Loyola University Maryland

CPaMS Scholars Program

Meet the CPaMS Scholars

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Loyola University Maryland received a grant from the National Science Foundation to develop a scholarship and mentoring program to recruit and graduate academically talented low-income students pursuing a degree in computer science, physics, mathematics, or statistics. Meet our Computer Science, Physics, and Mathematics Statistics (CPaMS) scholars!

Rebecca's Story

Rebecca Martino

Hometown: Framingham, MA
Major: Statistics

Why Loyola?

I was drawn to Loyola because of the atmosphere. No other college I visited seemed to have the culture quite like Loyola’s. Here, I have the opportunity to be challenged academically while surrounded by amazing people.

What does the CPaMS scholarship mean to you?

The CPaMS program means a lot to me. I was very excited to find out I would be able to be a part of a group with similar academic interest to myself. While the scholarship was not the reason I came here, it was another pro on my list for Loyola.

What is special about CPaMS?

CPaMS is special because in addition to helping financially, the program offers a support system of peers and faculty. Getting to know the faculty is very important because they can help with career paths. The program also help us to establish connections that can help us in the future.

What is your favorite class? Why?

My favorite class is Calc 3 because I feel challenged, but at the same time excited as I grasp the new topics.

What has been the biggest surprise about Loyola so far?

It really surprised me how genuinely nice all of the people are here. I have never been in a community with so many people who sincerely care about the people around them.

What do you do when you’re not studying?

When I am not studying, I like to hang out with friends. There is always something going on no matter what day or what time. I have also joined a lot of clubs so I am always up to something!

What do you plan to do after you graduate?

I do not currently have any definite plans for after college. I do not where I want to live or what I want to have as a job, but I know Loyola will allow me to have a lot of different options.

Franko's Story

Major: Computer Science

What drew you to Loyola?

What attracted me to Loyola was the opportunity to receive a liberal arts education that focuses on the person as a whole with academic, as well as physical and spiritual growth. Small class sizes taught by professors, and their availability to support my learning was also important to me.

What does the CPaMS scholarship mean to you?

The CPaMS scholarship not only represents financial assistance, but also the privilege to work closely with a small group of students with similar interest under the personalized guidance of dedicated professors in my area of study. The scholarship was a decisive factor in my decision to attend Loyola.

What is special about CPaMS?

CPaMS represents an opportunity to be informed of opportunities in STEM as well as to create relationships with professionals in the industry through internships.

What is your favorite class? Why?

My favorite class is definitely Introduction to Computers with Python programming with Dr. Olsen. The whole process of trial and error is what really draws me in, once the code is finally done and working it gives me a great feeling of success.

What has been the biggest surprise about Loyola so far?

The biggest surprise about Loyola is how many activities are always going on in campus considering the small size of the school.

What do you do when you’re not studying?

When I am not studying I attend Robotics Club, play club soccer, and relax with my roommates.

What do you plan to do after you graduate?

When I graduate I plan to attend graduate school and hopefully relate my computer abilities to the health field in some way mixing it up with neuro science. I would love to have a job where I could do research but I am also interested in being an entrepreneur and running a consulting firm from the start up.

Liam's Story

Major: Mathematics and Computer Science

What drew you to Loyola?

The financial aid and scholarships I received, and size of the school and campus drew me to Loyola.

What did the CPaMS scholarship mean to you?

The CPaMS scholarship meant a lot to me because it had shown me that all of my hard work throughout the years had paid off. This scholarship was an important factor in my decision to attend Loyola.

What is special about CPaMS?

CPaMS is special because you get to work with other students who share similar interests.

What is your favorite class? Why?

Calculus III is my favorite class because I have always been interested in math and the logic behind it.

What do you do when you’re not studying?

When I am not studying, I am either playing music, going out with friends, or at the FAC (Fitness and Aquatic Center).

What do you plan to do after you graduate?

After I graduate I will land a job in my major that will be exciting, challenging, and help to better the world.

Caroline's Story

Major: Undecided, but leaning toward Writing and Art

What drew you to Loyola?

Loyola seemed like a great environment with wonderful people. It felt like home every time I visited. I also liked the small class sizes.

What did the CPaMS scholarship mean to you?

When I got offered the opportunity to join the CPaMS scholars I was very grateful. While it did not affect my decision to come to Loyola, I am very happy that I am in it.

What is special about CPaMS?

CPaMS is great because I got to meet so many people that were similar to me.

What is your favorite class? Why?

My favorite class is effective writing. I love expressing myself through writing. I am also very fond of my professor.

What has been the biggest surprise about Loyola so far?

After coming to Loyola, I have made friends that live near my hometown. I was not expecting to meet people that live so close to me!

What do you do when you’re not studying?

When I am not studying, I am usually reading a good book.

What do you plan to do after you graduate?

