Spring 2017 PROMISE Research Symposium & Professional Development Conf. Feb. 17, 2017 #ThinkBigDiversity

PROMISE AGEP: Maryland Transformation is pleased to invite you to attend and participate in the 2017 University System of Maryland PROMISE AGEP Research Symposium and Professional Development Conference on February 17, 2017. This conference replaces the former PROMISE Research Symposium, and adds a professional development component that will prepare graduate students and postdoctoral fellows for faculty positions in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM, which includes social sciences) disciplines. This year, PROMISE also invites undergraduate students to come to hear graduate students’ presentations, and to participate in workshops that will prepare them to be graduate students with an eye on becoming future faculty members.

This conference seeks to provide a venue that will allow students to present their work at any stage, receive feedback in preparation for presenting at larger venues, and provide training that will prepare participants for faculty careers.The event is free and meals are provided. Please apply to present at the conference using the rules in the “Call for Presentations” section below and register using Eventbrite link to register to attend the conference.

Event: PROMISE Research Symposium

Location: University of Maryland College Park

Adele H. Stamp Student Union – Center for Campus Life

3972 Campus Dr

Colony Ballroom

College Park, MD 20742

8:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Attire: Business Casual


There will be free transportation from UMBC to UMCP. Please send an email to promisestaff@gmail.com by Feb. 7, 2017, with the subject title, “2017 Research Symposium Bus,” with your name, school, and phone number. The bus departs from the UMBC Commons Loop at 7:20 AM. This location is between The Commons, The Physics Building, and The Public Policy Building – on Commons Drive, near The Commons Garage. [This is NOT the Administration Drive loop in front of campus.] The bus will depart from UMCP at 4:15 PM and arrive at UMBC around 5:15 PM.


Free transportation from UMES to Salisbury will be provided. Mr. Zoe Johnson will be driving the UMES vehicle to Salisbury and attendees are to meet him at the Student Services Center (SSC) Bus stop at 4:30 AM.   The estimated arrival time to SU is between 5:00 – 5:15 am to catch the bus to UMD.

The bus from Salisbury to UMD departs at 5:30 am from Guerrieri University Center parking lot off Dogwood Drive and will be arriving at College Park around 8:00 am.

The estimated departure time from UMD (College Park) is 4:15 pm.

For more information about the transportation from UMES, please contact Angela Young adyoung@umes.edu and from Salisbury please contact Erin Golembewski egole001@umaryland.edu


If you choose to drive on your own, you may pay to park in the Union Lane Garage – located between the Adele H. Stamp Student Union Center for Campus Life and Cole Field House. Hours of operation are 7:00a.m. to 2:00 a.m. daily. Current rates at this facility are $3.00 per hour, with a $15.00 per day maximum during the weekdays. In this garage, you park in a numbered spot, remember your number, and walk out toward the entrance to enter it into the machine, where you will pre-pay for a certain number of hours. Other parking lot information can be found here: http://cvs.umd.edu/visitors/parking.html.

RSVP: This event is open to both people who are presenting and to observers. To present at the conference, please follow the directions as per the “Call for Presentations” section below. All attendees are required to register on Eventbrite (https://www.eventbrite.com/e/spring-2017-university-system-of-maryland-promise-agep-research-symposium-professional-development-tickets-29756428278?err=29)

Eventbrite - Spring 2016 University System of Maryland PROMISE AGEP Research Symposium & Professional Development Conference: Fri. Feb. 12, 2016

  • Presentation slots are limited to graduate students within the University System of Maryland.
  • A custom webpage will be designed for each presenter. The presenter’s website will include a photo, bio, abstract, synopsis of research, and list of other relevant publications or presentations as applicable. Students who participated in 2014, 2015, and 2016 can update their current pages.
  • Postdocs from universities and organizations outside of the University System of Maryland can participate as mentors and judges for poster sessions.
  • All graduate students and postdocs are invited to participate as audience members and attend the professional development workshops.
  • Undergraduate students are invited to attend to learn from the presentations, and to participate in special workshops dedicated to preparing for graduate school, with a focus on thinking about becoming a professor in the future.
  • Faculty from within the USM are invited to serve as judges to provide constructive feedback.

