The Success of the 2014 PROMISE Summer Success Institute (SSI) – The Social Media Accolades

This past weekend, PROMISE: Maryland’s AGEP celebrated the anniversary of the PROMISE Summer Success Institute (SSI). This was actually the 12th Annual SSI. The first PROMISE conference was called “SUCCESS 2003.” We named the program the Summer Success Institute (SSI) in 2004.

The program from the 2014 SSI can be found here:

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Click here for the: PDF of the 2014 SSI program booklet, Click here for the conference website.

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Here, we share some of the 300+ (public) responses that were posted within two days from our #PROMISEagep social media presence for the SSI (Note: Posts from private Twitter and Facebook accounts where users have opened posts to members of PROMISE, but have not opened posts to the general public are not featured.) 

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Some Facebook comments:

Wonderfully invigorating time at the PROMISE AGEP SSI Dissertation House / SSI this weekend ! From the panelists talks to the breakout sessions , I found myself being ‘re-engaged in my PhD process. Thanks to ALL who shared this experience with me. – K.G.

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Find more comments on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram with the hashtag: #PROMISEagep

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;

16 thoughts on “The Success of the 2014 PROMISE Summer Success Institute (SSI) – The Social Media Accolades

    1. From K. N. – Student in Toxicology at UMES:

      I have taken so much away these last 3 days from dissertation house and the formal mentorship and leadership training sessions. I am so glad that I could participate and look forward to next year.


      1. From W.R., MA

        I would like to take the time to send my accolades to the promise staff for the platform to network with other professionals. I’m certain I want to obtain a PhD and after attending these seminars I am confident and ready to begin my journey. I’m truly indebted to your staff for this opportunity as it was life changing!


        1. From K.R. (M.S. from UMBC, Doctoral student at Morgan)

          Promise SSI was awesome this year! I benefited most from the presentation given by Dr. Doswell on his entrepreneurial initiatives.

          He doesn’t know it yet but he has gained a new mentee.

          I look forward to next year’s seminar!


          1. From O.J., Grad student in Information Systems, UMBC

            The PROMISEagep SSI was amazing!!! Gave me a new found strenght to forge ahead. Seeing those who have achieved what I hope to achieve reminded me that it is possible!

            Whatever it is, your dreams are valid!


      1. Responses from the TIAA-CREF Financial Literacy Seminar

        From Dr. J.S., participant, NIH

        Great information and great audience participation. Clear action items to be a better financial future. Invite them back…


        From S. N, UMBC

        The session was great and informative.


        From Dr. T.C., postdoctoral fellow

        The seminar was very informative for grad students at any stage as well as postdocs. Ms. Fulco kept the seminar lively an engaging. I have two action items that will certainly contribute to overall my overall financial security in the present and in the future.


        From V. N, UMBC

        Learned something new today !! Wonderful topic and interactive crowd and speaker


        From P.,

        Very informative



  1. I am going to invite some of our SSI speakers to post their information here, including Twitter accounts and websites. If you are in the market for their services, please contact them! I will endorse each of them!


  2. I thoroughly enjoyed my time this past weekend at the conference. Such impressive colleagues and topics! As always, a wonderfully energizing time for all. I am already looking forward to next year!

    Alycia Marshall, Ph.D
    Professor/Interim Chair of Mathematics, Anne Arundel Community College
    Principal Investigator, Engineering Scholars Program, Anne Arundel Community College
    CEO/Founder Educational Excellence LLC


  3. NSF’s PROMISE Program at UMBC says all of the right things, involves all of the right people, and has the personal touch that allows striving PhD students to network, prepare for and excel in their professional careers. Glad to be a part of this year’s event and hope that the dedication displayed by UMBC is embodied by many other institutions.


  4. This conference was well organized and had the perfect blend of speakers and topics to keep both students and presenters engaged throughout the weekend. The format enabled excellent networking and professional development opportunities for all. Glad to be a part of the 2014 SSI program and look forward to partnering again soon.

    Marquita M. Qualls, PhD
    Leadership and Professional Development Consulting and Coaching

    Entropia Consulting


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