Research for Social Change at URCAD


See what some of UMBC’s undergraduates are up to at URCAD!

Originally posted on BreakingGround:

Janet McGlynn is director of communication and outreach in UMBC’s Office of Undergraduate Education.

mcglynn_cropEach year I have the pleasure of organizing a unique forum for sharing students’ extraordinary research, creative projects and scholarly contributions to the common good. Undergraduate Research and Creative Achievement Day (URCAD) 2014 (Wednesday, April 23rd) will feature more than 200 presentations by UMBC students on projects spanning (and sometimes blending) the disciplines.

Some of the projects aimed at contributing in creative ways to positive social change include:

  • Evaluating the Efficacy of Low-Tech Processes in Removing Bacterial Contaminants from Drinking Water Supplies in Isongo, Kenya, by Dalton Hughes, Chris Mullen, Madison Bondoc and Hollie Adejumo (Mentor: Lee Blaney, Chemical, Biochemical and Environmental Engineering). This presentation explores water quality issues affecting a small village in Kenya visited by the students and their faculty mentor on a recent Engineers Without Borders trip, and proposes a method for removing…

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McNair Scholars’ Summer Research Institute Seeking Resident Graduate Assistant (App. due 4/25)

McNair Scholars’ Summer Research Institute is seeking Resident Graduate Assistant

Position Title:             Resident Graduate Assistant

Personnel Status:       Graduate Assistant (8 week position during summer program)

* Note: Position is for the period between June 1 and July 25, 2014

Department:               McNair Scholars Program at UMBC

Responsibilities:         The Resident Graduate Assistant works closely with the Assistant Director and the Research Coordinator of the McNair Scholars Program to implement all aspects of the McNair Summer Research Institute (SRI).  Specific duties include:

  • Supervising apartments occupied by the McNair Fellows
  • Enforcing the rules and regulations of the Office of Residential Life and the McNair Scholars Program
  • Planning cultural enrichment activities and accompanying Fellows on trips
  • Planning and implementing community building activities
  • Providing weekly status reports to the Program
  • Participating in SRI workshops and seminars
  • Assisting with administrative aspects of SRI and the McNair Research conference
  • Serving as a positive role model for Fellows
  • Performing other duties as assigned by McNair Staff

Qualifications:            A Bachelor’s degree with at least one year of graduate study is required.  Applicant must have demonstrated the ability and desire to work with students, staff, and faculty from a wide variety of racial, ethnic, cultural, and socioeconomic backgrounds.  Residential living experience and prior experience with Federal TRIO Programs is preferred.

Salary and Benefits: $4,722.00/ 8 weeks ($590.25/week) and campus housing for the 8 week period.

Application:               For full consideration, candidates must submit a cover letter, resume, and three professional references with contact information by Friday, April 25, 2014 to:

Dr. April L. Householder
Assistant Director
McNair Scholars Program
213 Math/Psychology Building
UMBC 1000 Hilltop Circle
Baltimore, MD  21250

(UMBC is an Equal Opportunity Employer)

UMBC Residential Life Searching for Three Graduate Assistants (App. due 4/18)

UMBC Residential Life is searching for three Graduate Assistants:

·         Community Development Graduate Assistant
·         Assistant Community Director
·         Graduate Assistant: Business Services

For specific information about each position, please visit the following link:

All applications are due on Friday, April 18th.

For more information, you may contact Amy Sine, Assistant Director of Residential Education at or 410-455-3932.

Volunteers Needed for Study about Engaged Graduate Education at UMBC

Are you a UMBC graduate student who is engaged with communities on or off campus through co-curricular activities, course work, and research? Consider participating in a study about engaged graduate education!

Share your experiences with engagement in graduate school during a 90-minute focus group. You may opt to participate in a 60-minute follow-up interview and/or a 90-minute potential action group.

You will receive $10 in cash for your participation in each stage (focus group, interview, action group).

Choose from three focus groups:

Friday, April 18, 2014: UC 310 (11am-12:30pm)
Monday, April 21, 2014: UC 310 (7:15pm – 8:45pm)
Wednesday, April 23, 2014: Commons 329 (5:15pm – 6:45pm)

Interviews and the potential action group will be scheduled based on your availability.

To RSVP and for questions email Romy Hübler, Ph.D. Candidate in Language, Literacy and Culture at

EHS Masters Student Sako Narita Provides Disaster Response in the Philippines

It was the middle of the night when Sako Narita received an urgent phone call from Japan with a request: a disaster response team headed for the Philippines after Typhoon Haiyan needed her expertise.

Read the full story here.

1st Annual LLC Graduate Student Conference: Rethinking Intellectual Activism (4/12)

Rethinking Intellectual Activism

We invite you to join us as we explore the potential meanings and practical implications of “intellectual activism,” which, as a political praxis of knowledge production, validation, and distribution, can take many different forms. By focusing on the notion of “intellectual activism,” the conference aims to open a critical discursive space to question and re-imagine the role of the university in maintaining and/or disrupting the systems and operations of power within and through which the institution functions. Click these links for more information about the conference, registration and schedule.

Keynote Speaker for the conference is Language, Literacy and Culture PhD program alumna, Dr. Kaye Wise Whitehead, Assistant Professor, Department of Communication, Loyola University; Baltimore, Maryland. Visit here for more information:

Saturday, 4/12/2014, 9:00 am – 6:30 pm, Performing Arts and Humanities Building (PAHB)

Summer Dissertation House at UMBC: July 8-11, 2014

Spend 4 days writing … make progress on your dissertation!

The Summer Dissertation House is coming to UMBC, July 8-11. Graduate students who plan to participate should follow the application procedures on the application webpage for the Dissertation House.

Open application period: Early bird May 12, 2014 – May 23, 2014. Late registration May 24, 2014 – May 31, 2014 (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 May 31, 2014 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, July 8 through Friday, July 11.
  • 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:

Read about The Dissertation House in UMBC’s Alumni Magazine: Byrne, R.  (2011, Fall) “The Write Stuff”, UMBC Magazine. p. 12

Please login to MyUMBC, click “I can attend” below, *AND* follow the  application procedures on the main website for the Dissertation House:

Tuesday – Friday, 7/8 -11/2014, All day, Commons 331