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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.

Register Today:

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


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.

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:

PROMISE Research Symposium, Coming January 21, 2011

In PROMISE: Maryland's AGEP, Resarch Symposium on November 23, 2010 at 6:10 PM

Registration is now available for our 6th Annual PROMISE Research Symposium at!

This event is open to scholars from all three campuses across disciplines. We invite you to
present your work and support your fellow graduate school colleagues. 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.
LOCATION: Nyumburu Cultural Center, UMCP Campus

Participation in this event is FREE and refreshments and lunch will be provided. If
you have any questions, please e-mail us at We look
forward to seeing you on the 21st!

Memories from the past:

PROF-it Professors-in-Training 12/3, January 2011 $$ opportunities for Grad Students, & 2011 Dissertation House. Plus, SREB’s Dr. Bob Belle comes to UM College Park to discuss interviewing Dec. 3!

In Dissertation House, Grad Student Success Seminar, Ph.D. Completion Project, PROF-it, PROMISE: Maryland's AGEP on November 23, 2010 at 5:50 PM

As the semester comes to a close, we want to remind you about upcoming seminars on our campuses. We’ll look forward to seeing you!

Prof-It Workshop:  Preparation for the Professoriate Seminar: Learning Styles
Friday, 12/3/10 , 12 noon – 2 PM, Commons  329.  Speaker: Dr. Anne Spence



Ph.D. Completion Workshop at College Park: Effective Job Interviews

Special Guest, Dr. Bob Belle, Director of the SREB-AGEP Doctoral Scholars Program,

Headquarters: Atlanta, GA.

Friday, 12/ 3/10, 3:00 – 5:00 PM. Ulrich Recital Hall 0f Tawes Hall


For more workshops at College Park, visit the Ph.D. Completion Workshop Series page:


Earn $400 during the January 2011 Winter Session!

Build your mentoring and advising skills and become a Winter Advisor for new undergraduate students at UMBC. Deadline: December 10, 2010.  Details on MyUMBC:


SEMINAR: Preparing for Spring 2011 GRADUATION: Rules, Regulations, and Forms

Friday, 12/10/10. 12 noon – 1 PM. Commons 331

Presenters: Office of Progressions for the UMBC Graduate School



Workshop-Dissertation House – On Campus
Winter Session, UMBC Campus only
Tuesday, January 18 – Friday, January 21, 2011, 9 AM- 5 PM

Commons 329 & 327

RSVP: and fill out the application on that site.

For more information about the Dissertation House, visit