PROMISE is going to Atlanta in October 2014 for the SREB Compact for Faculty Diversity! Do you want to go?

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We’re heading to the ATL this coming October 2014 for the SREB Compact! If you went to the PROMISE SSI this year, think of The Compact as PROMISE SSI quadrupled! Yes, there are nearly 1000 students from around the country at the conference. As a group, PROMISE has traveled with graduate students to past SREB conferences in Atlanta, Tampa, and Crystal City. This year, we return to Atlanta. In order to go, you need to be nominated by the PROMISE AGEP. Read some of our former posts for the SREB conference here

YOU have a chance to go with us to Atlanta, but PROMISE must nominate you. You cannot nominate yourself. We guarantee that we will take at least 8 people; we may take more. One year, we had so many great responses that we received additional funding and we took 30 people!

Here are some facts about the conference:

  1.  This is the 21st Institute on TEACHING AND MENTORING/Compact for Faculty Diversity, October 30 – November 2 , 2014, Omni CNN Center, Atlanta, GA. We tend to refer to this conference as “SREB.” 
  1. Scholars nominated to attend the Institute should ONLY be individuals who have an expressed interest in pursuing a career as faculty in a college or university (any postsecondary institution.) All of the sessions at the Institute will focus on topics and issues related to teaching at the postsecondary level. Consequently, scholars who are not interested in becoming a member of the faculty at the postsecondary level will not benefit from attending this Institute.
  1. Nominated scholars must be minority or underserved STEM majors enrolled in a Ph.D. program. SREB will not accept nominations from students. (We will consider select masters students who are on track for Ph.D. programs. Note that Social Sciences are part of the “Science” in STEM.)
  1. The conference will be in Atlanta, GA. Hotel rooms at the CNN Omni Center will be available at no cost to you. Single rooms will not be available for scholars. Students will be placed in double rooms. 
  2. UMBC’s President, Dr. Freeman Hrabowski will be this year’s Keynote Speaker. 
  3. Nominees must be part of the PROMISE: AGEP-T. This means that you must be a graduate student at one of the institutions within the University System of Maryland. If you are interested, you must show evidence of participation in a PROMISE AGEP event prior to September 8, 2014. 

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TO APPLY: 

Write a comment to this post (below) with the following information (do not send email, email will not count). Please follow this order:

a) YOUR NAME

b) University & Department (no abbreviations). You must be a graduate student in a STEM field from one of the universities listed here: http://www.usmd.edu/institutions/. Include the link for your department and your laboratory.

c) Provide at least one link for your professional website. If you have more than one, you may provide up to three links, e.g., LinkedIn, department website.

d) Planned year of graduation for your PhD

e) One paragraph that describes the reason why you want to be a professor.

f) Which PROMISE events have you attended, and what have you learned?

g) If you’ve been “The Compact” in the past, what did you learn? 

Once you apply using this format, send an email to promisestaff@gmail.com with the subject “SREB 2014 application, now online” so that we will have your email logged in our database for this event.  

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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.

32 Comments on “PROMISE is going to Atlanta in October 2014 for the SREB Compact for Faculty Diversity! Do you want to go?”

  1. August 28, 2014 at 6:33 AM #

    Name : Marisa Franco
    University/Department: University of Maryland College Park, Psychology
    Professional Website: http://marisafrancoumcp.weebly.com/

    https://www.linkedin.com/pub/marisa-franco/99/717/791

    Planned year of graduation: 2017
    Reason I want to be a professor: I want to be a professor because of the impact that this position has on the lives of others. As a researcher in psychology, I can do applicable research that can be used to improve mental and physical health, particularly for underserved populations. As a teacher, I can inspire students to think critically, motivate them to achieve their passions, and lay the groundwork for their future careers. I am particularly interested in nurturing the next community of minority scholars through this position as well.

    PROMISE events attended and what I’ve learned:
    I’ve attended the Thanksgiving meal provided my PROMISE. This event makes my campus feel more like a home, as I am able to connect with other minority scholars in different disciplines.

    I keep coming back to the PROMISE SREB conference because I get so much out of attending each year. I learned how to be a more productive writer, how to apply for grants. I networked with potential future employers and colleagues. Now that I’ve been to the conference a couple of years, I am able to form more solid relationships with people I meet at the conference. As I near the end of my studies, I think the PROMISE program will be critical in helping me reach my future career goal of becoming a professor. If granted the opportunity, I hope to make the most of the conference this year by seeking out potential employment opportunities.

    • Kristen Lycett
      September 5, 2014 at 10:30 AM #

      a) Kristen Lycett

      b) University of Maryland Eastern Shore, Department of Natural Resources (MEES Program)

      c) LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/profile/view?id=158701884&trk=nav_responsive_tab_profile
      Facebook (Lab Page, I am the admin): https://www.facebook.com/pitulalabgroup

      d) Spring 2017

      e) I have know that I wanted to be a Marine Biologist since the 3rd grade. I did a report on it, which I still have and use as motivation. Knowledge and observation have always been a passion of mine and so I knew research was the right path for me. After I graduated with my Bachelors from Oregon State University, I moved to Maryland and worked in outdoor education before heading to Graduate School. In this position, I also learned about the joy of teaching and sharing knowledge and the importance of hands on education. It is because of my interest in both teaching and research, that I want to pursue a career in academia. My ultimate goal is to teach and run a research lab at a University someday so that I can do both.

      f) The University System of Maryland PROMISE AGEP Research Symposium and Professional Development Conference. I learned about the AGEP grant and the PROMISE Program, which I had not previously known about. I am very excited to be a part of this and to take advantage of the opportunities provided through these grants.

      g) I have not previously been a part of ‘The Compact’

  2. August 28, 2014 at 8:34 AM #

    a) Evonne Amaka Nwankwo-Igomu

    b) Morgan State University School of Community Health and Policy Department of Public Health Analysis (http://www.morgan.edu/schp)

    c1) http://www.linkedin.com/pub/evonne-amaka-nwankwo-igomu/38/231/2b5/

    c2) http://services.choruscall.com/links/hrsa140205.html (HRSA Data Presentation webcasts)

    c3) http://www.jhsph.edu/research/centers-and-institutes/johns-hopkins-center-for-health-disparities-solutions/Events/PastWebinars.html (“Reducing Childhood Disparities” webinar)

    d) Graduation: May 2015

    e) I love people! As a public health professional, in addition to caring for the well-being of people, I enjoy assisting in the fundamental development of people through learning. With a Master’s in Education, I have worked diligently over the years to cultivate my own talent for teaching and instruction. I’ve developed curriculum and lesson plans for adult audiences as a consultant, taught workshop series on complex public health topics at UMB School of Medicine and conducted several webcasts/webinars for the federal government and other institutions. I welcome a faculty position opportunity where I can culminate my experiences thus far and learn more about the world of professional teaching in higher education.

