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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.



UMBC Will Participate in a Pilot for the Council of Graduate Schools

In Council of Graduate Schools on April 1, 2011 at 6:36 PM

The Council of Graduate Schools is seeking master’s students in the following programs to participate in 1 hour-long focus group project on April 26:

  • Biology and biological sciences
  • Computer Science and IT
  • Mathematics
  • Psychology

“Completion and Attrition in STEM Master’s Programs”

A Pilot for the University of Maryland, Baltimore County


The Council of Graduate Schools (CGS) has launched a pilot project, funded by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, to examine completion and attrition in STEM master’s programs. This study will focus on programs in biological and biomedical sciences, computer and information sciences, mathematical sciences, psychology, and business administration (to serve as a comparison to the STEM programs) from five institutions selected on the basis of a national competition.

The pilot test will include:

  • One hour-long focus group interview with 5-6 first-year master’s students in any of the five fields listed above
  • One hour-long focus group interview with 5-6 master’s students in any of the five fields listed above who have been enrolled for more than one year (ideally those who are close to graduating from the program)
  • One hour with 4 master’s students (2 first-year students and 2 graduating students) who would be willing to take the draft student survey and then discuss their perceptions and experience with us.


Incentive: If you participate you will be able to include a special statement on your resume or CV, signifying your participation in this national project by the Council of Graduate Schools.


(a) Your participation is important to the larger study, which is focused on ways in which institutions can help support and improve master’s education. Participating in the pilot test will allow the Council of Graduate Schools (CGS) to evaluate the content and effectiveness of data collection instruments to be used in the larger study


(b) The CGS will ask for your informed consent before proceeding with pilot testing.  Your participation is voluntary, you may choose not to answer specific questions, and your responses will only be used to revise the surveys and protocols (not to issue in a report or publication)


(c) Other than other students, nobody else from the institution will be present (faculty, administrators, and other staff will not be in attendance)



Time: A 1 hour slot between 11AM and 5PM. Those who register will be notified.  Please register by clicking the “I can attend” button on the MyUMBC website for this study:

Room: Commons 332

Food: Refreshments will be served


The University of Maryland College Park will also participate in the pilot. UMCP’s students should contact their Graduate Program Directors for more information.