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Retiring the PROMISESuccessSeminars blog on Dec. 31, 2013. Please visit

In PROMISE: Maryland's AGEP on December 31, 2013 at 8:31 PM

Thank you for reading this blog over the years. We will be migrating the content over to our primary PROMISE website,, which can also be accessed using The information on this site will remain available as an archive.


Reminder: Fall 2013 Seminars & Workshops for Graduate Students

In PROMISE: Maryland's AGEP on October 3, 2013 at 4:53 PM

Seminars and Workshops:

Dr. Christopher Rakes’ Resource site, Advanced Statistics Notes:

Events for Postdocs:


Updates for August & September 2013: Following the Summer Success Institute (SSI)

In Grad Student Success Seminar, Graduate Student Professional Development, PROF-it, PROMISE: Maryland's AGEP, Summer Success Institute (SSI) on August 22, 2013 at 12:41 PM

This information was sent to students via email on August 21, 2013. It is repeated here.

We have some updates: 

1) Sat. Sept. 7: NSF Graduate Fellowship Workshop led by PROMISE alums Dr. Frances Carter-Johnson and Dr. Patti Ordóñez,  plus “Featured Fellowship Opportunity, due Aug. 23” (from SSI Mentoring Pods’ Moderator, Miryam Gerdine), see the full post and the comment section:

2) We’ll see you on campus! Opening fall semester reception at UMCP (8/29), lunch at UMB (9/3), and dinner at UMBC (9/6). DETAILS:

3) Calling all STEM PhD students: It’s time for the annual, NATIONAL, SREB Compact for Faculty Diversity/Institute on Teaching and Mentoring! (This is the conference that Dr. Carter-Johnson described as “Multiplying SSI by 1000!) You may have a chance to go, all expenses paid! One year, we took 25 people! (Dr. Robert Alexander from the CDC, PROMISE Alum, met his wife at this conference!) Other alums have found jobs at this conference! Coming October 2013. Apply now, it’s first come, first serve:
4) If you have any remaining comments about the SSI, please post them here:

Additional Events at  UMBC:



a) TA Training and “Teaching & Learning” Workshop on Friday, 8/23, 8:30 AM. Topics: Disciplinary Thinking, Blackboard, Conflict Resolution, etc. Plus, “TOP TAs” from departments will give tips for success. Each school will be represented. We will also share information about the $2000 CCBC/UMBC Teaching Fellows program through PROF-it, and the $1000 IHU opportunity.  All new TAs, and all who are interested in “Teaching & Learning,” please RSVP here:

b) Lunch seminar on Life/Work Balance with Psychologist, Author, and Poet, Dr. Robert Deluty, Friday, 8/23, 1PM. Don’t miss this event! Humor, advice, tips for success! RSVP here:

Coming in September:

Every academic has to publish! Consider these UMBC sessions July 2013

In Grad Student Success Seminar, Postdoctoral Fellows, PROMISE: Maryland's AGEP on July 2, 2013 at 3:24 PM


Writing for Publication: 

  A 2-day session, July 9 – 10, 2013

(Spaces available!)
If you are working on a journal article, conference abstract, fellowship application, proposal, or paper revision, please sign up for this session and utilize this opportunity. You will receive breakfast, lunch, and a snack daily, and will have room to work on your document. Dr. Kevin Omland will also give two special mini-lectures on impact factor and overcoming perfection.
You have options, and do not need to be registered for the full “Writing for Publication” 2-day session to come to the short workshops. If you are interested in coming to Dr. Omland’s lectures, but are not able to attend the full 2-day workshop, please choose option 1 and/or option 2 below:

1)  Tuesday, July 9, 9:30 AM: Understanding Impact Factor. To attend this session, WITHOUT attending the full 2-day “Writing for Publication” workshop, click here:


2) Wednesday, July 10, 1:00 PM: Avoid the Demon of ‘Perfection.’ To attend this session, WITHOUT attending the full 2-day “Writing for Publication” workshop, click here:



Full Workshop Option: To have a space at the table to work on your document, attend both of Dr. Omland’s sessions above, AND have breakfast, lunch, and a snack for both Tuesday and Wednesday, please register for the full “Writing for Publication” Workshop:


April 2013 Seminars: 1) April 3: “Career Paths for Graduate Students” @ UMBC, 2) April 26: “Dissertation Proposals” @ College Park

In Council of Graduate Schools, Grad Student Success Seminar, Graduate Student Professional Development, Ph.D. Completion Project, PROMISE: Maryland's AGEP on March 27, 2013 at 12:30 AM

April Seminar at UMBC

The Graduate School at UMBC in partnership with the Career Services Center is sponsoring the annual “Career Paths for Graduate Students” networking dinner seminar on Wednesday, April 3, 2013 at 4:30 PM in UC 312. Employers will be discussing expectations for hiring, and will share information about alternative careers. This seminar is for students at all levels, master’s and doctoral, including those in their first year of graduate school. It’s never too early to develop a network! Some of our UMBC alumni will be present at this event. This seminar utilizes a “speed dating” format to expose students to different sectors of government, industry, and academe. This seminar is part of our “Pathways Through Graduate School and Into Careers” initiative, based on the 2012 report by the Council of Graduate Schools.  *All guest representatives have job openings available.*
Please RSVP here so that we can order enough food:
Dinner will be served.  Time: 4:30 – 6:00 (program and dinner), 6:00 – 6:30 (additional networking). This event is free!
April Seminar at College Park

April 26, 2013
Christine Feak, English Language Institute, University of Michigan
2:00-4:00 pm, Ulrich Recital Hall, Tawes Hall

Download the Spring 2013 Announcement.