    f) Dissertation House (August 2014) and SSI 2014

    g) If you’ve been “The Compact” in the past, what did you learn? N/A

  3. Bre-Onna
    August 28, 2014 at 1:16 PM #

    a) Bre-Onna DeLaine

    b) University of Maryland, Baltimore
    Molecular Medicine (Graduate Program in Life Sciences)

    c) LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/pub/bre-onna-delaine/31/479/409/
    PROMISE: http://promiseagep.wordpress.com/archived-posts/symposium2014/bre-onna-delaine/
    Meyerhoff Graduate Fellows: http://meyerhoffgrad.umbc.edu/bre-onna-delaine/

    d) Graduation: 2016

    e) I decided to pursue a PhD because I love acquiring knowledge and helping others do the same. I’ve had excellent professors in the past who have mentored me and shown me a variety of academic and professional paths. The friendships I’ve experienced with my favorite professors are long lasting and I know that I can provide the same for other students. Although I love working in diverse environments, I specifically want to be a professor at a small, minority serving institution. Since I have had so much help over the years, I want to be in a position to teach students in situations similar to my own.

    f)
    -Summer Success Institute: 2011 and 2013, 2014
    -Dissertation House: 2014
    -University System of Maryland PROMISE AGEP Research Symposium and Professional Development Conference: 2014
    -Fall harvest Dinner: 2011 and 2012
    I continue attending PROMISE events because I know it will always be a positive experience. I walk out of each event with new friends, professional contacts, and the resources I need to successfully complete my PhD. I have learned from professionals within the careers I want as well as other students going through the same experiences. One of the most important things I learned from PROMISE was “imposter syndrome”; recognizing the problem and having the chance to practice presenting in a supportive environment has helped me feel like I belong.

    g) I attended “The Compact” in 2013 and I had a wonderful experience. While there, I met administrators from schools around the country and found that they were searching for diverse faculty candidates. I had never considered applying for positions in Kansas or Alaska, but the conference exposed me a plethora of teaching opportunities. Not only did I find job prospects, but I attended sessions to improve my application package. Now that I am farther along in my program, I would love to attend the conference again with renewed focus.

  4. Isaac Mativo
    August 28, 2014 at 2:50 PM #

    a) Isaac Mativo

    b) University of Maryland Baltimore County, Computer Science Department.
    Department Website: http://www.csee.umbc.edu/
    Lab: http://ebiquity.umbc.edu/

    c) http://www.linkedin.com/pub/isaac-mativo/b/421/6a8

    d) Planned Year of Graduaton: 2015

    e) I would like to be a professor to teach and research on topics I am passionate about. This way, I get to learn while at the same time help others learn. Being in a STEM field, I would like to interest under-represented groups in the STEM world because there is so much they can contribute to and learn from. Being a professor will create opportunities to build relationships with my peers, students, and former students. I can then leverage this network to achieve bigger goals than I could ever achieve by myself. Lastly, being a professor will be an opportunity to give back what has been generously given to me.

    f) PROMISE Events attended:

    2014 Dissertation House and Summer Success Institute: Learned about diligence in writing a dissertation. I was able to complete my problem statement.

    Promise cookouts (2): Learned the value of incorporation fun activities (food!) in an otherwise stressful academic program.

    Financial Literacy Workshop: Learned many tips on being financially healthy. These include having and sticking to a budget, college funding, handling credit cards, etc.

    Research Symposium 2014: Improved my oral presentaton skills with a poster presentation. Learned about what others in my field were doing, was was able to establish valuable contacts. A panel on tenure was also very informative.

    2013 The Compact: Excellent panels and networking opportunities. Some of what I learned was the tenure process, information on obtaining a security clearance, need for diverse faculty especially in STEM, etc.

    2013 Summer Harvest: Was an opportunity to network and reflect on the journey – what has been achieved, and what still needs work.

    g) 2013 “The Compact”, I learned about the need for a diverse faculty, especially in STEM. I also learned about the tenure process including the time-lines involved. It was also a great time of networking with other students interested in an academic career as well as hearing from those already in such careers.

  5. Donta' Henson
    August 29, 2014 at 8:25 AM #

    Donta’ Henson

    University of Maryland, Baltimore County – Department of Health Information Technology
    http://www.umbc.edu/hit

    http://www.linkedin.com/in/dontahenson/

    I plan to have my PhD in Health Sciences Informatics specializing in Consumer Health Informatics from John Hopkins by 2022.
    The first reason I want to be a professor is my passion for learning. I’ve taken college courses as far back as 2001 and going forward I cannot see a time when I wouldn’t be continuously increasing my knowledge base. Outside of my own personal reasons for wanting to be a professor, I believe technology is a great equalizer for underrepresented and improvised groups. Everything in our society is technology driven from consumer products, to the1 way medicine is being administered, to the way we learn; 10 years ago there were no e-books. Also, I believe for minorities not to be left behind in the digital divide of the 21st century individuals are going to have to go forward and break down those barriers that exist in the tech field. Pioneering groups such as Black Girls Code and Blacks in Technology are creating a space in the industry were African-Americans can find support and collaborate where no had previously existed. With that being said, I want to be that who not one gives excellence inside of the classroom but also serves as a model to other minorities that despite coming from a modest background you do have the creative genius to achieve great things in the tech industry as well as academia.

    I’ve attended the 2014 PROMISE SSI and I’ve learned that there are no only people out there who looks like me but who’ve also come from similar background and are accomplishing great things in their respective fields. Having the opportunity and ability to directly reach out to these professors has given me the confidence to say that I too can accomplish a PhD.

  6. Duane Wallace
    August 29, 2014 at 6:07 PM #

    I am a MPH student at UMD, and I would like to RSVP for the seminar on Sept. 6th at UMBC. Please forward any information pertaining the seminar to my email.

    • Krista T. St. Louis
      August 30, 2014 at 10:04 PM #

      I am Krista T. St. Louis a PhD student at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County in the Human Services Psychology program. I anticipate completing my doctorate in 2016. I had the honor to attend the SREB Compact a few years ago and it was a wonderful experience. It was very encouraging to be around individuals with an interest in teaching. I had stellar advisors as an undergraduate student who all emphasized the importance of both research and teaching. My TA assignments are among some of the most rewarding experiences of my time as a graduate student. Any instruction I can get to help me become a proficient professor I gladly welcome. I plan on attending the PROMISE Fall Opening Meeting 09.05.2014.
      Here is the link to my Meyerhof website:http://meyerhoffgrad.umbc.edu/krista-st-louis/

