Class of 2021: Briscoe Turner


Briscoe Turner

Major: Psychology

Certificate: Honors College

Home town: Howard County, Maryland

Briscoe Turner is an experienced researcher and dedicated public servant. During the past 4 years, Briscoe has become an integral part of the UMBC community, and she has developed the confidence to follow her passions. Briscoe served as a research assistant with psychology professor Dr. Bronwyn Hunter throughout her undergraduate career. Dr. Hunter’s research focuses on prisoner reentry and reintegration, and Briscoe has worked on research related to the experiences of college students with incarcerated parents. Briscoe was selected for the competitive Public Policy and International Affairs Junior Summer Institute (PPIA JSI) at Princeton University. She is also the recipient of the Phi Kappa Phi UM-UMBC Shirley C. Sorensen Special Recognition Award and the UMBC Honors College’s Leadership Award. This fall, Briscoe will pursue her master’s degree in public affairs at Brown University.

A few thoughts from Briscoe on her time as a Sondheim Scholar:

What is your most memorable service experience as a Sondheim Scholar?

I will never forget my very first Sondheim service experience where we restored a school playground with  PlayWorks. I loved collaborating with my fellow Sondheim Scholars and it was such a special moment to see the students enjoy the new playground once it was done.

What were your favorite Sondheim events? 

My favorite Sondheim events were seeing the plays The Color Purple and A Thousand Splendid Suns.

What is an important thing you learned about yourself at UMBC?

The most important thing that I learned was that everyone has their own path and I should be proud to follow mine even if I have to pivot from my original plan at some points.

Briscoe was featured in a UMBC News Story about the Class of 2021, UMBC’s 2021 grads advance research with public impact—from disaster response to assistive tech