UMES grad named national fellowship winner

  • Wednesday, July 8, 2015

    'This is a big deal for the university'

    Noman Choudhry - class of 2015PRINCESS ANNE, MD - (July 8, 2015) - UMES alumnus Noman A. Choudhry is the recipient of a prestigious post-graduate honor worth $5,000 that he plans to apply toward medical school tuition. 

    Choudhry was among 57 college students nationwide named this week by The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi to receive a 2015 Fellowship award - and the first from the University of Maryland Eastern Shore.

    "I was excited, and felt a sense of relief as well," he said. "It will help lighten the burden of taking the next step in my education."

    Choudhry received his Bachelor of Science degree in biology May 15 and will enroll in the University of Maryland School of Medicine this fall.

    A 2011 graduate of Delmar High School, Choudhry attended UMES on a full academic scholarship as a member of the Richard A. Henson Honors Program.

    "Noman epitomizes the hallmarks of honors education," said Dr. Michael Lane, the Henson honors program director. "His sterling academic performance, goal-oriented dynamism, collaborative leadership and spirited service to the betterment of all make him an inspiring model to his peers."

    Choudhry completed his undergraduate studies with a 4.0 grade point average, and for the past 2½ years has worked 20-to-30 hours a week as a scribe alongside attending physicians in the emergency room at Peninsula Regional Medical Center in Salisbury.

    While undecided what type of medicine will be his specialty, he has not ruled out emergency medicine as a career choice. What he does know is that he's looking at seven to 10 more years of study.

    "I can also tell you this," he said. "This (area) is where I grew up, and it's where I plan to practice."

    Phi Kappa Phi describes itself as the nation's "oldest and most selective collegiate honor society for all academic disciplines. Membership is by invitation only to the top 10 percent of seniors and graduate students and 7.5 percent of juniors." Distinguished faculty can also be members.   

    Since its inception in 1932, the Fellowship Program is one of Phi Kappa Phi's most visible and financially well-supported endeavors, "allocating $345,000 annually to deserving students for first-year graduate or professional study." Choudhry was among 51 honorees to qualify for a $5,000 award, while six others received $15,000.

    The honor society's selection process weighs "the applicants' evidence of graduate potential, undergraduate academic achievement, service and leadership experience, letters of recommendation, personal statement of educational perspective and career goals, and acceptance at an approved graduate or professional program."

    Dr. Terry Smith, UMES' campus chapter president, taught Choudhry in a technical writing class and assisted him in assembling the material submitted to the judges.

    "I am extremely gratified by Noman's winning one of the coveted $5,000 fellowship awards," Smith said. "I am c