PROMISE: Maryland's AGEP

2011-2012 Seminars

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Graduate Student Success Seminars & Activities

(This list includes some workshops for PROF-it: Professors-in-Training and Professors Beyond Borders (PBB).  Additional seminars related to teaching can be found on Workshops for postdoctoral fellows can be found on





  9th Annual PROMISE Summer Success Institute (SSI)

Friday and Saturday, August 19-20, 2011

Sheraton Columbia Hotel

Sponsored by PROMISE: Maryland’s AGEP

PROMISE Summer Success Institute at the Sheraton Columbia Hotel

Register here: 2011 SSI REGISTRATION

Updated Agenda:


-TA Training/Orientation: Teaching and Learning Workshop

Friday, 8/26/11

8:30 AM – 2:15 PM

Academic IV, Lecture Hall 4

Register on MyUMBC:

SPECIAL FEATURE: GRADUATE STUDENTS: Luncheon Workshop on “Life/Work Balance”,

Guest Speaker: Dr. Robert Deluty, Department of Psychology

Students may attend the lunch regardless of their participation on the Teaching/Learning Workshop. If you are attending the lunch workshop only, please register here:



Professors Beyond Borders (PBB): An Introduction

Speaker: Dr. Sabine O’Hara, National Director

Friday, 9/9/11

1:00 PM – 2:00 PM

Commons 329

Refreshments will be served.



-PROMISE Opening Meeting
“Community Connections with Faculty, Staff, and Students”

Friday, 9/9/11 
4:30  – 6:30 PM

Commons – Game Room



Preparing for Ph.D. Candidacy: Rules, Regulations, and Forms

Friday, 9/16/11 
12 noon – 1 PM
Commons 329




-Success Seminar (Funding/Fellowships)

Speaker: Dr. Frances Carter

Saturday, 9/17/11 
10:00 AM -12:00 PM — SEMINAR (General Public)
12:00 PM – 3:00 PM — NSF Fastlane session (By Appointment only, via the MyUMBC Website below)

University Center 310




-Dissertation House for UMBC Employees (only)

Facilitator & Coach: Dr. Wendy Carter-Veale

Friday, 9/23/11

9:00 – 5:00 PM (Part I) 
Commons 329

Saturday, 9/24/11

9:00 – 12 noon (Part II) 
Commons 329





Event Description Date Time Location
Prof-It: Preparation for the Professoriate Seminar Designing the Syllabus Friday, 10/7/11 12 noon – 2 PM Commons 329
Graduate Student Seminar Responsible Conduct of Research and the IRBs Wednesday, 10/12/11 1:00 – 2:30 PM University Center 310
Prof-It: Preparation for the Professoriate Seminar Developing a Teaching Portfolio Friday, 10/14/11 12:00 noon – 2:00 PM UC Ballroom Lounge
Success Seminar “When Faculty Say ‘X’ … Understanding Your Professors and Their Requirements “ Monday, 10/17/11 5:00 – 6:30 PM Library, 7th Floor
Prof-It: Preparation for the Professoriate Seminar Consider Teaching at a Community College Friday, 10/21/11 12 noon – 2 PM Commons 329



Event Description Date Time Location
Prof-It: Preparation for the Professoriate Seminar Public Speaking: Teaching A Class Friday, 11/4/11 12 noon – 2 PM Commons 329
Prof-It: Preparation for the Professoriate Seminar PBB: Being Abroad, Learning from the Peaceworker Experience Wednesday, 11/09/11 12 noon – 2:00 PM Commons 329
Special Saturday Session Practical Steps to Completing Your Master’s Thesis of Dissertation Saturday, 11/12/11 10:00 – 12 noon Commons 329
Success Seminar “Identifying and Overcoming the Challenges of Academic Writing (A Graduate Level Writing Seminar) “ Wednesday, 11/16/11 4:30 – 6:00 PM University Center 312



-Prof-It: Preparation for the Professoriate Seminar

Learning Styles
Friday, 12/2/11 
12 noon – 2 PM
Commons  329

-Preparing for Spring 2012 GRADUATION: Rules, Regulations, and Forms

Friday, 12/9/11
12 noon – 1 PM
Commons 329


-Dissertation House – On Campus 
Winter Session 
UMBC Campus only
Tuesday, January 17 – Friday, January 20, 2012 
9 AM- 5 PM
Commons 329 & 327


-Success Seminar: Leadership

Confident Public Speaking: Preparing Oral and Poster Presentations
Wednesday,  2/15/12

1:00 – 2:30 PM

(Main program 1:00 – 2:00 PM; Individual questions and consultation: 2:00 – 2:30 PM)

 AOK Library, 7th Floor Open Area

Speaker: Barrett Whitener

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 is part of the “Premiere Public Speaking” group and has trained government and corporate professionals, and graduate students.  He is also co-author of the book: Speaking About Science: A Manual for Clear Presentations.


-PROMISE Spring Semester Opening Meeting
Friday, 2/17/12 
4:30-6 PM

Public Policy, Room 206

Dinner will be served.

Speaker: Dr. Renetta Tull

Topic: The Imposter Syndrome, and Themes Regarding Pathways for Success for Graduate Students

-Practical Steps to Completing Your Thesis or Dissertation

Speaker: Dr. Wendy Carter-Veale

Thursday, 2/23/12 
4:30-6:30 PM
AOK library, 7th floor open area



-Prof-it: Professors-in-Training Seminar

PBB: University settings in different countries

Wednesday, 3/7/12

1:00 – 2:00 PM

Commons 329

– Dr. Ivan Erill (Spain)
– Dr. Gloria Chuku (Nigeria)
– Dr. Claudia Galindo (Colombia)
– Dr. Marie-Christine Daniel (France)
Moderator: Michelle Massey – Office of International Education Services


Refreshments will be served.


-Success Seminar

Career Week: Career Paths for Grad Students
Tuesday, 3/27/12 
4:30-6:30 PM

AOK Library, 7th floor open area


  1. The Aerospace Corporation
  2. The Nature Conservancy
  3. Office of the Comptroller of the Currency
  4. Software Profess Technologies, LLC
  5. Millennial Media
  6. SAIC – Frederick, Inc
  7. Department of Health and Mental Hygiene
  8. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
  9. Westat
  10. Hilltop Institute
  11. Brookhaven National Labs

Co-Sponsored by:

  • UMBC’s Career Development Center
  • T. Rowe Price Foundation
  • PROMISE: Maryland’s AGEP



-Success Seminar
Words of Wisdom and an Opportunity to Talk with the President

Wednesday, 4/4/12 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 PM

AOK Library, 7th floor open area

Co-sponsors: PROMISE and GSA




-Seminar on Travel Awards for Grad Students, Postdocs, and Early Career Faculty

Keystone Symposia

Speaker: Dr. Laina King

Monday, 5/14/12 2:30 p.m. – 3:30 PM

Meyerhoff Chemistry Building, Conference Room 120

Sponsor: Meyerhoff Graduate Fellows Program


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