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.
$$ This conference is free, 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.
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.
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 STEM; Computing Research News paper: Expanding the Pipeline: PROMISE Brings a New Phase of #ThinkBigDiversity to Maryland Grad Students)
15th PROMISE SSI: Sat. August 19, 2017
Location: The Hotel at Arundel Preserve, Hanover, MD.
Saturday Aug. 19 Schedule At-a-Glance
- 7:15 AM: Registration – 2nd Floor, Hotel at Arundel Preserve
- 7:45 AM: Breakfast Mentoring Round Tables
- 8:30 AM: Welcome and and Introduction to Global Perspectives in STEM (R. Tull)
- 8:45 AM: Thinking About Artificial Intelligence — Looking into the Future (D. Tull)
- 9:00 AM: Plenary 1: “Finances, Math, and Money. What Every Leader Needs to Know.” (Reuben Advani)
- 9:45 AM: Plenary 2: “How STEM Professors are Committed to Social Justice” (Leslie Gonzales, Gregory Triplett, Stephen Wirkus, Erika Camacho)
- 10:30 AM: Circle of Doctorates: (Kaye Whitehead, Marc Lamont Hill)
- 11:15 AM: Networking Break
- 11:30 AM: Breakout Sessions by Level: Undergraduates (Karl Reid), New Graduate Students (Miryam Gerdine, Levon Esters, Marquita Qualls, Sweeney Windchief), Continuing Graduate Students (Karin Block, Steven Damo, Ulises Ricoy, Darryl Williams), Postdocs/Professors/Professionals (Reuben Advani)
- 1:00 PM: Luncheon Program – Round tables hosted by Faculty, Alumni, Mentors (Jeffrey Franke, Erin Golembewski)
- 1:30 PM “Motivational Minutes” & Celebration of Doctoral Candidates (Teresa Ramirez, Joy Johnson, Joann Boughman, Janet Rutledge)
- 2:00 PM Luncheon Keynote: Dr. Baratunde Cola, NSF 2017 Waterman Award Winner – “From Football to Nanotechnology”
- 2:30 PM #ThinkBigDiversity Social Media Dessert & Networking, Book Signings
- 3:00 PM Adjourn
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) Lab, and CEO of Carbice Nanotechnologies.
Guest Speaker: Reuben Advani, CEO of the Global STEM Alliance, New York Academy of Sciences, Author of The Wall Street MBA. Advani will give two sessions: “Finances, Math, and Money. What Every Leader Needs to Know,” and “Value Propositions, Valuation, & Cash Flows: Be your own “Career CEO.” The Wall Street MBA and Advani’s other book, “Financial Freedom: A Guide Achieving Lifelong Wealth and Security” are sold in bookstores around the world. He has been featured in prominent magazines including Investor’s Business Daily and US News and World Report. Additionally, he has taught graduate level business courses at several universities. Advani degrees from Yale University and the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.
Guest Mentors & Table Hosts (This list will be updated)
- Dr. Daniel Jean, Executive Director of Academic Development and the Educational Opportunity Fund (EOF) program, Montclair State University. Dr. Jean participates courtesy of the Words Travel Movement.
- Dr. Alexis Williams, Lead, Academic Peer Mentor Program (AMP), Teaching and Learning Transformation Center, University of Maryland College Park
- Dr. Mark Lewis, Professor, Associate Dean of Diversity and Faculty Development, School of Operations Research and Information Engineering, Cornell University
- Dr. Angela McRae, Assistant Professor of Education, and Coordinator of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) Education, Catholic University
- Dr. Brittini Brown, Director for Assessment and Research, Office of Student Life, UMBC
- Dr. Quincy Brown, Program Director for STEM Education Research at the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). Dr. Brown was previously Senior Policy Advisor in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP)
- Dr. Marvin Carr, STEM and Community Engagement Advisor, Institute for Museum and Library Sciences. Dr. Carr previously served as Policy Advisor for STEM Education, Innovation, and Diversity to U.S. Chief Technology Officer Megan Smith in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy.
