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August 2008 Press Release



For immediate release: August 11, 2008
Media Contact: Christopher Falkenhagen
Communications: (410) 260-4511

Higher Education Secretary encourages students to study in Maryland

(Annapolis, MD) August 11, 2008 – In a recent speech to college students, Higher Education Secretary James E. Lyons, Sr., encouraged college juniors and seniors to pursue a doctorate in one of the many outstanding programs in Maryland. Secretary Lyons gave his remarks at the NorthEast Alliance Summer Research Program for Underrepresented Minority Students held at the University of Connecticut on August 6.

Students attending the summer program were from Texas, North Carolina, California, South Carolina, Georgia, Washington, D.C., Mississippi, Virginia, Connecticut and Puerto Rico. They intend to pursue graduate study in Molecular and Cell Biology, Animal Sciences, Computer Engineering, Chemistry, Psychology, Sociology, Physiology and Neurobiology, Nutritional Sciences, Electrical Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, and Mathematics.

Secretary Lyons informed the students that Governor Martin O’Malley and Lt. Governor Anthony Brown are committed to the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) fields and they would find encouragement to pursue a Ph.D., in one of these fields from the campus level to the Governor’s office.

After Secretary Lyons’ speech, several of the students indicated that they planned to go on-line and learn more about doctoral programs in Maryland.

The Maryland Higher Education Commission is a 12-member coordinating board responsible for establishing statewide policies for Maryland public and independent colleges and universities and private career schools. It serves as an advocate for more than 326,000 college students in Maryland, for the State and its needs, and for business and industry in Maryland.


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