Join us! Registration is free. 



Colony Ballroom, Adele Stamp Student Union, University of Maryland College Park


PROMISE AGEP Research Symposium & Professional Development Conference

8:00 AM – 9:00 AM: Arrival, Breakfast Refreshments, Registration, Poster Set-Up

9:00 AM – 10:30 AM: Opening Remarks, Traditional Oral Research Presentations


  1. Host’s Opening and Welcome: Christopher Perez, Associate Director, Office of Graduate Diversity and Inclusion, and Coordinator for PROMISE at College Park
  2. Co-PI Remarks: Dean Jeffrey Franke, The Graduate School, University of Maryland College Park; and Sr. Associate Dean Erin Golembewski, University of Maryland, Baltimore
  3. USM PROMISE AGEP Welcome: Dr. Renetta Tull, UMBC Associate Vice Provost for Graduate Student Development and Postdoctoral Affairs, and PROMISE AGEP Director for the University System of Maryland

Traditional Oral Research Presentations


  1. Christa Pettie, UMD, Reliability Engineering
  2. Lampouguin Y. Douti, UMD, Bioengineering
  3. Autumn Griffin, UMD, Teaching, Learning, Policy, and Leadership/Language, Literacy, and Social Inquiry
  4. James Kitchin, UMBC, Public Policy
  5. Andrea Gilbert, UMD, Nutrition and Food Science

10:30 AM – 10:45 AM: Networking Break

10:45 AM – 11:15 AM: “TED-Style” Talks


  1. Tuesday Barnes, UMD, Sociology
  2. Denise N. Williams, UMBC, Chemistry and Biochemistry
  3. Omar A. Eaton-Martinez, UMD, American Studies

11:15 AM – 12:00 PM: Lightning Round Talks


  1. Eugenie Stephenson, UMBC, Gerontology
  2. Parastoo Delgoshaei, UMD, Civil Systems Engineering
  3. Erica Dasi, UMBC, Biological Sciences
  4. Isaac Mativo, UMBC, Computer Science
  5. Marwa El-Sayed, UMBC, Chemical, Biochemical and Environmental Engineering

12:00 PM: Buffet Lunch Mentoring Discussions

(Postdoctoral fellows and faculty are invited to engage in mentoring conversations with the students.)

12:45 PM – 1:30 PM: Poster Session and Dessert Reception


  1. Kristin Noell, UMES, Natural Science
  2. Viviana Monje-Galvan, UMD, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
  3. Ashley Wayne, UMBC, Mechanical Engineering
  4. Kevin Chang, UMBC, Mechanical Engineering
  5. Ikenna Okafor, UMBC, Biological Sciences
  6. Julie Nyman, UMBC, Chemistry and Biochemistry
  7. JeanPaul Badjo, UMBC, Electrical Engineering
  8. Maraki Negesse, UMBC, Biological Sciences

1:30 PM – 3:30 PM: Professional Development Workshops

  • For graduate students and postdoctoral fellows:
    • “Invitation to Engage: Becoming a Faculty Member in Maryland”
      •  Welcoming remarks: Dr. Renetta Tull, representing the Office of Academic Affairs, University System of Maryland
      • Panel: Faculty and Administrators from USM schools – Moderator: Dr. Autumn Reed, Director of STRIDE, Office of the Provost, UMBC
        • Dr. John Bertot, Associate Provost for Academic Affairs, University of Maryland, College Park
        • Dr. Scott Fritz, Associate Dean, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Frostburg University
        • Dr. Chris Murphy, Professor and Chair of Psychology, and STRIDE Fellow, University of Maryland, Baltimore County
        • Dr. Karen Olmstead, Dean, Richard A. Henson School of Science and Technology, Salisbury University
        • Dr. Vonnie Shields, Associate Dean, Jess and Mildred Fisher College of Science and Mathematics, Towson University
        • Dr. T. Sean Vasaitis, Assistant Professor, Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of Maryland, Eastern Shore.
      • Roundtable discussions with faculty
        • Interview Preparations (Job Talk/CV)
          • William Seddon, Professor of Biology, Frostburg University
          • Roza Selimyan, Assistant Professor of Biology, University of Maryland, University College
          • Chris Murphy, Professor and Chair of Psychology and STRIDE fellows, University of Maryland, Baltimore County
        • Applying for Postdoctoral Fellowships
        • Keisha Allen, Postdoctoral Fellow, Education, University of Maryland, Baltimore County