- Dr. M. Antonio Silas, National Institute of Food and Agriculture, USDA
Guest Bloggers: Social Media All-Stars #ThinkBigDiversity
- Dr. Yaihara Fortis-Santiago, Director of The Science Alliance, New York Academy of Sciences (NYAS). Dr. Fortis Santiago participates courtesy of NYAS.
- Dr. Stephani Page (Microbiologist), Initiator of #BlackAndSTEM, Follow: @ThePurplePage. Dr. Page studies protein components of microbial signal transduction pathways. Her work has been covered by Fast Company, Scientific American, and the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. She is a “STEM social media celebrity,” known for mobilizing and engaging an online community of underrepresented scholars.
- Dr. Patty Lopez [Patricia D. Lopez, Intel Corporation, Mission Critical Data Center] (Computer Scientist), Founding Director of Latinas in Computing, she serves on boards for the Computing Alliance of Hispanic Serving Institutions (CAHSI), the Anita Borg Institute, and the Computing Research Association-Women (CRA-W). She also served as the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing 2013 General Co-Chair. Awards: Great Minds in STEM/HENAAC, Community Service Award, 2010; Hewlett Packard Diversity and Inclusion Award, 2004. Follow: @LatinasInC , @pittrpatt
Activities for undergraduate students: University System of Maryland (USM) NSF Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP) Bridging Conference and Math Institute: Thursday, August 17 – Friday, August 18, 2017. Dr. Daniel Jean and Dr. Marquita Qualls will lead professional development sessions, and the National Science Foundation’s Math Institutes are assisting with mathematics talks. There will be sessions for undergraduate students at the SSI on Saturday, August 19, 2017, led by Dr. Karl Reid, Executive Director for the National Society of Black Engineers.
PROMISE SSI 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 – 2nd Floor, Hotel at Arundel Preserve
7:45 AM: Breakfast Mentoring Round Tables
8:30 AM: Welcome and and Introduction to Global Perspectives in STEM
Renetta Tull, Founding Director of PROMISE will give a short overview of the need for pipeline professional development programs like PROMISE, and how participants in PROMISE have participated in activities in Costa Rica and Korea through the Latin and Caribbean Consortium of Engineering Institutions (LACCEI), and the World Engineering Education Forum. Dr. Tull will provide highlights from her “Increasing Engineering Identity Among Diverse Students through Global Engagement” talk for the International Federation of Engineering Education Societies (IFEES). Tull serves as Special Assistant to the Sr. Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs & Director for Pipeline Professional Development Programs for the University System of Maryland (USM), Associate Vice Provost for Strategic Affairs (UMBC), and Professor of the Practice in the College of Engineering and IT (UMBC). Tull teaches techniques for “Social Media & STEM Inclusion,” and she speaks internationally on “Global Diversity in STEM.” Twitter: @Renetta_Tull
8:45 AM: Thinking About Artificial Intelligence — Looking into the Future
Dr. Damon L. Tull is Director for Fellowships & Research Opportunities at the American Society of Engineering Education (ASEE) with a portfolio that includes support for national programs such as the National Science Foundation’s Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Diversity Postdoctoral Program, DoD’s National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Program, and others. As part of the instructional faculty for Johns Hopkins’ Whiting School of Engineering’s Center for Leadership Education, a former Associate Professor and Director of Information Services Technology at Washington Bible College, former Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering (image processing research) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and tech entrepreneur, Tull remains fascinated by innovations in technology, and seeks to share the information with others. Tull was a speaker at the recent 2017 TechConnect World Innovation Conference, and will share thoughts on global innovation and “future thought” with the PROMISE audience.
9:00 AM: Plenary 1: “Finances, Math, and Money. What Every Leader Needs to Know.”