  7. Anonymous
    August 30, 2014 at 11:59 PM #

    a) NAME: Molly F. Morin

    b) University & Department (no abbreviations). Include the link for your department and your laboratory.
    University of Maryland College Park
    Department of Counseling, Higher Education, Special Education
    Ph.D. Higher Education, Student Affairs, and International Education – Student Affairs Concentration: http://www.education.umd.edu/CHSE/academics/specialization/StudentAffairs1.html

    c) Provide at least one link for your professional website. If you have more than one, you may provide up to three links, e.g., LinkedIn, department website: http://linkd.in/1ov3iUO

    d) Planned year of graduation for your PhD: 2018

    e) One paragraph that describes the reason why you want to be a professor – I want to be a professor to guide and support future higher education/student affairs administrators, researchers, and policy leaders. I have always had a passion for teaching others which was strengthened both during my undergraduate experiences and experiences as a masters students. It truly is a privilege to serve as a professor and imparting knowledge to the future generation of educators while having the opportunity to conduct action-based research that can be used to strengthen existing policies and practice. I am especially interested in the college access and retention of underrepresented students and seek to increase the number of Latinas in the academy. As a Latina, first-generation college student myself I feel inspired to make a difference in the lives of students and further increase the pipeline to undergraduate and graduate education for underrepresented populations. I am excited that I will be teaching a course for our masters students this semester to further carryout my passion. In addition to serving others, being a professor will provide me with academic challenge and growth. Thank you for your consideration to attend “The Compact” as I begin my doctoral journey, the knowledge gained during this conference can be very impacting and meaningful as I begin.

    f) Which PROMISE events have you attended, and what have you learned? During my time as a masters student from 2008-2010 at UMCP I was involved with PROMISE during both years and it was an amazing source of support and inspiration to me. I was involved both as a mentor and protégé when there was a PROMISE Peer Mentoring Program. I also attended workshops hosted by PROMISE and the Fall Harvest events during my time at UMCP. Part of the draw of returning to UMD for my Ph.D. is the PROMISE Program. I was very inspired by the doctoral students I got to meet during my time in PROMISE and am excited to be pursuing my doctorate now and re-join the PROMISE family. I recently attended the Reception for Graduate Students of Color at UMCP on Thurs. Aug. 28th and had the opportunity to meet and speak with Dr. Alexis Williams from PROMISE and it was great talking to her and she encouraged me to apply and take advantage of every resource I can.

  8. Molly Morin
    August 31, 2014 at 12:04 AM #

    a) YOUR NAME: Molly F. Morin

    b) University & Department (no abbreviations). Include the link for your department and your laboratory.
    University of Maryland College Park
    Department of Counseling, Higher Education, Special Education
    Ph.D. Higher Education, Student Affairs, and International Education – Student Affairs Concentration: http://www.education.umd.edu/CHSE/academics/specialization/StudentAffairs1.html

    c) Provide at least one link for your professional website. If you have more than one, you may provide up to three links, e.g., LinkedIn, department website: http://linkd.in/1ov3iUO

    d) Planned year of graduation for your PhD: 2018

    e) One paragraph that describes the reason why you want to be a professor – I want to be a professor to guide and support future higher education/student affairs administrators, researchers, and policy leaders. I have always had a passion for teaching others which was strengthened both during my undergraduate experiences and experiences as a masters students. It truly is a privilege to serve as a professor and imparting knowledge to the future generation of educators while having the opportunity to conduct action-based research that can be used to strengthen existing policies and practice. I am especially interested in the college access and retention of underrepresented students and seek to increase the number of Latinas in the academy. As a Latina, first-generation college student myself I feel inspired to make a difference in the lives of students and further increase the pipeline to undergraduate and graduate education for underrepresented populations. I am excited that I will be teaching a course for our masters students this semester to further carryout my passion. In addition to serving others, being a professor will provide me with academic challenge and growth. Thank you for your consideration to attend “The Compact.” Tthe knowledge that can be gained can be very impacting and meaningful for me as I begin my doctoral journey

    f) Which PROMISE events have you attended, and what have you learned? During my time as a masters student from 2008-2010 at UMCP I was involved with PROMISE during both years and it was an amazing source of support and inspiration to me. I was involved both as a mentor and protégé when there was a PROMISE Peer Mentoring Program. I also attended workshops hosted by PROMISE and the Fall Harvest events during my time at UMCP. Part of the draw of returning to UMD for my Ph.D. is the PROMISE Program. I was very inspired by the doctoral students I got to meet during my time in PROMISE and am excited to be pursuing my doctorate now and re-join the PROMISE family. I recently attended the Reception for Graduate Students of Color at UMCP on Thurs. Aug. 28th and had the opportunity to meet and speak with Dr. Alexis Williams from PROMISE and it was great talking to her and she encouraged me to apply and take advantage of every resource I can.

  9. Onimi Jademi
    September 1, 2014 at 4:12 PM #

    ONIMI JADEMI
    University of Maryland, Baltimore County; Information Systems http://informationsystems.umbc.edu/ ; http://informationsystems.umbc.edu/home/graduate-programs/master-of-science-programs/master-of-science-in-information-systems/
    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/pub/onimi-jademi/98/884/94
    Planned year for PhD graduation: 2017
    I want to be a Professor because I don’t just love to gain knowledge but to also impact knowledge. I would love to be a contribution to helping someone achieve their dreams. Being a professor will give me the freedom to shoot for the stars, break new grounds, and find new paths. It also bestows the duty of lifelong learning on you which has always being my passion.
    PROMISE events I have attended and what I learned:
    I attended 3 of the Advanced Statistics for Researchers with Dr. Rakes and I learnt quantitative and qualitative methods for research, correlation between variables etc.
    I attended the Fall Thanksgiving dinner at College Park and the Friends and Family Cookout in December.
    I attended the just concluded SSI and I learned a lot from the several sessions. I learned Time Management methods like: the worth of time, the time quadrant etc. from Dr. Q’s session. I learned about budgeting and planning income and spending from TIAA CR session. I learned about the importance of Emotional Intelligence from Dr. Winston’s breakout session and so much more. I also gained motivation to forge ahead in m academic and career pursuit.

  10. Emerald Christopher
    September 1, 2014 at 11:29 PM #

    A) Name: Emerald L. Christopher

    B) University & Department: The University of Maryland Baltimore County; Language, Literacy, and Culture Program (http://llc.umbc.edu)

    C) Professional Website: http://www.linkedin.com/pub/emerald-l-christopher/6/90a/843

    D) Planned year of graduation: May 2015

    E) Why I want to be a professor:
    Prior to beginning my PhD journey I had a successful career in the field of higher education administration. The majority of upper level positions in this field required a masters but very few required a PhD. Therefore, obtaining my PhD was never about career advancement. Rather, my desire to obtain a PhD was due to the gap of knowledge I observed as a Master of Arts candidate in Women’s Studies. When I began my program at UMBC I didn’t envision becoming a professor. Rather, I wanted to fill a gap of research that I observed was missing from the field. Now as a PhD candidate and after having experience teaching at a number of institutions, including community colleges, I have found that I approach the classroom differently than some of my colleagues. I am not only able to teach students theory and the cannons of knowledge that are the foundation of gender and women’s studies but I can also elucidate for students what is missing, specifically as it relates to race, ethnicity, and nationality. Moreover, I connect theory with every day experiences to aid students in understanding the “so what” of theory. I have had many professors throughout the years and my most memorable professors have been the ones that are able to connect academia with real world experiences. I want to be a professor to aid in the academic and personal growth and development of men and women.

