Regional GEM GRAD Lab @ UVA Sat. Sept. 28 (Co-Sponsors: UMBC, UVA, VA Tech)

If you live in the DMV and are interested in learning more about graduate school, plan to take a “road trip” to the GEM GRAD Lab on Saturday, September 28!

From the GEM Website: “GRAD Lab encourages young people of color to consider graduate engineering or science education and applying for the GEM fellowship.” 

Segments of the program:

  • “Why Graduate School”
  • “How to Prepare for Graduate School”
  • “Understanding the GEM Fellowship”, and
  • “Voices From the Field: Real Life Research and Internship Experiences”

Program Agenda:


The event is free! Register here:

Students from any school in the region may register for this free event! Just set up a free eGEM account and register online using the link above.  

UMBC’s Sr. Assistant Dean for Graduate Enrollment, K. Jill Barr, J.D., will be one of the panelists!


UVA GEM GRAD Lab Co-sponsors: UMBC, The University of Virginia, Virginia Tech.

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  • FREE bus transportation will be provided for students from UMBC.  Reserve bus seats by sending email to, with the subject “BUS for GEM GRAD Lab.”  NSBE, SACNAS, AISES, and SHPE Presidents from schools other than UMBC should send a list on behalf of their students. Each email must have the name of the student, school, major, and email address.  
  • Students from schools other than UMBC, and students who are not affiliated with a NSBE, SACNAS, AISES, SHPE chapter,  are encouraged to carpool.
  • If you’re planning to go, please let us know. Place a comment here on this page, AND send the email to (for the bus trip.)
  • The bus will leave at 6:00 AM from the front of UMBC’s Administration Building – landmarks: “Administration Drive,” Flag pole, The Retriever Athletic Center (RAC).  The bus will leave UVA around 4:30 PM, with expected arrival back at UMBC at 6: 30 PM.

Driving directions to UVA:

The trip from Baltimore to Charlottesville, VA is approximately 3 hours.


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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;

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