University System of Maryland PROMISE AGEP Research Symposium & Professional Development Conference: Fri. Feb. 28, 2014 @ UM College Park

PROMISE AGEP: Maryland Transformation is pleased to invite you to attend and participate in the 2014 University System of Maryland PROMISE AGEP Research Symposium and Professional Development Conference. This new conference revises the former PROMISE Research Symposium, and adds a professional development component that will prepare graduate students and postdoctoral fellows for faculty positions in STEM. This conference seeks to provide a venue that will allow students to present their work at any stage, receive feedback in preparation for presenting at larger venues, and provide training that will prepare participants for faculty careers.

This page will serve as the official webpage for the event. Please stay tuned for updates.


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This conference will feature STEM-based oral presentations, posters, and professional development seminars. Participants are invited to submit abstracts to participate in three oral categories, and one poster category.

Oral Category 1: Traditional Research Presentations

[7 minutes presentation, 3 minutes critique, 2 minutes of questions, traditional PowerPoint presentation]

Oral Category 2: TED-Styled Talks

[5 minute talks + 5 minutes for critique/questions, PowerPoint presentation with images only – no text]

Oral Category 3: Lightening Round Talks

[2 minute talks with timer on the screen, no PowerPoints, no critique.]


  • Presentation slots are limited to graduate students within the University System of Maryland.
  • A custom webpage will be designed for each presenter. The presenter’s website will include a photo, bio, abstract, synopsis of research, and list of other relevant publications or presentations as applicable.
  • Postdocs from universities and organizations outside of the University System of Maryland can participate as judges for poster sessions and mentors.
  • All graduate students and postdocs are invited to participate as audience members and attend the professional development workshops.
  • Faculty from within the USM are invited to serve as judges to provide constructive feedback.


All events will be held in the Rotunda of the Jeong H. Kim Engineering Building, unless otherwise noted.

8:00 AM – 9:00 AM – Arrive, Breakfast Refreshments, Registration, Poster Set-Up

9:00 AM – 10:30 AM Opening Remarks and Traditional Research Presentations

Opening Remarks: Renetta G. Tull, Ph.D., Director, PROMISE: Maryland’s AGEP (University System of Maryland) and Associate Vice Provost for Graduate Student Development & Postdoctoral Affairs (UMBC)

Welcome: Ana Maria Pérez, Ph.D., Postdoctoral Associate for Diversity Initiatives, Office of Diversity Initiatives, The Graduate School, University of Maryland College Park

Oral Research Presentations


10:30 AM – 10:45 AM Networking Break


Exchange business cards, learn something new from the posters that will be displayed around the Rotunda, and develop new colleagues. 

10:45 AM – 11:15 AM Lightening Round Talks

11:15 AM – 12:00 Noon – Kickoff Ceremony for PROMISE AGEP: Maryland Transformation

Moderator and Host: Dr. Charles Caramello, Associate Provost for Academic Affairs and Dean of the Graduate School, University of Maryland College Park

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Brit Kirwan, Chancellor, University System of Maryland

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Dr. Kirwan’s Biography:

12:00 PM – Poster Session & Buffet Lunch  

Special Lunch Table Guests:

alycia marshall AACCDr. Alycia Marshall, Chair, Department of Mathematics, Anne Arundel Community College (AACC), PROMISE Alumna (UMCP), Co-PI of NSF’s $598,000 Engineering Scholar’s Program. Dr. Marshall serves as a PROMISE Alumni “Mentor-in-Residence” at each PROMISE Summer Success Institute. Under her leadership, other PROMISE alumni and students have had jobs or career-enhancing opportunities at AACC.

Elena Hernandez-RamoncropDr. Elena Hernández-Ramón, Scientific Project Manager at Office of Intramural Training and Education at NIH, Researcher in Cancer/Carcinogen-DNA Interactions, President of the NIH chapter of SACNAS (Society for the Advancement of Chicano and Native American Scientists), and member of the Hispanic Organization of Toxicologists.

Dr. Marshall and Dr. Hernández-Ramón will be seated at round tables during lunch. Participants may network during lunch by joining them at their tables and sharing a meal and discussion. Please bring your CVs and be prepared to talk with them about career opportunities in their organizations.

Poster Presenters

1:00 PM Meeting of University System of Maryland Graduate Deans and STEM Deans  [Pepco Boardroom]

1:15 PM – “TED-Styled” Talks [Rotunda]

Moderator: Serenella Linares, Plant Sciences, UMCP

2:00 PM  – Professional Development Workshops

a) Planning in Advance for Tenure: Dr. Raheem Beyah (Associate Professor, Georgia Tech), Dr. William Robinson (Associate Professor, Vanderbilt University). [Kay Room]


Both Dr. Beyah and Dr. Robinson were AGEP students when they were in graduate school, and have been members of the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE). Both now have tenure and are dedicating time and effort to training graduate students and postdoctoral fellows to plan and prepare themselves now, so that they can be ready for future success as a tenured professor.

Dr. Beyah and Dr. Robinson lead the Academic Research Leadership Symposium, in conjunction with the National Society of Black Engineers.

About Dr. Beyah:

About Dr. Robinson:

[While lunch is only available for pre-registered participants, this workshop is open to the public. You may register on-site for this 2 hour workshop.]

b) “Radio Research” – Public Speaking: Scott Morgan, President of The Morgan Group

Moderator: Dr. Maria Nandadevi Cortes Rodriguez, Biological Sciences, UMBC

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Scott Morgan, President of The Morgan Group of Washington, DC, provides media training and public speaking tips to a variety of organizations, companies, and universities. Morgan is a Senior Associate of the Abshire Inamori Leadership Academy, at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in DC.