We’re “projecting” into the future. You will be CEOs, lab leaders, Principal Investigators, Division Directors, Provosts, etc. In other words, you will be the care-takers of big, multi-million dollar budgets. All of need to know financial basics. We need to be comfortable with terminology, and general concepts, regardless of discipline. This session will be led by guest speaker: Reuben Advani, CEO of the Global STEM Alliance, New York Academy of Sciences. His book, The Wall Street MBA, will also be available for purchase on-site. Reuben Advani’s participation is in partnership with The New York Academy of Sciences. He has served as an adjunct professor of finance at Drexel, Temple, and Villanova Universities.
9:45 AM: Plenary 2: “How STEM Professors are Committed to Social Justice”
Dr. Leslie Gonzales (Michigan State University) will frame the issue and moderate this session. Dr. Gonzales conducts research on legitimacy within the academic profession and the broader field of higher education, and the possibility of agency among academics to negotiate, remake or resist marginalizing structural and cultural features of academia. Dr. Gonzales will also discuss building capacity for social justice. She is the author of Latina Faculty in the Labyrinth: Constructing and Contesting Legitimacy in Hispanic Serving Institutions
STEM Professors (with tenure) for this panel include:
- Dr. Gregory Triplett, Professor and Associate Dean of Graduate Studies, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Virginia Commonwealth University
- Dr. Stephen Wirkus, Associate Professor, Mathematics, Arizona State University (West), MIT Visiting Professor at MIT (’13-’14)
- Dr. Erika Camacho, Associate Professor, Mathematics, Arizona State University (West), MLK Visiting Professor at MIT (’13-’14)
Dr. Camacho can be seen in a 2017 spot for Vme for
She discusses being underrepresented and Latina in STEM, and being colleagues with her husband, Dr. Stephen Wirkus.
10:30 AM: Circle of Doctorates
- Dr. Karsonya “Kaye” Wise Whitehead leads this PROMISE SSI tradition. Dr. Whitehead is Associate Professor, Department of Communication, Loyola University Maryland; and Founding Executive Director, The Emilie Frances Davis Center for Education, Research, and Culture. Dr. Whitehead is a public intellectual and author (e.g. “Letters to My Black Sons” and other books available on Amazon) with regular Op-Eds, and appearances on NPR. She is a scholar and an activist, particularly in social justice issues that affect Baltimore. Follow Dr. Whitehead @KayeWhitehead.
- Special Guest via Skype, Dr. Marc Lamont Hill, Distinguished Professor, African American Studies, Morehouse College, host of BET News and a political contributor for CNN. Dr. Hill will virtually join our “Circle of Doctorates” and will give a few words about collective responsibility. Dr. Hill is the author of “Nobody: Casualties of America’s War on the Vulnerable, from Ferguson to Flint and Beyond.” A select number of books will be available on-site at the SSI. Kindle, paperback, and hard cover copies are available through Amazon.
11:15 AM: Networking Break
11:30 AM: “Success Seminars” – Breakout Sessions
- Undergraduate Scholars
“Work Smarter, Not Harder” – Dr. Karl Reid, Executive Director, National Society of Black Engineers. Dr. Reid will share information from his new book. His discussion of ” three specific “shifts” will help you succeed in college: The first one, The Attitude Shift, focuses on developing a new mindset about your intellectual ability, and about the importance of confidence — and how to rebuild it — especially after you suffer setbacks. The Connection Shift shows how to engage your faculty members, administrators and peers on campus, all of whom are necessary to de-mystify the college experience and produce a more fulfilling holistic experience. And finally, The Behavior Shift offers practical steps for improving your grades and deepening your learning. It provides the rationale behind, and the steps toward developing the kind of comprehensive approach that has helped other students succeed. The first 30 undergraduate students registered will receive a complimentary book.
This session sponsored by the USM LSAMP
- New/Incoming Graduate Students
- The New Students’ Mentoring “Dream Team”
- Miryam Gerdine, MPH, Social Science Analyst – Public Health Social Work Education and the Mental and Behavioral Health Education Training Program, Department of Health and Human Services; Affiliate: Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health; Chair of the Networking and Mentoring Committee for the Latina Researchers Network. Gerdine has also served as a judge for the annual February PROMISE Research Symposium, and mentor at the November PROMISE Fall Harvest Dinner.