    F) PROMISE events: I attended the summer 2014 dissertation house at the University of Maryland Baltimore County. The dissertation house exceeded my expectations as I was not only able to meet other students who were at similar stages in the process but also able to have one on one consultations with Dr. Carter-Veale. For those four days I made more progress on my dissertation than I did in months. Moreover, I was able to make a manageable timeline and plan to complete my dissertation. One of the greatest lessons I learned was that I have the power to direct my progress.

  11. September 3, 2014 at 12:40 AM #

    a) YOUR NAME: Camille Koroma
    b) University & Department (no abbreviations).
    University of Maryland, School Of Nursing

    http://www.nursing.umaryland.edu/academics/grad/cnl/http://www.nursing.umaryland.edu/academics/grad/cnl/

    http://www.nursing.umaryland.edu/research/

    c) Linkedin: http://www.linkedin.com/pub/camille-koroma/a2/b77/566/

    e) One paragraph that describes the reason why you want to be a professor.
    I would like to be a professor because I would like to make a positive impact on our future generation. I have always had a passion for teaching and research, and more specifically in psychology and nursing. After receiving my undergraduate degree in psychology and now with my current status in nursing school, I have taken great interest in mental health illness in people on one end of the spectrum and informatics in the health care system. As a professor, I will get to conduct my own research as well as relay my findings to aspiring students. In my family, I will be the first generation, not only to get my masters, but also my doctorate. With that, I feel that I am obligated to inspire minority students and first generation students to go forward with what they are passionate about as well. I look forward to long hours and sharing my insights and knowledge with other students and in-turn being rewarded with a surmountable amount of growth through out the process.
    f) Which PROMISE events have you attended, and what have you learned?
    I attended the Annual Promise Summer Success Institute this past summer as a first time student. It was a very enlightening and positive experience. I was able to learn how a mentor can benefit me through out my professional career and also how to come in contact with one. I was also able to network with other faculty and stuff on there perspective on teaching and being an entrepaneur. Also, with all the skills that I will develop throughout this program, I know that I will be successful in all of my future goals and endevours.
    g) If you’ve been “The Compact” in the past, what did you learn?
    I have not been to “The Compact” before.

  12. September 3, 2014 at 11:16 AM #

    a) Jerrell Scott

    b) University of Maryland, Baltimore; Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.

    Department link: http://lifesciences.umaryland.edu/biochemistry/
    Laboratory link: http://medschool.umaryland.edu/facultyresearchprofile/viewprofile.aspx?id=9727

    c) Personal link: https://www.linkedin.com/profile/view?id=66085099&trk=nav_responsive_tab_profile

    d) I expect to graduate in the year 2017

    e) I have been seriously considering the professional role of being a professor after undergoing the rigors that was required to attain my M.S. in Cancer Biology, Prevention and Control and my current track towards a Ph.D. in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. To simply state, I now know so much about the subject that I feel a sense of obligation to pass it on to the next generation. The empowered attitude gained by way of intellectual achievement is priceless. I would be eternally gratified to help the next generation be well prepared in a field that is in need of diverse input. Also, the degree of flexibility to perform research simply for the acquisition of knowledge is best suited in the field of academia. For its eternal reward of preparing future leaders and its free range in research endeavors, I am attracted to remaining in academia as a professor.

    f) I attended the Summer Success Institute of 2014. I leaned of some key concepts in becoming an entrepreneur. Particularly, how a business product, from an idea to its finish, parallels the rigors of attaining a Ph.D., which made the endeavor of establishing yourself in business more clear. Also, I learned some essential steps that can be taken to avoid some of the pitfalls of submitting your manuscript for publication, and key questions that can be asked and steps to take in order to streamline the whole of the process.

    g) N/A

  13. Ashley J. Belle
    September 3, 2014 at 9:05 PM #

    Name: Ashley J. Belle

    University & Department: University of Maryland College Park, Department of Environmental Science and Technology http://www.enst.umd.edu/

    Professional Websites:
    AGEP: http://promiseagep.wordpress.com/archived-posts/symposium2014/ashley-j-belle/
    LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/pub/ashley-belle/a3/27/4b5
    Departmental: http://enst.umd.edu/people/graduate-student/ashley-j-belle

    Planned Year of Graduation: 2015

    Why do I want to become a professor?
    Education has always been a priority in my life and has led me on a continual mission to encourage the academic advancement of youth. Through mentoring at-risk undergraduates, teaching senior level undergraduate courses, serving on a faculty search committee, and working closely with my major professor, these experiences have further solidified my desire to teach at the University level. Diversity within my field of agricultural and environmental sciences is severely lacking the presence of African Americans and women. As a professor, I would like to be able to positively impact students from all backgrounds with special emphasis on identifying, recruiting, and developing students who share my heritage, gender, and interest in bioenergy. Apart from teaching at the University level, I also strive to have a successful research program focused on Renewable Energy Production, specifically waste to energy.

    Promise events attended and what I have learned:
    I attended the 2014 PROMISE Research Symposium and Professional Development Conference, where I had the opportunity to give an oral presentation of my doctoral research. Through the research symposium, I was provided with constructive criticism that has enabled me to strengthen my presentation skills for not only the scientific community but also for a more general audience. Through the professional development workshop, I learned about planning for tenure and was given insight of the process from two different perspectives: research intensive vs. teaching university.

    As a first year doctoral student, I was a protégé in the PROMISE Peer Mentoring Program. Through this program, I was introduced to many resources available for graduate students at UMCP and have attended several workshops focused on writing proposals, grants, and dissertation chapters. Through attending Fall Harvest Dinners and Celebration Cookouts, I have also had the opportunity to network with other minority students throughout the University System of Maryland.

    Have you ever attended COMPACT: No

  14. September 4, 2014 at 6:47 PM #

    a) Adegboyega Akinsiku
    b) University of Maryland, Baltimore County. (http://informationsystems.umbc.edu)
    c) http://www.aoakinsiku.com & http://www.linkedin.com/pub/adegboyega-akinsiku/6b/ba2/3b4
    d) Spring 2018
    e) Earning a Ph.D results in adding to the body knowledge, and that process is what really intrigues me. I believe research can be used to not only solve problems, but to provide more room for innovation. Through the research process, new discoveries are made and profound questions attempt to be answered. As a professor I hope to promote the importance of research and development, and the need for the development of smart devices within fields such as assistive and appropriate technology. IN addition, show how engineering concepts can be applied to solving problems of various human needs and improve the overall quality of life. I hope to inspire and share my love for technology with the next generation. I believe if a legacy is not left for students in the pipeline; they will have no foundation to build upon. I look forward to not only encouraging pre-college and collegiate minorities to pursue an advanced degree within STEM, but to also ensure they are creating solutions for real problems.

