Profiles of Excellence, in their own words...

Erica Veal

Posted: December 8th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: students | Tags: , , , , | No Comments »


Where are you from?
Portsmouth, VA
Where are you currently?
Portsmouth, VA (I love this place!!!)
What was your major?
Applied Mathematics
When did you graduate from DNIMAS?
2004
Do you have any advanced degrees?
Masters in Optical Engineering and Computer Science, all from NSU.
What are you currently doing (professionally)?
Typing (tehehe…)  Maybe you mean what’s my job: I’m a Geometry Teacher turned Nuclear Engineer
How would you describe DNIMAS to someone who doesn’t know about the program?
DNIMAS is the best opportunity that you can ask for.  It allows you to make friends that will soon be pivotal people in your life as well as the world.  DNIMAS grants you a passage to worlds otherwise unknown.
How did DNIMAS help you get to where you are?
I wouldn’t have had a college education and learned about the world of education and opportunity.
How did DNIMAS help you non academically/professionally?
It gave me a whole host of friends that I proudly call my family.
What activities did you participate in when you weren’t studying?
Math Club, DNIMAS Student Association, NSBE, Society of Physics Students
What was your favorite DNIMAS memory?
Freshmen year…yes, the whole thing!
What did you least like about DNIMAS?
Nothing
What do you think would be different about your life if you weren’t in DNIMAS?
I would be working at Wendy’s …still
Do you still keep in contact with people from DNIMAS?
HELL’S YEAH
What advice could you pass on to current DNIMAS scholars?
Education is taking advantage of all the time, take advantage of this opportunity….Oh and APS really does help in the end…hehehehe

Oyindamola Oluwawtimi

Posted: December 6th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: students | Tags: , , , | 1 Comment »

Where are you from?
Born and raised in Washington, D.C.; My entire family, however, is from Nigeria.
Where are you currently?
Indiana
What year did you graduate?
err… 2011?
What was your major?
Computer Science
Do you have any advanced degrees?
Soon to be a Ph.D (Kanye West reference),…
What are you currently doing (professionally)?
Currently attending Purdue University to attain a Ph.D in Computer Science with a focus in Computer Security.
How would you describe DNIMAS to someone who doesn’t know about the program?
…”It’s a Win-Win Situation.” They pay for your education, and all you have to do is make them look good, but not superficially of course.
How did DNIMAS help you get to where you are?
DNIMAS is like a door buster… if I need another academic opportunity in life, lets say an internship, I bring out my door buster.
How did DNIMAS help you non academically/professionally?
… DNIMAS was just a stepping stone to my other ambitions. A goal I wanted to achieve as soon as I graduated high school was traveling every year to a different location other than the east coast, where I have resided for about 18 years of my life. Since my induction into DNIMAS, I have traveled to Iowa, Texas, California, Florida, Japan, list goes on.
What activities did you participate in when you weren’t studying?
Computer science competition, movie competition, photoshop activities, blogging, occasionally drawing, watching por… I mean “movies”… >_>
What was your favorite DNIMAS memory?
Easy, my very last semester near the end when JP Mathis and I were talking to Dr. Alicia McClain. She really explained how she viewed me, and not only did she respect me for who I am, but she loved me for the same reasons. Even though, some aspects irritated her a bit I think. But that’s love right?
What did you least like about DNIMAS?
… Good gracious, I hated APS (Applied Science Seminar). It was mostly useful for my very first semester, after that it was boring, especially since most of the speakers were of Biology or Chemistry background, and not of Computer Science.
What do you think would be different about your life if you weren’t in DNIMAS?
…Everything of course. A single alternate decision, action, or even “non-action” at any point of time creates a completely different path in the Space Time Continuum… … … … Parallel Universes O_O
Do you still keep in contact with people from DNIMAS?
HYFR! *Drake* I try to keep in constant contact with people I talked to regularly in undergrad. I talk to the lovely, but annoying Serenity usually on a day to day basis. As for my ugly room mate, … well he ugly so… For those not on a constant basis, I use social networks such as facebook and twitter to check up on people every so often.
What advice could you pass on to current DNIMAS scholars?
Use the door buster every chance you get. Carpe Diem. No Regrets. Live and Feel Alive. We Eat Everything Delectable. Be Lazy, but Lazy at the Same Time. o_0 #EGOThoughts o_0


