Daily Archives: October 4, 2010

Report Cites UMBC as a National Leader in Preparing African American Undergraduates to Complete Ph.D.s in the Natural Sciences and Engineering

UMBC President Freeman A. Hrabowski chaired a National Research Council panel which presented its report titled “Expanding Underrepresented Minority Participation: America’s Science and Technology Talent at the Crossroads” last Thursday in Washington. 

UMBC is a national leader in efforts to prepare underrepresented minorities to pursue careers in the natural sciences and engineering, according to a new report from the National Research Council.  The congressionally mandated report notes that UMBC is among the top U.S. institutions – and the top producer among predominantly white institutions – for preparing African Americans who went on to complete doctorates in the natural sciences and engineering between 2002 and 2006.

Read UMBC’s news release, with link to the full report, here.


Ph.D. Candidacy Reception (11/4)

A reception to recognize new doctoral candidates.

The 2010 Ph.D. Candidacy Reception will take place on November 4, 2010 in the University Center Ballroom to honor and recognize Ph.D. students who have achieved candidacy status. 

Thursday, 11/4/10, 5:30 – 7:30 pm (program begins at 6 pm), UC Ballroom

Success Seminar: Responsible Conduct of Research and the IRB (Change in date: now 10/26)

Every graduate student needs to know the guidelines for academic integrity and responsible conduct of research.  Depending on the discipline, students need to know about rules and regulations for conducting research using animals or humans (including surveys) and details related to ownership of work.

Speakers will be:

•  Timothy Sparklin, Director, Human and Animal Research Protections Office
• Wendy Martin, Director, Office of Technology Development
• Reference Librarians from the AOK Library

Let us know you’re coming at:  http://my.umbc.edu/groups/promise/events/4751

Wednesday, 10/26/10, 1:00 – 2:00 pm, Commons 331

Lunch will be served (Free!)

Success Seminar: “When Faculty Say ‘x’, They Really Mean ‘y’.” (10/22)

Part IV: Understanding Your Professors and Their Requirements

You asked for it, and we’re giving it to you … conversations with faculty!  Each year, PROMISE and the Graduate School host a dinner seminar that
allows graduate students to ask questions of faculty.  This is your chance to ask the faculty any questions about expectations, understanding requirements, how they say “no”, how they show their approval, etc.

To RSVP, click the “paw” at:  http://my.umbc.edu/groups/promise/events/4750

Please follow the directions and submit a question … either on the myUMBC page, or anonymously at http://promisecommunitybuilding.blogspot.com/.
Professors will be present to answer your questions!

Friday, 10/22/10, 4:30 – 6:00 pm, Academic IV, Lecture Hall 4

Dinner will be served (Free!)

Cybersecurity Graduate Info Session (10/13)

Whether you already have a degree in an information technology discipline or are seeking to enter the cybersecurity field from another profession, UMBC’s new cybersecurity graduate programs will leverage your experience and provide a range of opportunities in the cybersecurity marketplace.

Wednesday, 10/13/10, 12:00 – 1:00 pm, ITE Building, Room 456

To RSVP:  professionals@umbc.edu

For more information about our graduate programs in Cybersecurity, click here.

Systems Engineering & Engineering Management Graduate Info Session (10/20)

Are you interested in taking your engineering career to the next level?  Do you want to improve your technical skills, as well as your managerial and business skills? Then you may want to consider UMBC’s Master of Science in Engineering Management or Certificate in Engineering Management. These programs are designed to help you maximize your technical and business skills in order to be more successful in your profession and are ideally suited to engineers employed in technology-oriented enterprises or government programs. 

Wednesday, 10/20/10, 12:00 – 1:00 pm, ITE Building, Room 456

To RSVP:  professionals@umbc.edu

For more information about our graduate programs in Systems Engineering & Engineering Management, click here.

Biotechnology Graduate Info Session (10/27)

UMBC has strong academic programs in the life sciences led by a distinguished faculty of nearly fifty members spanning the Departments of Biological Sciences, Chemistry and Biochemistry, and Chemical and Biochemical Engineering. This established academic and research expertise in the biosciences provides a foundation for programs in biotechnology management and biochemical regulatory engineering.

Wednesday, 10/27/10, 12:00 – 1:00 pm, ACIV Building, B wing, Room 477 

To RSVP:  professionals@umbc.edu

For more information about our graduate programs in Biotechnology, click here.