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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:, July 8, 2011


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 ( 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


UMBC Provost Elliot Hirshman (PROMISE PI) will be the new president at San Diego State University

In Dissertation Completion, Dissertation House, Grad Student Success Seminar, Graduate Student Professional Development, PROF-it, PROMISE: Maryland's AGEP, Summer Success Institute (SSI) on June 15, 2011 at 11:20 PM

UMBC Provost Elliot Hirshman

PROMISE: Maryland’s AGEP expresses hearty congratulations to UMBC Provost Elliot Hirshman on his new appointment to President of San Diego State University.  Dr. Hirshman has served as the PI for the PROMISE AGEP since he arrived at UMBC.  Dr. Hirshman has championed the programs of PROMISE and has been a strong supporter of the Dissertation House, PROF-it (Professors-in-Training), and the Summer Success Institute (SSI).  Dr. Hirshman has been a speaker for the annual August SSI and for the February leadership graduate student Success Seminar.  He has provided strong support for our collaborations in Puerto Rico, and for initiatives that broaden participation at the graduate level.   Dr. Hirshman, we thank you for your commitment to PROMISE and we wish you great success with your new post!


PROMISE: Maryland’s AGEP is a program of the National Science Foundation. The PI, Provost Elliot Hirshman, has served with Co-PIs from three campuses: Dean Janet Rutledge (UMBC), Dr. Renetta Tull (UMBC), Dr. Carol Parham (UM College Park), and Dr. Jordan Warnick (UM Baltimore).

Apply for UMBC-CCBC Teaching Fellows program FALL 2011

In Graduate Student Professional Development, PROF-it, PROMISE: Maryland's AGEP on May 6, 2011 at 11:44 PM

Are you a graduate student who is interested in obtaining some teaching experience? Were you previously interested but for some reason could not participate?

Participation in the PROF-it “Professors-in-Training” program, provides graduate students at UMBC with an opportunity to draw upon the partnership between UMBC and the Community College of Baltimore County (CCBC) to teach a class at one of the campuses of CCBC for the FALL 2011 semester. You will be mentored by a faculty member from CCBC, and will be required to attend additional training sessions during the semester. Please make sure that your Advisor and/or your Graduate Program Director are aware that you are applying for this Fellows program. Time commitment may vary from class to class, but be prepared to spend at least 3 hours of preparation per one hour of class time. If accepted, you will be added to CCBC’s payroll and will receive a stipend of $2000.

Read more about teaching at CCBC:

· Full-time or Part-time graduate student at UMBC.
· All applicants must have completed at least one year of graduate study.
· U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident. Stipulations related to Visa requirements prevent an international student with a full Teaching Assistantship, Research Assistantship, or 20 hour/week job from applying.

Please submit the Application (attached) AND your full Curriculum Vitae to, with subject line “PROF-it 2011 Teaching Fellow.”

** Application package deadline (extended) —  June 10, 2011. **

Dr. Pollack will discuss the Teaching Fellows selection process, how you can improve your chances of getting selected, and answer any other questions you may have.
Location: Graduate School, Administration Building Room 218.
Two sessions available:
– Friday, May 13, 10 -11 am
– Wednesday, June 1, 12-1 pm

Visit the UMBC PROF-it group on Blackboard for the application and more information.

Application: Fall 2011_Application_UMBC-CCBC Teaching Fellows

Mini “Graduate Horizons” Session at UMBC: Tuesday, July 13, 2010

In Horizons, PROMISE: Maryland's AGEP on July 1, 2010 at 11:31 PM

UMBC, the #1 Up and Coming University in the U.S.,  is pleased to announce the date for our  2010 graduate school visitation program.  The mini “Graduate Horizons” program to be held on our campus, Tuesday, July 13, 2010.  This program, co-sponsored by the UMBC Graduate School, the Meyerhoff Graduate Fellows Program (Summer Biomedical Training Program) and PROMISE: Maryland’s AGEP, will be held in lieu of our traditional, large-scale Summer Horizons campus visitation and Fall Graduate Horizons programs.  This exciting “Mini” Graduate Horizons is being held for the following student groups:

  • Students who are engaged in summer research on UMBC’s campus (e.g. REUs, McNair Summer Research Institute, Biology summer programs, etc.)
  • Prospective graduate students (who are not part of any current summer programs on campus) who would like to visit UMBC this summer.


Registration for this program is free.  UMBC’s summer research scholars will be automatically registered for the program through the respective summer program directors.  Other students may register by posting a reply to this post and sending emails to both the Graduate Program Director and Coordinator of the academic department that you are interested in.


Date: Tuesday, July 13, 2010
Time: 9:30 AM – 12:30 PM
Location: Meyerhoff Chemistry Building, Room 120 (Seminar Room)

* 9:30 AM:  Welcome (Speakers: Justine Johnson, Graduate Meyerhoff Fellows Program & Rae Sturge, President of UMBC’s Graduate Student Association); The Graduate School Admissions Process (Speaker: Dr. Renetta G. Tull)

* 10:30 AM: The Road to Graduate School (Panel discussion by current UMBC graduate students)

* 11:30 AM:  Motivational Keynote Speech (Speaker: UMBC President Freeman Hrabowski)

Dr. Hrabowski was named one of America’s Best Leaders by U.S. News and World Report, and one of Time Magazine’s 10 Best College Presidents.

If you would like to tour a department or meet with a professor, please contact your summer research program coordinator (for UMBC’s summer students), or contact the appropriate  Graduate Program Director (faculty) and the respective Graduate Program Coordinator (staff.)

Our mini Horizons program will not cover meals, transportation, nor lodging.  Students will need to make provisions through their summer research programs or via other funding.


Directions and Travel

Meals on UMBC’s Campus

Recommended “sit-down” meal — Visit The Skylight Room
The upscale Skylight Room restaurant (3rd Floor, The Commons), located on the third floor, overlooks the Library Green. It is the perfect place to enjoy great food, good service, and a relaxing atmosphere-not to mention an amazing view! The Skylight Room has a one rate all you care to eat policy at the door that includes the entree bar, salad bar, sandwiches, soups, beverages, desserts, and the action station. Time: 11:30 AM – 1:30 PM. Cost for the lunch buffet: Less than $10.

We look forward to welcoming you to UMBC!

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Graduate Horizons at UMBC, 2007

Faculty Panel, Summer Horizons 2008

UMBC's President Hrabowski speaks at Summer Horizons 2009

Links to past programs:

Summer Horizons 2009

Graduate Horizons 2007

Graduate Horizons on Facebook

If you have other questions about graduate school at UMBC, please contact an appropriate member of the Graduate School staff or the program directors and coordinators of the department of interest.