Carolyn Smith

Posted: November 16th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: students | Tags: , , , , | No Comments »
Where are you from?
Newport News, VA
Where are you now?
Glen Burnie, MD
What year did you graduate?
2008
What was your major?
Computer Science and Mathematics (dual major)
Do you have any advanced degrees?
I am currently one class away from a M.S. in Computer Science with an emphasis in Networking and Telecommunications from John Hopkins :)
What are you currently doing(professionally)?
In addition to working on my degree part-time, I work as a Penetration Tester for a contracting company.
How would you describe DNIMAS to someone who doesn’t know about the program?
DNIMAS is a four year scholarship program for students interested in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics).  It starts out with a bridging program to access your math and science skills and quickly moves to fours years packed with developing your skills in your field of study as well as developing a breadth of knowledge in general studies.  DNIMAS encourages internships every summer as well as volunteer work in the community.  The best part about DNIMAS was that there was an extremely dedicated staff behind you.
How did DNIMAS helped you get to where you are?  
DNIMAS really helped me to push myself for something greater. The speakers from APS offered different definitions of success and why all of them were built on hard work and sacrifice.
How did DNIMAS help me non academically/professionally?
Through the volunteer portion of the program, I learned the importance of giving back to the community which I probably wouldn’t have done if I hadn’t been in this program.  This experience is part of the reason I participated in several recruiting efforts (career fairs, doing classroom talks, etc.) aimed at recruiting NSU scholars.
What activities did you participate in when you weren’t studying?  
Some of the activates I participated in were Spartan Calvary, Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), ACCESS tutor, volunteering for the Red Cross, volunteering at Booker T. Washington High School, volunteering for a local boy’s basketball team doing web site maintenance, and volunteering for the C.L.E.A.N. program.
What was your favorite DNIMAS memory?
There are so many..probably going to the Sweat Box as a freshman and my friend and I leaving each other ridiculous notes on the whiteboards outside our dorm room doors.
Least liked:  I would have to say the mandatory study session were my least favorite.  I preferred to study in front of the television ;)
What do you think would be different about your life if you weren’t in DNIMAS?
I would have some student loans.  I wouldn’t have pursued any additional degrees or certifications because I wouldn’t have really known my potential or would have been too far in debt to consider it.  I probably would have a different outlook on the world as well.
Do you still keep in contact with people from DNIMAS?
Yes
What advice could you pass on to current DNIMAS scholars?
It is really important to take the time to get to know your DNIMAS family and the NSU faculty.  You might be surprised to find out just how many of them you will run into/need to network with once you graduate from NSU.  Never be afraid to ask for help.  Most importantly, take the scholarship seriously – enjoy your time as a college student but don’t forget why you are in the DNIMAS program.

Cyntrica Eaton

Posted: March 28th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: students | Tags: , , | No Comments »

