Class of 2022: Brevin Franklin

Sondheim Public Affairs Scholar

Majors: Economics, B.A., Mathematics, B.A.
Minors: Statistics, Environmental Science & Music
Hometown: Springdale, MD

Brevin is an intellectually curious, kind, and engaged community member. Despite a heavy academic course load and pursuing dual degrees in Economics and Math, Brevin consistently made time to contribute to the Sondheim community by serving as a peer mentor and active member of the Sondheim Steering Committee. Brevin’s intellectual curiosity and academic excellence led him to acceptance in UMBC’s Sloan Program, as well as a number of research experiences. Brevin assisted with research as part of the Leadership Alliance and Summer Early Identification Program at the University of Chicago, and later as a NOAA CESSRST research fellow  with UMBC faculty member Dr. Fernando Tormos-Aponte. After graduation, Brevin will participate in a two year post-baccalaureate program in Economics at Harvard University in preparation for earning a PhD in Economics. Brevin’s ultimate career goal is to become the chief research economist at a federal agency such as the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) or Government Accountability Office (GAO).


A few thoughts from Brevin on his time as a Sondheim Scholar:

What are you most proud of from your time at UMBC?

My membership in the Sondheim Steering Committee, as well as my acceptance to the Sloan Program in the UMBC Economics Department.

What was your favorite Sondheim event?

My favorite Sondheim event was our recent visit to two of the history museums in Washington, D.C.

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

I learned that I am capable of pushing myself to learn new things, getting outside of my comfort zone, and being less shy.

What’s an important thing you learned about the world beyond campus while you were a student at UMBC?

I learned that the world, and even Maryland itself, is a much more diverse place than I ever imagined. I really enjoyed meeting students and professors who came from different communities than I was from and how that affected the things they were interested in.