    f) I have been to various PROMISE events and 1) Community, (2) Excellence, and (3) Opportunity have always stuck out to me. PROMISE events create communities that encourages students to persevere. Having a support system, either personal or professional, helps overall success. Next, I’ve learned the importance of striving for excellence in one’s respective field. PROMISE events have ranged from Professors in Training to Advanced Statistics which all have focused around providing the necessary tools to become excellent in their respective fields. Lastly, PROMISE encourages students to capitalize on opportunities that are presented to graduate students. (SSI, Opening Meeting, Graduate Funding[NSF], HORIZONS, Friends & Family Cookout, Pathways to Leadership, Research Symposiums, Fall Harvest, “When Faculty says…”, Money Matter$, etc…)

  15. Jaye
    September 5, 2014 at 1:54 PM #

    a) Jaye Nias

    b) Bowie State University – Department of Computer Science & Department (no abbreviations). http://www.cs.bowiestate.edu/

    c) http://www.cs.bowiestate.edu/~cturner/Students/Jay_Clark.html

    d) 2015

    e) Throughout my life I have always had two constants in my life. My affinity toward science and exploration, and sharing my love of science and learning with future generations. While in college, I’ve always had some role related to teaching. As an undergraduate and graduate student, I’ve worked with several non-profit agencies running community center after-school and summer program. I’ve also served as a coach for FLL robotics team and taught some college level courses. I carry a legacy of education coming from three generation of educators -I’ve always known that I while being a scientist, I would also need to interact in the teaching domain. It was not until my first research lab experience that I recognized that there is so much education to be shared and gained outside of the classroom. I hope to inspire a future generation of research scientists to experience the excitement of discovery through higher education in the scientific domain.

    f) Which PROMISE events have you attended, and what have you learned? I’ve only attended one event last school year (the inaugural event when my school became of the PROMISE program last fall) because fortunately/unfortunately, I was able to take advantage of a internship abroad this summer so I could not be a part of the dissertation house and other events I would have liked to attend. I look forward to becoming an active PROMISE student upon my return this month.

    g) If you’ve been “The Compact” in the past, what did you learn? I have not previously attended “The Compact”.

  16. Timothy Oladunni
    September 5, 2014 at 9:27 PM #

    a) Timothy Oladunni

    b) Bowie State University. Computer Science Department

    c) http://www.linkedin.com/pub/timothy-oladunni/48/3a/532/

    d) Planned year of graduation: 2015

    e) For the past three semesters, I have been a Computer Programming tutor at the Computer Science Department of Bowie State University. During the course of my assignment as a tutor, I have come across different students; both undergraduate and graduate . I taught one on one and in group like a professor. My experience as a Computer Programming teacher at the Tutoring lab has gradually increased my passion to be a professor.

    f) I attended the2014 Dissertation House and learned how to write a good dissertation.

    g) N/A
    .

  17. September 6, 2014 at 11:31 AM #

    a) Lenisa N Joseph, Ph.D.

    b) University of Maryland, College Park.

    You must be a graduate student in a STEM field from one of the universities listed here:
    http://www.usmd.edu/institutions/. Include the link for your department and your laboratory.

    c) http://www.linkedin.com/in/lenisajoseph/

    d) I graduated in August 2014

    e) I strongly believe there is a need for more faculty of color in academia. In addition to representation I believe students need to see that they too can enter into academia. While my area of training is Education, and not STEM a mojor area of research interest relates to creating more Science, technology and engineering and mathematics experiences for children at the early childhood level. In this regard I am preparing a grant to implement and evaluate a science and engineering program at 2 early childhood centers.

    f) I have been a peer mentor, planned, coordinated and evaluated various Promise activities at the University of Maryland: Learned about program planning and assessment. I have also participated in Dissertation House: Learned about Time management, working with advisors, breaking large tasks into smaller manageable chunks. Promise Success Institute: Learned how to take notes and management readings for success in class. Cookouts: Gave great networking opportunities. When Faculty say ‘X’ they mean Y': Learned essential skills in communicating with my faculty members.

    g) Yes I have participated in “The Compact” in the past. Learned about mentoring, how to go about faculty applications, how to publish articles, creating and maintaining a professional brand, financial planning, developing curriculum and syllabus, the tenure process. I am in a post doctoral position and would like to attend the conference a) to participate in the Graduation Ceremony and say thank you to the organizers of COMPACT and b) to explore faculty opportunities offered by vendors.

  18. Lakeya McGill
    September 7, 2014 at 12:30 PM #

    a) Lakeya McGill

    b) University of Maryland, Baltimore County; Human Services Psychology
    (Clinical/Community & Applied Social Psychology)

    Department link: http://psychology.umbc.edu/hsp/
    Laboratory/Advisor link: http://psychology.umbc.edu/bediako/

    c) Meyerhoff link: http://meyerhoffgrad.umbc.edu/lakeya-mcgill/
    Linkedin link: http://www.linkedin.com/pub/lakeya-mcgill/40/15b/a84

    d) 2018

    e) When I began graduate school, I knew I wanted to become a professor. Professors have the opportunity to teach, work with students, conduct research, and serve as role models. I wanted to become a professor so I could engage in these activities.

    After being in graduate school for two years, I have begun to contemplate whether or not I still want to become a professor. I am now considering a career as a clinician (i.e., industry) rather than in academia. This brings me to the reason I would like to go to the SREB Conference this year. I want to surround myself with graduate students, post-doctoral students, professors, and others who are interested in and have a passion for academia. I want to hear their personal stories and what has made academia rewarding for them. I hope this experience will rekindle my passion for academia and help motivate me so I am able to overcome the hardships of graduate school.

    Furthermore, I am serving as a teaching assistant for the first time this semester. I would like to attend the SREB Conference to learn more about how to effectively work with students. I hope to get advice and tips from scholars at various levels in their careers.

    f) I have attended several PROMISE events since I started school at UMBC. I attended the Summer Success Institute in 2012 and 2013, PROMISE Fall Opening Meeting in 2012 and 2014, numerous workshops (e.g., TA Training/Teaching and Learning Workshop, Life/Work Balance Lunch, “How to Fund your Graduate Education” workshop, “Pathways to Leadership” Lunch) and other fun gatherings such as the PROMISE AGEP Fall Harvest Dinner and Annual Cookout (2013 and 2014). I learned a lot at each event (including how to overcome obstacles and maintain a healthy life balance), but most importantly, I left feeling a strong sense of community and felt motivated to continue working hard.

