Fall 2014 Seminars & Workshops at UMBC, UMB, & UMCP: Open to Graduate Students and Postdocs

Through our collaborate PROMISE grant, PROMISE AGEP: Maryland Transformation, students throughout the University System of Maryland are eligible to attend professional seminars and workshops at UMBC, UMB, and UMCP.  If the event is listed on the main PROMISE website, please follow the directions to RSVP. Several seminars have university-specific registration processes. If you are planning to attend a session at a school that is different from your own, and if you are unable to register using that school’s system, please send add a comment to the bottom of this post, and email to promisestaff@gmail.com with the subject “Professional Development Seminar Registration,___seminar location___, __date of seminar____”

Seminars at UMBC:

Fall 2014 SeminarsDownload the PDF: UMBC Graduate Student SEP 2014 Seminars

Seminars on MyUMBC: http://my.umbc.edu/groups/promise

Information for Postdocs: http://www.umbc.edu/gradschool/postdoc/index.html

These websites will be updated regularly. Please stay tuned. 

Seminars at the University of Maryland College Park:


Ph.D. Completion Project Workshops Fall 2014
Time: Friday Afternoons, 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Location: Juan Ramon Jimenez Room 2208, Stamp Student Union

September 19, 2014: Dissertation and Thesis Management

November 14, 2014: Managing Graduate Student Loan Debt

December 5, 2014: CVs and Cover Letters

Website for more information: http://www.gradschool.umd.edu/current_students/grad_diversity_student_experience.html

Teaching and Learning Workshops 
Dr. Alexis Williams, the new Assistant Director for the Professors-in-Training (PROF-it) program, a subsidiary of PROMISE, will update the PROF-it page with information about teaching workshops at College Park. She is working with colleagues at College Park’s Teaching and Learning Transformation Center at Marie Mount Hall to allow students from other campuses to participate.

Workshops are listed here: http://tltc.umd.edu/#events (scroll to “Workshops”). If you are a current UMCP student, you may RSVP through the link on each workshop page. If you would like to attend from a non-UMCP campus, send an email to tltc@umd.edu with the title and date of the workshop(s). If you drive, you will need to park in a paid visitor parking lot, but your RSVP will also include lunch as part of the daytime seminars.

Thank you to Emily Grossnickle, Coordinator of Graduate Student Programs, University of Maryland College Park.

Seminars at the University of Maryland Baltimore (UMB)

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Upcoming Careers in Science Seminars, Fall 2014

Dr. Joseph Corriveau,

Director of Research and Technology, US Army Edgewood Chemical Biological Center 

Friday, September 5, 2014 at 12:00
Bressler Research Building, Room 1-008
For: Graduate Students and Postdoctoral Fellows

As the Director of Research and Technology, Dr. Corriveau is responsible for the scientific activities of Department of the Army civilian employees and on-site contractor personnel who are part of ECBC’s Research and Technology Directorate. The directorate, one of three within ECBC, supports the Department of Defense, as well as other government agencies by providing innovative science and technology solutions for chemical and biological defense.

Register Here

Dr. Melissa Hayes
Regulatory Affairs Specialist, Becton, Dickinson and Company 

Friday, October 10th, 2014 at 12:00
Bressler Research Building, Room 1-008
For: Graduate Students and Postdoctoral Fellows

Dr. Hayes, an alumna of the GPILS Graduate Program in Microbiology and Immunology, will share her career path into Regulatory Affairs. Come and learn about her experience, find out about what transferable skills Ph.D./postdoctoral fellows have that are relevant and find out more about BD (they are hiring!)

Co-Sponsored by the UMB MAPS-U

Register Here

Dr. Joanne Kamens, Executive Director, Addgene 

Thursday, November 13th, 2014 at 11:30
Bressler Research Building, Room 1-008
For: Graduate Students and Postdoctoral Fellows

Dr. Kamens received her PhD in Genetics from Harvard Medical School then spent 15 years at BASF/Abbott, ultimately serving as Group Leader in Molecular Biology. In 2007 she joined RXi Pharmaceuticals as Senior Director of Research Collaborations. In 2011, Dr. Kamens became the Executive Director of Addgene, a mission driven, non-profit dedicated to helping scientists around the world share plasmid reagents. Dr. Kamens has been raising awareness of women scientists since 1998 upon realizing that an entire week had gone by at work and not one other woman had been at any meeting she attended. Dr. Kamens founded the current Boston chapter of the Association for Women in Science. Dr. Kamens was Director of the Healthcare Businesswomen’s Association Boston Group Mentoring Program for 3 years. In 2010, Dr. Kamens received the Catalyst Award from the Science Club for Girls for longstanding dedication to empowering women in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. She is a Fellow of the Massachusetts Academy of Science recognizing scientific accomplishment and service to the science community and the public and was recognized as one of the 2013 PharmaVoice 100 Most Inspiring.

Co-Sponsored by the UMB MAPS-U
Register Here 


Thank you Jennifer Guy-Aumiller, Director of Pre & Postdoctoral Trainee Career Development, UMB. 

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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) – 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

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