PROMISE is going to UMES! The University of Maryland Eastern Shore’s Research Symposium: April 17, 2014

We encourage graduate students to take many opportunities to present their work and to become comfortable with presenting STEM content.

PROMISE will be participating in the Regional Research Symposium at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore on April 17, 2014. 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:



Based on such great participation in the PROMISE Research Symposium at College Park on February 28, 2014, graduate students from the universities in Maryland have been given a short extension. 

Please submit your abstract by Friday, March 7, 2014. This is the final deadline. Here is the link:




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.”


Last year at UMES:

Read the story of our PROMISE visit to UMES in 2013:


Participation in this event is part of the PROMISE AGEP: Maryland Transportation (PROMISE AGEP-T) project.  Our PROMISE AGEP-T promotes connections between universities in Maryland, professional development, and preparation for the professoriate. 

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;

2 thoughts on “PROMISE is going to UMES! The University of Maryland Eastern Shore’s Research Symposium: April 17, 2014

  1. This was my 2nd time in a row attending the Annual Regional Research Symposium, sponsored by the University of Maryland Eastern Shore. Unfortunately this year I did not present but I did attend the opening session, lunch session, poster and oral presentations, and closing ceremony. I was particularly impressed by some of undergraduate oral presentations. The highlight of the conference was the speaker for the lunch session, Ronald E. Blakely, the Associate Director for Barack Obama’s White House Initiative Office on Historically Black Colleges and Universities. Blakely gave a laid back and often humorous talk on his journey to current position and shared the lessons he learned on the way. His main point to me was to make sure to leverage any opportunities around you in order to reach your goals. People often overlook resources that are right in front of them. He encouraged the conference attendees to be diligent and humble in seeking out these resources. All in all, this was a great conference. UMES is a beautiful campus and the trip was well worth the early drive!


  2. Talking with a few of my peers about their presentations was interesting. Aside from the typical pre-presentation jitters, it generally a good experience. Although a few of them felt as if the presentations would have been better received if the judges were more familiar with their field of study, One thing everyone agreed on was enjoying the lunch speaker and the great food!

    DeLauren McCauley
    Chemistry and Biochemistry
    Area of Doctoral Study: Chemistry


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