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PROMISE & SREB (@SREBDocSch). Join us in Tampa, Oct. 2016! #ThinkBigDiversity

September 5, 2016 1:24 PM

Greetings PROMISE participants! You are invited to join us for our PROMISE trip to the 2016 Southern Regional Education Board’s Compact for Faculty Diversity/Institute for Teaching and Mentoring. Each year, as an AGEP family, we travel together to the SREB conference in either Atlanta, Virginia, or Tampa.  The October 2016 conference is in Tampa, Florida, and we’re inviting you to go. The website for “The Compact” is here:  We repeat what we said last year, “If you went to the 2016 PROMISE SSI on August 20, 2016, think of The Compact as SSI …  quadrupled!”

The 23rd Annual Compact for Faculty Diversity Institute on Teaching and Mentoring will be held at the Marriott Tampa Waterside Hotel & Marina, Tampa, Florida from Thursday – Sunday, October 27 – 30, 2016.


There are nearly 1000 early career faculty, postdocs, and graduate students from around the U.S. at the conference.  In order to go, you need to be nominated by the PROMISE AGEP. Read some of our former posts for the SREB conference from 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2015  here.

YOU can go with us to Florida! This is all-expenses paid  trip that includes flight, select meals, and lodging. This invitation is for  graduate students who plan to actively pursue faculty careers. PROMISE must nominate you. You cannot nominate yourself. We will take as many people as we can, depending on funding. One year, we had so many great responses that we received additional funding and we took 30 people! Funding is limited this year, so please read through the information below.

Here are some facts about the conference: 


  • This is the last year of the grant from NSF that will provide funds to support AGEP/STEM scholar’s attendance to the Compact for Faculty Diversity Institute on Teaching and Mentoring.  Scholars nominated to attend the Institute must be individuals who have an expressed interest in teaching at the post-secondary level. All of the sessions at the Institute will focus on topics and issues related to teaching and mentoring at the postsecondary level. Consequently, scholars who are not interested in teaching at the postsecondary level would not benefit from attending this Institute.


  • Per SREB’s instructions: “Nominated scholars must be minority or underserved STEM majors enrolled in a Ph.D. program. SREB will not accept nominations from students.”


  • SREB will pay for the following:
    • Lodging in a double room (2 persons per room) for 3 nights @ $92.50 per night including tax – $277.50 per scholar.
    • All conference meals (Thursday evening to Sunday morning excluding dinner on Thursday and Saturday evening) -$240 per scholar
    • Registration fee (includes all conference materials) – $350 per scholar.
    • The total cost that we will pay for each scholar is $867.50
    • AGEP campuses are asked to pay for the flights. The total package to attend will be approximately $1100 per person.


  • Single rooms will not be available for scholars. Please do not to ask for single rooms. If you are chosen, you must select a roommate. You will be placed in double rooms. If you are chosen, you should indicate the name of the person that you would like to room with while at the Institute when you receive your registration code. If you do not select a roommate, we will assign them a roommate. If you are not willing to share a room, you will not be nominated.


  • Given the limitation of funds, SREB  will not be able to pay for graduates as they have done in the past. If scholar attended the Institute in 2015 or 2014 and wants to attend to participate in the Friday Awards Ceremony, they will have to pay the cost of attendance.


  • Faculty/Staff: The Institute will schedule some sessions that are specifically designed for faculty/staff. If faculty or staff would like to attend the Institute, place their names on the spreadsheet. They will be issued the appropriate ID so they can register online for the Institute. An invoice can be sent after the Institute. SREB will not pay for faculty or staff.


  • We will be nominating graduate students who participate in the PROMISE: AGEP-T. This means that you must be a graduate student at one of the institutions within the University System of Maryland. If you are interested, you must show evidence of participation in a PROMISE AGEP event prior to September 12, 2016 .



SREB Scholars who participated in The Compact’s graduation ceremony in VA in 2015. Photo credit: The Southern Regional Education Board. 



Write a comment to this post (below) with the following information (do not send  this information via email. If this information is received via email, without being posted below, your application will not count.) You may use last year’s page entries as a reference: PROMISE SREB PAGE 2015

Please follow this order:


b) INSTITUTION & DEPARTMENT: Please state your university & department (no abbreviations). You must be a graduate student in a STEM field from one of the universities listed here: Include the link for your department and your laboratory.

c) WEBSITE: Provide at least one link for your professional website. If you have more than one, you may provide up to three links, e.g., LinkedIn, department website. If you don’t have a professional website, please create one. We will not consider entries from those who have not developed a digital presence. Your digital presence should include your presentations, publications, and research interests. 

d) MILESTONE DATES: Planned year of graduation for your PhD.

e) ASPIRATIONS: One paragraph that describes the reason why you want to be a professor; include your research interests and how you will contribute to STEM research in your field. Please be specific and use the language of your discipline. Please discuss your specific research (think about the way that you would contribute an abstract for a journal, or the way that you would write a summary paragraph in dissertation that chronicles your STEM contribution.)

f) PROMISE PARTICIPATION: Which PROMISE events have you attended (e.g. SSI, Dissertation House, a PROMISE event on your campus), and what have you learned?

g) SREB HISTORY: If you’ve been “The Compact” in the past, what did you learn?

h) TWITTER: If you have a Twitter account, please write a 140 character tweet with the name of one of your STEM faculty aspirants or mentors. Please note that these mentors should be faculty within your specific STEM discipline who have assisted you in some way with STEM content knowledge or research such that you would consider becoming a member of the faculty. Please include @PROMISE_AGEP, @SREBDocSch, and the hashtag #ThinkBigDiversity. If you don’t have a Twitter account, we encourage you to create one to participate in professional social media conversations.  You will be contributing to our PROMISE  #ThinkBigDiversity feed.

i) Once you apply using this format, send an email to with the subject “SREB 2016 application, now online” so that we will have your email logged in our database for this event.


DEADLINE for completion of items “a” through “i” above:

Monday, September 12, 2016 9:00 AM EST


Here are some blasts from the past:

From SREB 2015:


Dr. Ashley Belle, Environmental Scientist from @UMDGradSchool, is recognized @SREBDocSch, & now teaches @BloomsburgU

— PROMISE: MD’s AGEP (@PROMISE_AGEP) October 31, 2015


@SREBDocSch: Dr. TaShara Bailey #GoBlue now @PROMISE_AGEP @UMBC postdoc w/ the recent PhD grads #ThinkBigDiversity

— Renetta G. Tull (@Renetta_Tull) October 31, 2015


From 2014:

Good morning Dr. _insert your name here_. (per @UMBC Pres. Hrabowski) @PROMISE_AGEP Reflections: SREB @SREBDocSch

— PROMISE: MD’s AGEP (@PROMISE_AGEP) November 3, 2014


Our Maryland @PROMISE_AGEP group of #STEM grad students & postdocs #Atlanta @SREBDocSch #Institute2014 #CNN

— Renetta G. Tull (@Renetta_Tull) November 1, 2014


From 2013:

@PROMISE_AGEP: Subset of MD’s PROMISE AGEP @SREBDocSch #Compact2013 #SREB

— Renetta G. Tull (@Renetta_Tull) November 3, 2013