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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)

 

 

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-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. 

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-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:  http://www.thedissertationhouse.com

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

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!

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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).