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Research for Social Change at URCAD

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


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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Graduate Students/Postdocs: “Radio Research” (2/23)

Barrett Whitener’s Saturday Lunch Seminar on Public Speaking

Barrett Whitener returns once again to work with graduate students on public peaking skills. In this seminar, you will learn how to give a synopsis of your work to an audience, WITHOUT a powerpoint presentation. You will be coached to present your work to an audience as if you were being interviewed on the radio. This seminar debuted at one of the first PROMISE Summer Success Institutes at the Sheraton Hotel in Columbia. It was very popular, and we are able to bring it back this year. Whitener conducted our “Confident Public Speaking” seminar in 2012. Graduate students from all disciplines are invited to attend this Feb. 23, 2013 Special Saturday Success Seminar.

Please RSVP here:

Saturday, 2/23/13, 12:30 – 2:00 pm, Public Policy 206

UMBC Insights Weekly

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month and we’re doing our part on campus to create awareness about this important topic. Did you know that every 2 minutes in the United States someone is sexually assaulted. This year’s national theme focuses on promoting healthy sexuality as a means to reduce gender based violence so we’ve included several events that focus on positive sexuality as well.

Please follow this link to download the flier:

We hope that you will try to make it out to a few of our events! All events are open to the public. Feel free to pass along information. For questions, contact Mickey Arora at or Jess Myers at

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Postdoc and Faculty Jobs “Down Under.” Consider Australia!

We have several alumni who have taken postdocs and faculty positions outside of the U.S.  For example, some of our recent Dissertation House graduates are in postdoctoral or faculty positions in France, Egypt, Argentina and other places around the world.  Some of our Summer Success Institute speakers have also taken time to work overseas.  For example, Dr. Hector Carlo (recently received tenure) and Dr. Cristina Pomales of the Industrial Engineering Department at the University of Puerto Rico Mayagüez, are now visiting professors at the University of Groningen in the Netherlands.

On March 7, 2012, 12-2PM, in Commons 329, UMBC will sponsor a seminar on what it is like to work at universities in other countries.  This workshop is sponsored as part of the “PROF-it: Professors-in-Training” and “PBB: Professors Beyond Borders” divisions of PROMISE. The workshop will feature faculty who have worked at other universities outside of the U.S. We look forward to learning from their experiences.

Dr. Robert Deluty, Associate Dean of The Graduate School at UMBC and Associate Professor of Psychology, has shared the following listings (available at  with us to provide information to all graduate students and postdocs.  Please share these listings with your friends and colleagues.  When you read the listings,  please note that “departments” are referred to as “faculties”, so a U.S. “Department of Engineering” would be referred to as  ”Faculty of Engineering.”

Consider something new!  Consider Australia!

This post attributed to PROMISE: Maryland’s AGEP:

December 2011 Graduate School Commencement Ceremony (12/21)

The December 2011 commencement exercises for graduate students will take place on Wednesday, December 21 at 10:00 a.m., in the Retriever Activities Center (RAC).  The program will include remarks by President Freeman Hrabowski, III, other university greetings, the conferral of degrees, and the hooding of doctoral candidates by their mentors.

For more information, visit the Winter 2011 Commencement Overview.

Wednesday, 12/21/11, 10:00 am, Retriever Activities Center (RAC)

Dissertation House Winter 2012 (1/17-20)

A Good Dissertation is a Done Dissertation!

If you are a Graduate Student at UMBC, and if you are working on your  graduate school courses, proposal, or dissertation, then this event is for you!

The on-campus setting provides Dissertation House participants with productive and rewarding scholastic engagement. Students who participate in this program will spend each day thinking, writing, and sharing ideas about their doctoral dissertations. Students will learn effective time-management skills; learn how to set small manageable goals, and will meet with a dissertation coach in one-on-one consultations to discuss and address obstacles that might prevent them completing their degrees.

This is a weekday (9 a.m. – 5 p.m., non-residential) commitment set for the week of Tuesday, January 17 – Friday, January 20, 2012.

This information and other details about the Dissertation House can be found on:

Applications Due:  Friday, December 16, 2011 (Extended and Final Deadline!)

RSVP and find additional application instructions here.

Tuesday – Friday, 1/17/12 – 1/20/12, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm, Commons 329

Fall 2011 Evening Orientation for New Graduate Students (8/24)

Welcome to UMBC!

An Evening Orientation for those students who could not attend on August 15th, will be August 24, 2011 in Lecture Hall 9, Public Policy Building beginning at 4:30 p.m.  View the schedule here: 8-24-11 Evening Graduate Orientation.

Maps of the campus can be found at

If you have any questions, please contact Lisa Portis Morgan at or 410-455-8142.

Wednesday, 8/24/11, 4:30 pm, Public Policy LH9