Category Archives: Of Special Interest to Graduate Students

Division of Professional Studies at UMBC Seeking Marketing Graduate Assistant

Job Title:

Marketing Graduate Assistant for the Division of Professional Studies at UMBC.

Typical Duties:

  • Manage data entry and maintain large amounts of data
  • Assist with department reporting initiatives through research and analysis of data, and present findings through clear reporting
  • Assist with email marketing campaigns, including: maintaining email schedules, testing emails, overseeing email distributions and managing email lists
  • Assist in gathering content for social media marketing
  • Help maintain various myUMBC accounts by regularly posting content
  • Occasionally designing flyers and hand-outs and distribute flyers across campus
  • Represent the department at various in-person events
  • Assist/participate in other day-to-day marketing projects, such as survey production, office organization and brainstorming sessions


  • An outgoing and responsible graduate student, or senior who plans to stay at UMBC for graduate school
  • Organized, efficient and able to manage several projects simultaneously
  • Efficient at using the internet and other resources for research
  • Capable of compiling and presenting research to the marketing team
  • Capable of writing and communicating clearly
  • Have a basic understanding of marketing
  • Skills in graphic design, writing or past experience in social media marketing a plus

The chosen candidate can begin during spring/summer 2015 at an intern status. Full graduate assistant position offered starting Fall 2015. Interested candidates can email by 5/11/15: No in-person applications accepted.

About the Division of Professional Studies:

The Division of Professional Studies at UMBC offers a variety of high-quality master’s, graduate certificates, special courses and non-degree training programs. Building on UMBC’s strength in cutting-edge research and academic excellence, these programs provide relevant skills, knowledge and credentials in high-demand areas of study.


Graduate Student Innovation in Involvement Grant

The GSA is releasing a call for applications for our second bi-annual Graduate Student Innovation in Involvement (GSII) Grant.


The GSII grant should help to enhance graduate student involvement and presence at UMBC; both for the betterment of shared communities and grad students themselves. The goal of this grant is to fund programs and initiatives which cross-cut a variety of university agents (undergraduates, faculty, departments, etc…) and our extended communities (Catonsville, Baltimore, Maryland, etc…).  Successful grants will serve to connect and grow these various communities through graduate student ambassadorship.  These grants will help to reshape the role of the graduate student in both academia and society for the betterment of all.  This is a competitive grant, awarded twice annually, that would allow the GSA executive board to provide targeted funding to other graduate student leaders who have interesting and innovative ideas or initiatives that will help enhance graduate student culture at UMBC.


Successful proposals should achieve one (or more) of the following goals:

  • Seek to expand the role of graduate students within the university.

  • Enhance intercultural and interdisciplinary endeavors which build communication and relationships with members of the inner-UMBC community.

  • Promote academic ambassadorship through graduate student interactions between departments, colleges, and with external communities.

  • Generate summer and winter session student activities or events to build UMBC into a bustling “year-round campus”.

Grant awards are at maximum $5000 with two grants awarded per year. Proposal expenses have to be justified by a line-item budget breakdown.  Simply requesting the maximum funds without reasonable justification is not acceptable.  The executive board reserves the right to adjust budgets to align with university policies.

The grant submission deadline for fall and winter grants is on May 30th, 2015.
More information about how the requirements for this grant and how to apply for it can be found on our website

On-Campus, Paid Summer Sustainability Internships

UMBC Sustainability Matters is pleased to announce that we will have two internship opportunities to help UMBC become more sustainable this summer:

Outreach & Graphic Design Intern:

We are looking for a student who is passionate about sustainability, persuasive marketing, photography and/or graphic design to help design and implement marketing materials to expand campus sustainability awareness efforts. Outdoor interpretative signs, indoor prompts, and display materials are examples of projects which will be assigned. This position will report to the Sustainability Coordinator. Must be able to commit to at least 10 hours per week.