          Vonnie Shields, Associate Dean, Towson University

        • Early-Career Graduate Students-Why Consider a Faculty Position
        • Karen Olmstead, Dean, Richard A. Henson School of Science and Technology, Salisbury University

          Kevin Omland, Professor of Biological Sciences, STRIDE Fellow, University of Maryland, Baltimore County

          Scott Fritz, Associate Dean, Frostburg University

          Sean Vasaitis, Assistant Professor, University of Maryland Eastern Shore

      • Report out and declarations of engagements
  • For visiting undergraduate students
    • “Preparing for Graduate School – A Pipeline for Future Faculty” 
    • Sponsor: The University of Maryland Baltimore (UMB)
      • Why Go to Graduate School – 1:30-2:00pm – Jeffrey Engler, CGS-invited
      • Admissions Process – 2:00-2:30pm – Keith Brooks-UMB
      • The Importance of Research Experience – 2:30-3:00pm – Eduardo DaVila, Greg Carey, Leanne Simington
      • Graduate Student Panel – 3:00-3:30pm

        Tierra Johnson-invited
        Atum Buo-invited
        Sausan Jaber-invited
        Linda Senbanjo-invited
        Jeticia Sistruck-invited
        Ramon Martinez-invited

3:30 PM – 4:00 PM: Closing Reception and Awards Ceremony

Types of Presentations

This conference will feature STEM-based oral presentations, posters, and professional development seminars. Participants are invited to submit abstracts to participate in three oral categories, and one poster category.

Oral Category 1: Traditional Research Presentations

[7 minutes presentation, 3 minutes critique, 2 minutes of questions, traditional PowerPoint presentation]

Oral Category 2: TED-Styled Talks

[5 minute talks + 5 minutes for critique/questions, PowerPoint presentation with images only – no text]

Oral Category 3: Lightning Round Talks

[2 minute talks with timer on the screen, no PowerPoints, no critique.]

Call for Presentations

If you are interested in presenting, please follow the schedule below:

December 31, 2016: “Letter of Intent” to present. This very short email should include  name, school, department, choice of oral category (1, 2, 3) or poster, and potential title of your presentation. Email to promisestaff@gmail.com with the title, “2017 PROMISE Research Symposium – Intent to Present.”

“TED-Styled” and “Lightning Round” titles must be tailored to appeal to a general audience.

January 20, 2017,  Deadline for “Intent to Present” emails for Lightening Round and Poster Presentations only. Everyone who expressed an “Intent to Present” as of Dec. 31, 2016, will be in line for the presentation style of their choice. Those who did not specify a category will be given a space for a poster. All of the slots in the “Traditional Presentation” Category #1, and the “TED-Styled Talk” Category #2, are taken, and we will not accept any more requests for those categories. We have some slots remaining in the “Lightning Round” Category #3, and we have slots remaining for posters.

January 31, 2017: Abstracts and the information below are required for all presentations types. Email all materials from all four categories below to promisestaff@gmail.com, with the subject: “2017 PROMISE Research Symposium Presenter Information.”

  1. Formal Abstract (250 words or less). Biographical Sketch (250 words or less)
    • Font: 12 Point, Times New Roman
    • Heading, Left-justified:
      • Title (Bold)
      • Name (Italicized)
      • Department (No abbreviations)
      • University (No abbreviations)
  2. General Summary of Graduate Research (250 words or less)
  3. High Quality Photograph
  4. Numbered List of up to 5 publications and or/presentations. Please give precedence to publications and conference proceedings as applicable.

All presenters must register. Click and register by clicking the orange button below.

Eventbrite - Spring 2016 University System of Maryland PROMISE AGEP Research Symposium & Professional Development Conference: Fri. Feb. 12, 2016

Please Comment! Leave a Reply.

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: