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Michael P. CobbMichael P. Cobb, Class of 2010

Class of 2010
Undergraduate Major:
Political Science


Involvement at Shaw:

  • Honors College
  • Member (Secretary), Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc.
  • President, National Pan-Hellenic Council
  • Marching Band
  • Concert Band
  • Student Development Coordinator
  • Captain, Honda Campus All Star Challenge Team
  • Student Government Association
  • Shaw Man/ Shaw Woman Society
  • Honors Scholars Association
  • Internship with The Washington Center at the Environmental Protection Agency
  • Internship with the North Carolina Department of Transportation

Graduate Study:

  • MA, Student, African American Studies, Morgan State University

Work Experience:

  • Graduate Assistant, Center for Continuing Studies Morgan State University,  Baltimore, MD
  • Research Assistant to the President and CEO of the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, Inc., Washington, DC
  • Congressional Office of Rep. Robert "Bobby" Scott of the 3rd District of Virginia, Washington, DC

Accomplishments:

  • Assisted in the chartering of the Collegiate 100 of Morgan State University
  • Advisor to the Collegiate 100 of Morgan State University
  • Member of the 100 Black Men of Maryland
  • Featured in the September 2010 issue of Ebony Magazine
  • Published article  in the International Review of African American Art

Important to Know:

He enjoys studying African American History and African American Art and enjoys collecting African American art.

Personal Motto:

"Whatever you do, strive to do it so well that no man living and no man dead and no man yet to be born could do it any better." – Benjamin Elijah Mays

About the Honors College:

The Honors College was practically a safe haven for me when I was trying to hide and escape from going to band practice.  It was a place to go to during the day to relax in between classes, study and work on assignments as well as receive words of wisdom from Dr. Leathers. Honors College afforded me the opportunity to become a part of a community of scholars in which I would have not had the opportunity to do so if I attended another institution. The lessons that I learned while in Honors College helped prepared me for graduate school. Some of these lessons include research skills, personal development, and taking advantage of certain opportunities as well as taking risks.  The Honors College also provided me the opportunity to take part and hold a leadership position as captain of the Honda Campus All-Star Challenge quiz bowl team. The Honors College also provided me the opportunity to attend different conferences across the state of North Carolina and also across the country in which I learned how to fine tune my networking and professional development skills and also made many acquaintances and friends that I still keep in contact with to this day. I remember sitting in an honors seminar and hearing Dr. Leathers say with a firm voice "Once you graduate and get your degree do not settle in taking a job at Wal-Mart -- pursue a job in your major."  Those words really motivated me in reaching my goals and aspirations.  After I finish my master’s program, I will be pursuing my doctorate either in political science with an emphasis in African American studies or public policy. Another thing that I can truly say about my experience about the Honors College is that I have encountered some wonderful people and cultivated many friendships that I am still in contact with to this day -- basically "Friends for Life."  The Honors College is certainly a beacon of light and excellence at Shaw University which shines brightly through its students and alum.


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