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2007-2008 Seminars

2007-2008 Seminars

FALL 2007 Seminars & Workshops


Success Seminar
Understanding and Exceeding Your Advisor’s Expectations: An Orientation Success Seminar
Friday, August 24, 2007
1 p.m. – 2:15 p.m., Room: Commons 331

* Dr. Marvin Mandell
Professor, Department of Public Policy

* Dr. Nagaraj K. Neerchal
Chair, Department of Mathematics and Statistics

* Dr. Andrew Sears
Chair, Department of Information Systems

* Dr. Adriana Medina-Lopez-Portillo
Assistant Professor, Language, Literacy, and Culture Program
Modern Languages and Linguistics

* Dr. Fred Pincus
Professor, Sociology & Anthropology

… and additional faculty from the various colleges.

Graduate School & PROF-it
TA Classroom Training for All Graduate Students
Monday, August 27, 2007
9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Public Policy, Lecture Hall 9 (Room 105)
Morning Refreshments and Lunch will be served (free)

Topics & General Agenda:
8:30 a.m. Registration and morning refreshments
9:00 a.m. Welcome and Overview of Orientation
9:30 a.m. Effective Teaching Exercise and Discussion
11:00 a.m. Teaching with Technology: BlackBoard and
Noon Lunch
12:30 p.m. Group Discussions with Experienced TAs
Grading, Holding Office Hours, Leading Discussion Sections, Teaching Classes, Running Lab Sections
1:30 p.m. Cheating and Academic Integrity Issues
2:00 p.m. Teaching Portfolios, Harassment, Students with Disabilities
3:00 p.m. Adjourn

Co-sponsors: UMBC Faculty Development Center –
Office of Information Technology –


Success Seminar
Graduate Students and Entrepreneurship
Wednesday, September 19, 2007
1:00 p.m. – 2:15 p.m., Library, 7th Floor
Lunch will be served.

Special Guest Leaders:

* Vivian Armor, Director, Alex Brown Center for Entrepreneurship
Faculty, ACTiVATE: Achieving the Commercialization of Technology in Ventures through Applied Training for Entrepreneurs.

* Stephen Auvil, Director, UMBC Office of Technology Development
Advisory Board, techcenter@UMBC

* Dr. Bill LaCourse, Professor, Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry, Entrepreneurial faculty member — company: Aurora Analytics (located in the UMBC TechCenter.)

The following information will be presented: The UMBC Multi-million dollar Kauffman Grant for entrepreneurship training, Mosh Pit Student Business Plan Competition, Faculty Entrepreneur Fellows, the Graduate Student Entrepreneurship Club (special feature by LaTese Briggs, Ph.D. Candidate, Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry,) patents, and intellectual property.

Special Focus: The Entrepreneurial Mindset and Skillset.


Special Funding Seminars:
How to Prepare Applications for the National Science Foundation’s Graduate Research Fellowship

    Workshop 1: Thursday, Sept. 27, 1 p.m. Rm. 767, Library
    Workshop 2: Thursday, Oct. 11, 1 p.m., Rm. ECS – 333 Computer Lab
    Workshop 3: Thursday, Nov. 1, 1 p.m., Rm. ECS- 333 Computer Lab
    (Moved from Wednesday, Oct. 31)

For more details, tips, and sample documents, join the Blackboard Community associated with these workshops:
“Fellowships and Funding for Graduate School.”
Click the Community tab, type “fellowships” in the organization search window, when the search results appear, click “grad_funding.” Page right and click “enroll” in the far right column.

Co-developers and Facilitators:
Frances Carter, Ph.D. Student, Public Policy
Patti Carter, Ph.D. Student, Computer Science
Patti and Frances are experienced. Both won the prestigious NSF Fellowship. They are two of UMBC’s four graduate student NSF Fellows.

Success Seminar
Responsible Conduct of Research and Your Career Development: Transitions and Proposal Submissions
Wednesday, October 10, 2007
1 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.
University Center (UC), Room 310
Lunch will be served.


* Timothy Sparklin
Director, Human and Animal Rights Protection Office (HARPO), Administrator for the Institutional Review Board (IRB)
(Please note, all faculty and student research that involves either human or animal subjects, including surveys, must have IRB approval. This is the perfect time to receive information and ask questions.)

