Interested in applying to graduate school? Summer Horizons 2012 at UMBC on Weds. July 18

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UMBC will host the annual Summer Horizons program for undergraduate students and others who are interested in learning more about graduate school admission, particularly in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) fields. The 1-day workshop will feature sessions on the GRE, Statement of Purpose, Recommendation Letters, and other topics related to preparing for graduate school.  The keynote speaker will be the President of UMBC, Dr. Freeman A. Hrabowski, III, one of Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in the World.

  • Wednesday, July 18, 2012
  • The program will begin at 9:30 AM and will end at 12:30 PM.
  • Meyerhoff Chemistry Building, Room 120

This program is open to anyone who is interested in learning more about UMBC and the graduate admissions process.  The graduate school preparation material is applicable to most U.S. institutions.  Faculty and staff may invite prospective students to this event.  Visitors from out-of-town are welcome to attend.

As part of the PROMISE Pathways project, undergraduate and master’s students  from schools within the University System of Maryland have a special invitation to attend. We also invite students from all summer programs within the DC/Maryland/Virginia (DMV) region, and students who are either local or will travel the distance to learn more about graduate school.

Invitations are also extended to:

  • All UMBC undergraduate students
  • Students from NSF programs such as LSAMP, AGEP, NSF ERC, RDE etc., at any school
  • McNair programs at any school.
  • Students from organizations such as SHPE, SACNAS, NSBE, and AISES at any school in the country are welcome to attend.
  • We also invite professionals who are considering returning to graduate school for an advanced degree.

Light refreshments and lunch will be provided. This program is free, but potential participants must register.

If you are interested in attending, or in registering a group, please RSVP by posting a comment here with name, school, and major.  Program directors who have a cohort of students may send an email with a list of students that provides names, undergraduate institutions, and majors to Students from UMBC may RSVP on MyUMBC:

Summer Horizons is co-sponsored by PROMISE: Maryland’s AGEP, The Meyerhoff Graduate Biomedical Fellows Program, and The Graduate School at UMBC.


Directions and Parking (Updated, July 12, 2012):

Other events for graduate students: PROMISE Summer Success Institute , August 17-18, 2012.

Primary sponsorship for this program has been provided by the National Science Foundation, HRD grant #1111217 – “PROMISE Pathways.” PROMISE Pathways is a project of PROMISE: Maryland’s Alliance for Graduate Education and the Professoriate (AGEP).  Read more about PROMISE:

Published by Renetta Garrison Tull

Dr. Renetta Garrison Tull is the Vice Chancellor for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) at the University of California Davis. She previously served as Associate Vice Provost for Strategic Initiatives at The Graduate School at UMBC, and was Professor of the Practice in the College of Engineering & IT. She was Special Assistant to the Sr. Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs & Director of Graduate and Professional Pipeline Development for the University System of Maryland (12 institutions). She is the Founding Director of PROMISE: Maryland’s Alliance for Graduate Education and the Professoriate (AGEP) –, and Co-PI for the USM LSAMP. Her research on global diversity in STEM continues, and she is an international speaker, covering nearly all continents, for groups and conferences such as the World Engineering Education Forum, the International Federation of Engineering Education Societies, and the Pacific Sciences Congress. Her personal website is: Connect with her on Twitter: @Renetta_Tull;

18 thoughts on “Interested in applying to graduate school? Summer Horizons 2012 at UMBC on Weds. July 18

  1. Students with UMBC IDs may register on the Summer Horizons site on MyUMBC: Login to your MyUMBC account, and click the green “I can attend” button at the bottom of the page.

    Students from other campuses may register here by posting name, major, school, and current summer program if applicable, e.g. McNair SRI, College Park BSOS SRI, UMBC Summer Biomedical Program, NSF, QEM, NIH, NIST.

    You do not have to be part of a summer program to participate in the Summer Horizons workshop. Students who are working and considering returning to school, students who are taking summer classes, or students who have other activities for the summer and are thinking about graduate school are invited to attend.


    1. As of July 16, 2012, we have confirmations for the following groups:

      Kean University (20)
      Morgan State University (24)
      The Leadership Alliance Group (4)
      The Baltimore Youth Works program (2)
      The NASA MUST Program (3)
      The Summer Biomedical Research Program at UMBC (12)
      The University of Maryland, Baltimore County (21)
      Others (9)



    9:00-9:30 Registration – Meyerhoff Chemistry Building, Room 120

    9:30 – 10:00 Welcome (Justine Johnson, Meyerhoff Summer Biomedical Fellows Program)

    Greetings – UMBC Graduate Student Association

    “Preparing for Graduate Study: Timelines and Choices”
    Speakers: K. Jill Barr, Assistant Dean for Graduate Enrollment
    Gay Warshaw, Recruitment Specialist

    10:00 – 10:45 “Elements of the Graduate School Application: GRE,
    Transcript, Letters of Recommendation, Statement of Purpose”

    (Renetta Tull, Assistant Dean for Graduate Student Development,
    Director of PROMISE: Maryland’s AGEP)

    10:45 – 11:25 “Understanding Graduate School”

    Panel of current graduate students:
    Nicole Barkley, Biology
    Brittny Davis, Chemistry
    Shauna Pollard, Psychology
    Peter Mercredi, Biochemistry
    Jeffrey Brown, Biology

    11:25 Introduction of Keynote Speaker (Dean Janet C. Rutledge)

    11:30 Keynote Speaker – President of UMBC, Dr. Freeman Hrabowski

    12:30 Adjourn and Lunch, True Grits, Wing 3.


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