Profiles of Excellence, in their own words...

Nancy Gegbe

Posted: May 3rd, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: students | Tags: , , , , , | 1 Comment »

 

Where are you from?
Mesquite, TX
Where are you currently?
Miami, FL
What year did you graduate?
2007
What was your major?
Chemistry:Pre-Med
Do you have any advanced degrees?
M.S. in Biochemistry at University of New Hampshire
What are you currently doing (professionally)?
2nd year medical student at Ross University School of Medicine
How would you describe DNIMAS to someone who doesn’t know about the program?
DNIMAS stands for Dozoretz National Institute for Mathematics and Applied Sciences.  It offers a full scholarship to promising students who are interested in these fields and have the plans to pursue professional degrees.
How did DNIMAS help you get to where you are?
DNIMAS to me was like a boot camp that trains you to fight in war.  It gave me the tools not just to survive but to conquer what may seem impossible.
How did DNIMAS help you non academically/professionally?
It helped me to be focused on a task, not be discouraged and to admit when you need help.  Learning this saved me from so many hardships.
What activities did you participate in when you weren’t studying?
DNIMAS student association, NSU Dance Theatre, Majestic movements at Gethsemane Fellowship Baptist Church, Pre-Med Society just to name a few.
What was your favorite DNIMAS memory?
My favorite memory was the spring banquet my senior year.  It made me realize that I met so many great people and that I had reached one of my goals in life.
What did you least like about DNIMAS?
I didn’t really like the study sessions so much because I can’t really study with a lot of people around me.
What do you think would be different about your life if you weren’t in DNIMAS?
I would be in debt and I probably would not have the education and the knowledge that I have today.
Do you still keep in contact with people from DNIMAS?
Yes
What advice could you pass on to current DNIMAS scholars?
Do not take this scholarship for granted.  It is a blessing to be paid to go to school for something that you are passionate about.  Many people would love to be in your shoes and I did not realize that until my friends from back home were struggling to go to school and to make ends meet.  This scholarship is a blessing and appreciate the time that you have with one another because you cannot make it by yourself.  Stay encouraged and encourage each other.

Doreen Onipede Jackson

Posted: April 3rd, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: students | Tags: , , | No Comments »

Where are you from?
Fuquay Varina, NC
Where are you currently?
Bethesda, MD
What year did you graduate?
2009
What was your major?
Chemistry:Pre-Med
Do you have any advanced degrees?
No
What are you currently doing (professionally)?
I am currently in the United States Air Force obtaining my medical degree from the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USUHS).
How would you describe DNIMAS to someone who doesn’t know about the program?
DNIMAS is a full-ride scholarship program that grants an opportunity for students to obtain their Bachelor’s degree.  This program is for those interested in pursuing a degree in the Sciences. Not only does this program provide a great educational program for young students, it also provides a family atmosphere that is conducive for young students to succeed at the university level.
How did DNIMAS help you get to where you are?
The staff of DNIMAS and the upperclassmen who served as my mentors encouraged me to participate in summer internships.  These experiences helped me to set future career goals. Guidance from the DNIMAS staff and other DNIMAS alumni also helped in develop a path which would help me to achieve my goals.
How did DNIMAS help you non academically/professionally?
DNIMAS aided in creating a network of scholars.
What activities did you participate in when you weren’t studying?
I pledged Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc.  I was also a member of the American Association of University Women(AAUW), Student Ambassadors. I also tutored in the STARS and ACCESS tutoring programs, mentored in the DNIMAS program.
What was your favorite DNIMAS memory?
My favorite DNIMAS memory occurred during my Junior year. I was having a very hard semester and was considering dropping a course in order to maintain my scholarship.  If it was not for the DNIMAS  staff who continued to encourage me and and push me to finish out the semester, I would not have graduated with my scholarship. I will forever be indebted to those who encouraged me to fight through hard times in order to enjoy the the good one afterwards.
What did you least like about DNIMAS?
I do not think that this program instills enough pride into its students.  Many students who feel empowered by being a part of DNIMAS gained this from seeing other students who showed them the prestige associated with it.
What do you think would be different about your life if you weren’t in DNIMAS?
I would be in a lot of debt, and would not have a network of friends that could continue to support me throughout my future endeavors.
Do you still keep in contact with people from DNIMAS?
Yes
What advice could you pass on to current DNIMAS scholars?
Reach for the moon and you will land among the stars. Have pride in knowing that you are a DNIMAS scholar.

Reach for the moon and you will land among the stars. Have pride in knowing that you are a DNIMAS scholar.

Christina Rice

Posted: August 28th, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: students | Tags: , , , , | No Comments »

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What year did you graduate?
2007
What was your major?
Biology/Pre-Med
Where are you from?
Suffolk, Virginia
What are you currently doing?
Fourth year medical student at the Virginia College of Osteopathic Medicine
How would you describe DNIMAS to someone who doesn’t know about the program?
DNIMAS is a scholarship program for minority students in the basic sciences, math, computer science, and engineering. Also, it encourages its students to pursue graduate and professional school.

How did DNIMAS help you get to where you are?
Besides slightly less loans to pay back, DNIMAS allowed me to go to a school where I was challenged and motivated to not just pass, but excel. In DNIMAS, we’re surrounded by like-minded people, and we push each other to reach our goals. We all want to see each other succeed. I met some of my best friends in the DNIMAS program, and we’re all chasing and close to catching our dreams (med school, dental school, research).
Do you still keep in contact with people from DNIMAS?
Yes!!!
What was your favorite DNIMAS memory?

Hanging out in The Square in front of Lee Smith. All the other times we hung out together (room parties, sweatboxes, frat parties, 2am Taco Bell runs, etc, etc, etc).
What did you least like about DNIMAS?

New changes every semester. The changes themselves were probably for the better, but some forewarning and/or consistency would have been nice.
What do you think would be different about your life if you weren’t in DNIMAS?
I’m not sure that I would be as strong a person, academically or emotionally, if I had not gone through the DNIMAS program. Without the academic requirements of the program, I don’t think that I would have been as motivated to make the most of my college opportunity.
How did DNIMAS help you other than academically/professionally?
Besides the best roommate ever? I adopted the attitude that we’re all in this together. We were all very supportive of each other, as opposed to being really competitive. I’m still this way, and prefer that we all make it to the finish line.
What activities did you participate in when you weren’t studying?
Spartan Calvary, Biology/Chemistry tutor, Spring Fashion Show my freshman year, I was Miss Blue and White (Phi Beta Sigma) my senior year.
What advice could you pass on to current DNIMAS scholars?

Enjoy the college years. Study and keep the GPA up, but also get out and have fun. Those four years will encompass the most freedom you’ll ever have. I consider my years at NSU as “the good ol’ days” when I was young and carefree.