Research & Grant Writing Intern:

This student will assist in researching and compiling funding sources, grants, and opportunities for renewable energy, energy efficiency, and effective behavior change tactics for UMBC. This information will be used in efforts to update UMBC’s Climate Action Plan and assist in carbon emissions reductions initiatives. They will also have the opportunity to assist in writing grant applications. Must be able to commit to at least 10 hours per week.

If these opportunities interest you, please submit a cover letter stating your interests and qualifications, your resume, and a writing or design sample (depending on which internship you would like to peruse). If you know of any current UMBC students who might be interested, please pass this along.

Must be able to work at least 10 hrs/week in the office during office hours (between 9am-5pm). Weekly one hour meetings with the sustainability coordinator are required. Candidates should be able to work both independently and collaboratively. Interns will also be asked to assist in outreach to students, staff and faculty as needed. An hourly wage will be provided, and earning academic credit for internships is possible.

In Fall of 2015 we will also be seeking an Eco-Ambassador Coordinator intern as well as new Eco-Ambassadors.

For more information please contact:

Tanvi Gadhia
Environmental Sustainability Coordinator
Room 930, Administration Building, UMBC
410-455-3896 |

GSA CV/Resume Writing Workshop (4/29)

On behalf of the GSA Senate Professional Development Committee, we would like to invite all graduate students to attend the upcoming CV/resume writing workshop that will be held on April 29, 2015 (Wednesday), at 5:30pm in UC 310.
GSA Resume Writing Workshop
Ms. Susan Hindle from the UMBC Career Services Center will be giving tips on how to effectively write a resume/CV, which will be beneficial to all graduate students, especially if they are in their last year of their graduate study and are already in the process of applying for jobs.
Please forward to any graduate student that might be interested in attending. Enjoy this great opportunity, as well as good food!
Thank you very much and see you all on the 29th!
Best regards,
GSA Senate Professional Development Committee
Wednesday, 4/29/15, 5:30 pm, UC310

USM Women’s Forum Scholarship and Award Opportunities (6/30 Deadline)


The USM Women’s Forum Student Scholarship (up to $500) is open to all students enrolled/attending a USM institution for the fall semester of the year scholarship application. To be eligible for the award, you must have earned a total of 48 undergraduate OR 9 graduate credits, have a minimum GPA of 3.0 at your USM institution, be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident, and have demonstrated financial need. One scholarship per lifetime.

The scholarship is open to both men and women. Application materials must be received by June 30th in order to be considered for the award.

The USM Women’s Forum Professional Staff Development Award (up to $500) provides funding to eligible staff members currently employed at USM institutions for a minimum of five (5) years cumulative service (with verification of employment supported by the applicant’s USM institution’s Human Resources Department). The USMWF wishes to encourage and enable staff to pursue training and/or professional development activities to enhance current job skills and/or seek career advancement opportunities. Funding can be used for non-credit courses and conferences.

The award is open to both men and women. Application materials must be received by June 30th in order to be considered for the award.

The USM Women’s Forum Faculty Research Award (up to $1000) is designed to provide a funding opportunity for faculty who are pursuing research on women’s experiences: social, scientific, economic, political, and health conditions that impact women. All faculty who hold an academic appointment at any of the USM institutions may apply with preference given to junior faculty members at the rank of assistant professor, research associate, or instructor. In addition, faculty must be within five years of their appointment. Only one proposal per investigator will be considered.

The award is open to both men and women. Application materials must be received by June 30th in order to be considered for the award.

This post originally appeared in UMBC Insights.

NIH Women Scientist Advisors (WSA) Mini Symposium (5/7)

Dr. Elizabeth Murphy and Dr. Courtney Fitzhugh

Reprinted from the Meyerhoff Graduate Fellows MyUMBC page,

We invite all graduate students and postdoctoral fellows to attend this session with Drs. Elizabeth Murphy and Courtney Fitzhugh.

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Please join us! 

