PROMISE Opening Meeting/Dinner Friday, Sept. 14, 2012 – UMBC Game Room! Faculty, postdocs, grad students, and staff – all welcome!

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PROMISE: Maryland’s AGEP is dedicated to increasing the numbers and diversity of Ph.D.s in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math fields. PROMISE also provides a strong support system for underrepresented students of all fields, and for all graduate students. Come out for dinner and connections.

We have continually heard many of the same questions:

  • Does UMBC have any other students who went to HBCUs, Hispanic-Serving Institutions, or Native American Universities or Tribal Colleges?
  • I came from a small town in the south. Are there any other students from Georgia or North Carolina?
  • Are there any other students from the Caribbean?
  • I heard that there are only a few graduate students from the African Diaspora, where are they?
  • I miss being able to hear and speak Spanish. Where are the other students from Puerto Rico, Mexico, or South America?
The answer for each of the questions above is yes … we have graduate students from these diverse backgrounds and you can meet or re-connect with them at the PROMISE Opening Meeting!

This connection meeting will allow you to meet other students, staff, postdocs, and faculty members who also have similar experiences. Did you know that some of our faculty and staff are also from HBCUs, MSIs (Minority-Serving Institutions) or South America, or had the same kinds of experiences that you may be having now? Come out and meet them! We have faculty, postdocs, staff, and graduate students from Colombia, Panama, Puerto Rico, Mexico, Spain, etc. We have members in our community who went to either undergrad or grad school or taught at Howard, FAMU, NC A&T, and more! We have people who have been active in the National Society of Black Engineers, Society for the Advancement of Chicano and Native American Scientists, the Compact for Faculty Diversity (includes social sciences and education programs), and other organizations that serve the needs of populations that are underrepresented in a variety of disciplines! Come on out and meet peers and mentors!

Dinner will be served. Please feel free to bring your family members, including children. If you are bringing family members, please let us know how many in the comments below. Children of our students always love it when we have programs in the game room!

RSVP today! 
Students from UMBC should RSVP on http://my.umbc.edu/groups/promise/events/13055.  Students from other schools may RSVP by writing a comment below this post.  (Please RSVP so that we can order the right amount of food. We serve a full hot dinner at the PROMISE Opening Meeting.)
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Author:Renetta Garrison Tull

Dr. Renetta Garrison Tull is the Associate Vice Provost for Graduate Student Development & Postdoctoral Affairs at the UMBC: An Honors University in Maryland (http://www.umbc.edu), and the Director of PROMISE: Maryland’s Alliance for Graduate Education and the Professoriate (AGEP) – http://www.umbc.edu/promise. The PROMISE AGEP includes alliance members: UMBC, the University of Maryland Baltimore, and the University of Maryland College Park. She is passionate about training postdocs for careers, cultivating new graduate students in the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) fields, retention of all graduate students, and Ph.D. Completion. She speaks nationally on these topics, and has projects in Maryland, Pittsburgh, and Puerto Rico. Her personal website is: http://renettatull.wordpress.com.

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PROMISE: Maryland's Alliance for Graduate Education and the Professoriate (AGEP) is a support system for graduate students and postdoctoral fellows in Maryland. PROMISE is one of the 22+ AGEPs in the United States. PROMISE, through AGEP, is a program of the National Science Foundation.

9 Comments on “PROMISE Opening Meeting/Dinner Friday, Sept. 14, 2012 – UMBC Game Room! Faculty, postdocs, grad students, and staff – all welcome!”

  1. Lynnae C. Quick
    September 4, 2012 at 7:06 PM #

    I’m looking forward to attending!

    L.Quick
    Johns Hopkins University

  2. Tina Thomas
    September 5, 2012 at 12:25 AM #

    I would love to come and attend with my husband and 2 children. (4 total)

    Tina S. Thomas, B.S
    Salisbury University

  3. September 5, 2012 at 8:40 AM #

    Parking and Directions:

    http://promisesuccessseminars.wordpress.com/directions-to-campuses/

    (Note that parking at UMBC is free on Fridays after 3:30 PM at unmetered, open spaces.)

  4. YA
    September 7, 2012 at 4:15 PM #

    I am planning to attend with spouse and child (3 total).

  5. Lynette
    September 11, 2012 at 2:22 PM #

    I plan to attend with my husband (2 total)

  6. Francine Morris
    September 13, 2012 at 10:00 AM #

    If it isn’t too late. I would like to attend the event

  7. Tess Gilbert
    September 13, 2012 at 1:36 PM #

    I am attending with my boyfriend, Genaro Hernandez, who is a UMBC PhD student. Thanks!

  8. September 13, 2012 at 11:13 PM #

    Thanks everyone. We’re looking forward to seeing you!

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