University System of Maryland PROMISE Summer Success Institute (8/15-16)

THIS FRIDAY, 8/15 @ 9 AM  & SATURDAY, 8/16 @ 8 AM  – New students and continuing students: University System of Maryland PROMISE Summer Success Institute (SSI)Friday, August 15 (@UMBC), and Saturday, August 16 (@ The Hotel at Arundel Preserve). 

Register: (Please register as soon as possible if you are interested.) Note that the PROMISE SSI (established in 2003) is a two-day event. There are workshop sessions on Friday morning, time management coaching sessions available at UMBC on Friday afternoon, and a full conference schedule of activities on Saturday. Registration is free, and includes all meals. 

We are providing free UMBC Retriever Bus transportation between UMBC, BWI, and the Conference Hotel on Saturday, August 16. The bus schedule for the SSI can be found in the comment section of the 2014 PROMISE SSI website:

Friday & Saturday, 8/15-16/14, UMBC and The Hotel at Arundel Preserve

Saturday Success Seminar “Funding Your Graduate Education” (9/6)

Learn about funding & fellowships. Emphasis on the NSF GRFP

SPECIAL SATURDAY SESSION: Success Seminar on Funding & Fellowships, with special emphasis on the National Science Foundation’s Graduate Research Fellowship Application.

“How to Fund Your Graduate Education”

Speakers: UMBC Alumni, Dr. Frances D. Carter-Johnson and Dr. Patricia Ordóñez Rozo

Dr. Carter-Johnson is a graduate of UMBC’s Department of Public Policy and currently serves as a STEM Policy Analyst at Westat.  Dr. Carter has degrees in Public Policy, Applied Physics, Pure Physics, and Mechanical Engineering from UMBC, Georgia Tech, and Spelman College. She has received fellowships from NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP), SREB, GAANN, and GEM. She is currently an AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellow with NIH’s Center for Scientific Review. Also, her former positions were at MIT as Postdoctoral Associate for Educational Research (2012-August 25, 2013) and at Westat (2011-2012).

Dr. Ordóñez Rozo is a graduate of UMBC’s Department of Computer Science. She is an Assistant Professor at the University of Puerto Rico Rio Piedras. Dr. Ordóñez Rozo has degrees in Hispanic and Italian Studies, and Computer Science.  She has taught several classes at UMBC and was a Technical Trainer for UMBC’s Training Centers, focusing on JAVA Computer Programming Certifications and curriculum development. Dr. Ordóñez Rozo was a NSF Graduate Research Fellow, and has won fellowships from Xerox, Verizon, and UMBC. Dr. Ordóñez is an Assistant Professor, Computer Science, University of Puerto Rico – Rio Piedras, RESEARCH: Bioinformatics

Dr. Carter-Johnson and Dr.  Ordóñez Rozo were PROMISE Peer Mentors and have collectively been invited speakers on this topic at the National Science Foundation’s HBCU-UP national conference, the American Association for the Advancement in Science’s  Emerging Researchers Network national Conference, Harvard, UMBC, and MIT.  Our speakers’ work was presented in 2013 at the 120th Annual Conference of the American Association of Engineering Education, Atlanta: ASEE and with new information for internationals students at Eleventh LACCEI Latin American and Caribbean Conference (LACCEI 2013).To date, at least 10 of their mentees who have taken their workshops have won the prestigious NSF GRFP Fellowship, or other award, for a total of approximately $1 million of fellowship money! 

RSVP here:

Saturday, 9/6/2014, 9:00 am – 2:00 pm, Sherman 003

PROMISE Opening Meeting, Fall 2014 (9/5)

Build Community w/ Faculty, Staff, Postdocs, & Grad Students

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.  Come out for dinner and connections on Friday, September 6 in the Game Room, 2nd Floor of the Commons. 

These graduate students met at programs like the PROMISE Summer Success Institute and the PROMISE Opening Meeting. They later represented UMBC at a NSBE conference. Dr. Heather Holden, front left, came back to the 2013 SSI to talk about publishing. She works for ARL in Florida and is the co-editor of a new Information Systems based book.

These graduate students met at programs like the PROMISE Summer Success Institute and the PROMISE Opening Meeting. They later represented UMBC at a NSBE conference. Dr. Heather Holden, front left, came back to the 2013 SSI to talk about publishing. She works for ARL in Florida and is the co-editor of a new Information Systems based book.

This connection meeting will allow you to meet other students, staff, postdocs, and faculty members who also have similar experiences.

For more information and to RSVP visit:

Friday, 9/5/2014, 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm, Game Room, Commons 2nd Floor

GSA Welcome Back Picnic (8/28)

The GSA Executive Board and OGSL (Office of Graduate Student Life) are having a Welcome Back Picnic for ALL New & Returning Graduate Students on Thursday, August 28th, 2014 from 4pm-7pm in Flat Tuesday’s.

Please Bring BOTH a valid license/passport & your UMBC Graduate Student ID. BOTH items are required for admission to the Social Event. Copies of Passports & IDs are NOT Accepted for Entry

*If you plan on purchasing a beverage at this event, Flat Tuesdays only accepts payment in the form of cash or campus card. (Reminder: There is an ATM next to the Bookstore)

RSVP for this event, HERE.

Thursday, 8/28/14, 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm, Flat Tuesday’s

Safety Workshop for Researchers Traveling Abroad (8/26)

Do you take your personal or UMBC issued electronics (laptops, telephones, tablets) when traveling? Have you been invited to lecture or collaborate with a university outside the US? What protections should you follow?

Come meet and listen to an expert from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) to discuss general awareness and travel precautions to take when traveling abroad to protect you and your research. The workshop will be held on August 26, 2014 from 11 A.M.- 12.30 P.M. in bwtech@UMBC North, Suite 310. Registration ends August 20, 2014.

Click here to register and learn more.

Tuesday, 8/26/14, 11:00am – 12:30pm, bwtech@UMBC North, Suite 310

This post originally appeared in UMBC Insights.

Campus Jobs Fair (8/26)

Are you looking for work on-campus this year?

Then come to the Campus Jobs Fair the Tuesday before classes start. Representatives from UMBC campus departments and clients within BWTech@UMBC Research and Technology Park will be in attendance.

Bring a pen, copies of your resume and class schedule. Be prepared to fill out applications and talk to employers about your strengths.

A list of attending employers/departments will be made available closer to the event:

Tuesday, 8/26/14, 12:00 – 2:00 pm, University Center Ballroom

Grad Students: Free Lunch Seminar on Life/Work Balance (8/22)

Featuring Professor Robert Deluty, Dept. of Psychology

Dr. Deluty joins us again! It is our great pleasure to announce that for the fourth year in a row, Dr. Robert Deluty has accepted an invitation to talk with graduate students about “Life/Work Balance.” Dr. Deluty has a clinical psychology practice and has been a professor of psychology for over 30 years. In addition to being a professor, Dr. Deluty is the Associate Dean of the Graduate School and a prolific poet.  He is the author of 42 books of poetry and prose.  Dr. Deluty’s style is warm and humorous!  You will enjoy this workshop that will be filled with sage advice, laughter, and encouragement as you plan to start your semester.  Comments from the past include: “I was really nervous, but I felt so much better after hearing Dr. Deluty.” “I was stressing myself out, I’m glad that I came to the seminar.” “I’ve heard Dr. Deluty before, but it’s good to come again for a refresher. We all need to hear more of this.” Join us for lunch and a great seminar.  Dr. Deluty graciously gives of his time to meet with students at the end of the seminar.

Please RSVP here:

Friday, 8/22/2014, 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm, Sherman Hall 003