Profiles of Excellence, in their own words...

Brittney M. Nobles

Posted: January 27th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: students | Tags: , , , | No Comments »

Where are you from?
Michigan
Where are you currently?
Atlanta
What year did you graduate?
2011
What was your major?
Chemistry
Do you have any advanced degrees?
Not yet, but it is coming.
What are you currently doing (professionally)?
Doctor of Pharmacy; Mercer University; and in the process of securing a place in the joint pharm.d/ph.d program.
How would you describe DNIMAS to someone who doesn’t know about the program?
It is a program that allows students the opportunity to advance. Yes, the program offers a free science-based education, but it is more than that. DNIMAS provides options and perspective to students. The program provides a secure family for anyone who is willing to abide by a few simple rules. Lol
How did DNIMAS help you get to where you are?
Upon entering college, I had other plans after graduation that did not include professional school; my interests were in the arts. However, I had professors that urged me to continue with my schooling and reach for something higher than just an undergraduate degree. I studied profusely, enough to graduate as number one in the 2011 graduating class with a 4.0 GPA. Additionally, the program promoted post-graduate education, and now I am in pharmacy school.
How did DNIMAS help you non academically/professionally?
There were many things that that DNIMAS showed me that I was already privileged know; however. I cannot think of a particular instance where the program was a hindrance.
What activities did you participate in when you weren’t studying?
Being that I am in a sorority-Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.-I participated in a myriad of Greek activities. I loved spending time with my friends and doing cultural activities, such as going to plays (which were all paid for by the Honors College).
What was your favorite DNIMAS memory?
My favorite moment was second semester of senior year, all of it. It was such a beautiful and emotional time, especially closer to the end. This is when I made the realization that I’ll miss the comfortableness that DNIMAS provided tremendously.
What did you least like about DNIMAS?
APS!!! Also, I did not like that we could not chose our roommates or where we lived.
What do you think would be different about your life if you weren’t in DNIMAS?
I would have a bill for my schooling. Also, I do not believe that I would have attended NSU. I would have missed out on so many cherished experiences and friendships.
Do you still keep in contact with people from DNIMAS?
Of course. Being that I was with my DNIMAS family all day, every day, it would be difficult not to make friends. I still communicate with so many people, and I plan to always maintain those friendships.
What advice could you pass on to current DNIMAS scholars?
Don’t stress out about all the rules and protocols. In retrospect, they’re not that bad. Also, don’t forget to have fun. Undergrad is not that difficult compared to the next steps after NSU. Go out, enjoy being care-free. These are some of the best years if you allow them to be. Don’t be a hermit and only study; just maintain that 3.2 GPA! And lastly remember to “Behold, the Green and Gold!”


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.

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.

Angelitta Britt

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

Where are you from?
Chesapeake, VA
Where are you currently?
Lafayette, IN
What year did you graduate?
2008
What was your major?
Applied Mathematics
Do you have any advanced degrees?
Applied Statistics, M.S., Purdue University (Expected 2011)
What are you currently doing (professionally)?
Graduate Student
How would you describe DNIMAS to someone who doesn’t know about the program?
DNIMAS is a full academic 4 year scholarship that covers all expenses (room & board, fees & tuition, & book allowance). It is a rigorous program geared towards students pursuing a degree in one of the the STEM fields. Recipients of this prestigious scholarship are active members in their community, positive role models amongst their peers, and have demonstrated academic excellence. Once admitted into the program you are required to mentor, tutor, volunteer, participate in summer internships, and excel in your coursework.
How did DNIMAS help you get to where you are?
It put me in a community amongst individuals with similar goals and mindsets and positioned me in an optimal networking environment. It provided me with the exposure, opportunities, and resources necessary to enhance myself academically, professionally, socially, and personally. Everything that I needed to be successful was always within reach. I was given mentors (faculty, staff, and upperclassmen) to assist in my growth and I was provided with information to excel and expand outside of NSU (weekly seminars & talks).
How did DNIMAS help you non academically/professionally?
It taught me that good enough is not satisfactory and beyond better there’s always best. DNIMAS showed me how to set goals and never give up on what you want. I learned to embrace my strengths and how to use and overcome my weakness. Through the program I realized my potential, learned to optimize my time and strategize, and most importantly how to accept failure and use setbacks as stepping stones to main goals.
What activities did you participate in when you weren’t studying?
Mentoring, Tutoring, Math Club, DNIMAS Student Association, STARS, research, and GRACE Campus Ministries.
What was your favorite DNIMAS memory?
One was during my senior year when a group of us went out to the Beach. We had the time of our lives. Also, I always enjoyed celebrating birthdays and holidays with my peers. We always tried to make them extra special since most of them were away from home. I cannot reveal the madness that occurred.
What did you least like about DNIMAS?
Although being placed in a prestigious learning environment with individuals pursuing similar goals to you is a plus, it sometimes is also a downfall. Sometimes you don’t get the chance to get the full college experience because you are always grouped together. You have to constantly strive to stand out and to expose yourself to the various other opportunities that are available around campus. It keeps you focused, but it can also make you isolated. Be sure to step outside of your comfort zone but to remember to prioritize.
What do you think would be different about your life if you weren’t in DNIMAS?
Without the mentoring and opportunities provided to me through DNIMAS I would not be as successful, focused, driven, and ahead as I am.
Do you still keep in contact with people from DNIMAS?
Everyday. I have created an abundance of life-long friends through the program.
What advice could you pass on to current DNIMAS scholars?
Never give up. Work hard and when you think you can’t work anymore…..work harder. Acknowledge and utilize the wealth of resources, opportunities, and diversity placed right in front of you. Don’t take it for granted. Open your minds to think outside the box. Nothing is impossible. Listen to your mentors and faculty advisors. Take heed to correction and suggestions to improve. & most importantly, reach back and help someone else.