Spring 2015 University System of Maryland PROMISE AGEP Research Symposium and Professional Development Conference (2/13/15)

PROMISE AGEP: Maryland Transformation is pleased to invite you to attend and participate in the 2015 University System of Maryland PROMISE AGEP Research Symposium and Professional Development Conference. This conference replaces the former PROMISE Research Symposium, and adds a professional development component that will prepare graduate students and postdoctoral fellows for faculty positions in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM, which includes social sciences) disciplines. This conference seeks to provide a venue that will allow students to present their work at any stage, receive feedback in preparation for presenting at larger venues, and provide training that will prepare participants for faculty careers.

For more information, visit: http://my.umbc.edu/groups/promise/news/48725

Friday, 2/13/15, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm, Samuel Riggs IV Alumni Center (http://www.riggs.umd.edu/), University of Maryland College Park

Meet the Alumni Leadership: Erica Reaves ’04, Biological Science, ’11 MPP, Public Policy

Name: Erica L. Reaves ​’04, biological science, ‘11 M.P.P., public policy Employer: The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation​ Alumni leadership roles: Cohort Representative for the Meyerhoff Scholars, Publicity Chair for the Chapter of Black and Latino Alumni (CBLA), member of Omicron Delta Kappa ​

Erica Reaves

Q: Where are you from originally? ​Columbus, Ohio​.

Q: What’s your favorite UMBC memory? Orientation Week, August 2000, ​and Quadmania 2001 (my first Quadmania, where I purchased my first cell phone).

Q: Why are you involved in an alumni board or chapter? I really enjoy working with fellow alumni and UMBC staff to develop programs/events that promote school spirit and support UMBC’s dedicated students, faculty, and staff.

Q: Why do you think it’s important to support UMBC? ​UMBC is such a nurturing, diverse community of scholars. As a scholarship recipient, I feel compelled to give back — my time, money, and other resources — as much as possible. Despite the generosity of many, I know that individuals and their families miss out on having the UMBC experience because of financial constraints.

Q: If stuck on a desert island with a CD player and only one CD, which CD would that be? Lauryn Hill, Miseducation of Lauryn Hill.

Q: What is the most recent book you’ve read? ​I am currently reading Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell​.

Read more about the CBLA!

This was originally posted on Retrievernet, UMBC’s Alumni Community

Protein Symposium (1/14)

UMBC’s Biotechnology Graduate Programs is hosting it’s first-ever Protein Symposium on January 14, 2015.

The free symposium, sponsored by the Protein Society, will discuss the latest in protein sciences as well as the future of protein research. The event will take place from 9 a.m.- 4 p.m. in the University Center, Room 312. Those interested in attending can click here to RSVP.

Anyone who is interested in presenting a talk or giving a poster presentation, please contact Faiza Munawar at mfaiza1@umbc.edu. A $50 Amazon giftcard will be awarded to the best student speaker. The last date for abstract submission is Dec 10.

Wednesday, 1/14/15, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm, UC 312

This post originally appeared in UMBC Insights.

UMBC Alumnae in Daily Record’s 2014 Leading Women

Erin Appel ’00, political science, Erin O’Keefe ’10 M.P.P, public policy, and Angela Scott ’99, interdisciplinary studies, are among the 2014 Leading Women Winners. Leading Women honors women age 40 or younger for their career accomplishments. They were chosen for their professional experience, community involvement and a commitment to inspiring change.

Appel is a senior government relations associate for Capitol Strategies LLC and a court appointed special advocate who mentors a 17 year old boy in a residential treatment facility. O’Keefe is the director of the York Road Initiative, which addresses economic, physical and human needs along the Yong Road cooridor. Scott is an attorney and advisor for the U.S. Department of Health & Human Serices and was elected to the Maryland State Democratic Central Committee in 2010.

Click here to read more about the Leading Women winners.

This post originally appeared in UMBC Insights.

Earn Up To $400 This Winter Advising New Students

UMBC graduate students are needed to work as New Student Orientation Advisors during Winter 2015 with the Office for Academic and Pre-Professional Advising (OAPA). Advisors will be compensated directly at $100.00 per session. A daylong, comprehensive paid training will be provided for all Orientation Advisors. For additional information regarding the position and how to apply, please visit the OAPA website http://www.umbc.edu/advising/Fac_Staff/orientation. You may also contact Ms. Paula Ashby, Assistant Director, OAPA at ashby@umbc.edu or (410) 455-2451 with any questions.

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:  http://www.umbc.edu/gradschool/funding/grad_assist_course. 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.