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Spring 2017 PROMISE Research Symposium & Professional Development Conf. Feb. 17, 2017 #ThinkBigDiversity

November 12, 2016 2:03 PM

PROMISE AGEP: Maryland Transformation is pleased to invite you to attend and participate in the 2017 University System of Maryland PROMISE AGEP Research Symposium and Professional Development Conference on February 17, 2017. This conference replaces the former PROMISE Research Symposium, and adds a professional development component that will prepare graduate students and postdoctoral fellows for faculty positions in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM, which includes social sciences) disciplines. This year, PROMISE also invites undergraduate students to come to hear graduate students’ presentations, and to participate in workshops that will prepare them to be graduate students with an eye on becoming future faculty members.

This conference seeks to provide a venue that will allow students to present their work at any stage, receive feedback in preparation for presenting at larger venues, and provide training that will prepare participants for faculty careers.The event is free and meals are provided. Please apply to present at the conference using the rules in the “Call for Presentations” section below and register using Eventbrite link to register to attend the conference.

Event: PROMISE Research Symposium

Location: University of Maryland College Park

Adele H. Stamp Student Union – Center for Campus Life

3972 Campus Dr

Colony Ballroom

College Park, MD 20742

8:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Attire: Business Casual

Transportation: There will be free transportation from UMBC to UMCP. Please send an email to by Feb. 7, 2017 with the subject title, “2017 Research Symposium Bus,” with your name, school, and phone number. The bus depart from the UMBC Commons Loop at 7:40 AM. This location is between The Commons, The Physics Building, and The Public Policy Building – on Commons Drive, near The Commons Garage. [This is NOT the Administration Drive loop in front of campus.] The bus will depart from UMCP at 4:15 PM and arrive at UMBC around 5:15 PM.

Parking details and additional information will be added to the comments section of this post. 

RSVP: This event is open to both people who are presenting and to observers. To present at the conference, please follow the directions as per the “Call for Presentations” section below. All attendees are required to register on Eventbrite (

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  • Presentation slots are limited to graduate students within the University System of Maryland.
  • A custom webpage will be designed for each presenter. The presenter’s website will include a photo, bio, abstract, synopsis of research, and list of other relevant publications or presentations as applicable. Students who participated in 2014, 2015, and 2016 can update their current pages.
  • Postdocs from universities and organizations outside of the University System of Maryland can participate as mentors and judges for poster sessions.
  • All graduate students and postdocs are invited to participate as audience members and attend the professional development workshops.
  • Undergraduate students are invited to attend to learn from the presentations, and to participate in special workshops dedicated to preparing for graduate school, with a focus on thinking about becoming a professor in the future.
  • Faculty from within the USM are invited to serve as judges to provide constructive feedback.

Join us! Registration is free. 



Colony Ballroom, Adele Stamp Student Union, University of Maryland College Park

8:00 AM – 9:00 AM: Arrival, Breakfast Refreshments, Registration, Poster Set-Up

9:00 AM – 10:30 AM: Opening Remarks, Traditional Oral Research Presentations

10:30 AM – 10:45 AM: Networking Break

10:45 AM – 11:15 AM: “TED-Style” Talks

11:15 AM – 12:00 PM: Lightning Round Talks

12:00 PM: Buffet Lunch Mentoring Discussions

12:45 PM – 1:30 PM: Poster Session and Dessert Reception

1:30 PM – 3:30 PM: Professional Development Workshops

  • For graduate students and postdoctoral fellows:
    • “Invitation to Engage: Becoming a Faculty Member in Maryland”
      •  Welcoming remarks: Office of Academic Affairs, University System of Maryland
      • Panel: Faculty and Administrators from USM schools
      • Roundtable discussions with faculty
      • Report out and declarations of engagements
  • For visiting undergraduate students
    • “Preparing for Graduate School – A Pipeline for Future Faculty” 
      • Sponsor: The University of Maryland Baltimore (UMB)

3:30 PM – 4:00 PM: Closing Reception and Awards Ceremony

Types of Presentations

This conference will feature STEM-based oral presentations, posters, and professional development seminars. Participants are invited to submit abstracts to participate in three oral categories, and one poster category.

Oral Category 1: Traditional Research Presentations

[7 minutes presentation, 3 minutes critique, 2 minutes of questions, traditional PowerPoint presentation]

Oral Category 2: TED-Styled Talks

[5 minute talks + 5 minutes for critique/questions, PowerPoint presentation with images only – no text]

Oral Category 3: Lightning Round Talks

[2 minute talks with timer on the screen, no PowerPoints, no critique.]

Call for Presentations

If you are interested in presenting, please follow the schedule below:

December 31, 2016: “Letter of Intent” to present. This very short email should include  name, school, department, choice of oral category (1, 2, 3) or poster, and potential title of your presentation. Email to with the title, “2017 PROMISE Research Symposium – Intent to Present.”

“TED-Styled” and “Lightning Round” titles must be tailored to appeal to a general audience.

January 20, 2017,  Deadline for “Intent to Present” emails for Lightening Round and Poster Presentations only. Everyone who expressed an “Intent to Present” as of Dec. 31, 2016, will be in line for the presentation style of their choice. Those who did not specify a category will be given a space for a poster. All of the slots in the “Traditional Presentation” Category #1, and the “TED-Styled Talk” Category #2, are taken, and we will not accept any more requests for those categories. We have some slots remaining in the “Lightning Round” Category #3, and we have slots remaining for posters.

January 31, 2017: Abstracts and the information below are required for all presentations types. Email all materials from all four categories below to, with the subject: “2017 PROMISE Research Symposium Presenter Information.”

  1. Formal Abstract (250 words or less). Biographical Sketch (250 words or less)
    • Font: 12 Point, Times New Roman
    • Heading, Left-justified:
      • Title (Bold)
      • Name (Italicized)
      • Department (No abbreviations)
      • University (No abbreviations)
  2. General Summary of Graduate Research (250 words or less)
  3. High Quality Photograph
  4. Numbered List of up to 5 publications and or/presentations. Please give precedence to publications and conference proceedings as applicable.

All presenters must register. Click and register by clicking the orange button below.

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