careers in math and science. This program exposes students to math and science by coursework, seminars and opportunities for summer internships.
How did DNIMAS help you get to where you are?
DNIMAS gave me the opportunity to get an education, exposure to summer internships, and a jump start on graduate school
How did DNIMAS help you non academically/professionally?
DNIMAS helped me to learn in an environment that was accepting of me.
What activities did you participate in when you weren’t studying?
I participated in NSU student ambassadors and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.
What was your favorite DNIMAS memory?
Graduation! What a relief!
What did you least like about DNIMAS?
I did not like living in the dorm with a lot of females – too much estrogen.
What do you think would be different about your life if you weren’t in DNIMAS?
I would not have the connection to Norfolk State University that I do.
Do you still keep in contact with people from DNIMAS?
Yes
What advice could you pass on to current DNIMAS scholars?
Study hard, take every opportunity to expose yourself to new things, and make the most of your experience there.


Whitney Osborne

Posted: September 17th, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: students | Tags: , , , , | No Comments »

What year did you graduate?
2008
What was your major?
Chemistry (Pre-med)
Do you have any advanced degrees?
Master’s in Public Health with a concentration in Epidemiology from George Washington University
What are you currently doing (professionally)?
I am working on a research project for the District of Columbia Department of Health and I recently participated in a fellowship at the National Cancer Institute
How would you describe DNIMAS to someone who doesn’t know about the program?
DNIMAS is an honors program for students interested in math and sciences. Through DNIMAS students are exposed to several career options as well as graduate and professional education programs.
How did DNIMAS help you get to where you are?
DNIMAS helped me realize my potential and understand the importance of networking.
How did DNIMAS help you non academically/professionally?
I met several wonderful and intelligent students through DNIMAS. I also made some life-long friendships.
What activities did you participate in when you weren’t studying?
I tutored students at NSU, at my church, and at various Virginia Beach Public Schools. I also mentored three students, worked in my church’s nursery, and sang in the choir.
What was your favorite DNIMAS memory?
The family bond between the DNIMAS students.
What did you least like about DNIMAS?
The weekly paperwork I had to fill out, but that was not a big deal.
What do you think would be different about your life if you weren’t in DNIMAS?
I would not have had a chance to participate in some opportunities of a lifetime and I would be paying back loans right now.
Do you still keep in contact with people from DNIMAS?
Yes
What advice could you pass on to current DNIMAS scholars?
Take advantage of every opportunity you are given and never give up! Not many students are awarded full scholarships so be grateful for what you have.


Karina A. Jones (Mayfield)

Posted: September 17th, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: students | Tags: , , , , , , | No Comments »

What year did you graduate?
1995
Where are you from?
Suffolk, Virginia
What was your major?
Chemistry (Pre-Chemical Engineering)
Do you have any advanced degrees?
Yes. Master of Engineering in Chemical Engineering
What are you currently doing (professionally)?
Systems Engineer for Marine Corps Systems Command
How would you describe DNIMAS to someone who doesn’t know about the program?
DNIMAS is an academic program that challenges students to look beyond the surface of their intellect and social status in order to discover what gifts and skills can be used to effect positive and lasting change.
How did DNIMAS help you get to where you are?
DNIMAS made graduate school a priority and it prepared me for the rigors of obtaining an engineering degree. This accomplishment has helped me navigate my career in just about any direction I wanted.
How did DNIMAS help you non academically/professionally?
DNIMAS challenged me to get stretch past my comfort zones and learn about my weaknesses and flip them into a skill, a craft that I could fall back on later. My DNIMAS class mates were an awesome support system as well. We were competitive yet, we were there for each other. I still hold many of the friendships today very dear to my heart.
What activities did you participate in when you weren’t studying?
I was in the Gospel Choir, Student Leadership, and National Society of Black Engineers (going to lots of conferences). I participated in a lot of Spades tournaments, hung out on the steps of Phyllis Wheately for HOURS. Of course I went to games mostly football and basketball.
What was your favorite DNIMAS memory?
Sitting on the steps of Phyllis Wheatley (with the ladies from the class of ’95) watching a car literally drive up on the median because the driver was too busy looking at us! That was funny!
What did you least like about DNIMAS?
Whatever my issues were, they were outweighed by the fun I had and the shear joy of graduating with honors!!
What do you think would be different about your life if you weren’t in DNIMAS?
I would not have met some of the most sincere, caring, supportive and loving friends that I have in my life. Those
relationships will last a lifetime.
Do you still keep in contact with people from DNIMAS?
Absolutely! Weekly or daily.
What advice could you pass on to current DNIMAS scholars?
Push yourself and do not rest on your laurels or GPA! Intellect gets you to a point. Perseverance through trials allows you to enter with unwavering confidence.


