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17th PROMISE Summer Success Institute (SSI): August 17, 2019 #ThinkBigDiversity

April 30, 2019 6:50 PM

Last update: Tuesday, April 30, 2019 @ 6:30 pm

This page is currently under construction.

Please read some of the history of our SSI Conference, and the tentative agenda.



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). Currently, 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.

Link to PROMISE SSI archive:



7:45 AM – 8:45 AM: Breakfast with alumni

9:00 AM – 9:15 AM: Opening session

9:15 AM – 9:30 AM: Motivational speaker

9:30 AM – 10:30 AM: Faculty panel

10:30 AM – 11:00 AM: Circle of Doctorates

11:00 AM – 11:30 AM: Networking break

11:30 AM – 1:00 PM: Breakout sessions

  • Undergrads and new graduate students
  • Continuing grad students
  • Postdocs and professionals

1:00 PM – 1:40 PM: Lunch

1:40 PM -2:00 PM: Recognition of PhD Candidates

2:00 PM -2:30 PM: Keynote speaker

2:30 PM -3:00 PM: Dessert and networking with music


* Times displayed are subject to change until the agenda is finalized.