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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.


PROMISE Spring Opening Dinner Meeting: “Getting to Level 10” — Friday, 2/18/11

In PROMISE: Maryland's AGEP on February 17, 2011 at 2:28 PM

PROMISE: Maryland’s AGEP is dedicated to increasing the numbers and diversity of Ph.D.s in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math fields. PROMISE also provides a strong support system for underrepresented students of all fields, and for all graduate students.

This UMBC Spring Opening Meeting will be combined with the meeting for the Meyerhoff Graduate Fellows Program and will provide candid information and discussion for underrepresented minority students (particularly from Hispanic, African-American, American Indian, Alaska Native, and Pacific Islander backgrounds) about preparations for postdoctoral and professional opportunities that have to begin as a graduate student, overcoming stereotyped challenges, and mentoring.

Come out on Friday, February 18, 2011, at 4:30 PM (Location: Public Policy Building, Room 206, UMBC Campus) for dinner, connections, and community. Learn survival tips and receive an introduction to the concept of “Getting to Level 10.”

This opening meeting will be co-sponsored by the Meyerhoff Graduate Fellows Program.

Our speakers will be UMBC graduates (alumni of the Meyerhoff Graduate Fellows Program) who are now postdoctoral fellows.

* Dr. Carlise Bethel, Johns Hopkins, Department of Pathology

* Dr. Marquis Walker, Johns Hopkins

* Dr. Sampson Kyere, University of Maryland Medical Center


Summer Success Institute (SSI) 2010, Coming August 21

In PROMISE: Maryland's AGEP, Summer Success Institute (SSI) on May 27, 2010 at 5:43 PM

Save the date! The 2010 PROMISE SSI is coming to UMBC’s campus, Saturday, August 21! Details coming soon! The SSI is designed to connect new, incoming graduate students with more advanced continuing students.

PROMISE: Maryland's AGEP -- sponsored by the National Science Foundation

This program is sponsored by PROMISE: Maryland’s Alliance for Graduate Education and the Professoriate (AGEP) to support underrepresented graduate students in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) fields.  PROMISE is proud to support all graduate students from all backgrounds and in all disciplines.