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16th PROMISE Summer Success Institute: August 18, 2018 #ThinkBigDiversity

June 11, 2018 12:20 PM


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). 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 2018, 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, and the PROMISE SSI on Saturday, August 18.

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)

PROMISE Summer Success Institute (SSI) 2018:


Saturday, August 18, 2018

(Pre-conference LSAMP-sponsored activities for undergraduate students Aug. 17, 2018.)

The Hotel at Arundel Preserve, Hanover, MD

For Sponsorship Package options to support the 2018 SSI please click on the following link: Sponsorship packages for the PROMISE AGEP Summer Success Institute 2018.

Global Citizenry and PROMISE as the Ubiquitous Alternative Space

#ThinkBigDiversity III

Tentative Agenda:

  • 7:45 AM – Registration
  • 8:18 AM – Welcome from Dr. Tull and then Breakfast Roundtables
  • 9:00 AM Plenary
  • 9:40 AM Plenary
  • 10:20 AM Circle of Doctorates
  • 11:00 AM Group Tweets, part I 
  • 11:10 AM Networking Break
    • #ThinkBigDiversity signs
    • Networking, Photos, posting
  • 11:30 AM #ThinkBigDiversity Breakout sessions
    • New students: 
    • Continuing Students: 
    • PPP: 
  • 1:00 Lunch
    • USM hosts
  • 1:45 Recognition of Candidates
  • 2:00 Speaker
  • 2:30 Reception