More about Scott Morgan:

The Morgan Group 

[While lunch is only available for pre-registered participants, this workshop is open to the public. You may register on-site for this 2 hour workshop.]

4:00 PM – Closing Reception & Awards Ceremony



If you are interested in presenting, please follow the schedule below:

December 20, 2013: “Letter of Intent” to present (Email with name, school, department, choice of oral category (1, 2, 3) or poster, and potential title of your presentation.)

“TED-Styled” and “Lightening Round” titles must be tailored to appeal to a general audience.

January 17, 2013, *New, of Dec. 23, 2013: Deadline for “Intent to Present” emails for Lightening Round and Poster Presentationsonly.  Everyone who expressed an “Intent to Present” as of Dec. 23, 2013, will be in line for the presentation style of their choice. Those who did not specify a category will be given a space for a poster. All of the slots in the “Traditional Presentation” Category #1, and the “TED-Styled Talk” Category #2, are taken, and we will not accept any more requests for those categories. We have some slots remaining in the “Lightening Round” Category #3, and we have slots remaining for posters.

January 31, 2014:Abstracts and the information below are required for all presentations types. (Email all materials to, with the subject: “2014 PROMISE Research Symposium Presenter Information.”)

  1. Formal Abstract (250 words or less).Biographical Sketch (250 words or less)
    • Font: 12 Point, Times New Roman
    • Heading, Left-justified:
      • Title (Bold)
      • Name (Italicized)
      • Department (No abbreviations)
      • University (No abbreviations)
  2. General Summary of Graduate Research (250 words or less)
  3. High Quality Photograph
  4. Numbered List of up to 5 publications and or/presentations. Please give precedence to publications and conference proceedings as applicable.


This symposium serves as preparation for other international and national conferences, as well as local events such as the University of Maryland Eastern Shore’s Regional Research Symposium in April 2014 (open to any student, from any school, in any state), the 2014 Graduate Student Association’s Graduate Research Conference (GSA GRC) , College Park’s 2014 Graduate Student Government’s Graduate Research and Interaction Day (GSG GRID), and the University Maryland Baltimore’s Graduate Research Conference. Graduate students are strongly encouraged to take advantage of all opportunities to present their work. We will attempt to place as many presentations as possible. 

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;

10 thoughts on “University System of Maryland PROMISE AGEP Research Symposium & Professional Development Conference: Fri. Feb. 28, 2014 @ UM College Park

  1. Participation in our February 28, 2014 symposium will provide additional practice and preparation for participation in other conferences. We encourage graduate students to take many opportunities to present their work and to become comfortable with presenting STEM content.

    Later in the semester, we will be participating in the Regional Research Symposium at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore. Please see the information below regarding the April conference at UMES:

    PROMISE AGEP: Maryland Transformation (An AGEP-T Project) invites graduate students from universities within the University System of Maryland (USM: to participate in the Fifth Annual Regional Research Symposium, sponsored by the University of Maryland Eastern Shore.

    Thursday, April 17, 2014
    Student Services Center
    University of Maryland Eastern Shore

    Graduate students are invited to participate in one or both of the following ways:
    1) Present research within the “Graduate Student” category
    2) Serve as moderators within the “Undergraduate Student” category

    Please visit UMES’ website for details:
    All attendees must register online.
    If you are interested in being a moderator as part of your professional development, please contact Dr. Andrea Johnson,, with the subject “PROMISE AGEP: Moderator for UMES 2014 Symposium” and cc

    A bus will leave UMBC’s campus to travel to the Eastern Shore in the morning of April 17, 2014 and will return the same evening.
    DEPARTURE: Leave UMBC at 5:00 AM (arrive at UMES between 7:30 and 8:00 AM. The program begins at 8:00 AM)
    RETURN: Leave UMES by 5:00 PM (arrive at UMBC between 7:30 and 8:00 PM).
    If you are interested in bus transportation, please send an email to, with the subject “Bus for UMES 2014.”


  2. Dear participants,

    If you are coming from UMBC and would like to ride the bus, please send an
    email to with the subject “Bus for symposium” In the email please include your name and telephone. I will be sending you an email confirming you have reserved a seat in the bus.

    We will meet at 7:00 am on Administration drive, in front of the Administration building (UMBC), PLEASE arrive there on time. The bus will be departing at 7:30 am, and we should be back on campus (UMBC) around 6:00 pm.


    1. Students from all schools who will be coming from the Baltimore area are welcome to ride the bus to College Park. This offer is available all presenters, as well as students, postdocs, faculty, and staff who are attending as participants or members of the audience.



    All posters must be no larger than 3 ft x 4 ft (36 inches x 48 inches). Please adjust your power point settings accordingly. All presenters are responsible for getting their posters printed. Please check with your academic departments for poster printing options. Many departments suggest that posters have a white background. Please check with your department or person in charge of printing before you finish designing your poster. You want to make sure that your poster adheres to the printing guidelines.


  4. I am not able to Register. There seems to some technical problem while completing the registration online on the Eventbrite link.


  5. Parking Information for Conference Participants.

    Visitor Parking is located at the Regent’s Drive Parking Garage and the Paint Branch Drive Visitor’s Parking Lot. Please click on this link for a campus parking map:

    Click to access map_visitor.pdf

    Parking is $3 per hour, with a 5 hour max per parking space.

    Parking passes are available to presenters and speakers. Parking passes will be distributed on the day of the conference at the registration table.


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