The sophomore seminar meets every Monday at 3:00-4:15 p.m., each fall semester. Sophomore CPaMS Scholars are required to take the 1-credit seminar course and attend every meeting. Other students are encouraged to attend any seminar meeting that they find interesting. The last fifteen minutes of each seminar with a guest speaker is a chance for informal chatting and networking.
During Fall 2020, the seminar was held on Zoom. Since then, the seminar has followed a hybrid structure to enable speakers to join who are not local to Baltimore.
||Career Center, including game on finding yourself
||Nilanjan Banerjee, Professor, UMBC
||NSA Tech Talk
||Jaimie Gorman, Product Manager, IBM
||Rachel Shorey, Senior Software Engineer, Interactive News, NYT
||Caitlin Bacha, Europa Clipper Propulsion System Project Manager, NASA
||Courtney Datin, SharkNinja
||Panel of current students and recent alums
||Michelle Combs, Vice President of Data Management and Biometrics, Celerion
||Amy Hartzog, Software Engineer, Asymmetrik
||Marc-Allen Cartright, Google
||Jennifer Lue, University of Oregon
||Bringing it all together -- reflection on the semester
"The CPaMS Program brings in professionals in various sectors to speak at weekly seminars about their field of study and expertise, allowing us as scholars to see the scope of how far our STEM majors can take us."
—Emily Cebulski, CPaMS Scholar