  19. Berthel Tate
    September 8, 2014 at 9:48 AM #

    a) Berthel Tate

    b) Bowie State University. Computer Science Department.

    c) http://mtagic.wordpress.com/researchers/

    d) Planned year of graduation: 2016

    e) I wish to be a professor so that I can empower young minds to dream big and pursue what ever dreams and aspirations they seek. As a child my favorite song was “Give and He’ll Give It Back to You”. I have lived my life trusting in the words of this song. For me becoming a professor allows me to give. Giving to students, by empowering them with knowledge to excel in their careers and life, helps me to promote education while continuing to advance my own education and understanding.

    f) Dissertation House 2014 has been my favorite PROMISE event this year. I loved meeting other young minority professionals seeking their PhD’s. I was able to establish a new network of professional friends and support. I gained more knowledge about the dissertation process, as well as what it takes to reach completion. Two words stood out most from the Dissertation House 2014 which were “Independent Researcher”. In order to finish my PhD I have to be willing to become an independent researcher that can identify a problem and devise a plan to outfit a solution!

    g) To my knowledge, I have never been “The Compact”.

    Once you apply using this format, send an email to promisestaff@gmail.com with the subject “SREB 2014 application, now online” so that we will have your email logged in our database for this event.

  20. September 8, 2014 at 1:37 PM #

    a). Victor Ondego

    b). University of Maryland, Baltimore County. Information Systems Department

    Department Site: http://informationsystems.umbc.edu/

    c). https://www.linkedin.com/profile/view?id=44786583&trk=nav_responsive_tab_profile

    d). Planned Graduation year: 2017

    e). I am interested in becoming a Professor simply because I love helping others gain knowledge and understand complex concepts. My experience as a Teaching Assistant and Instructor has helped solidify my passion for imparting knowledge and also teaching others the skills around acquiring knowledge even beyond what I am able to express to them within the classroom setting.

    f). PROMISE events attended, and what I have learned:

    2014 TA Training/Orientation: Teaching & Learning Workshop. Friday August 22nd, 2014. Learned about a lot of the different opportunities for gaining even further experience in teaching through avenues such as the UMBC/CCBC teaching Fellows Program. I also learned about other topics that accompany teaching such as conflict resolution and assisting students with diverse and special needs.

    Grad Students Seminar on Life/Work Balance. Friday August 22nd, 2014. Professor Robert Deluty from the Department of Psychology made some valid points around ensuring success by balancing graduate studies and life around it. Learned some great strategies and practical examples around striving to achieve the same.

    PROMISE Opening Meeting, Fall 2014 – Friday, Sept. 5. Met a few people and learned that there are lots of avenues within the (Faculty, Staff, Postdocs, & Grad Student) community for finding different kinds of support during the long graduate student process.

    Workshop on Graduate Funding. W/the $1M NSF Fellowship Coaches. Sat. Sept. 6, 2014. Briefly attended this workshop and learned about the basic application process for some STEM targeted graduate school funding opportunities.

    g). N/A

  21. September 8, 2014 at 4:37 PM #

    Hi! I would like to apply for the conference. I know it’s Sept. 8th, but if there’s still space, I would like to attend. :) Below is my application:

    a) YOUR NAME

    Amanda Lo

    b) University & Department (no abbreviations). You must be a graduate student in a STEM field from one of the universities listed here: http://www.usmd.edu/institutions/. Include the link for your department and your laboratory.

    University: University of Maryland, Baltimore County

    Department: Biological Sciences Department

    Link to Department: http://biology.umbc.edu/

    Link to Lab: http://biology.umbc.edu/directory/faculty/leips/leips-lab/

    c) Provide at least one link for your professional website. If you have more than one, you may provide up to three links, e.g., LinkedIn, department website.

    LinkedIn Website: https://www.linkedin.com/profile/view?id=347327279&trk=nav_responsive_tab_profile

    Bacteriophage Website: http://bacillus.phagesdb.org/phages/Camo/

    d) Planned year of graduation for your PhD

    I am currently in the Master’s program. However, I would like to pursue a PhD degree afterwards. I plan to graduate with my Master’s in Fall 2014.

    e) One paragraph that describes the reason why you want to be a professor.

    I would like to be a professor because I like to teach others. As a graduate student, I am currently mentoring 4 students; 3 students are undergrads who work under me and 1 student is a graduate student that is rotating in my lab, but is doing a mini project that is part of my thesis. In the past, I have mentored 3 other undergrad students who worked under me. So, in total, I have experience in working with 7 students. For me, I always felt that anyone can teach from a textbook. However, what makes teaching alive is how you can show the importance of whatever was in the textbook and also show how it is applicable to real life. As a mentor for my undergrads, I hold weekly meetings with them since we didn’t really have lab meetings. My main goal was to show them:

    1) how to read a scientific paper
    2) to understand the linkage between their ‘helping out’ role, its role in my big project, and how each role is of equal importance
    3) make them feel as we are all in as a team
    4) help them understand the big picture of how my project can be applicable
    5) to show them that research is not ‘just another class’, but it is alive and everything we learned was once a research project of someone else.

    I learned that through my undergrads, I have learned different styles of approaching them, which I have learned at the PROF-IT sessions. I learned that some students are shy, while others are more open. I have had undergrads of both types and approached each differently. I feel that through my undergrads, I truly enjoy teaching. I have a lot of patience with them and try to look at things from their perspective as well. I always felt that if you are a grad student who has undergrads working under you, you don’t just use them; you teach and listen to them. You try to provide a good role model for them. You build trust and honesty. You try to provide them the tools in case they want to pursue graduate school. I learned that teaching is a passion, but teaching others can bring a wonderful impact. And, this is why I would like to become a professor.

    f) Which PROMISE events have you attended, and what have you learned?

    I have attended many PROMISE events in the past. Below is a list of the PROMISE events that I have gone to:

    March 8, 2013 – Toastmasters Public Demo

    This was a great experience. I do get scared of speaking in public at times and am nervous in front of groups of people if I am giving a talk. Sometimes, I’m not sure if the audience was interested, bored, or thought I was taking a long time to explain a topic. This session was great because they talked about the hourglass. I didn’t know about it until this session and it really opened me up in my perspective of how to formulate my ideas when writing and speaking.

    June 12, 2013 – PMP Training

    I went to the PMP Training and Dr. Don Engel gave us an overview of what PMP is. I learned that PMP can be important to have when applying for jobs. It can show that you know how to manage your time and how to manage projects.

    July 9, 2013 – Grad Students & Postdocs: Project Management (PMP), Part II

    He was certified with PMP and renewed his PMP certification once. He told us about the new PMP book that was coming out. He said that we would need to read the new book if we plan on taking the PMP test after the summer. He also told us about the cost of the PMP exam too. At this session, we worked on the PMP training modules.

    Aug. 23, 2013 – 2013 TA Training/Orientation: Teaching & Learning Workshop

    This was a great session! I wasn’t sure if I would get a TA position or not, but thought it would be a great session to go to. At this session, we learned about how to make a syllabus. We also learned about the PROF-IT session and about teaching at CCBC as an adjunct professor. I thought this was interesting. We were told that this session also counted towards the PROF-IT application.

