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Updates for August & September 2013: Following the Summer Success Institute (SSI)

In Grad Student Success Seminar, Graduate Student Professional Development, PROF-it, PROMISE: Maryland's AGEP, Summer Success Institute (SSI) on August 22, 2013 at 12:41 PM

This information was sent to students via email on August 21, 2013. It is repeated here.

We have some updates: 

1) Sat. Sept. 7: NSF Graduate Fellowship Workshop led by PROMISE alums Dr. Frances Carter-Johnson and Dr. Patti Ordóñez,  plus “Featured Fellowship Opportunity, due Aug. 23” (from SSI Mentoring Pods’ Moderator, Miryam Gerdine), see the full post and the comment section:

2) We’ll see you on campus! Opening fall semester reception at UMCP (8/29), lunch at UMB (9/3), and dinner at UMBC (9/6). DETAILS:

3) Calling all STEM PhD students: It’s time for the annual, NATIONAL, SREB Compact for Faculty Diversity/Institute on Teaching and Mentoring! (This is the conference that Dr. Carter-Johnson described as “Multiplying SSI by 1000!) You may have a chance to go, all expenses paid! One year, we took 25 people! (Dr. Robert Alexander from the CDC, PROMISE Alum, met his wife at this conference!) Other alums have found jobs at this conference! Coming October 2013. Apply now, it’s first come, first serve:
4) If you have any remaining comments about the SSI, please post them here:

Additional Events at  UMBC:



a) TA Training and “Teaching & Learning” Workshop on Friday, 8/23, 8:30 AM. Topics: Disciplinary Thinking, Blackboard, Conflict Resolution, etc. Plus, “TOP TAs” from departments will give tips for success. Each school will be represented. We will also share information about the $2000 CCBC/UMBC Teaching Fellows program through PROF-it, and the $1000 IHU opportunity.  All new TAs, and all who are interested in “Teaching & Learning,” please RSVP here:

b) Lunch seminar on Life/Work Balance with Psychologist, Author, and Poet, Dr. Robert Deluty, Friday, 8/23, 1PM. Don’t miss this event! Humor, advice, tips for success! RSVP here:

Coming in September:

March 2013 Seminars for Graduate Students in Maryland (UMBC, UMB, UMCP)

In Dissertation Completion, Grad Student Success Seminar, Graduate Student Professional Development, Ph.D. Completion Project, PROMISE: Maryland's AGEP on February 26, 2013 at 10:50 AM

March 6, 2013, 12:00 – 1:00 PM, Physics Building, Room 401, UMBC

Marketing for Scientists: How to Shine in Tough Times

This information is relevant for all disciplines!
WORKSHOP/TRAINING · On Campus : Physics 401 ·
Event hosts: The Physics Graduate Student Association.
Speaker: Dr. Marc Kushner of NASA
March 7, 2013, 7:30 AM (BREAKFAST MEET-UP) – 12:30 PM, UMB (Downtown Baltimore)
Event hosts for breakfast “meet-up,” PROMISE at UMB
March 13, 2013, 1:00 – 2:00 PM, Library 7th Floor, UMBC
Grad Students: Meet UMBC’s President, Dr. Freeman Hrabowski

UMBC’s President will discuss “Pathways to Leadership”
LECTURE/DISCUSSION · On Campus : Library Open Area, 7th Floor ·
Each year, UMBC’s President, Dr. Freeman Hrabowski takes time out of his schedule for graduate students.  This year, Dr. Hrabowski will discuss pathways to leadership.

March 29, 2013, 2:00-4:00 pm, Ulrich Recital Hall, Tawes Hall, UM College Park
Marcia Marinelli, Director, Learning Assistance Service, Counseling Center, University of Maryland

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 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).

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.