July 2013 Summer Horizons: Apply to Graduate School, with UMBC President, Dr. Freeman Hrabowski

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 2-hour workshop will feature sessions on the application timeline, GRE, Statement of Purpose, Recommendation Letters, and other topics related to preparing for graduate school.  There will be a panel hosted by current graduate students, and the keynote speaker will be the President of UMBC, Dr. Freeman A. Hrabowski, III.  (Read about Dr. Hrabowski in Time Magazine: 10 Best College Presidents, World’s 100 Most Influential People. See Dr. Hrabowski talk about UMBC on 60 Minutes. Watch Dr. Hrabowski’s  TED Talk 2013.) 

2013 Summer Horizons Program

  • Wednesday, July 10, 2013
  • The 2013 program will begin at 9:30 AM and will end at 11:30 AM. (Registration and Seating will begin at 9:00)
  • Meyerhoff Chemistry Building, Room 120
  • This event is FREE to the public. 

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  • Registration and Seating
9:30 – 9:40
  • Welcome & Greetings
    • Justine Johnson, Associate Director, Meyerhoff Graduate Fellows Program
    •  Executive Board, UMBC Graduate Student Association
9:40 – 10:00
  • Information on admissions: “Preparing for Graduate School: Timelines and Choices.”
    • K. Jill Barr, Senior Assistant Dean for Graduate Enrollment Management, The Graduate School
    • Gay Warshaw, Recruitment and Admissions
10:00 – 10:30
  • Funding and Elements of the Graduate School Application (GRE, Statement of Purpose, Letters)
    • Renetta G. Tull, Associate Vice Provost for Graduate Student Development & Postdoctoral Affairs, Director of PROMISE: Maryland’s Alliance for Graduate Education and the Professoriate (AGEP)
10:30 – 11:00
  • Graduate School Perspectives: A Panel of current M.S. and Ph.D. scholars
    • Jesse Fox (Biology)
    • Brittny Davis (Chemistry)
    • Deborah Girma (BioChemistry)
    • Lathiena Manning (Biology)
    • Alan Alfano (MMED/UMB)
11:00 – 11:30
  • Keynote Address: President Freeman A. Hrabowski
  • Evaluations and Adjourn


The 2013 Summer Horizons program is open to anyone who is interested in learning more about UMBC and the graduate admissions process.  The graduate school preparation material that we will present  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.

Invitations are  extended to:

  • All UMBC undergraduate students
  • As part of the PROMISE Pathways project, undergraduate and master’s students  from schools within the University System of Maryland (USM) have a special invitation to attend
  •  Students from all summer programs within the DC/Maryland/Virginia (DMV) region
  • 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.
  • Students from any college or university, who are either local or will travel the distance to learn more about graduate school.
  • We also invite professionals who are considering returning to graduate school for an advanced degree.

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This program is free, but participants must register. Buffet lunch is available from 12-2 PM at True Grits cafeteria for $7.81.

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 promisestaff@gmail.com. 

Students from UMBC may register using MyUMBC: http://my.umbc.edu/groups/promise/events/18160

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


Directions and Parking




Partial 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:  https://promiseagep.wordpress.com/publications/

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) – http://www.umbc.edu/promise, 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: http://renettatull.wordpress.com. Connect with her on Twitter: @Renetta_Tull; https://twitter.com/Renetta_Tull

24 thoughts on “July 2013 Summer Horizons: Apply to Graduate School, with UMBC President, Dr. Freeman Hrabowski

  1. Responding for UMBC REU Site: Interdisciplinary Program in High Performance Computing


    Summer 2013 Cohort

    [Full details recorded via email.]

    Majors: All are Mathematics majors; some are additionally Statistics majors or minor; some have double majors with computer science or Econ or some other application area.

    18 Students, by schools:

    1) Northeast Lakeview College
    2) Kenyon College
    3) Elizabethtown College
    4) Saint Mary’s College of California
    5) Contra Costa College
    6) Bard College at Simon’s Rock
    7) Bucknell Universty
    8) Cornell University
    9) UMBC – UBM Scholar
    10) Virginia Tech
    11) University of Connecticut
    12) UMBC – Meyerhoff Scholar
    13) UMBC – UBM Scholar
    14) UMBC – Meyerhoff Scholar
    15) UMBC – Meyerhoff Scholar
    16) UMBC – Meyerhoff Scholar
    17) University of New Mexico
    18) Seton Hill University


  2. Mc Nair Scholars

    Via email:

    10 students from different programs:

    Management of Aging Services
    Management of Aging Services
    Gender and Women’s Studies
    Political Science/AFST
    Political Science


  3. Naval Research Lab’s Summer program

    Via email:

    13 students from different programs,

    Biomedical Engineering
    Materials Science & Engineering
    Physics & Chemistry


    1. Joi Mondisa
      Purdue University
      Engineering Education

      Dorian Davis
      North Carolina A&T University
      Industrial Engineering


  4. Dear participants:

    We are looking forward to having you at UMBC for Summer Horizons. Please remember the event will be on July 10 at 9:30 am in the Meyerhoff Chemistry Building, Room 120. We will be providing a light breakfast before the event (Coffee, fruit and pastries). Also, if you want to go to the Dining Hall (True Grits) after the event, please note that lunch is 7.81 (plus tax). There is metered parking in the Commons, administration and library garages.

    Best and looking forward to seeing you,
    PROMISE staff


  5. David Harris
    Howard University
    Computer Science

    RSVP: for July 2013 Summer Horizons: Apply to Graduate School, with UMBC President, Dr. Freeman Hrabowski


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