July 2014 Summer Horizons: Apply to Graduate School! Special Speaker: UMBC’s 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 2.5-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 PresidentsWorld’s 100 Most Influential People. See Dr. Hrabowski talk about UMBC on 60 Minutes. Watch Dr. Hrabowski’s  TED Talk 2013.) Summer Horizons is co-sponsored by PROMISE AGEP and the Meyerhoff Graduate Biomedical Fellows Program.

2014 Summer Horizons Program

  • Wednesday, July 9, 2014
  • The 2014 program will begin at 9:30 AM and will end at 12 noon. (Registration and Seating will begin at 9:00)
  • Sports Zone, The Commons 2nd Floor, UMBC (University of Maryland, Baltimore County)
  • This event is FREE to the public. 


  • Registration and Seating (Light breakfast refreshments)
9:30 – 9:40
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 – 10:45
  • 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)
10:45 – 11:15
11:15 – 11:45
  • Introduction of the Speaker: Dr. Janet C. Rutledge, Vice Provost for Graduate Education and Dean of the Graduate School, Associate Professor of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering



11:45 AM
  • Evaluations and Adjourn
12:00 PM
  • Lunch


The 2014 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.

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


IBP3For additional resources, including access to funding opportunities: Please visit the Institute for Broadening Participation’s website,  “Pathways to Science,”  and fill out the form in the left corner:  http://www.pathwaystoscience.org/. The website has information on a variety of opportunities, which include as an example, a wealth of information on funding and internships through NASA:  http://www.pathwaystoscience.org/nasa.aspx. Our student participants have taken advantage of this resource in the past, and several have had offers for great opportunities.


Directions and Parking


Metered visitor parking is available in the Commons Garage. To get to the Commons Garage, circle around Hilltop Circle (either direction) until you reach Commons Drive. Take Commons Drive toward the center for campus. The garage will be on your left. Meter fees are $.25 for each 15 minutes, quarters only, maximum time of 5 hours.



Partial sponsorship for this program has been provided by the National Science Foundation, Collaborative Research: AGEP – T: PROMISE AGEP Maryland Transformation # 1309290,   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

3 thoughts on “July 2014 Summer Horizons: Apply to Graduate School! Special Speaker: UMBC’s President, Dr. Freeman Hrabowski

  1. Message from Dr. Nanda Cortes to the participants:

    Dear participants:

    We are looking forward to having you at UMBC for Summer Horizons. Please remember the event will be tomorrow July 9 at 9:30 am in the Sports Zone in the Commons building. We will be providing a light breakfast before the event (Coffee, fruit and pastries) and lunch at the end of the event.

    In this message you will find important information about directions and parking. Please make sure to park on the designated parking for visitors (marked with a “P”) and to bring quarters.

    Directions and Parking:


    Metered visitor parking is available in the Commons Garage. To get to the Commons Garage, circle around Hilltop Circle (either direction) until you reach Commons Drive. Take Commons Drive toward the center for campus. The garage will be on your left. Meter fees are $.25 for each 15 minutes, MAKE SURE TO BRING QUARTERS.

    Public Transportation

    Closest Airport: BWI Marshall
    Closest Amtrak Station: BWI Marshall Airport (not Baltimore). This station supports Amtrak trains and the local Marc Train (Commuter Train, includes stops for Washington, DC, Bowie, and Baltimore) – Penn Line, http://mta.maryland.gov/sites/default/files/Penn_Apr12_gridonly.pdf
    From Washington DC, take the Red Line Metro Line to Union Station, and take the Marc Train (Penn Line) or take the 30 bus from Greenbelt to BWI. Schedule: http://www.wmata.com/bus/timetables/md/b30.pdf
    Taxi rides are approximately $20 between the BWI Airport or Amtrak/Marc Station and the UMBC Administration Building.

    Driving Directions

    From Route 95 (North or South):

    The UMBC Exit is THE SAME EXIT off of 95 for the BWI Marshall Airport.
    Follow the signs for UMBC, Rt. 166, Catonsville. The main entrance to UMBC is off of I-195. Once you are on UMBC’s campus (landmarks: Silo on the left, BW Research Park), stay in the right lane.

    Make a RIGHT onto Hilltop Circle (this street circles the campus).
    Pass Administration Drive on your left (immediately past the parking garage)
    Keep driving until you reach COMMONS DRIVE
    Metered Parking: Commons Drive garage

    Other Parking Options: http://www.umbc.edu/aboutumbc/campusmap/pdf/2010Map_Parking.pdf
    When you park at a meter, you must have coins available to pay the metered fees.
    Please bring quarters. Machines are available within the covered parking lots and on top of the parking garages to provide change from dollar bills (and sometimes they do not work). Questions? Contact Parking services. http://www.umbc.edu/parking/
    Walking Directions from Commons Drive Parking Deck to the Commons building (where the sports zone is located).

    From the Commons Drive lot, exiting from the site close to the elevator follow the road into the campus, the commons building is on the circle where Commons Drive ends. Once you entered the building, walk up the stairs to the main floor (passing the bookstore and the bank), there will be elevators in front of you. The sports zone is on the mezzanine level, when you leave the elevator head to the left. The sports zone is decorated with UMBC memorabilia.

    Campus Map: http://www.umbc.edu/AboutUMBC/CampusMap/


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