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PROMISE Research Symposium

The PROMISE Research Symposium is an opportunity for students, especially those from historically underrepresented backgrounds to view and present research and get feedback from faculty mentors and postdoctoral fellows, their champions, and future peers. The categories, traditional oral presentation, lightning oral presentations (elevator speech), and TED-Style presentations, enhance their professional development and scientific identity while providing the perfect scenario to network and find new mentors outside their academic departments or campuses. The symposium program includes time for live feedback of the sessions and for professional development sessions, usually, the topic of such includes strategies and best practices for retaining and help succeed students of color in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields. Our PROMISE Research Symposium is hosted at the University of Maryland College Park in February and abstracts submissions open in October.

Summer Success Institute (SSI)

This is a two-day conference for senior undergraduates, graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and early-career faculty from the University System of Maryland (USM) institutions, from across all fields, who identify themselves as historically underrepresented in graduate education. The purpose of this event is to provide an opportunity to network with students from different campuses, find mentors, and provide a sense of belonging for participants, especially those from underrepresented backgrounds. We especially welcome individuals who are first-generation, Latinx/Hispanic, Black/African American, Native Americans, Pacific Islanders, females in Science/Technology/Engineering/Mathematics, LGTBQIA+, and/or students with disabilities.

Summer Success Institute (SSI) provides an opportunity to network and create connections with alumni, faculty, postdocs, and current students of our University System of Maryland, connections that we believe might help in successfully navigate the rigorous journey of their graduate studies and further their careers. The SSI provides a “critical mass” of graduate students who let them know that they are not alone and that they can succeed. The goal of the SSI is to empower grad students to succeed, provide secrets of success (including MANY unwritten rules), provide a sense of community, and foster new friendships.

Fun fact: Our Summer Success Institute exists since 2003 and it has been replicated in other institutions like Cornell University, Summer Success Symposium (S3).