    Aug. 23, 2013 – Grad Students: Free Lunch Seminar on Life/Work Balance

    Dr. Deluty gave a great lecture. What I learned from this session was that it’s okay to not be perfect. He mentioned that as a grad student, you may be pulled by all ends: doing your TA-ing, doing research in the lab, writing your thesis/dissertation, going to class, etc. He said that we need to find a medium between everything. You don’t need to be excellent at something and bad at another thing. It’s better to split up your time and just do good at everything – to balance things out.

    Sept 19, 2013 – Introduction to Meta-Analysis and Structural Equation modeling Part 1

    I was interested in learning about what meta-analysis is at the time. Dr. Rakes was great in teaching the class to all disciplines and explaining the definition of meta-analysis and also spoke about books that we can buy. He also gave us a powerpoint handout about everything he talked about and provided us with the website so we can access the materials as well.It was a great intro class. He also spoke about basic statistics in this class and I remember that I stayed after class to ask him what was degrees of freedom.

    Sept. 20, 2013 – Grad Student Seminar: “PROF-it: Professors in Training”

    I learned how to develop a syllabus. We were put into groups based off of our discipline. We worked on looking at a worksheet and figuring out how to develop the ‘objectives’ section of a syllabus. I think it was a great experience.

    Oct.4, 2013 – PROF-IT: Intro to Goucher College Prison Education Partnership & Public Speaking in the classroom, part 1

    I went to this session because I wanted to learn more about teaching opportunities and would like to learn more about how to improve my public speaking in the classroom. I think both of these goals were met when I attended this session. :)

    Oct. 11, 2013 – When Faculty Say X

    This was a wonderful session. It was nice to hear from the faculty’s perspective and how their response to the students’ questions/comments which were put on the projection screen. I remember talking to Dr. Mendelson after the session. She showed us how she organizes her things to do in a composition notebook. I actually started to do the same thing. She gave us tips on how to keep everything on task by being organized.

    Oct. 18, 2013 – PROF-IT: Teaching at a community college – classroom management plus public speaking in the classroom

    I think at this session, we were given a video to watch about community college students. We were given the statistics of the age group for people going to community colleges. After learning about teaching at a community college, we acted out what it was like to teach something in front of the class. I participated and demonstrated/taught how to make a fly trap in front of everyone. It was a good experience. I still remember some of the feedback that I received. I crossed my legs when I was teaching and the audience said that crossing my legs or crossing my arms might give off the vibe to students that you are not open. After that time, I stopped crossing my legs. I also got positive feedback too! They liked how I drew a diagram of the fly’s life cycle on the board and drew out visually how to make a fly trap. They said that I spoke at a very easy-to-understand level and one of the people from the audience even asked me after the session on how to make the fly trap again. I think she was going to try it at home. Although this was only a 5 – 10 min teaching demo, it was extremely helpful and the feedback I received were very useful.

    Nov. 1, 2013 – PROF- IT: Teaching and Learning Styles

    In this session, I think we saw different people volunteer to teach a class. Several people went up and told us what class they were teaching, what level (undergrad/grad level) the class was, and where in the semester they are for teaching the demo class. It was a great experience and I learned that some learned that all teaching styles are good and can each style has a different way of catching the audience’s attention. Some people set the environment as calm, which made the audience calm. Some people were very interactive with their audience, which helped get the entire class involved.

    Nov. 13, 2013 – Structural Equation Modeling

    In this class, I felt it went by really fast. There were a lot of concepts that I didn’t understand because there seemed to not be enough time for me to grasp all the material that was being lectured. However, I enjoyed coming to the session and went back at the powerpoint handouts later on to review everything he said. Dr. Rakes mentioned about having a meta-analysis study group in the Spring 2014 semester at this session and I was really happy because I wanted to learn more about it. So, I signed up to be part of his meta-analysis cohort.

    Feb. 31, 2014 – Advanced Stats for Researchers: Meta-Analysis and Structural Equation Modeling Part 4

    I learned a lot from this class! Dr. Rakes is such a great teacher. I got really interested and am part of his first cohort on the Meta-Analysis group. We met every Friday in the Spring semester and it was a great learning experience! :) I am also continuing the meta-analysis with him this semester as well.

    April 11, 2014 – Advanced Statistics for Researchers: Meta-Analysis and Structural Equation Modeling Part 5

    I learned a lot from Dr. Rakes’ statistics sequel. Joining this sequel alongside with joining his meta-analysis study group session on Fridays from 11 am – 1 pm was a wonderful experience! Dr. Rakes is a very motivational speaker and has patience in teaching us about how meta-analysis works.

    g) If you’ve been “The Compact” in the past, what did you learn?

    No, I have not been part of “The Compact” in the past.

    • September 8, 2014 at 5:13 PM #

      Oh! I almost forgot. I went to another PROMISE event last Saturday, but didn’t put it on the list yet. Here is another event and what I learned:

      Sept. 6, 2014 – Saturday Success Seminar “Funding Your Graduate Education”

      I learned A LOT from this session. I didn’t quite know about the NSF GRFP until Saturday. I also didn’t realize that there were so many funding opportunities out there for graduate students. I registered for the GRFP fellowship and am going to try to commit some time to apply for it. The guest speakers were really, really helpful. I feel like they helped me overcome my fear of applying for fellowships. For some reason, it felt like it was very intimidating because it’s something that very competitive. However, I learned that if you don’t try, you don’t know. So, I’m going to give it a try. The guest speakers said that the reviewers actually give you feedback too, which I thought is really cool. Like they said, applying will take time, especially trying to submit a really good application; however, what you gain out of the application process sounds tremendously helpful. If I don’t get in this time, at least I’ll have comments back, which is still helpful because it can tell me where I am weak in and what I need to do to improve my application. I heard about the GRFP session for next Friday and signed up for it. I think it’s a good idea to go to another session because I am really interested in applying. From this session, I learned to not give up. I always had a fear of rejection. I’m not sure why though, but, from this session, I learned that you just need to be persistent and just keep trying. Failures are not entirely bad; they are stepping stones for making you a stronger person.

  22. Shanna Brewton-Tiayon
    September 9, 2014 at 10:32 PM #

    a) NAME: Shanna Brewton-Tiayon

    b) University and Department: University of Maryland, College Park – Sociology (http://www.socy.umd.edu/)

    c) Professional website: http://www.socy.umd.edu/gradprofile/Brewton-Tiayon/Shanna%20

    d) Planned year of graduation: 2016/2017

    e) After receiving my PhD it is my goal to be a professor at a Research I Institution. My interests in the professoriate stem from my desire to: 1) encourage greater pursuit of terminal degrees in the sciences by minorities, 2) introduce a stronger mentorship pedagogy in my lectures that better responds to minority students‘needs to be successful and 3) to drive research on intra-racial comparisons between foreign and U.S. born Blacks in the areas of social psychological processes and health. As a female minority scholar, I am aware of not only the paucity of minority PhD holders in academia, but also the remarkable challenges minorities face in being successful. As a professor, I aim to encourage greater minority pursuit of terminal degrees in the sciences by cultivating enthusiasm in subject matter and providing mentorship that facilitates progression from undergraduate to PhD studies for exceptional minority students. To support my goals in the classroom I also aim to drive research in my subject area, crafting myself into a subject matter expert on issues related to intra-racial comparisons between Blacks and Black immigrant groups in the areas of social psychological processes and health. Developing myself as a content specialist allows me to bring additional resources to the classroom and create research opportunities for interested students.

    f) I have not attended any PROMISE events to date

    g) N/A

  23. September 9, 2014 at 11:35 PM #

    a) Joey Brown

    b) University of Maryland – College Park; Sociology Department

    Departmental Link: http://www.socy.umd.edu/
    Laboratory Link: http://www.groupslab.com/

    c) Provide at least one link for your professional website.
    LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/pub/joey-brown/27/b72/181/

    d) Planned year of graduation for your PhD: 2017

    e) One paragraph that describes the reason why you want to be a professor.