- Levon Esters, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Youth Development & Agricultural Education, Purdue University; Co-PI for “Mentoring at Purdue” (M@P), Senior Research Associate at the Penn Center for Minority Serving Institutions – University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Esters’ participation is courtesy of the MAP Program, U.S.D.A.
- Marquita Qualls, Ph.D. Principal, Entropia, Inc., Former Manager at GlaxoSmithKline, Former National President for the National Organization for the Professional Advancement of Black Chemists and Chemical Engineers (NOBCChE). Dr. ‘Q’ has also provided workshops for the University of Maryland Baltimore. Dr. Qualls participates courtesy of Entropia.
- Sweeney Windchief, Ed.D. (Fort Peck Assiniboine Tribe), Assistant Professor, Montana State University. He is part of the PNW-COSMOS team for the Pacific Northwest AGEP. His research interests include critical race theory, indigenous epistemologies, indigenous peoples and higher education, indigenous intellectualism, American Indian student success and higher education, and mentorship. Dr. Windchief has also been a guest speaker for the University of Maryland College Park.
The Mentoring Dream Team is back again to work with new students on transitions to graduate school, time management, and overcoming concerns of the first year.
- Continuing Graduate Students
- How to Thrive and Finish Your Program – A “When Faculty Say X” Guest Professor Session. These professors are here to answer all of the questions that you never asked your own faculty, and are too nervous to ask your advisor. The guest are members of the Sloan Mentoring Network’s Advisory Board.
- Sponsored by the Sloan Foundation’s Mentoring Network
- Dr. Karin Block, Associate Professor & Deputy Chair, Earth & Atmospheric Sciences, CCNY; and Adjunct Associate Research Professor, Marine Geology and Geophysics, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, Columbia University
- Dr. Steven Damo, Assistant Professor, Chemistry, Fisk University. Dr. Damo also serves as the Director of the NIH MARC U*STAR program at Fisk.
- Dr. Ulises Ricoy, Dean of Arts and Sciences, Associate Professor of Biology
Northern New Mexico College, Española, NM, Leadership Committee: Society for the Advancement of Chicano & Native American Scientists (SACNAS)
- Dr. Darryl Williams, Associate Dean for Undergraduate Education; Research Associate Professor, Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering;
Director, Center for STEM Diversity
- PP&P [Postdoctoral Fellows, Professors, and Professionals]. Value Propositions, Valuation, & Cash Flows: Be your own “Career CEO.”
Postdocs, faculty, and professionals are leading their own labs, starting small businesses, and managing portfolios. In your current and upcoming leadership roles, financial literacy should go beyond balancing a budget.
12:45 Prepare for Lunch Buffet – Round tables hosted by PROMISE Alumni and Mentors
1:00 PM: Luncheon Program –
Welcome Remarks: Dean Jeffrey Franke, The Graduate School, University of Maryland College Park; Sr. Associate Dean Erin Golembewski, The Graduate School, University of Maryland Baltimore.
Dr. Akua Asa-Awuku will be among the faculty who will be available to meet and mentor students. Dr. Asa-Awuku is an Associate Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at the University of Maryland College Park.
1:30 PM “Motivational Minutes” & Celebration of Doctoral Candidates
“Straight Out of Compton to an Ivy League.” – Dr. Teresa Ramirez, American Society of Human Genetics, President of the National Institutes of Health Chapter of the Society for the Advancement of Chicanos and Native American Scientists (SACNAS). “Dr. Ramírez is a first-generation Mexican American and the first in her family to graduate from college and earn a doctoral degree. She firmly believes in the importance of mentorship and how it can create a positive impact in the lives of others as it did in hers.”