* Dr Warren DeVries
Dean, College of Engineering and Information Systems
Former Division Director at the National Science Foundation

Preparation for the Professoriate Seminar
How to Put a Course Together (Course design, Curricular design, Design for each class, How to teach in 1 hour vs teaching for 1 semester.)
Friday, October, 12, 2007
Room 329 Commons
12 noon – 2 p.m.
Dr. Jack Prostko, Director
UMBC Faculty Development Center

Students are invited to enroll in the PROF-it (Professors-in-training) Blackboard Community for in-depth information and updates on PROF-it.
Click the Community tab, type “PROF-it” in the organization search window, when the search results appear, page down and click “enroll” in the far right column.
ADDITIONAL UMBC-CCBC Teaching Fellows Details:

When Faculty Say ‘x’, They Really Mean ‘y’, Part II
Friday, October 12, 2007
4:30 – 7 p.m.
Room 105, Public Policy Building
Dinner will be served.

Dinner Menu and Speakers’ Links:

Post questions to faculty here:

Confirmed speakers:

    Dr. Susan Sonnenschein, Psychology
    Dr. Panos Charalambides, Mechanical Engineering
    Dr. L. Michael Hayden, Physics
    Dr. Andrew Miller, Geography and Environmental Systems
    Dr. Aryya Gangopadhyay, Information Systems
    Dr. Charles Nicholas, Computer Science and Electrical Engineering
    Dr. L. D. Timmie Topoleski, Mechanical Engineering

Graduate School & PROMISE
Fall Horizons
Thursday October 18 – Saturday October 20, 2007
UMBC’s Campus, Library 7th floor & BWI Sheraton Hotel

UMBC’s Graduate Students are invited to have lunch with the visiting students
on Friday, Oct. 19 at discipline-specific tables,
and escort the students to their afternoon academic department tours.
Students planning to come to lunch should contact Dr. Lisa Morgan,
Director of Progressions and Academic Services for the Graduate School.


Dissertation Completion
Special Saturday Seminar
Mistakes that Graduate Students Make While Writing The Thesis or Dissertation
Saturday, November 3, 2007
10 a.m. – 12 noon
Commons – Room 331
Light Morning Refreshments will be served.

* Dr. Wendy Carter
Co-Founder of TADA, Thesis and Dissertation Accomplished, The ABD Solution
Dissertation Coach for UMBC and PROMISE: Maryland’s AGEP
Coordinator, UMBC Ph.D. Completion Project

Preparation for the Professoriate Seminar
Friday, November 9, 2007
Room 329 Commons
12 noon – 2 p.m.

Students are invited to enroll in the PROF-it (Professors-in-training) Blackboard course for in-depth information and updates on PROF-it.
Click the Community tab, type “PROF-it” in the organization search window, when the search results appear, page down and click “enroll” in the far right column.
ADDITIONAL DETAILS ABOUT THE UMBC-CCBC Graduate Teaching Fellows program:

Success Seminar
Graduate Level Writing and Publishing
Wednesday, November 14, 2007
4:30 – 5:45 p.m.
Room: Library 7th Floor Open Area
Coordinator: GSA Graduate Student Writing Advisor
Food will be served.

Graduate School
Graduate School Community Reception and Recognition of Ph.D. Candidates
(For all Faculty, Staff, and Students)
Thursday, November 8, 2007
5:00, UC Ballroom

PROMISE Fall Harvest Dinner
Sponsored by the College Park PROMISE Office
Marriott@College Park
Friday, November 16, 2007
5:30 p.m.


Preparation for the Professoriate Seminar
Friday, December 7, 2007
Room 329 Commons
12 noon – 2 p.m.
Guest Speaker: Dr. Anne Spence

Students are invited to enroll in the PROF-it (Professors-in-training) Blackboard course for in-depth information and updates on PROF-it.
Click the Community tab, type “PROF-it” in the organization search window, when the search results appear, page down and click “enroll” in the far right column.
ADDITIONAL DETAILS ABOUT THE UMBC-CCBC Graduate Teaching Fellows program:

Reflections Stress Relief Workshop
Sponsored by the UMB PROMISE Office
Medical School Teaching Facility (MSTF)
Friday, December 7, 2007
6:00 p.m.