After I graduate, I plan on joining the Peace Corps.

Chiara's Story

Chiara Maalouf

Hometown:
Bayville, NJ
Major: Mathematics and Computer Science

What drew you to Loyola?

Loyola's family feel as well as its strong academic presence is what drew me to Loyola. I found while walking around campus that everyone was friendly and I felt welcomed before I even made a decision to attend.

What did the CPaMS scholarship mean to you?

The CPaMS scholarship meant a great deal to me because it made it possible for me to attend Loyola.

What is special about CPaMS?

I love that CPaMS is not only a scholarship but also an academic program for students who have interests similar to my own. For example, my fellow CPaMS scholars and I were invited to move into Loyola a day earlier than the regular move in date to meet with the faculty of the CPaMS fields and meet one another! That one day difference to move in was great benefit. The fact that we are also all in the same Messina class is a great plus!

What is your favorite class? Why?

I actually have two favorite classes: Ma252 and CS201! I like my Calc class because I love math and I even find math to be fun. My teacher is really great in breaking down complicated topics and helping the class understand these topics. I also really enjoy computer science because I love problem solving and learning how to program—it is very interesting! Dr. Olsen creates fun and challenging problems for us to solve using programming and I love collaborating with my fellow classmates to try and solve the problems! My computer science class is also my Messina class.

What has been the biggest surprise about Loyola so far?

Loyola makes a great effort to make sure there is a place for everyone and has wonderful programs (such as Messina and Evergreems) to help first-year students assimilate into college. I found this to be extremely helpful!

What do you do when you’re not studying?

When I'm not studying I am either watching Netflix or getting involved in the many different campus activities Loyola offers! I joined the ukulele club so I am excited to learn how to play!

What do you plan to do after you graduate?

After I graduate I will land a job in my major that will be exciting, challenging, and help to better the world.

Nile's Story

Major: Computer Science

What drew you to Loyola?

The setting of Loyola being in a large city yet without sacrificing a traditional campus attracted me to Loyola. Growing up in a small town, I knew I wanted to study in a city, but I also wanted a college with a tree lined campus and a quad. The fact that Loyola has strong STEM programs as well as a strong liberal arts curriculum was very important to me as well. Lastly, having small class sizes with professors that care about my success was also a very big attraction for me.

What did the CPaMS scholarship mean to you?

The CPaMS scholarship meant so much to me. When I received the scholarship I realized that all of my hard work in high school had paid off and that my dreams, goals, and aspirations in STEM were all one step closer thanks to the CPaMS scholarship and everything the program offers. When I visited Loyola for the first time I realized Loyola was the school for me, but the CPaMS scholarship made my decision to attend Loyola over colleges with big engineering departments much easier because I knew I was going to have access to everything I need in order to succeed in my field and more.

What is special about CPaMS?

CPaMS allows for the other students in the program and I to become really close and learn science and mathematics together which helps our transition to college very much. Since we are all in the same Messina seminar class, we get to learn more about each other and reflect on our different college experiences together as a cohort. Being in the same Messina allows for a stronger classroom dynamic in other classes we share because we are all very comfortable with each other and because we realize we are all going through much of the same things as first year students at Loyola.

Why Computer Science?

I love how diverse the field is and also how computer science requires a lot of thought as well as creativity in an analytical and mathematical way. This unique combination allows me to utilize and strengthen the ‘right’ side of my brain that is more creative and artistic yet I get to strengthen and utilize the ‘left’ side of my brain that is more methodical and analytical to make and explore mathematical and scientific discoveries and advances. I love innovation and computer science is a field for explorers and innovators of all kinds and allows for a combination of mathematics and science with all of your strong suits whether they lie in business or even art.

What is your favorite class? Why?

My favorite class is my intro to computer science class. I always leave this class with a smile on my face no matter what kind of day I’m having and I like how learning the programming language, python, allows me to utilize my foreign language skills to help remember things like syntax. I also enjoy learning the differences between Python and the previous programming language I learned called Java. This class never gets boring because it’s not simply just learning a programming language but also applying it in programming projects that allow me to utilize my creativity and analytical skills. We even learn some of the history to computer science and why it has become the technological and mathematical field it is today.

What has been the biggest surprise about Loyola so far?

The biggest surprise to me about Loyola so far has been how much my professors care about my success. I knew coming to Loyola that I would have caring professors but I had no idea it would be to the extent that I’ve experienced. Setting up meetings for office hours is easy and my teachers always make sure all of my questions are answered during class so that there’s no gaps in my understanding of the material. They also go out of their way to go over any questions the class has about any test, quizzes, assignments, or homework.

What do you do when you’re not studying?