Drs. Elizabeth Murphy, Senior Investigator, Laboratory of Cardiac Physiology and  Courtney Fitzhugh, Assistant Clinical Investigator, Laboratory of Sickle Mortality Prevention of the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) and members of the Women Scientist Advisors group at NIH will host a mini symposium at UMBC.

Elizabeth Murphy, Ph.D.  

Elizabeth Murphy received her B.A. in 1974 and her Ph.D. in biochemistry/biophysics in 1980 from the University of Pennsylvania, where she was also a research fellow. From 1980 to 1983, she was a postdoctoral fellow and assistant research professor at Duke University Medical Center (DUMC). Before joining the NHLBI in 2006 as the head of the Cardiac Physiology Section, she was the head of the Cell Biology Group at the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences. She was an adjunct professor in the Division of Physiology, Department of Cell Biology at DUMC between 1984 and 2009. She became a Fellow of the American Heart Association in 2001 and a Fellow of the International Society for Heart Research in 2007; she received the NHLBI Award for Outstanding Mentorship in 2011. Dr. Murphy has authored or co-authored more than 125 papers and more than 45 invited chapters and reviews. She is senior guest editor for Circulation, a consulting editor for Circulation Research, and associate editor for the Journal of Molecular and Cellular Cardiology. Dr. Murphy is a member of the American Heart Association-Council of Basic Cardiovascular Research, American Physiological Society, and International Society for Heart Research.

Research Interests

In the heart, interruption of the blood supply  can result in cardiac cell death and irreversible muscle damage. Dr. Murphy’s laboratory studies the molecular mechanisms involved in cardiac cell death, as well as the mechanisms that protect the heart against damage. The knowledge gained from these studies may help identify novel therapies to reduce cardiac injury during ischemia and reperfusion.

Courtney Fitzhugh, M.D.

Courtney Fitzhugh received her B.S. magna cum laude from the University of California, Los Angeles in 1996, and her M.D. from the University of California, San Francisco in 2001. During medical school, Dr. Fitzhugh participated in the NIH Clinical Research Training Program, where she studied with Dr. John Tisdale at the NHLBI. After receiving her M.D., Dr. Fitzhugh completed a joint residency in internal medicine and pediatrics at Duke University Medical Center, and in 2005 she did a combined adult hematology and pediatric hematology-oncology fellowship at the NIH and Johns Hopkins Hospital. Dr. Fitzhugh returned to the NHLBI in 2007 and was appointed as Assistant Clinical Investigator in 2012. She is a member of the American Society of Hematology.

Research Interests

Dr. Fitzhugh is exploring new avenues of hematopoietic stem cell (HSC) transplantation for sickle cell disease (SCD), while also studying the currently underexplored cardiovascular complications arising due to this genetic blood disorder.

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All graduate students and postdoctoral fellows are welcome to attend. Faculty, alumni and staff who are interested are also welcome to join us.

AFTER THE TALK YOU WILL HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO TALK TO THE SPEAKERS AT THE “CHAT AND CHEW” at 1:00 PM in Chemistry 241. Light lunch will be served. For RSVP please send an email to Justine Johnson to with subject: “Chat and Chew RSVP”.

Thursday, 5/7/15, 12:00 – 2:00 pm, Meyerhoff Chemistry Building 120

Grad Students – Earn $1900 Advising New Students!

Faculty, staff, and graduate students are needed to work as New Student Orientation Advisors during Summer 2015 with the Office for Academic and Pre-Professional Advising (OAPA).


Graduate students and 9½ month faculty members will be compensated directly at $100.00 per session. 12 month faculty members’ compensations will be sent to their Departments. Staff members are not eligible to receive additional compensation. Comprehensive training will be provided for all Orientation Advisors.

For additional information regarding the position and to apply, please visit the OAPA website. You may also contact Ms. Paula Ashby, Assistant Director, OAPA at or (410) 455-2451 with questions.