SPRING 2008 Seminars & Workshops


Dissertation Completion
Dissertation House – on Campus
Winter Session
January 15-18, 2008

INFORMATION can be found in this link:

See details and history from the Summer 2007 Dissertation House

3rd Annual PROMISE Research Symposium
Friday, January 25, 2008
1 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Stamp Student Union
University of Maryland College Park Campus

INFORMATION can be found in this link:


Spring Semester Opening Meeting
Friday, Feb. 15, 2008
Public Policy Building, Rm. 206
Dinner will be served
All PROMISE events are listed here:

Success Seminar
“A Path to Leadership”
Special Speaker: Dr. Scott A. Bass
Dean of the Graduate School and Vice President of Research

Wednesday, February 20, 2008, 1:00 – 2:15 p.m.
Room: Library Open Area
Lunch will be served.

* Making risky choices
* Planning and preparation
* Preparing for uncertainties
* Sustainability
* Taking advantage of every moment
* Having a vision
* Importance of collaboration

Dr. Bass is scholar, teacher, and change agent. Come and hear his story of leadership, putting his life on the line, work in Japan, and more!

One secret of Dr. Bass’ success: “I live in the future, I implement in the present.”

Entrepreneurship Week at UMBC, Feb. 2008
Grad Students are encouraged to learn and participate!
Business Plan competitions, Financial Credit, and more!


This event has been postponed.
Community Building Retreat @ Rocky Gap
Cumberland, Maryland
Friday, March 7 – Sunday, March 9, 2008
This event has been postponed.

Overcoming Isolation in Graduate School
* Special Guest: Dr. Janet C. Rutledge
Sr. Associate Dean of the Graduate School

*Format: Short seminar followed by games

* Location: Game Room, 2nd Floor, UMBC Commons
* Friday, March 7, 2008; 4:30 p.m – 7 p.m.
* Food will be served
This is a PROMISE Tri-campus event

Success Seminar
Wednesday, March 12, 2008, 4:30 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Room: Library, 7th Floor Open Area
Food will be served.

Career Preparation Strategies for Graduate Students

Guest “Mini-Lecture” Speaker and Facilitator: Dr. Susan Martin, Graduate Student Liaison for UMBC’s Career Services Center

Representatives (all with graduate degrees) from government,
higher education administration, national labs, and entrepreneurial sectors will host roundtable discussions. Students will have an opportunity to rotate between tables and visit different sectors in a “Speed dating styled” format.


Success Seminar
Special Spring Seminar
Wednesday, April 9, 2008, 1:00 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.
Room: Library, 7th Floor Open Area

Words of Wisdom and an Opportunity to Talk with the President
Special Guest Speaker: Dr. Freeman Hrabowski, III
UMBC President, Professor, Mathematics Education, U.S. Presidential Mentoring Award, and many more awards…

Graduate School and GSA
Graduate Research Conference (GRC):
April 28, 2008
(Abstracts due: Feb. 29, 2008)
All UMBC Graduate Students are encouraged to participate.


Dissertation Completion

Dissertation Support:
Dissertation Coaching:
Fridays, 12-2 p.m. and by appointment
Administration Building, Room 205
Dr. Wendy Carter, 455-2281,

Dissertation Support: Every other Wednesday 4:00-5:15
Counseling Center, Across from Erickson Hall
Questions? Dr. Chris Carlton, 455-2472

PROMISE: Maryland’s AGEP Events:

PROMISE Events at a glance 2007-2008:


PROMISE Videos on Youtube:

PROMISE Meetings and seminars @ UMBC will be held in the Public Policy Building (PUP).

SEPT 21: Fall Opening Meeting, 4:30 p.m., PUP 206

OCT 12: Professional Development Seminar, 4:30 p.m., PUP 105

NOV 13: Fall Harvest Dinner, Adele’s Restaurant @ UMCP

DEC 7: Reflections Health & Wellness Seminar @ UMB

JAN 21: Research Symposium, Colony Ballroom @ UMCP

FEB 15: Spring Opening Meeting, 4:30 p.m., PUP 206

MARCH 7-9: Retreat @ Rocky Gap, Cumberland, Maryland

APRIL (TBA): Reflections @ UMB

MAY 3: Cookout@ Patapsco Park

JUNE 20: Town Meeting@UMBC

AUGUST (TBA): Summer Success Institute

Details for these are other Tri-campus (UMBC, UMCP, UMB) PROMISE Events are posted online:

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