Class of 2022: Se Rin Lee

Sondheim Public Affairs Scholar & Pre-Medical Track

Majors: Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, Psychology
Hometown: Ellicott City, MD

Se Rin excelled academically and in campus-based leadership activities. She served as a research assistant in three different labs (!), including two Biology labs on campus as well as a medical research lab at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. Due to her dedication to research, Se Rin was named a URA Scholar, which provided her with funding to pursue research as well as the opportunity to present at URCAD. Se Rin received departmental honors in research, and she is thankful for all of the research opportunities she had access to as a UMBC student. In addition to her outstanding research contributions, Se Rin served as president of the UMBC chapter of NAMI, a mental health advocacy organization, and vice president of the UMBC Pre-Med Society. After graduation, Se Rin plans to work as a medical assistant, study for the MCAT, and apply to medical school.


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

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

My most memorable public service experience was working at the Regional Institute for Children and Adolescents (RICA). I still remember some of the conversations and interactions I had with some of the students and teachers there, and it was a very valuable experience.

What was your favorite Sondheim event?

The Sondheim Day of Service when we assembled and installed garden beds at the Boone Street Commons and watching the play A Thousand Splendid Suns

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

I learned that it’s okay to take time to explore my interests and to look at the bigger picture.

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

There’s so much more to see outside of the bubble of campus or your hometown, and that everyone out there is on their own walk of life.