What year did you graduate?
2001
What was your major?
Computer Science
Do you have any advanced degrees?
Yes; PhD; University of Maryland, College Park
What are you currently doing (professionally)?
Assistant Professor in the Computer Science Department at NSU
How would you describe DNIMAS to someone who doesn’t know about the program?
DNIMAS is a special program at Norfolk State University that enables undergraduate students interested in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) careers to develop a fertile basis for life-long professional growth.  In addition to a scholarship, students in the DNIMAS program receive a top-notch education and exposure to a network of upwardly mobile scholars.
How did DNIMAS help you get to where you are?
As a result of the DNIMAS Program, I was able to attain my Bachelor’s degree debt-free, to learn about various internship/fellowship opportunities, and to become convinced that graduate school was the option for me.
What activities did you participate in when you weren’t studying?
I participated in the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) and the DNIMAS Student Association (DSA).
What was your favorite DNIMAS memory?
My favorite DNIMAS memory is starting the Summer Bridge program in August of 1997, meeting my fellow classmates, and setting up my dorm room.  I was so nervous and excited about starting the school year, but I remember those early days fondly!
What do you think would be different about your life if you weren’t in DNIMAS?
I didn’t receive any other financial support for my undergraduate education so I would have definitely had to repay loans.  Also, I’m not sure that I would have decided to go to graduate school were it not for DNIMAS.  DNIMAS has had a significant impact on my life both financially and professionally.
Do you still keep in contact with people from DNIMAS?
Yes!
What advice could you pass on to current DNIMAS scholars?
My main piece of advice to current DNIMAS Scholars is to carefully balance coursework, professional development, involvement in extracurricular activities, and leisure.  I would also suggest that they maximally utilize their resources on campus and that they start considering, now, how they are going to give back to the program and the university after they graduate.

Phillip Hayes Jr.

Posted: February 18th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: students | Tags: , , , | No Comments »
What year did you graduate?
2008
Where are you from?
Danville, VA
What was your major?
Computer Science and Mathematics(Dual)
Do you have any advanced degrees?
Pursuing a Masters in Computer Science with a specialization in databases and security at
Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN. Tentative graduation December 2011.
What are you currently doing (professionally)?
Now, I am working part-time with Purdue’s Information Technology at Purdue Computer
Services and Purdue’s School Newspaper(The Exponent) as an online desk member while
pursuing my Masters in Computer Science. My focus is to work in industry upon graduation.
How would you describe DNIMAS to someone who doesn’t know about the program?
It is a program geared towards students who are passionate and have the desire to learn in the
hard science fields. It is a program that challenges students to be well rounded in all the areas
of science such as computational, natural, and engineering. It is an intense yet worthwhile
program that help students excel after their undergraduate career. It helps students gain
collaborative learning skills, build research and presentation skills, and sharing academic
knowledge to serving the Norfolk State community.
How did DNIMAS help you get to where you are?
Research – the ability to talk in front of people and present work in my particular area and
Networking – connected with people that are in my similar interest field and given me advice.
How did DNIMAS help you non academically/professionally?
It taught me that everyone is not your friend, and sometimes you have to survive on your own.
What activities did you participate in when you weren’t studying?
Association for Computer Machinery, IEEE, National Society of Black Engineers, Math Club,
and DNIMAS Student Association, GRACE Campus Ministries
What was your favorite DNIMAS memory?
When two of the coolest roommates of the 2007 class, Douglas Jones and Kelvin Turner, let me
borrow their dorm room to celebrate me and Brittany Stintson’s 21st birthday party. So much
evidence caught on film but the best time I ever had.
What did you least like about DNIMAS?
Staying in Tier 3!!!!! It will always be one class that I will get a C in or my gpa during midterms
was always falling below a 3.0 average to end up with 2 or 3 nights of study session. Waste of
time because the social events were happening on campus during study session time.
What do you think would be different about your life if you weren’t in DNIMAS?
I would have been working at the grocery store paying my way through college, as it was my initial plan.  I might have spent more time with social organization instead of focusing on my studies.  I might have decided to do I co-op to be guaranteed a job after I graduate. I would have not meet the goal-driven students like myself, and built a strong relationship of networking and helping each other to succeed. I was thinking about transferring to Old Dominion University after my experiences in the Twin Towers freshmen year.
Do you still keep in contact with people from DNIMAS?
Always!!!! Even though, I am in Indiana for graduate school, I call some people on the phone,
Facebook, Twitter, when I have school breaks, or visit who I can at that time.  Absorb as much knowledge and connected with so many people now because after undergraduate you will be out in the real world (industry, education, or graduate school) and everyone will not help you and see you succeed in life. These people in the program are your extended brothers and sisters that will look out for you whenever you need them.