CURE Spotlights 2019

  • Tyjahnae Morton is an eighth-grade scholar and honor-roll student who attends Green Street Academy.

    What do you want to be when you grow up?

    "I want to be a pediatrician because I like helping people and I love being around children. I have younger siblings, so I’m used to helping take care of them."

    Read more about Tyjahnae


Headshot of Robin Saunders, EdD, MS

July 23, 2019

It is with a grateful heart that I write this message, as the fourth academic year of the University of Maryland, Baltimore’s (UMB) CURE Scholars Program has come to a close and our scholars are all over the city (and state) engaging in top notch summer enrichment programming.

CURE Spotlights

Headshot of Tyjahnae Morton, UMB CURE Scholar

July 23, 2019

"When I first started at CURE, I was very shy and didn’t talk to a lot of different types of people. I am more outgoing and vocal now because CURE puts you in situations to share what you learn."

Headshot of UMB CURE Mentor Erika Miller

July 23, 2019

"I chose to serve my community by becoming a mentor to UMB CURE Scholars to encourage students to pursue STEM-related careers, build self-confidence, and ensure that students continue to excel."

Headshot of Darlene Robinson, MD, donor to the UMB CURE Scholar program.

July 23, 2019

As an emergency medicine physician affiliated with multiple hospitals in the West Baltimore area, Darlene Robinson, MD, truly understands the importance of addressing the social and environmental barriers that affect the West Baltimore community she serves.

Featured Stories

Khamari Stubbs (left), a Cohort 4 CURE Scholar, and Jaylen Galmore, a Cohort 3 CURE Scholar, accept their trophies for coming in first place at the 2019 CURE STEM Expo in the anatomy curriculum category.

CURE Scholars Celebrate Accomplishments in STEM

June 11, 2019

As the school year comes to a close for students in West Baltimore, 93 UMB CURE Scholars gathered together to celebrate another year of achievements at the CURE End of Year Ceremony.

The UMB CURE Scholars take a tour of the University of Maryland, College Park campus.

CURE Scholars Encouraged to Find Their Niche

April 25, 2019

Stepping off the bus along Campus Drive, half a dozen ninth-grade CURE Scholars take in the sights of the University of Maryland, College Park (UMCP). The scholars have visited a number of other colleges this past year, but none quite like UMCP.

Dental student Shayla Butler assists UMB CURE Scholar Mohamed Kounet

UMB CURE Scholars, Families Gain Knowledge of Dentistry

March 21, 2019

In what has become a family-oriented tradition, more than 40 middle school students were joined by parents, a few siblings, and at least one grandparent on March 2 for the UMB CURE Scholars Oral Health Promotion Program at the University of Maryland School of Dentistry (UMSOD).

UMB CURE Scholars Family Honors

Congratulations to:

CURE parent Latosha Gray, mother of Cohort 3 scholar Parris Green, for opening her own small business, a flower shop called Petal Pusher’s.

CURE Dream Team member Bret Hassel, PhD, for receiving the University System of Maryland Board of Regents Award for Excellence in Mentoring.

CURE Dream Team member Lauren Kareem, MEd, for the new addition to the CURE Scholars family, Nasir Kareem. Baby, mom, and family are doing well!

Erika Malone, mother of Cohort 2 scholar Emani Malone. On May 18, Malone graduated from University Maryland University College with her bachelor of science degree in psychology. Malone earned her degree while working full-time as a communications officer for the UMB Police Department and raising two incredible children, one in middle school and one studying at Frostburg State University.

CURE Dream Team member Elizabeth Parker, PhD, for co-authoring "Friends and Family: How African-American Adolescents’ Perceptions of Dietary Beliefs and Behaviors of Others Relate to Diet Quality," which was published in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Parker also received an American Heart Association career development award.

CURE Advisory Board member Shannon Redd, JD, for joining Cisco as a senior advisor, U.S. Public Sector Smart Cities Solutions and Connected Justice.

CURE mentor and Dream Team member Rodney J. Taylor, MD, MSPH, FACS, for being chosen by the Student National Medical Association to give the keynote speech at its annual senior banquet.

CURE Executive Director Robin Saunders, EdD, MS, for her recent marriage to Alan Davis. Thank you to so many CURE Scholars and family members for attending the ceremony!

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