Category Archives: Announcements

Career-Life Balance Launch & Coffee Hour (5/6)

Enjoy refreshments, learn about policies that support you!

On May 6, 2015, the Career-Life Balance (CLB) Initiative will be launching at UMBC! Everyone is invited to attend! The event will be held in the AOK Library on the 7th floor open area from 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM. UMBC’s President, Dr. Freeman Hrabowski, and other campus leaders will be providing remarks at this event to share information such as leave policies, e.g., family matters/maternity/vacation, and other initiatives on campus that make career-life balance one of UMBC’s values.

At the Career-Life Balance Launch, other organizations that advocate career-life balance and wellness of the individual will be present as well. We will have representatives from the following organizations at our event:

  • Counseling Center
  • Fitness and Wellness @ UMBC
  • Health and Wellness Initiative
  • Healthy Retrievers
  • Human Resources
  • UMBC Police
  • The Graduate School (Assistant Dean for Administration, Policy & Compliance)
  • University Health Services
  • Voices Against Violence Program

Please RSVP here:

Wednesday, 5/6/15, 3:00 – 4:00 pm, Albin O. Kuhn Library 7th Floor


GSA Awards Banquet (4/30)

Please join us for the Graduate Student Association’s 10th Annual Awards Ceremony where we celebrate our year as well as the following recipients who positively impacted the graduate student community!

  • GSA Senator of the Year – Jonathan Graf, Applied Mathematics and Statistics
  • GSO of the Year –  Bangladeshi Student Association (BSA)
  • Jessica Soto-Perez Award for Graduate Student of the Year – Romy Hübler, Language, Literacy and Culture
  • Faculty Member of the Year – Dr. Lee Blaney, Chemical, Biochemical and Environmental Engineering
  • Staff Member of the Year – Kathleen Coleman, Graduate School

This event will take place on Thursday, April 30th from 5:00 pm-6:30 pm in the Library Gallery:

5:00 pm- 5:30 pm Reception
5:30 pm- 6:00 pm Ceremony
6:00 pm- 6:30 pm Mingle/Chat & Pictures

The dress code for the event is business casual.

Register for the event here. The information that you provide will be used to create your name tag. Registration deadline is Wednesday, April 29th.


Thursday, 4/30/15, 5:00 – 6:30 pm, Albin O.Kuhn Library Gallery

Dinner will be served.

Volunteers Needed for Spring Commencement Ceremonies (5/20 & 5/21)

It’s the time of the year when we ask for your help with May Commencements!  This year, the Undergraduate ceremony at the Royal Farms Arena (previously the Baltimore Arena) will be held on Thursday, May 21.

To volunteer, click here, select “Undergraduate Ceremony” and register.  You will see a brief description of the jobs available and the number of staff needed. If you prefer a particular job, sign up now before they are filled. You will receive a confirmation e-mail after you submit your selection.

Volunteer training for the undergraduate ceremony is scheduled for Tuesday, May 19  at 2:00 pm in the RAC. Transportation will be provided to the Arena on the day of commencement with the bus leaving Commons Drive Circle at 9:30 a.m. and returning 30 minutes after the ceremony.

Volunteers are also needed to help with the Graduate School Ceremony scheduled for Wednesday, May 21 at 10:00 am in the RAC.  You may use the same link as above and just select “Graduate Ceremony”.

If you have questions regarding the Undergraduate ceremony, contact Erin Johnson at or ext. 5-5897.  For questions regarding the Graduate School ceremony, contact Lisa Portis Morgan at or ext. 5-8142.

To celebrate your efforts, we will once again host a Commencement Volunteer Thank You in January for those of you who assist with the May and/or December ceremony.  Look for further information in the late Fall.

Professional Graduate Programs Open House (4/29)

Join us to learn about UMBC Professional Graduate Programs

Join the Professional Graduate Programs Open House to meet program directors, alumni and students from UMBC Professional Graduate Programs, and learn about industry trends and opportunities. Representatives from Financial Aid, Veteran Affairs, the Graduate School, and others will be on hand to answer your questions. The Open House will include breakout information sessions that will focus on Graduate Programs at UMBC’s campus in Catonsville, including:

  • Biotechnology
  • Cybersecurity
  • Engineering Management
  • Health Information Technology
  • Systems Engineering


Wednesday, 4/29/15, 5:30 – 8:00 pm,
UMBC’s South Campus (bwtech@UMBC South)
1450 South Rolling Road
Halethorpe, MD 21227

Save the Date – Orientation for New Graduate Students (8/13/15)

Save the Date!

