Profiles of Excellence, in their own words...

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.


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.