Terrence Clemons is a current student in the Master of Science (MS) in Regulatory Science program at the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy.
Terrence received his bachelor’s degree from Towson University, where he majored in psychology, with a minor in chemistry. He currently works as a human research protections administrator for the research protections division in the Office of Naval Research, where he manages the division team as it fulfills its responsibility for oversight of Navy and Marine Corps commands that conduct research involving human subjects. He enrolled in the MS in Regulatory Science program to pursue his interest in research that contributes to the development of new technologies intended for military services in support of national defense.
What inspired your interest in the field of regulatory science?
My experience with the Navy has helped me recognize the profoundly critical role that regulatory science plays in developing medical products for the nation’s military personnel. Research, whether sponsored and supported by government or industry, requires prudent management and oversight by independent experts to ensure that it is conducted in such a way that maximizes its benefits and minimizes its risks, including the expenditure of resources and the welfare of the research subjects who participate. This is especially true for government research, which is ultimately funded by the taxpayer.
What interested you most about the MS in Regulatory Science program at the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy?
According to US News & World Report, the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy ranks highly among pharmacy schools across the country. The School’s MS in Regulatory Science program offers a wide range of academic and research experiences that will enable me to enhance my professional skills and help open rewarding career opportunities. In addition, the program is designed for working professionals. Its curriculum emphasizes both practical and theoretical education, which meets the needs of professionals currently working in the field of regulatory science whom already have a clear understanding of their field and the requirements that they must meet to advance in their careers.
How would you describe your experience since being admitted to the program?
The program has provided me with the opportunity to develop a greater understanding of regulatory science, which is essential to my work as an administrator for the protection of human subjects in research. The demanding curriculum has provided a rich educational experience that challenges me to improve my research and decision-making skills. I have learned that being proactive and connecting with professors early is a must, as the program is designed to be as rigorous and demanding as a traditional in-person master’s degree program. When you have questions or don’t understand an assignment, it’s very important to contact the professor as soon as possible to get the clarification you need to move forward with the project. Staying organized is also a must. At the beginning of each course, I incorporate the due dates for each assignment on my calendar to help keep me on task.
What is your advice to prospective students who might be considering whether or not to apply to this program?
I would advise students to consider their commitment to the ethics of scientific research and how that commitment supports their career goals. If they believe the MS in Regulatory Science program will be a good fit and help them achieve their career goals, I would advise them to apply, but to come prepared to work hard.