Orientation for New Graduate Students for Fall 2015 will be held on Thursday, August 13, 2015.

The Graduate School Accepting Applications for Summer 2015 Dissertation Fellowship

Application Deadline:  Friday, May 1, 2015

The Dissertation Fellowship is designed to provide doctoral candidates at UMBC an opportunity to devote the necessary concentration and attention towards finishing the writing of their dissertations.  The Fellowship is specifically designed for students with full-time jobs off-campus, for those without any financial support who are making steady progress with their writing, and for whom having additional time and resources would permit them to complete the process more expeditiously.  This Fellowship is not available as an option for students with available graduate assistantship support.

The Dissertation Fellowship could provide promising doctoral candidates with financial support so that they may reduce their current obligations and partially offset any reductions in salary or increases in expenses.  No additional work assignments other than work on the dissertation are to be associated with this support.

Priority will be given to students who demonstrate that the Fellowship will allow them the needed time to complete their writing and to make revisions in time to defend the work within a realistic but expeditious time frame.  Awards will be made to students who have demonstrated a commitment to provide at least 20 hours per week for an entire academic semester to writing the dissertation.

Dissertation Fellowship awards are available for Summer 2015. The duration of an award is for one semester.  The maximum level of support for Fall is a total stipend of $2,996.32 per Fellowship plus tuition remission for two credits of 899.

To be considered for a Dissertation Fellowship, the Ph.D. candidate must:

  • be in good academic standing;
  • provide a letter of support from the Chair of the Dissertation Committee that

1)  describes the state of the dissertation and the probable impact of receipt of the Fellowship on the progress toward completion; and,
2) verifies that no UMBC-administered financial support is available for the student;

  • provide, if employed outside the university, written evidence from the student’s employer indicating the employer’s willingness to reduce job time and duties in order for the student to participate in the Fellowship;
  • submit a dissertation abstract of no more than two pages in length; and
  • submit a 1-2 page management plan signed by the Chair of the Dissertation Committee describing the status of the dissertation work, the steps required to complete the work, and the feasible time line for completion.

Applications for Summer 2015 Dissertation Fellowships will be accepted by the Office of the Associate Dean of the Graduate School until 4:30 p.m., Friday, May 1, 2015.  A committee consisting of three members of the Graduate School Leadership Team will review applications and announce recipients of the Fellowship by May 8, 2015.  Selection will be based on the extent of convincing evidence that the award will provide the critical element need to complete the dissertation.

Visit the Graduate School’s website at: for the updated announcement and application.

UMBC’s MFA Exhibition INCIDENTAL MATTERS opens Thursday, March 26th

MARCH 24 – April 10, 2015

An exhibition of Emerging Artists from the Intermedia + Digital Arts (IMDA) MFA Program at UMBC

Featuring 2015 MFA Thesis candidates:

Tim (Silouan) Bubb, Chanan Delivuk, Kata Frederick, Jason Hughes, Meghan Marx, and Victor E. Torres

Opening Reception – Thursday, March 26, 5 to 7 pm

Exhibition Venues:

Jordan Faye Contemporary and Maryland Art Place (MAP)
218 West Saratoga Street
(First + Fifth Floors)

Current Space
421 North Howard Street

Hours: Tuesday through Saturday, 12 noon to 5 pm, or by appointment

Oral MFA Examinations will be open to the public, times/days TBA

For more information contact: ( / 410.455-4290) (443.955.1547) ( / 410.962.8565) (

In collaboration with Current Space, Jordan Faye Contemporary, and Maryland Art Place and in partnership with the Bromo Arts & Entertainment District, we are pleased to introduce INCIDENTAL MATTERS. This exhibition features six MFA candidates hosted by UMBC’s Center for Art, Design and Visual Culture and the Department of Visual Arts.

The venues for INCIDENTAL MATTERS are located within a short alley walk from each other in two buildings in Baltimore’s downtown Bromo Arts & Entertainment District. INCIDENTAL MATTERS is grateful for the support of UMBC’s College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences.

For directions and additional information, please refer to UMBC’s Arts and Culture Calendar.