NSF GRFP Fellowship Application Workshop @UMBC, Sept. 12, 2015

“Funding Your Graduate Education”

An Annual “Special Saturday Success Seminar”

9:00 AM – 2:00 PM

Saturday, September 12, 2015

UMBC Sherman Hall, Room 003

(First floor Lecture Hall. Sherman Hall is between the Administration Building and the University Center. It is across the walkway from the Sondheim Building.)



Dr. Frances D. Carter-Johnson, AAAS S&T Fellow at the NIH Center for Scientific Review

Dr. Patricia Ordóñez, Department of Computer Science, University of Puerto Rico – Rio Piedras


Our speakers, UMBC Alumni and former NSF GRFP winners, bring their award winner seminar back to UMBC! This seminar has been presented at the National Science Foundation’s HBCU-UP national conference, the American Association for the Advancement in Science’s  Emerging Researchers Network national Conference, Harvard, MIT, Spelman, Clemson, and at others universities in Puerto Rico, Texas, and DC. Our speakers have been part of MIT’s Tech TV series, and continue to be sought-after speakers on the topic of graduate funding. 


AAAS Change Behavior Forum FrancesDr. Carter-Johnson is a graduate of UMBC’s Department of Public Policy and formerly served as a STEM Policy Analyst at Westat.  Dr. Carter-Johnson has degrees in Public Policy, Applied Physics, Pure Physics, and Mechanical Engineering from UMBC, Georgia Tech, and Spelman College. She has received research support and fellowships from NASA, NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP), SREB, The Department of Education, GEM, the American Evaluation Association, NIH, and MIT. Dr. Carter-Johnson completed her postdoctoral training at the Teaching and Learning Laboratory at MIT, and is a Science and Technology Policy Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). She currently designs studies and analyzes data to develop policy solutions to enhance diversity in the biomedical workforce at the Center for Scientific Review at the National Institutes of Health.


Patti O NewDr. Ordóñez  is a graduate of UMBC’s Department of Computer Science. She is an Assistant Professor at the University of Puerto Rico Rio Piedras. Dr. Ordóñez has degrees from Johns Hopkins University and UMBC in Hispanic and Italian Studies, and Computer Science respectively.  She has taught several classes at UMBC and was a Technical Trainer for UMBC’s Training Centers, focusing on JAVA Computer Programming Certifications and curriculum development. Dr. Ordóñez  was an NSF Graduate Research Fellow, and has received fellowships and/or recognition from Xerox, Verizon, Google, The Ford Foundation, The Hispanic Scholarship Fund and UMBC. Dr. Ordóñez is the Leader of Biomedical Informatics Function for the Puerto Rico Clinical and Translational Research Consortium, and her research is   focused on applying machine learning, data mining, and data visualization to big time series data for the purpose of improving medicine and on developing assistive technologies for programming. Dr. Ordóñez also presents this workshop on graduate research funding in Puerto Rico in Spanish.


Our speakers’ work on the topic of graduate funding was presented at the “Understanding Interventions” national conference in 2012, and was published in a paper by the American Association of Engineering Education in 2013. This year, in addition to their annual workshops in Boston, their seminar, “The $10 Million Dollar Plan: Increasing Graduate Funding and Diversity in Computing” was presented at the 2014 Tapia Celebration of Diversity in Computing, in Seattle, WA. Their list of winners continues to grow, and participants who have taken their workshops have won the prestigious NSF GRFP Fellowship and other awards,  totaling more than $1 million of fellowship money! 


Learn how to apply for the NSF GRFP Fellowship, learn about the nuances of submitting a fellowship to NSF, have terms deciphered, and start your application on Fastlane – NSF’s computer system.


PLEASE RSVP (Breakfast refreshments and lunch will be served): 

  • UMBC’s students: http://my.umbc.edu/groups/promise/events/34284
  • If you are not a student at UMBC, RSVP by posting in the comment section at the bottom of this message with your name, school, and discipline (academic department)/major.

Graduate students and undergraduates from all schools in the region are invited to attend this seminar. All current LSAMP Bridge to the Doctorate Fellows are required to attend the workshop, and are required to apply for the NSF GRFP.

Directions and Parking:


See the “Comments” section below for more details.

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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

17 thoughts on “NSF GRFP Fellowship Application Workshop @UMBC, Sept. 12, 2015

  1. The schedule for the day is as follows:

    9:00 – 10:00 AM – Setting up the account (If you wish to do this, bring your laptops)

    10:00 AM – 12:00 PM – Seminar “Funding your graduate education”

    12:00 PM – 2:00 PM – Lunch Seminar – Starting your application – NSF Fastlane session


    1. Dear Ali-Sha, Greetings! Please note that the program will primarily feature funding for STEM programs, although it could provide information that you can use to probe for other opportunities in social work, that are outside of NSF. As a student in a social work program, you are not eligible to apply for the NSF GRFP. For general reference, the social science disciplines that are eligible are as follows:


      Biological Anthropology
      Cultural Anthropology
      Anthropology, other
      Decision Making and Risk analysis
      Economics (except Business Administration)
      History and Philosophy of Science
      International Relations
      Law and Social Science
      Linguistic Anthropology
      Medical Anthropology
      Political Science
      Public Policy
      Science Policy
      Sociology (except Social Work)
      Urban and Regional Planning
      Social Sciences, other (specify)

      Our speakers may know of some additional resources that may be helpful.

      Kind regards,
      Renetta Tull


  2. Hi my name is Vanessa. I attend the University of Maryland, College Park. I am a Master’s student in Human Computer Interaction.


  3. RSVP for:
    Name: Stephanie Folling
    University: UMCP
    Major/Discipline: Masters of Education in Teaching, Learning, Leadership & Policy; Minority and Urban Education


  4. Name: Yvette Tamukong,
    School: University of Maryland College Park,
    Discipline: Agricultural and Natural sciences (academic department)/
    Major:Environmental Science and Technology

    RSVP: Sept. 12


  5. Hello. I would like to attend the seminar tomorrow. I recently applied to University of Maryland school of nursing for an MSN in Nursing Informatics.


  6. Hello my name is Aquia Richburg. I am an applied math PhD student at UMCP. I would like to attend the program on September 12.


  7. Hi,

    My name is Itohan Ebhojiaye. I am a studying Mechanical Engineering at the University of Maryland in College Park. I would like to attend the seminar tomorrow.


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