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'Agents of change:' A year with the UMBC program shaping some of the nation's best and most diverse scientists

'Agents of change:' A year with the UMBC program shaping some of the nation's best and most diverse scientists

Adrian Davey was sitting in the back of his church when he first heard of the program at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, that would change his life.

Davey, then a senior at Governor Thomas Johnson High School in Frederick, was finishing an impressive high school career: 3.97 grade point average, intern at the National Cancer Institute, peer tutor with the National Honor Society, defensive end on the football team, captain on the track team. Now he was planning to be a chemical engineer, and was considering the public university powerhouses Virginia Tech and the University of North Carolina.

Tanya Davis, a fellow congregant at First Missionary Baptist Church,...

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