“Finish Well.” – Dr. Joy Johnson, VP of Mobile at AudioCommon, is a 2015 graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) with her doctorate in Electrical Engineering & Computer Science. She was an National Science Foundation Fellow and Intel GEM PhD Fellow while at MIT. She recently transitioned from leading mobile at a MIT-founded music technology startup, AudioCommon (AudioCommon is a team of MIT musicians and PhD hackers revolutionizing the way music is created, organized, and shared in today’s interconnected world) as a partner, to working in experience prototyping at Apple in their Special Projects Group. She is on the Alumni board for the GEM Fellowship and on the board for some STEM-related non-profits focused on providing technical, research experiences for minorities and women, including i-Trek.
See Dr. Joy Johnson’s keynote from From Strata + Hadoop World New York 2015.
A Call to the Professoriate, A Call for Candidates
- Remarks: An Invitation to Engage — Call to the Professoriate” – Dr. Joann Boughman, Sr. Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs, University System of Maryland
- Call for Candidates – Dr. Janet C. Rutledge, Co-Founder for PROMISE, Vice Provost for Graduate Education and Dean of the Graduate School, UMBC
2:00 PM Luncheon Keynote: Dr. Baratunde Cola, NSF 2017 Waterman Award Winner – “From Football to Nanotechnology”
On April 13, 2017, the National Science Foundation (NSF) recognized Baratunde “Bara” A. Cola of the Georgia Institute of Technology with the nation’s highest honor for early career scientists and engineers, the Alan T. Waterman Award. Bestowed annually, the Waterman Award recognizes outstanding researchers age 35 and under in NSF-supported fields of science and engineering. In addition to a medal, awardees each receive a $1 million, five-year grant for research in their chosen field of study. Cola pioneered new engineering methods and materials to control light and heat in electronics at the nanoscale. He serves as an associate professor at Georgia Tech’s George W. Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering. Cola, 35, is the founder of Carbice Nanotechnologies, Inc., a company that uses a carbon nanotube-material to remove heat from computer chip testing stations, allowing for faster and cheaper testing of chips during production. He also is co-founder of the NSF-funded Academic and Research Leadership Network, a group of more than 300 Ph.D. engineering researchers from minority groups underrepresented in academia, industry and government laboratories. [Text: NSF, 2017; Photo courtesy of MIT’s MLK Visiting Professors Program.]
2:30 PM #ThinkBigDiversity Social Media Dessert & Networking, Book Signings
Speakers’ books will be available for either purchase or donation.
This conference is free, however, we encourage you to support our speakers and share their books. Their links on Amazon.com are here, where some are available in hardcover, paperback, and/or Kindle:
- Reuben Advani: The Wall Street MBA
- Karsonya “Kaye” Wise Whitehead: RaceBrave and other books
- Marc Lamont Hill: Nobody
- Karl Reid: Working Smarter, Not Just Harder
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.
Location: The Hotel at Arundel Preserve, Hanover, MD.
Travel: If you are arriving by plane, the airport is Baltimore-Washington International (BWI). If you are traveling by train, please be sure to plan to exit at the “BWI” stop (not “Baltimore”). The hotel has a free shuttle from BWI airport.
Parking: The hotel has a connected parking deck, and parking is free of charge.
Hotel Rooms: Special Block: $149.00 plus tax, available until Monday, July 17, 2017. Please identify yourselves as part of the USM – Pipeline Professional Development Conference group and make your reservation through The Hotel at Arundel Preserve’s Reservations Center, 888-624-4011.
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.
PROMISE Staff 2017:
Yarazeth Medina, Program Coordinator, Graduate Student Development & Postdoctoral Affairs, UMBC
Christopher Perez, Associate Director, Office of Graduate Diversity and Inclusion University of Maryland College Park
Wele Elangwe, Director of Graduate Studies, University of Maryland Eastern Shore
Shawnisha Hester, GA – Language Literacy & Culture, UMBC
Erika Aparakakanange, Education Policy, UM College Park
Denise Williams, AGEP Fellow, Chemistry, UMBC
Hector Medina, GEM Associate Fellow, Mechanical Engineering, UMBC
Thank you to the Ms. Shirl Curtis and Ms. Denise Atkinson in The Graduate School at UMBC for their assistance with logistics.