Nanna Frimpong

Posted: September 10th, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: students | Tags: , , , | 1 Comment »
What is your name?
Nanna Frimpong
What year did you graduate?
2008
Where are you from?
Canfield, Ohio
What was your major?
Chemistry:Pre-Medicine
Do you have any advanced degrees?
Masters in Public Health with a concentration in Epidimiology
What are you currently doing (professionally)?
Working at the Foundation for Hospices in Sub-Saharan Africa as well as The Women’s Collective, a non-profit HIV/AIDS organization in Washington D.C.
How would you describe DNIMAS to someone who doesn’t know about the program?
It is a rigorous science, mathematics, and engineering program.  The program aims to prepare its students for graduate school and for the work force.
How did DNIMAS help you get to where you are?
After graduating from DNIMAS, I feel like I was able to accomplish anything.
How did DNIMAS help you non academically/professionally?
I met some great people that I still talk to and hang out with.
What activities did you participate in when you weren’t studying?
STARS tutoring, DNIMAS Student Student Assosciation, hanging out with friends
What was your favorite DNIMAS memory?
The first APS session of my freshman year.  It was quite eventful. :-)
What did you least like about DNIMAS?
There were changes to the program every semester.
What do you think would be different about your life if you weren’t in DNIMAS?
I don’t think I would’ve pushed myself as hard to be successful.
Do you still keep in contact with people from DNIMAS?
Yes.  I live with one of them, go to school with another, and hang out with a lot of others weekly.
What advice could you pass on to current DNIMAS scholars?
Enjoy your time there.  No rent, free food, and less work than grad school.

William P. Jackson

Posted: September 10th, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: students | Tags: , , , , | 2 Comments »

What year did you graduate?
2006

Where are you from?
Atlanta, GA

What was your major?
Chemistry

Do you have any advanced degrees?
M.A.T in Science Education

What are you currently doing (professionally)?
After Teaching the Physical Sciences for 4 years in Secondary Schools, I am in my first year PhD student in Educational Psychology, at UNC-Chapel Hill

How would you describe DNIMAS to someone who doesn’t know about the program?
The best thing that could happen to a young african-american male, an awesome opportunity to receive undergraduate training for free in a very supportive environment. I had a first class education that I would put up against anyone else’s in this country. I was prepared for a career in my field and for life. I can’t say enough to describe and praise this awesome program.

How did DNIMAS help you get to where you are?
Exceedingly Instrumental! It has directed my life to my current path without DNIMAS I would not be where I am today.

How did DNIMAS help you non academically/professionally?
I met life long friends. I was supported by help systems that gave me experiences that have largely shaped my views on life and my purpose.

What activities did you participate in when you weren’t studying?
I played a year of Basketball for NSU, I played intramural football and basketball every year after that. I joined an awesome fraternity Iota Phi Theta Fraternity, Inc. I was also apart of the STARS tutoring program.

What was your favorite DNIMAS memory?
Sitting in the dorm rooms talking trash to my fellow DNIMAS brothers.

What did you least like about DNIMAS?
It was love hate thing for Study Session, and the Dorm mandated life, I loved it sometimes and hated it other times, I wouldn’t change a thing.

What do you think would be different about your life if you weren’t in DNIMAS?
Everything, from student loans, to my current position.

Do you still keep in contact with people from DNIMAS?
Most Definitely, I have a brother and sister because of DNIMAS, I was an only child when I came!!

What advice could you pass on to current DNIMAS scholars?
Make the most of your current experience, make as many enduring friendships as you can, never take for granted the blessing you have in a free education, remember the program after you graduate, and give all that you have every day of your life to make a change in this earth because just by your presence in the program you have been afforded so much.