July Undergraduate Profile of the Month
The Department of Geographical Sciences recognizes Byron A. Marroquin for his present achievements in urban development research.
As a McNair Scholar, Byron has spent his summer working with Dr. Luna to study "The Changing Geography of Maryland: Hispanics, Cultural Spaces, and Educational attainment." His research explores the top three public high schools in Anne Arundel, Howard, Montgomery, and Prince George's County with the lowest educational attainment and describes the characteristics of each institution. The goal of his research is to integrate the three themes of population, cultural spaces, and educational attainment in the state of Maryland to better his understanding of how one group of people has interacted with the three themes through space and time.
Currently Byron is working towards his double degree as Criminology & Criminal Justice and Geographical Sciences major. Byron has always taken a special interest in programs dealing with urban development, particularly with those involving youth living within these communities. He has researched the living conditions and marginalization of the Langley Park, MD community, where he has publsihed his findings, "The Immigrants of Langley Park" in the Action Langley Park newsletter. While doing all of this, Byron has still found time to serve the University of Maryland and local community. He helped other students as a teaching assistant and mentored Langley Park youth as a after-school program coordinator. Byron is an exemplary student who embodies what it means to put learning into practice. We wish him all the best in his future endeavors!