Whenever I’m not studying I’m hanging out with my friends on my floor or I go the Fitness and Aquatic Center with friends. I enjoy trying new ways to exercise that I may not have thought of like swimming, spin classes, or running with friends on the track. I also take breaks from studying by going downtown to eat, my friends and I like to find new spots to dine at. On my friend’s birthday we celebrated by going to a cool diner called Lost City Diner, they had amazing fish and chips and their apple cider was great too.

What do you plan to do after you graduate?

Being in an exciting and growing field like computer science means endless possibilities after graduation, however, I have narrowed the possibilities down to a couple of different paths. After I graduate I plan to either go to graduate school for data science or computer science to become a data scientist or data architect for a company preferably an innovative technology company or become a data scientist or data architect for the government as a contractor or consultant. Another path that I may take depending on my strengths which I hope to fully discover at Loyola, is get a certificate in data science, cloud computing, and go to business school to get an MBA in order to create or manage a successful tech start up or business that utilizes innovative technology like big data and cloud computing in an innovative way that makes a positive impact.

Sarah's Story

Sarah Flaherty

Major: Math and Secondary Education

What drew you to Loyola?

I came to Loyola to visit with my older sister during my freshman year of high school. When we left after out tour, I told her that she couldn’t go to Loyola, because I was going to. Sure enough, senior year I came to visit again and knew I was right. It’s a very cliché story but I really did just have "the feeling.”

What did the CPaMS scholarship mean to you?

CPaMS is special because we have a little group that sticks together. It’s nice to have other students who have similar life plans and similar focus.

What is special about CPaMS?

CPaMS is special because in addition to helping financially, the program offers a support system of peers and faculty. Getting to know the faculty is very important because they can help with career paths. The program also help us to establish connections that can help us in the future.

What is your favorite class? Why?

My favorite class this year is Ancient Worlds. This is very abnormal for me because I typically prefer classes in the science and math department. But this class has pushed me to think deeper into history to understand more about the way people function and different cultures of the world. This class is taught by Dr. McCreight and he is an extraordinary professor who pushes our class to our fullest potential and makes learning a very enjoyable experience.

What has been the biggest surprise about Loyola so far?

When I’m not studying I spend a lot of time playing on the Women’s Club Soccer team and hanging out with my roommate or exploring Baltimore.

What do you do when you’re not studying?

When I am not studying, I like to hang out with friends. There is always something going on no matter what day or what time. I have also joined a lot of clubs so I am always up to something!

What do you plan to do after you graduate?

After graduating, I plan to get my master’s degree in education.

Joseph 's Story

Hometown: Rutherford, NJ
Major:Computer Science

What drew you to Loyola?

When looking for a university to attend, I had a Jesuit institution with a small to medium campus and a strong curriculum in mind and that is exactly what I found at Loyola. Beyond that, the beautiful campus and intimate classroom setting drew me in further.

What did the CPaMS scholarship mean to you?

The CPaMS scholarship is an amazing honor to have. To know that Loyola is supporting my educational journey is extremely humbling and motivating. When looking at Loyola, the university itself pushed me to apply and visit, but receiving this scholarship truly allowed me to solidify my choice in coming here.

What is special about CPaMS?

The most important thing about CPaMS for me is that I am now surrounded by like-minded individuals. This allows me to make connections with these people who I could possibly be working with in the future. Additionally, it has helped me focus my career path and my course through college. 

What is your favorite class? Why?

My favorite class this semester is computer science because it’s my major.

What has been the biggest surprise about Loyola so far?

The biggest surprise I have had at Loyola is how many people there are and how easy it is to make friends. Loyola has so many clubs and activities to do, and there is something for any interest. Anybody can make friends and do what they love so easily and that’s the most surprising and exciting thing I have encountered.

What do you do when you’re not studying?

When I am not studying, I spend time with my friends, at the study, or at practice for the novice crew team.

What do you plan to do after you graduate?

I am not too sure about my post-graduation plan, but I would like to pursue further education to achieve my master’s degree eventually.

Alyssa's Story

Hometown: Alexandria Township, NJ
Major: Computer Science

What drew you to Loyola?

I came to Loyola because I loved the environment that Loyola has as a Jesuit institution.  I am excited to participate in service at Loyola!

What is special about CPaMS?

I have enjoyed spending time with the other CPaMS students. I am excited to continue learning with them through the semesters. Learning from each other and tackling code together has been a lot of fun.

What is your favorite class? Why?

I have really enjoyed my CS201 class. I am excited to learn more about computing and computer science theory.

What has been the biggest surprise about Loyola so far?

I did not expect to enjoy my classes this much! Even though I was excited to learn about the topics, I did not expect to enjoy them as much as I have.

What do you do when you’re not studying?

I hang out with friends in the dining hall and read novels.

What do you plan to do after you graduate?

I am not too sure about my post-graduation plan, but I would like to pursue further education to achieve my master’s degree eventually.