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Summer Success Institute Registration is open! (August 19-20, 2011)

In PROMISE: Maryland's AGEP, Summer Success Institute (SSI) on July 27, 2011 at 5:53 PM

Dear Graduate Students, Postdocs, and PROMISE Alumni,

We are pleased to announce that our 9th Annual PROMISE Summer Success Institute (SSI) will be held, August 19-20, 2011 at the Sheraton Hotel in Columbia, Maryland.  This year’s SSI is generously sponsored by PROMISE at the University of Maryland College Park through funding from the National Science Foundation.  All meals, workshops, and a hotel stay are free for the first 150 registrants.  In addition to workshops on global leadership, the imposter syndrome, and navigating politics, this year’s SSI will have an outdoor “Retreat” component, featuring Craig Imler and the Outward Bound/Terra Trax team who have served us so well at our annual winter PROMISE retreats for graduate students at Coolfont and Rocky Gap.

This year, as part of our new PROMISE Pathways Project, graduate students and postdoctoral fellows are invited from all of the institutions in Maryland, and from Universidad Metropolitana, our partner in San Juan, Puerto Rico. All STEM and interested faculty also are invited to attend. Alumni are invited to share tips and participate in the Saturday discussion on “Challenges, Triumphs, and Victories.”

The PROMISE Summer Success Institute (SSI), an annual conference sponsored by PROMISE: Maryland’s Alliance for Graduate Education and the Professoriate (AGEP) was founded in 2003 intending to bring together new/incoming graduate students and those grad students (both Master’s and Ph.D. level) who were continuing in their programs so that they could prepare for and embrace the upcoming academic year of graduate study. This tradition continues! The SSI provides a support system, particularly for graduate students from underrepresented backgrounds (African-American, Latino(a)/Hispanic, Native American, Pacific Islander heritage) in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) fields. We also have workshops of interest to Postdoctoral Fellows. The SSI has been called “The Grad School Pep Rally” by students because of the motivational encouragement that is presented by other faculty and staff of color, alumni, and special guests.

Website: https://promisesuccessseminars.wordpress.com/promise-summer-success-institute-ssi/
Register Today: http://www.cvent.com/d/rcqnm8

Featured Plenary Speakers: Dr. Kellina Craig-Henderson (National Science Foundation), Dr. Raymond Rodriguez (UC Davis), Dr. Derrick Cogburn (American University), and Dr. Joan Reede (Harvard University).

Dr. Kellina Craig-Henderson

Dr. Derrick Cogburn

Dr. Raymond Rodriguez

Dr. Joan Reede

Summer Horizons Graduate School Preparation Program: July 20

In Graduate School Admissions, Horizons, PROMISE: Maryland's AGEP on July 8, 2011 at 8:23 AM

Repost from: http://summerhorizons.wordpress.com/, July 8, 2011

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Dear Summer Program Directors and Future Graduate Students:

We would like to invite you and your summer students to our 2011 Summer Horizons program. Summer Horizons will feature information about the graduate school admissions process (e.g., Statement of Purpose, Letters of Recommendation, the new GRE), a graduate student panel, and a motivational talk by UMBC’s President, Dr. Freeman Hrabowski.  Our 1-day program will be held on Wednesday, July 20 in the Meyerhoff Chemistry Conference Room 120, on UMBC’s Campus, from 9:30 AM until 1:00 PM. Continental breakfast will be served at 8:15 AM, and a light lunch will be served at 1:15 PM. Our focus will be admission to Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) M.S., Ph.D., and M.D./Ph.D. Programs. We have information from schools across the nation regarding entry to graduate programs in these disciplines.

Summer Horizons is free of charge. It is co-sponsored by the Meyerhoff Graduate Fellows Program (a program of the National Institutes of Health) and the PROMISE AGEP (a program of the National Science Foundation.)  Space is limited, but we want to accommodate interested students.  Please register on the Summer Horizons website (http://summerhorizons.wordpress.com/) and state your program and the number of students that you will bring. You may also encourage your students to apply directly.  If students are interested in a lab tour or meeting with faculty, please let us know and we will connect you with the relevant academic department. We hope that some of your students will be able to join us.

Best regards,

Renetta Tull, Assistant Dean for Graduate Student Development at UMBC and Director of PROMISE: Maryland’s Alliance for Graduate Education and the Professoriate (AGEP)

Justine Johnson, Associate Director of the Meyerhoff Graduate Fellows Program