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

Cheree Armstrong

Posted: April 27th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: students | Tags: , , , | No Comments »

 

Where are you from?
Chesapeake, VA
Where are you currently?
Chesapeake, VA
What year did you graduate?
2008
What was your major?
Optical Engineering
Do you have any advanced degrees?
No
What are you currently doing (professionally)?
Nuclear Engineering at Norfolk Naval Shipyard in Portsmouth, VA
How would you describe DNIMAS to someone who doesn’t know about the program?
DNIMAS is a program that encourages success amongst is students.  It provides the resources and support necessary to successfully complete a degree in a major in the field of science and technology.
How did DNIMAS help you get to where you are?
It provided me with a solid foundation and work ethic to succeed in the field of engineering.
How did DNIMAS help you non academically/professionally?
DNIMAS gave me the confidence to know that I have the ability to achieve anything that I pursue in life.  It also afforded me the opportunity to network with professional graduates of the DNIMAS program.
What activities did you participate in when you weren’t studying?
While in college I tutored in the ACCESS tutorial center and participated in various organizational programs.
What was your favorite DNIMAS memory?
Hanging out and spending time with my classmates.
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 not have developed into the well rounded individual that I am today.
Do you still keep in contact with people from DNIMAS?
Yes
What advice could you pass on to current DNIMAS scholars?
Maintain a good work ethic and a good relationship with professors and classmates.

Sharisse Felton

Posted: September 10th, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: students | Tags: , , , , | No Comments »
What year did you graduate?
2007
Where are you from?
Fort Washington, MD
What was your major?
Optical Engineering
Do you have any advanced degrees?
Masters in Electrical Engineering from UMBC
What are you currently doing (professionally)?
I am a program manager for the Department of Defense
How would you describe DNIMAS to someone who doesn’t know about the program?
It’s a great program.
How did DNIMAS help you get to where you are?
It provided me with a great support system and networking opportunities.
How did DNIMAS help you non academically/professionally?
DNIMAS allowed me to meet several wonderful people that I continue to socialize with whom have all become a special part of my life.
What activities did you participate in when you weren’t studying?
NSBE, Goldenkey, tutoring with Norfolk Public Schools, working with VA Beach public schools, STARS, and all the conferences I could attend
What was your favorite DNIMAS memory?
Staying up late at night to study with my fellow DNIMAS students.
What did you least like about DNIMAS?
The mandatory study sessions, I preferred to study late at night or early in the mornings.
What do you think would be different about your life if you weren’t in DNIMAS?
I would have school loans, I wouldn’t have met so many wonderful people.  Some of my best friends I met in DNIMAS.
Do you still keep in contact with people from DNIMAS?
Yes
What advice could you pass on to current DNIMAS scholars?
Take advantage of the opportunities and think long term about the benefits of the program.

Samelia Okpodu

Posted: September 2nd, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: students | Tags: , , , , | No Comments »

What year did you graduate?
2008
What was your major?
Optical Engineering
Where are you from?
Raleigh, North Carolina
Do you have any advanced degrees?
In progress :D
What are you currently doing (professionally)?
3rd year Neurophysiology doctoral student at Howard University in the Department of Physiology and Biophysics. & an Intramural Fellow at the National Institutes of Health in the National Eye Institute
How would you describe DNIMAS to someone who doesn’t know about the program?
DNIMAS is a scholarship program at Norfolk State University for students who are interested in the basic sciences, mathematics, and engineering. The program does an excellent job of preparing its students for graduate school and/or professional school.
How did DNIMAS help you get to where you are?
I always knew I was going to graduate school, but DNIMAS definitely played a large role in preparing me to be a competitive candidate.
How did DNIMAS help you non academically/professionally?
I think the most valuable thing that  DNIMAS has given me is a network of people who have had such a profound impact on my life. From the faculty and staff that are associated with the program to the students, many of whom I am still learning from and growing with. DNIMAS offered me an unparalleled collegiate experience which i will forever be grateful for.
What activities did you participate in when you weren’t studying?
Spartan Calvary, ACCESS tutorial service, National Society of Black Engineers, Beta Kappa Chi, Save the Bay
What was your favorite DNIMAS memory?
The first Applied Science Seminar (APS) of each year was always very eventful.
What did you least like about DNIMAS?
All of the required paperwork. Although I understand its importance, it often times felt a little excessive.
What do you think would be different about your life if you weren’t in DNIMAS?
Some of my best friends are people I met in DNIMAS, so without this program my life would be void of the laughter and joy they bring as individuals.
Do you still keep in contact with people from DNIMAS?
Yes, of course
What advice could you pass on to current DNIMAS scholars?
Appreciate the opportunities that you are afforded and trust that the DNIMAS office has your best interest in mind.