For immediate release: August 11, 2008
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Higher Education Secretary encourages students to study in
(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