IMDA Alum Charlotte Keniston Named a 2014 Baltimore Community Fellow

After three growing seasons, Charlotte Keniston’s Pigtown Food for Thought Initiative has not only created access to fresh food for those in Pigtown, but has also created lasting friendships in the community. Keniston will expand on her work with the initiative to creatively re-imagine the Washington Village Pigtown community as a place to have access to healthy food through community gardening, the creation of a neighborhood farm stand, food and nutrition education and a neighborhood mural arts project. Read More »

Photo via Open Society Institute-Baltimore

Photo via Open Society Institute-Baltimore

Required Course for Graduate Assistants – Spring 2015

The Graduate School would like to remind all Graduate Assistants (i.e., Research Assistants, Teaching Assistants, Administrative Assistants, Residential Assistants, Peaceworkers, Graders, and those supported by fellowships administered through UMBC) that you must register for the required Graduate Assistant course for Spring 2015.

All Graduate Assistants must consult the following page on the Graduate School’s website: This page provides information on determining for which course to register (i.e., GRAD 600, GRAD 601, or GRAD 603), has answers to frequently asked questions, and lists the relevant class numbers for the Graduate Assistant courses.

Thank you.

Winter Dissertation House at UMBC (1/20-23)

Spend 4 days writing … make progress on your dissertation!

The Winter Dissertation House is coming to UMBC, January 20-23 2015. Graduate students who plan to participate should follow the application procedures on the application webpage for the Dissertation House.

Open application period: Early bird December 1, 2014 – December 15, 2014. Late registration December 15, 2014– January 2, 2015 (Applications received during the early bird period will have priority)

(Please note that there are only 15 to 18 slots for this event, consider applying early) 

Applications received after January 2, 2015 will be considered for the DH waiting list. More information about the Dissertation House:

  • The Dissertation House runs from 9 AM – 5PM, for four days, Tuesday, January 20 through Friday, January 23.
  • Students must plan to attend the full session, for each of the 4 days.
  • Daily schedule includes 2 mini-lectures, and 5 hours of writing per day.
  • Breakfast, Lunch, and a snack will be served daily.
  • The Dissertation House is free for UMBC’s graduate students.
  • There are 15 to 18 spaces available for the Dissertation House.
  • Details regarding eligibility can be found on the application page of the website for the Dissertation House.
  • Subscribe to the website:

For additional information, click here:

Tuesday through Friday, 1/20 – 23, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm, Commons 329

Addressing Graduate Students’ Feelings of Stress (12/5)

An End-of-the-Semester “Coffee Break”

It is common during this time of year to feel stressed about things that you want to accomplish before the end of the semester. If you’ve experienced  anxiety, irritability, apathy, disinterest in activities that you were formerly involved in, or loss of energy, it’s time to talk.  In an effort to address concerns of stress during these last few weeks of the fall semester, we would like to offer you an opportunity to take a coffee break.

Dr. Robert Deluty, Associate Dean of the Graduate School, and a practicing clinical psychologist, will lead this session.  If you are feeling overwhelmed and stressed about classes, end-of-the-semester projects, exams, or the holiday season, please come! If you are feeling alone, isolated, or just want to have an opportunity to connect with others, please come! If you are a non-traditional graduate student or a first-generation graduate student, we encourage you to come! If you have been working to try to balance
work and family, or if you are trying to balance other areas of your life and you need a listening ear, please come!

Friday, 12/5/14, 4:30 – 6:00 pm, Public Policy 206

Light refreshments will be served.

Financial Literacy – Credit Scores (11/19)

Learn about credit scores and consumer debt!

Please join us for the second seminar of the series, “Go Live” success seminar on “Financial Literacy”. Mrs. Lori Jankalski (Executive Vice President CCCS of MD & DE, Inc.) will be talking to us about credit scores, credit reports and consumer debt.

This seminar will accompany information that will be posted on a new website for financial literacy (under development) that will serve the UMBC campus community.

For more information and to RSVP, visit:

Wednesday, 11/19/14, 1:00 – 2:00 pm, Commons 331

Lunch will be served.

English Language Institute’s Conversation Partner Program

The English Language Institute’s Conversation Partner Program pairs an international student with an English speaking partner for weekly conversation and cultural exchange. Participate for just one hour per week in casual conversation, or take part in an on-campus activity together. Click here to find out more about the program.

If interested, please contact or call ext. 5-2831.

37th Graduate Research Conference at UMBC – Call for Proposals

The 37th Annual Graduate Research Conference (GRC) will take place on March 25, 2015. GRC is a collaborative effort of the Graduate Student Association (GSA), the Office of Graduate Student Life (OGSL), and the GSA Senate. The 2015 Planning Team redesigned GRC to serve as an intellectual, creative, and safe space for graduate students to share their work, provide and receive feedback, interact with the campus, refine their research skills, and partake in professional development opportunities.

Graduate students at any stage of their graduate work are invited to present in an interdisciplinary setting. Diverse presentation formats, including poster presentations, artist talks, performance and media presentations, roundtables, and more provide the opportunity for graduate students in all programs to share their work.

The abstract submission deadline is January 15, 2015.

For more information about the conference, please visit the GRC website or contact Romy Hübler at