17th PROMISE Summer Success Institute (SSI): August 17, 2019 #ThinkBigDiversity

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Date: Saturday, August 17, 2019

Location: University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) – Performing Arts and Humanities Building (PAHB)


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 of Maryland College Park (UMCP), and the University of Maryland Baltimore (UMB). Currently, 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.

Link to PROMISE SSI archive: https://promiseagep.com/promise/the-promise-summer-success-institute-ssi/

FAMILIES ARE INVITED TO ATTEND. We are honoring “The Jessica Effect.”

$$ This conference is free.

The conference is sponsored by the National Foundation and our partners. We encourage you to support our speakers through purchasing their books and engaging with them on social media.

school-colorsAttire: Business and business casual. We are asking that all guest plan to wear colors that represent our cohesion as an alliance. All of the logos for the University System of Maryland’s institutions and schools that are partners in the PROMISE Engineering Institute have combinations and variations of these colors.

Social Media: #ThinkBigDiversity

Our hashtag for @PROMISE_AGEP is #ThinkBigDiversity is most prominent on Twitter, however, we also post on our PROMISE Instagram (#ThinkBigDiversity on Instagram) and PROMISE Facebook (#ThinkBigDiversity on Facebook) pages. Please join us in the #ThinkBigDiversity movement.  (ASEE paper: Hashtag #ThinkBigDiversity: Social Media Hacking Activities as Hybridized Mentoring Mechanisms for Underrepresented Minorities in STEMComputing Research Newspaper: Expanding the Pipeline: PROMISE Brings a New Phase of #ThinkBigDiversity to Maryland Grad Students).



7:45 AM – 8:45 AM: Breakfast with alumni (Dance Cube)

  • Dr. Kimberly Raines-Isler: Food and Drug Administration
  • Dr. Joshua Brooks: Naval Research Laboratories
  • Dr. Sonia Arteaga: National Institutes of Health
  • Dr. Cassiah Cox: National Institutes of Health
  • Dr. Jesus Caban: Walter Reed Army Research Hospital
  • Dr. Marquis Walker: James Madison University
  • Dr. Brian Alex Dummett: Mid-Atlantic Permanente Medical Group
  • Dr. Nancy Chiles Shaffer: Centers for Medical and Medicaid Services
  • Dr. Ebonee Butler: National Cancer Institute Cancer Prevention Program
  • Dr. Samira Brooks: National Cancer Institute Cancer Prevention Program
  • Dr. Irene Aninye: American Association for the Advancement of Science

9:00 AM – 9:15 AM: Opening session (Concert Hall)

Welcome by Dr. Wendy Carter-Veale: Interim Director of PROMISE at the Graduate School, University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC), Dissertation Writing Coach, Internal Evaluator for the PROMISE Academy

9:15 AM – 9:30 AM: Motivational speaker (Concert Hall)

Dr. Makola Abdullah: President, Virginia State University (VSU)

9:30 AM – 10:30 AM: Faculty panel (Concert Hall)

Moderator – Dr. Janet C. Rutledge: Vice Provost and Dean of the Graduate School, University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC)

Dr. Rigoberto Hernandez: Professor, Chemistry, Johns Hopkins University (JHU)

Dr. Christine Grant: Associate Dean of Faculty Advancement in the College of Engineering, Professor, Chemical Engineering, North Carolina State University (NCSU)

Dr. Rhonda Franklin: Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Minnesota Twin Cities (UMN)

Dr. Willie Rockward: Chair, Professor, Physics, Morgan State University (MSU)

Dr. Anthony Johnson: Professor, Physics and Computer Science and Electrical Engineering, University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC)

10:30 AM – 11:00 AM: Circle of Doctorates (Concert Hall)

Dr. Karsonya “Kaye” Wise Whitehead, Associate Professor, Loyola University, and Host of Radio Program, “Today with Dr. Kaye”WEAA 88.9FM (NPR affiliate), @KayeWhitehead

11:00 AM – 11:30 AM: Networking break

11:30 AM – 1:00 PM: Breakout sessions

  • Undergrads and new graduate students (Room 234)
    • Moderator – Sunji Jangha: Director, Upward Bound Math Science Center, USM Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP), University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC)
    • Dr. Marquita Qualls: Entropia Consulting
    • Dr. Daniel Jean: Wordstravel
    • Christopher Mullen: Bridge-to-the-Doctorate Fellow, Ph.D. student, Mechanical Engineering, University of Maryland, Baltimore County
  • Continuing grad students (Dance Tech Studio)
    • Moderator – Dr. Karen Olmstead: Provost and Senior Vice President of Academic Affairs, Salisbury University (SU)
    • Dr. Tonya Webb: Associate Professor, Microbiology and Immunology, University of Maryland School of Medicine (UMB)
    • Dr. Carl McCants: Technical Director at Office of the Director of National Intelligence, National Counterintelligence and Security Center (ODNI-NCSC)
    • Dr. Sonia Arteaga: National Institutes of Health (NIH)
  • Postdocs and professionals (Tech Rehearsal Studio)
    • Moderator – Dr. Michael Scott: Dean, Richard A. Henson School of Science and Technology, Salisbury University (SU)
    • Dr. Ishmail Abdus-Saboor: Mitchell J. and Margo K. Blutt Presidential Assistant Professor, Biology, University of Pennsylvania (UPenn)
    • Dr. John Carlo Bertot: Professor, Associate Provost for Faculty Affairs, University of Maryland, College Park (UMD)
    • Dr. Lisa Jones: Assistant Professor, Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of Maryland School of Pharmacy (UMB)

1:00 PM – 1:40 PM: Lunch (Dance Cube)

Jeffrey Franke: Assistant Dean and Chief of Staff, The Graduate School, University of Maryland, College Park (UMD)

1:40 PM -2:00 PM: Recognition of PhD Candidates (Dance Cube)

Dr. Joann Boughman: Senior Vice Chancellor for Academic and Student Affairs, University System of Maryland

Dr. Janet C. Rutledge: Vice Provost and Dean of the Graduate School, University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC)

2:00 PM -2:30 PM: Keynote speaker (Dance Cube)

Introduction of speaker: Dr. Erin Golembewski: Senior Associate Dean, Graduate School, University of Maryland (UMB)

Dr. Beronda L. Montgomery: MSU Foundation Professor, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Michigan State University (MSU)

2:30 PM -3:00 PM: Dessert and networking with music (Concert Hall Atrium)


* Times displayed are subject to change until the agenda is finalized.


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