    I would like to be a professor because I enjoy research and also working with students. I also would like to have a say in promoting policies that can adresss racial inequality, help those who are disadvantaged achieve their life goals, and also help facilitate interracial cohesion. I recently completed my M.A. in the Sociology PhD program en route to attaining the PhD. It was rigorous and at times, overwhelming. However, the experience has made me feel more confident about my ability to succeed in academia. I have also served as a Teacher’s assistant for the Sociology Research Methods course for a little over a year now. During that time, I have been responsible for running the laboratory sections and guiding students in the completion of small, semester length quantitative research projects. I found myself very invested in my students and pushing them to think more critically about their own work. It made me realize that I find the student interaction invigorating and can benefit the experience of working with students on their projects. These experiences have further solidified my desire to go into academia after graduating from the University of Maryland.

    f) Which PROMISE events have you attended, and what have you learned?

    I have attended the Student of Color Networking Reception. I learned that it is important to have strong social networks in order to succeed in graduate school. Further, it is empowering to see other people of color holding and maintatining academic positions.

    g) If you’ve been “The Compact” in the past, what did you learn?

    Unfortunately, I have not been to “The Compact”

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  25. September 16, 2014 at 12:04 PM #

    a) Taeyjuana Curry

    b) Postdoctoral Research Fellow, University of Maryland, Baltimore County, Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry.

    c) http://www.linkedin.com/pub/taeyjuana-curry-ph-d/66/960/b45/

    d) 2012

    e) I have always loved learning and I view teaching as one of the most honorable professions. I decided I wanted to become a teacher of some type very early on in my elementary education. I was given an assignment to do a career profile in the seventh grade and it was though this project that I learned about becoming a professor. The thought of teaching motivated, adult-aged students really appealed to me and I decided then to pursue a tenured-track professorship. My desire to attain this professional goal increased throughout my undergraduate and graduate education as I became more exposed to the life of an academic. The fact that professors have the opportunity to directly influence the present through their research activities and the future through their students resonates with my core passions. I will become a professor so that I can utilize my ability to have an international sphere of influence while challenging the stereotypes associated with being a double minority in STEM.

    f) Which PROMISE events have you attended, and what have you learned?
    Postdoc Morning Coffee:”Discussion on IRB Cases”
    This PROMISE event was focused on two IRB cases and the ethics involved in the scientific studies. The facilitator gave some examples from her own research and also share general info about the obtaining IRB approval. I learned about the different aspects of ethics in scientific research and how to navigate between one’s personal beliefs and what is deemed ethical according to NIH and other federal funding agencies.
    2014 PROMISE Summer Success Institute events:
    • “Leveraged Empowerment” Plenary – Dr. Christine Grant:
    o I learned different aspects of how to incorporate my passions with my professional goals and how to utilize my resources to propel myself toward subsequent goals.
    • Financial Literacy Lunch –Sponsored byTIAA-CREF
    o I learned how important it is to start saving for retirement as soon as possible and many innovative ways to save money that I can immediately utilize in my daily life.
    • Leveraged Empowered Coaching Sessions
    o This small group session allowed me to share some of my personal experiences and advice with current grad students. I was also able to be advised concerning how to navigate through my current postdoc position in a way that will enable my choice of the type of university that I can get a tenured professorship.
    2014 PROMISE Opening Meeting

    g) If you’ve been “The Compact” in the past, what did you learn?
    I have not attended “The Compact” conference in the past.

  26. Anonymous
    September 18, 2014 at 12:33 PM #

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  27. September 18, 2014 at 12:47 PM #

    a. Joshua Akhigbe
    b. University of Maryland, Baltimore County, Department of Chemsitry and Biochemistry, Postdoctoral Research Associate
    c. http://www.linkedin.com/pub/joshua-akhigbe/13/117/ab1/
    d. 2012
    e. Personally, I particularly like the intellectual freedom and independence to explore beyond measure basic and fundamental science. Teaching, mentoring, listening, analyzing and the practical aspect of everyday interaction with students and colleagues are fascinating. Working with undergrads and graduate students through the years and guiding them to be independent and chemically intuitive in understanding a problem and finding solution(s) are very fulfilling to me. Furthermore, my love of writing continuously, reading and communicating are the driving force for life in the academia. In addition to that, I enjoyed research and getting my findings published.
    f. Postdoc Morning Coffee: Institutional Review Board (IRB). Evaluation of ethical issues and understanding the federal guidelines and protocol in experimental procedures involving human subjects. I was learn that IRB was empowered to monitor, review and approved biomedical research involving human subject and their singular objective is to protect humans from physical and psychological harm or trauma by reviewing research protocols
    g. Have not attended “The Compact” conference in the past.

  28. Jori Allen-Wilcox
    September 30, 2014 at 3:40 AM #

    a) Jori Allen-Wilcox

    b) University of Maryland Baltimore County (Universities at Shady Grove) – Industrial/Organizational Psychology

    c) https://www.linkedin.com/pub/jori-allen-wilcox/7b/847/653

    d) 2020

    e) Mahatma Ghandi once said, “Be the change that you want to see in the world.” I truly believe that professors and educators have the opportunity to embody needed change. Having been born into a family of educators, I understand the importance that an educator can play in an individual’s life. I’ve watched my mother and other relatives be awesome examples. They have worn many hats, which include friend, mentor, family member and role model. Professors are expected to challenge and expand their students’ minds. Thankfully, I’ve been blessed to have met professors who have done these very things. Collectively they have filled me with knowledge and various experiences, and I now feel that it is my obligation to share with others. I recognize that there is a need for guidance in our communities. When one is properly guided and informed they have the tools needed to succeed in life. I want to one day be able to provide those tools to students. There is a saying that states “Some are called, but few are chosen.” I believe that I am one of the chosen to go into this profession. My desire to mentor comes naturally and my goal is to encourage students to strive for excellence at all times. I plan to help students bridge the gap between course material and real world experiences.

    f) I’ve attended both the PROMISE SSI and the PROMISE game night. I’ve learned the importance of being present, making connections and having a presence.

    g) N/A

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