Category Archives: Of Special Interest to Graduate Program Directors & Coordinators

New Procedures for Biosafety/Recombinant DNA Research

The Office of Research Protections and Compliance (ORPC) has created a presentation for faculty, students and staff to describe the Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC) research review and application procedures, inform investigators of their role and responsibilities in this process, and provide guidance to investigators on steps to transition from the current biosafety review process to the new IBC’s application and review procedures.

Several dates are available for a “drop-in” session to learn more about the process. Click here to view the dates and to register.

ORPC staff also are available to meet with investigators individually or in a departmental setting. Please send a message to with the days and times available.


GPC Meeting Dates for Fall 2014 and Spring 2015

Graduate Program Coordinators (GPC) Meeting Schedule for Fall 2014 and Spring 2015

All meetings will be from 10:00 – 11:00 am (unless otherwise noted):

Fall 2014

Tuesday, September 16                 Commons 329
Tuesday, October 28                      Commons 331 – from 10:30 to 12:00
(Progressions Summary Screen and
Degree Audit demonstration)
Wednesday, November 19            Commons 331
Tuesday, December 9                    Commons 329

Spring 2015

Tuesday, February 17                     Commons 329
Wednesday, March 11                    Commons 329
Tuesday, April 14                            Commons 331
Wednesday, May 13                        Commons 329

GPD Meeting Dates for Fall 2014 and Spring 2015

Graduate Program Directors (GPD) Meeting Schedule for Fall 2014 and Spring 2015

All meetings will be held from 1:30 – 3:00 pm in the Albin O. Kuhn Library, 767 (unless otherwise noted).

Fall 2014

September         17
October               15
November          19
December           10

Spring 2015

February              18
March                   11
April                       15 (Location TBA)
May                       13

PROMISE Friends & Family Celebration of Graduates Cookout (5/3)

Come celebrate the graduates!!

Come out and join us at the annual PROMISE Maryland’s AGEP May “Friends and Family” Cookout and Celebration of Graduates. Graduate students and postdocs from UMBC, UM College Park, UMB, and other campuses within the University System of Maryland are invited. PROMISE students may bring guests … any family members or friends who have supported your journey in graduate school. PROMISE alumni, faculty, SSI Mentors-in-Residence, and “Friends of PROMISE” are invited to attend.

  • The event is free. It will span from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM.
  • The “Celebration of Grads Ceremony” will be held in the park at 3:00 PM.
  • Attire: casual.
  • Location:  Centennial Park Pavillion D
  • Located at the South or main entrance of Centennial Park off Route 108.

Here are directions to the park:,-76.861575&spn=0.008908,0.021136&oe=utf-8&client=firefox-a&t=m&z=16&iwloc=A

There are boats for rent, and other amenities that can be found in the following link:

Saturday, 5/3/14, 1:00 – 4:00 pm, Off-campus (Centennial Park, Columbia)

GPC Meeting Dates for the 2013 – 2014 Academic Year

Graduate Program Coordinators (GPC) meetings for the 2013 – 2014 academic year.

All meetings are scheduled for 2:00 – 3:00 pm in Administration 218.

Fall 2013

October 8, 2013
November 12, 2013
December 10, 2013

Spring 2014

February 11, 2014
March 11, 2014
April 8, 2014
May 13, 2014

GPD Meeting Dates for Fall 2013 and Spring 2014

Graduate Program Directors (GPD) Meeting Schedule for Fall 2013 and Spring 2014

All meetings will be held from 1:30 – 3:00 pm in the Albin O. Kuhn Library, 767 (unless otherwise noted).

Fall 2013

September 11, 2013
October 9, 2013
November 13, 2013
December 11, 2013

Spring 2014

February 12, 2014
March 12, 2014
April 9, 2014  *** change in location:  ITE 456
May 14, 2014

PROMISE Friends and Family Cookout & Celebration of 2013 Graduates (5/4)

Join us Saturday, May 4, 2013 for the PROMISE Friends & Family, and Celebration of Graduates Cookout!

High Ridge Park
10100 Superior Ave
Laurel, MD 20723

1:00 – 4:00 PM

(Rain Location: UMBC’s Game Room in the Commons)

Calling all graduate students, faculty, staff, alumni! Bring your family and friends to the annual PROMISE Cookout! Graduate students from all disciplines and all levels (1st year masters to doctoral candidate) are invited to participate!

This is an annual event! Feel free to bring games, cards, and athletic equipment. This park has the following amenities:

  • basketball      court
  • tennis      court
  • playground
  • open      grass play field

All PROMISE participants who are graduating from a masters or doctoral program from any school within the University System of Maryland will be celebrated! Send your name, school, department, and degree to Family and friends are invited to celebrate with you.

This event is free, but please register so that we can have an accurate count and can use our funds wisely.

Please register for the cookout here:

Eventbrite - PROMISE Friends and Family Cookout & Celebration of Graduates 2013

PROMISE: Maryland’s AGEP

Saturday, 5/4/13, 1:00 – 4:00 pm, Laurel, MD