Profiles of Excellence, in their own words...

Sharon Reynolds Banks

Posted: October 22nd, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: students | Tags: , , , , , | No Comments »

What year did you graduate?
1994
Where are you from?
Halifax Virginia
What was your major?
Chemistry: Pre-Med
Do you have any advanced degrees?
Yes, MS in Biomedical Sciences from UT Houston
What are you currently doing (professionally)?
High School Biology Teacher
How would you describe DNIMAS to someone who doesn’t know about the program?
DNIMAS is a very challenging program for students who want careers in math and science. This program exposes students to math and science by coursework, seminars and opportunities for summer internships.
How did DNIMAS help you get to where you are?
DNIMAS gave me the opportunity to get an education, exposure to summer internships, and a jump start on graduate school
How did DNIMAS help you non academically/professionally?
DNIMAS helped me to learn in an environment that was accepting of me.
What activities did you participate in when you weren’t studying?
I participated in NSU student ambassadors and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.
What was your favorite DNIMAS memory?
Graduation! What a relief!
What did you least like about DNIMAS?
I did not like living in the dorm with a lot of females – too much estrogen.
What do you think would be different about your life if you weren’t in DNIMAS?
I would not have the connection to Norfolk State University that I do.
Do you still keep in contact with people from DNIMAS?
Yes
What advice could you pass on to current DNIMAS scholars?
Study hard, take every opportunity to expose yourself to new things, and make the most of your experience there.


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.


Stephen A. Small

Posted: September 9th, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: students | Tags: , , , , | 1 Comment »
What year did you graduate?
2007
Where are you from?
Suffolk, VA
What was your major?
Applied Mathematics
Do you have any advanced degrees?
No
What are you currently doing (professionally)?
After 3 years of teaching high school math, I am now a teacher on the Portsmouth campus of Tidewater Community College.
How would you describe DNIMAS to someone who doesn’t know about the program?
DNIMAS is a scholarship program geared towards the sciences. Though some of the meaning of the acronym “DNIMAS” has changed it still provides those who are less represented in the science field a chance to advance. The education and experiences provided through the DNIMAS program makes any participant competitive with any other student from another college or university.
How did DNIMAS help you get to where you are?
First of all, DNIMAS is a full scholarship program. So without a degree, I would not be where I am today. But DNIMAS instilled a work ethic that is beneficial in the work world. Through the various tutoring and mentor programs provided through DNIMAS, I discovered a love not only for math but for education. These programs, along with the classmates and faculty that I met, helped me get to where I am. The relationships from college secured me a job upon graduation, and for that I will forever be grateful to the DNIMAS family.
How did DNIMAS help you non academically/professionally?
DNIMAS helped me network. While not in class I often pursued other activities on campus with my friends, who I met through DNIMAS. As I stated about relationships, a friend’s mom (from DNIMAS) helped me get my first teaching job. DNIMAS, in my opinion, made me a well-rounded individual.
What activities did you participate in when you weren’t studying?
I was active in SGA, the dance team (XClusive), was a tutor for ACCESS and STARS, dorm room step shows, and joined Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc.
What was your favorite DNIMAS memory?
My favorite DNIMAS memory has to be receiving my jacket and medallion. It’s something to be said if you go all four years through the program. I remember my DNIMAS advisor at the time (2003) telling us to look to our left and right, that person wont make it. Talk about striking fear in your heart! But knowing that I made it and completed all requirements for graduation made the experience that much more enjoyable.
What did you least like about DNIMAS?
Not too much, but the mandated hours of community service. Of course I love doing community service but I didn’t agree that a student who has the grades should be kicked out the program for failure to complete hours. But hey, I did mine!
What do you think would be different about your life if you weren’t in DNIMAS?
I wouldn’t have met the people that I met if it wasn’t for DNIMAS. A lot of them I consider family and I couldn’t picture life without them. I also met my biological father as a result of me partaking in an internship that was mandated through DNIMAS. So that experience alone changed my life and it was because of DNIMAS. Professionally, who knows where I would be if it wasn’t for me getting a scholarship to go to school. I do know I’d be in somebody’s debt….so thanks DNIMAS for making me debt free!!
Do you still keep in contact with people from DNIMAS?
Of course! The people I hung out with in school I keep in contact with through phone, facebook, twitter, etc.
What advice could you pass on to current DNIMAS scholars?
Stay focused. The parties, your friends, the job (the one you’re NOT supposed to have) will all be there. Realize your school work is the most important thing while you’re on scholarship. Once you realize that and prioritize your responsibilities, then you are liberty to have all of the fun you want.