Council of Majors
The Asian Studies Council of Majors (ASCOM) is a student organization for students in, or interested in, Asian Studies! ASCOM hosts events throughout the year and welcomes new members at any time. If you’re interested in joining, you can visit their myUMBC page, or you can email us and we’ll be happy to connect you with ASCOM’s leadership.
2021-22 ASCOM Leadership
Maria Samura, President
“Hello!! My name is Maria Samura, I’m the incoming president of ASCOM. I’m in my senior year. I’m a double major in Biological Science and Asian Studies and minor in Chinese Language. I love watching Asian movies, dramas, anime and Western movies and tv shows. My favorite genre is romance, but I also don’t mind mysteries, comedy and thrillers. I am thrilled to meet new people and have fun together.”
Sara Karmiol, Treasurer
“Hey guys! I’m Sara Karmiol, your treasurer! I am technically a senior, double majoring in History and Asian Studies with minors in Anthropology and Asian history. I am the dedicated parent of my cat Butters and I love watching Scooby-Doo, Poirot, and history documentaries! I’m looking forward to the school year and can’t wait to see/meet everyone!”
Kristin Bechtel, Secretary
“Hello!! My name is Kristin Bechtel (she/her) and I am the incoming secretary of ASCOM. I am senior MLLI major on the French track with a Korean minor and certificate in Intercultural Communications and I am also a Humanities Scholar. In my free time, I enjoy watching Korean dramas, cooking, and embroidery, so don’t be surprised if I come to GBMs with a needle and thread.”
Betsy Quaye, Historian
“Hi, my name is Betsy Quaye, I’m the historian. I’m a senior who is majoring in Biological Sciences. I love reading novels, books and short stories almost as much as I love reading them. I love watching mysteries and coming of age stories. I am very excited about meeting new people this semester.”
Cultural/Ethnic Student Organizations at UMBC
Asian Studies Council of Majors || UMBC Chinese Students Association || UMBC Filipino Student Association (FASA)
Japanese Student Association || Nepali Student Association || UMBC Pakistani Student Association
South Asian Students Association || Vietnamese Student Association || and many more!
Hobbies/General Interest/Sport Organizations and Clubs at UMBC
Aikido Club || UMBC Anime Society || UMBC Jujitsu Club || UMBC Tae Kwon Do Club || Wushu/Tai Chi Club || and many more!