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February 2012: Barrett Whitener returns to discuss oral & poster presentations (2/15); PROMISE Spring Meeting (2/17), Thesis & Dissertation prep (2/23)

In Dissertation Completion, Grad Student Success Seminar, Graduate Student Professional Development, PROMISE: Maryland's AGEP on January 31, 2012 at 11:22 AM

Students who participate in PROMISE from UMBC, UM College Park, and UMB have been trained by Barrett Whitener since 2004.  Barrett Whitener specializes in oral and poster presentations. He is a voice-over actor (you’ve heard his books on many books-on-tape) who has narrated more than 200 audio books.  He has done commercials for organizations such as the American Red Cross, the Boeing Company, and others, and he is the winner of  a “Voice of the Century” award.

He spends 20% of his time teaching public speaking to professionals. He has used his expertise in speaking, timing, and confident tone to train for postdocs at the NIH,  companies in the biotech corridor on Maryland, graduate students at national conferences, corporate professionals, and graduate students of PROMISE.  He is also co-author of the book: Speaking About Science: A Manual for Clear Presentations, which can be found on Amazon and in the UMBC bookstore.

Barrett Whitener returns to UMBC on February 15, 2012 to give the Graduate Student Success Seminar.  All graduate students are invited (from all schools). Students who are from UMBC are asked to RSVP via the MyUMBC intranet link for this program. Students from other universities can RSVP as a comment to this post. Last year, he presented to PROMISE on College Park’s campus; this year, he’ll be at UMBC. Please plan to attend. Lunch will be served.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

1:00 – 2:00 PM (Main program)

2:00 – 2:30 PM (Opportunity for consultation and individual questions)




-PROMISE Spring Semester Opening Meeting

Friday, 2/17/12 
4:30-6 PM

Public Policy, Room 206

Dinner will be served.

Facilitator: Dr. Renetta Tull

Learn about upcoming activities that support graduate students, hear about themes that contribute to success of diverse graduate students from the book chapter: “Successful PhD Pathways to Advanced STEM Careers for Black Women” in the Diversity in Higher Education book series (featuring alumni from PROMISE at UMBC, UMCP, and UMB),  get a glimpse of the upcoming 10th anniversary of the PROMISE Summer Success Institute, hear updates on funding and jobs from our PROMISE and Alliances for Graduate Education and the Professoriate (AGEP) career partners, and hear an update from the “Why Smart People Suffer from the Imposter Syndrome” webinar.  (You can also read the article on “The Imposter Syndrome and How to Avoid it” in the magazine for the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers.)

Come and meet other graduate students from diverse backgrounds!

To read more about PROMISE: Maryland’s AGEP, visit the PROMISE AGEP website, learn more about the national AGEP, and see publications that discuss PROMISE and the signature programs. PROMISE is one of 22 AGEP alliances in the U.S. and is sponsored by the National Science Foundation. 


-Practical Steps to Completing Your Thesis or Dissertation

With Dr. Wendy Carter-Veale

Thursday, 2/23/12 
4:30-6:30 PM
AOK library, 7th floor open area

Light refreshments will be served.

Dr. Carter-Veale is the “Head Coach” for the Dissertation House.

More about the PROMISE Dissertation House:


Advice for Preparing and Delivering Graduate Level Presentations by Barrett Whitener @PROMISE Symposium, Jan. 21, 2011

In PROMISE: Maryland's AGEP, Resarch Symposium on January 14, 2011 at 3:31 PM

Dear Graduate Students,

We have a wonderful history of providing training for students who are going to be presenting research for conferences, proposals, and defenses. Please join us on Friday, 1/21 for famous Voice-over Artist and Vocal Trainer Barrett Whitener’s critiques and advice for graduate level presentations. Whitener, known for his voice on Random House Audio Books, commercials, and public television, has been contracted by programs at NIH, NSF, and corporate entities to provide training for public speaking. We met him at a conference at Georgia Tech in 2003, and since then, he has partnered with PROMISE and has helped our students to prepare for national and international talks. Several of the students that he has advised through PROMISE over the years have since finished their Ph.D.s and are now in postdocs, faculty, and other professional positions.

Please see Dr. Tamara Wilds Lawson’s information regarding the symposium below. The symposium is free, but you must register. Barrett Whitener’s participation in this event is an extra treat for all who attend. You do not have to be a presenter to learn from his advice. His book, “Speaking about Science: A Manuel for Creating Clear Presentations” is on sale at Amazon and on the ground floor of the UMBC Bookstore. His advice is relevant to grad students in all fields: STEM, Education, Social Sciences, and Humanities.

Please register to attend this free event. Food will be served. A bus will leave UMBC’s campus at 8AM on Friday morning, and will leave College Park at 5:00 to return to Baltimore.  Students, faculty, postdocs, and staff  from all campuses who live in the Baltimore area are welcome to take the bus. There is no charge for transportation.  Please reserve your space on the bus by emailing with the subject “Bus for Research Symposium 2011.”


Dear PROMISE Scholars,

This is a friendly reminder that our 6th Annual PROMISE Research Symposium will take place next Friday, January 21, 2011! General registration remains open and we invite you to attend and support your fellow graduate school colleagues as they present their research at what promises to be a dynamic symposium. Please see the event and logistical details below:

EVENT: 6th Annual PROMISE Research Symposium
DATE: Friday, January 21, 2011
TIME: 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. (Registration will open at 8:30 a.m.)
LOCATION: Nyumburu Cultural Center, UMCP Campus

Participation in this event is FREE and a continental breakfast (beginning at 8:30 a.m.) and lunch will be provided. If you have any questions, please e-mail us at Have a wonderful and productive Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday weekend. We look forward to seeing you on the 21st!


Tamara Wilds Lawson, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Fellow in Graduate Education Administration
The Graduate School
Coordinator: PROMISE: Maryland’s Alliance for Graduate Education and the Professoriate

The original November 23, 2010 “Coming Soon” posting for the Research Symposium can be found here: