Regular PROMISE Event Schedule:


  • January – Tuesday following the Martin Luther King Birthday Observation: Dissertation House at UMBC
  • February – Research Symposium at College Park
  • March – Various events at schools around the USM
  • April – Graduate Student Week at UMES
  • May – First Saturday, PROMISE Friends and Family Celebration of Graduates Cookout
  • June – Various events at schools around the USM
  • July – Tuesday following the 4th of July: Dissertation House at UMBC
  • August – 3rd Saturday in August: PROMISE Summer Success Institute
  • August/September – Orientation programs and training sessions
  • September/October- Professional development seminar for undergraduates
  • November – Friday prior to Thanksgiving: Fall Harvest Dinner at College Park
  • December – Various end-of-the semester activities on campuses across the USM.

Social Media and Campus event pages for up-to-the-minute information:


2016 PROMISE Summer Success Institute: August 20, 2016

SSI banner 2016

summer_reading_image_smallREADINGROOMJuly – August: Summer 2016 Professional Development Workshops

July: Dissertation House at UMBC, July 5-8, 2016

July: Summer Challenge 2016 – Dissertation House Online

May: Friends and Family Celebration of Graduates Cookout, May 7, 2016


March: UMBC President’s PROMISE Lecture on Leadership, March 2, 2016


January: Winter 2016 Dissertation House @UMBC, Tuesday, January 19 through Friday, January 22.




UMBC PROMISE 2014-2015



Fall 2014

List of fall 2014 events at UMBC, UMCP and UMB:


October 2014: Trip to Atlanta for the SREB Conference:

September 6, 2014: Workshop on funding, focus on the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship:


Summer 2014

UPDATE: Read about the outcomes from the SSI:

PROMISE Summer Success Institute, August 2014:



Winter 2014

Dissertation House: January 21-24, 2014:


Fall 2013



Spring/Summer 2013


PROMISE SSI 2011 PeoplePROMISE Summer Success Institute (SSI): Saturday, August 17 (At UMB)

Summer Dissertation House at UMBC, July 9-12, 2013

Summer Dissertation House at UM College Park, July 16-19, 2013

PROMISE Friends and family Cookout: Saturday, May 4, 2013


April 2013

pathways_CGSApril 3, 2013: 4:30 PM – 6:00 PM (4:30 – 6:00 Food + program; 6:00 – 6:30 Networking), University Center (UC), Room 312, UMBC

GRAD STUDENT DINNER: Career Paths for Graduate Students

A round table dinner seminar and “mini” job fair
WORKSHOP/TRAINING · On Campus : UC 312 · Participate in UMBC’s annual campus-wide CAREER WEEK! This seminar places specific focus on jobs for graduate students receiving master’s and doctoral degrees from all disciplines.


March 2013


  • KushnerBookMarch 6, 2013, 12:00 – 1:00 PM, Physics Building, Room 401, UMBC

Marketing for Scientists: How to Shine in Tough Times. This information is relevant for all disciplines! WORKSHOP/TRAINING · On Campus : Physics 401. Event hosts: The UMBC Physics Graduate Student Association, co-sponsors: PROMISE: Maryland’s AGEP. Speaker: Dr. Marc Kushner of NASA


  • HenriettaLacksMarch 7, 2013, 7:30 AM (BREAKFAST MEET-UP) – 12:30 PM, UMB (Downtown Baltimore)
Henrietta Lacks Symposium and Medical Apartheid Talk, Event hosts for breakfast “meet-up,” PROMISE at UMB
  • Hrabowski_compositeMarch 13, 2013, 1:00 – 2:00 PM, Library 7th Floor, UMBC

Grad Students: Meet UMBC’s President, Dr. Freeman Hrabowski

UMBC’s President will discuss “Pathways to Leadership”
LECTURE/DISCUSSION · On Campus : Library Open Area, 7th Floor ·
Each year, UMBC’s President, Dr. Freeman Hrabowski takes time out of his schedule for graduate students.  This year, Dr. Hrabowski will discuss pathways to leadership.
UMCP College Park PhD Completion Project Workshops
  • March 29, 2013, 2:00-4:00 pm, Ulrich Recital Hall, Tawes Hall, UM College Park

Marcia Marinelli, Director, Learning Assistance Service, Counseling Center, University of Maryland


February 2013


  • Feb. 9: Black Engineer of The Year (BEYA) Career Fair and Black Tie Gala – UMBC Career Services Center will provide free tickets for UMBC’s students. UMBC’s President, Dr. Freeman Hrabowski, is the 2013 BEYA honoree,
  • Feb. 22: Teaching Portfolios, Friday, February 22, 2013 – UM College Park, Sponsored by UMCP’s Ph.D. Completion Project
  • Feb. 26: DIMAC CGS Site Visit for “Underrepresented Minority Graduate Students in STEM,” Feb. 26, 2013 – UMBC (UMBC graduate students, check your 2/5/13 email for details.)


January 2013

winter house smallWinter Dissertation House

January 22-25, 2013

UMBC Campus

Commons 329


December 2012


Addressing Graduate Students’ Feelings of Stress

Friday, Dec. 7, 2012

UMBC Campus, Public Policy Building, Room 206


November 2012

Fall Harvest Dinner

Friday, November 16, 2012

Location: Adele’s Restaurant, Stamp Student Union,

University of Maryland College Park

Event Details:
Eventbrite - PROMISE AGEP Fall Harvest Dinner


October 2012

The following events will be held at UMBC.

1) Professors-in-Training Seminar: Developing a Syllabus,
with Faculty Development Center Director, Dr. Linda Hodges
Friday, Oct. 5, 2012. 12 noon – 2PM (Bring your lunch). Commons 329.
Postdocs, graduate students, and faculty are invited to attend. 
2) “When Faculty say ‘X’ …” A seminar for graduate students with input from faculty
(2012 Focus: Academic Writing)
Friday, Oct. 12, 2012. 4:30 – 6:30 PM, Lecture Hall 4, Academic IV Building. Dinner will be served.
In the past, graduate students have brought their family members (including children) to this event.  All are welcome!
This event will be followed by a movie at 7PM “Even the Rain” (a political film about water rights), part of the UMBC’s Latin American film festival. 
3) Dissertation House for Employees and Non-Traditional Students
Friday, Oct. 12, 2012. 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM, AOK Library 767
Saturday, Oct. 12, 2012. 10AM – 3:00 PM, AOK Library 767
Postdoc Morning Coffee: Developing a Teaching Portfolio
Wednesday, October 31, 2012. 10 AM – 12 Noon. Commons 318
This event is part of a new seminar series for postdocs. The next session will be held on Nov. 28: “How to collaborate within your department, 
and increase your publication record,” with Information Systems postdoctoral scholar, Dr. Lisa Anthony.
5) IRB and Preparation for CITI Training (Human Subjects, Responsible Conduct of Research)
Wednesday, October 17, 2012. 12 noon – 3:00 PM. Lunch will be served.
Postdocs, graduate students, and faculty are invited to attend. 



September 2012


August 2012

Summer Success Institute (SSI)

August 17-18, 2012


  • “The Toolbox: What you need to succeed in the first year” (For New/Incoming graduate students)
  • “Ph.D. Roll Call” (Features PROMISE alumni, Mentors-in-Residence, Faculty, Co-PIs)
  • “Community Building Workshop for New Graduate Students”
  • “Dissertation House for Advanced Graduate Students”
  • “Pathways to Success: Making a Mark at Every Milestone” (For Continuing graduate students)
  • “Writing Suite for Postdocs”
  • “Managing Career Transitions” (For Postdocs, Professors, and Professionals)
  • “10th Anniversary Lunch”

Friday: UMBC Campus, The Commons, 3rd Floor

Saturday:  The Hotel at Arundel Preserve

Registration information coming soon!

  • Hotel cost: $109.00/night + tax
  • SSI Conference Registration cost: Free
  • Donation to memorial funds in lieu of registration fees: Strongly encouraged
  1. Dr. Angela Grant Memorial (Math):
  2. Jessica Soto Perez Memorial (Chemical Eng.) :


July 2012

Summer Horizons 2012

“Learn about applying to graduate school!”

Wednesday, July 18, 2012, UMBC Campus



Dissertation House Summer 2012

July 10-13, 2012

UMBC Campus


May 2012

PROMISE Friends and Family Cookout and Celebration of Graduates

Website with details:

Saturday, May 5, 2012, 1:00 – 4:00 PM



Annual Schedule:


  • Research Symposium (varies)
  • Dissertation House



  • Spring Opening Meeting
  • Leadership Seminar
  • PhD Completion Seminar



  • Retreat (varies)
  • Career Seminar
  • PhD Completion Seminar



  • Seminar with the President
  • PhD Completion Seminar



  • Celebration of Graduates and Friends & Family Cookout
  • Commencement




NSF Joint Annual Meeting (PIs)



Dissertation Houses



Summer Success Institute



  • Fall Opening Meeting
  • Success Seminar – Funding



  • Seminar: IRB & Responsible Conduct of Research
  • Workshop with faculty (x/y)



  • Fall Harvest Dinner at College Park
  • Writing Seminar



Prepare for Final Exams


Full listings and descriptions of events can be found on the newsletter styled website:

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