15th PROMISE Summer Success Institute: Aug. 19, 2017 #ThinkBigDiversity

The PROMISE Summer Success Institute, sponsored by the National Science Foundation’s Alliances for Graduate Education and Professoriate (AGEP) program, will celebrate 15 years of the Summer Success Institute in 2017! In 2003, “SUCCESS 2003” (later named the PROMISE Summer Success Institute or “SSI”) brought together graduate students in STEM from underrepresented groups in Maryland for a conference and series of workshops with the goal of building a community of scholars who would finish graduate degrees and go on to be professors and leaders in their respective fields. We started with three schools: UMBC, the University or Maryland College Park (UMCP), and the University of Maryland Baltimore (UMB). Now, in 2017, PROMISE is led by these primary partners, and operates under the imprimatur of the University System of Maryland (USM: 12 institutions, 2 regional centers), and has partnered with the Maryland Independent College and University Association (MICUA) to include students from their 15 member and affiliate institutions) to serve graduate students throughout the state of Maryland.  PROMISE alumni are tenured professors, department chairs, NSF and NIH grantees, and leaders in government, corporate, and non-profit sectors. Our alumni are now sending their students to PROMISE, and PROMISE is pleased to be connected to the AGEP community at-large.

Please save the date, and mark this page so that you can join us for SUCCESS 2017, a Maryland Pipeline Professional Development Conference, which will include activities for undergraduate students through the USM’s Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP) on August 17 – 18, and the PROMISE SSI on Saturday, August 19. The registration link will be posted soon. Our hashtag is #ThinkBigDiversity.

15th PROMISE SSI: Saturday, August 19, 2017

Location: The Hotel at Arundel Preserve, Hanover, MD.

PROMISE is pleased that Dr. Baratunde “Bara” Cola will be one of our 2017 featured speakers. Dr. Cola, the Million Dollar Engineer, is a winner of the 2017 Alan T. Waterman Award,  the United States’s highest honorary award for scientists and engineers, no older than 35 years of age. Dr. Cola is an Associate Professor at Georgia Tech, Director of the NanoEngineered Systems and Transport (NEST) Laband CEO of Carbice Nanotechnologies.

General Agenda

Friday, August 18: 6:00 PM – Orientation and Welcome Dinner for Speakers and Mentors-in-Residence

Saturday, August 19:

7:15 AM: Registration

7:45 AM: Breakfast Mentoring Roundtables

8:30 AM: Welcome and and Introduction to Global Perspectives in STEM

9:00 AM: Plenary 1

9:45 AM: Plenary 2

10:30 AM: Circle of Doctorates (A PROMISE SSI Tradition)

11:15 AM: Networking Break

11:30 AM: Breakout Sessions for New/Incoming Graduate Students, Continuing Graduate Students, and PP&P [Postdocs, Professors, and Professionals].

1:00 PM: Luncheon – Roundtables hosted by PROMISE Alumni and Mentors

1:45 PM Celebration of Doctoral Candidates

2:00 PM Luncheon Keynote

2:30 PM #ThinkBigDiversity Social Media Dessert & Networking, Book Signings

3:00 PM Adjourn

In accordance with the spirit of PROMISE and inclusion, the SSI is open to all who are interested in building community, regardless of background, discipline, or status. Faculty, staff, and family members (per “The Jessica Effect”) are also invited to attend.

History of the PROMISE SSI (with conference links from 2003 – 2015)    |    PROMISE SSI: #ThinkBigDiversity 2015     |    2014 SSI Social Media Accolades   |    SSI 10th Anniversary 2013  |   PROMISE SSI Book on Amazon   | Sisters in the Dissertation House Dessert Discussion 2016 | SSI 2016

Short articles that discuss the PROMISE SSI:

Expanding the Pipeline: PROMISE Brings a New Phase of #ThinkBigDiversity to Maryland Grad Students, Article from 2016 SSI, published by Computing Research News

“Think Big Diversity: Advice for Aspiring #STEM Ph.D. Graduate Students, Postdocs, and Junior Faculty” – Article from 2015 PROMISE SSI Keynote Speaker, Dr. Andrew Williams, Founder of Spelbots

A full list of publications, media mentions (including magazine and newspaper features, and the 2016 White House Press Release) can be found on the PROMISE Publications page: https://promiseagep.com/publications/. The PROMISE “book” with 10 years of SSI history can be purchased on Amazon.


Categories: Ph.D. Completion

Author:Renetta Garrison Tull

Dr. Renetta Garrison Tull is the Associate Vice Provost for Graduate Student Development & Postdoctoral Affairs at the UMBC: An Honors University in Maryland (http://www.umbc.edu), and the Director of PROMISE: Maryland’s Alliance for Graduate Education and the Professoriate (AGEP) – http://www.umbc.edu/promise. The PROMISE AGEP includes alliance members: UMBC, the University of Maryland Baltimore, and the University of Maryland College Park. She is passionate about training postdocs for careers, cultivating new graduate students in the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) fields, retention of all graduate students, and Ph.D. Completion. She speaks nationally on these topics, and has projects in Maryland, Pittsburgh, and Puerto Rico. Her personal website is: http://renettatull.wordpress.com. Connect with her on Google+ google.com/+RenettaTull. Follow on Twitter: https://twitter.com/Renetta_Tull

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