Professional Graduate Program Open House at UMBC’s South Campus (4/23)

UMBC’s Division of Professional Studies offers a broad array of professionally focused master’s degrees and graduate certificates that help prepare professionals for today’s most in-demand careers.

On April 23, attend the Professional Graduate Program Open House at UMBC’s South Campus (bwtech@UMBC South), to learn about graduate programs in Biotechnology, Cybersecurity, Health Information Technology, Engineering Management and Systems Engineering.

During the session, there will be an opportunity to participate in discussions with program directors, staff and alumni, and meet Career Services representatives to learn careers, job searching resources available and internships. Additionally, the Open House will provide an opportunity to learn about financing education, as well as the educational benefits available to veterans.

The Open House is scheduled for Wednesday, April 23, 2014 from 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM. Click here to RSVP.

Summer 2014 Dissertation Fellowships

Applications for Summer 2014 Dissertation Fellowships will be accepted by the Office of the Associate Dean of the Graduate School until 4:30 p.m., Friday, April 25, 2014.

A committee consisting of three members of the Graduate School Leadership Team will review applications and announce recipients of the Fellowship by May 15, 2014. Selection will be based on the extent of convincing evidence that the award will provide the critical element needed to complete the dissertation.

Click here to find out more information.

NSF PROMISE AGEP Grant Funded; UMBC is Lead Partner

UMBC is pleased to announce that the National Science Foundation grant for PROMISE: Maryland’s Alliance for Graduate Education and the Professoriate (AGEP) has been funded. UMBC is the lead campus on this University System of Maryland-wide, $1.75 million, 3.5 year grant. UMBC’s primary partners will continue to be the University of Maryland, College Park and the University of Maryland, Baltimore, and all of the campuses within the USM will participate.

Signature programs will continue with funding for graduate students from USM’s campuses to attend activities such as Dissertation House and Summer Success Institute (SSI). Programming and mentoring for postdoctoral fellows throughout the system will also be expanded. New activities include the annual graduate student research and careers conference that will build on the recommendations of the Council of Graduate Schools’ report “Pathways Through Graduate School and Into Careers” and an annual conference for undergraduates to learn about opportunities in graduate school. Finally, Professors in Training (PROF-it) students will have opportunities for mentored teaching experiences at campuses across the USM, and several community colleges.

The National Science Foundation’s AGEP program is intended to increase significantly the number of domestic students receiving doctoral degrees in the sciences, technology, engineering, and mathematics, with special emphasis on those population groups underrepresented in these fields.

Robert Deluty, Graduate School, Publishes his 41st Book

Robert Deluty, associate dean of the Graduate School, has published a new book, titled “Entering Through the Window.”

In his review, physician, poet, and writer Ronald Pies writes, “Robert Deluty’s poems truly do ‘enter through the window,’ surprising and sometimes startling us into new awareness. At times, we experience these short poems with the intensity of a Zen koan; at times, with the power of a perfectly timed joke, as in ‘Yom Kippur/ the quarter-Jewish man/ skipping dessert’ or ‘offered horseradish/ their teen declines, stating/ she’s a vegan.’ As we have come to expect with this prolific poet of the microcosm, Deluty manages to reveal an entire world through a very small window”

Entering Through the Window,” as well as Deluty’s other books, may be purchased at the UMBC Bookstore.

Robert Deluty, Graduate School, Publishes His 40th Book

Robert Deluty, associate dean of the graduate school, has published a new volume of poetry, The Knife and the Pumpkin.  In his review, Ronald Pies writes:

“Robert Deluty’s latest collection of poems takes its title from an intriguing comment by the novelist, Simone Schwarz-Bart: ‘Only the knife knows what goes on in the heart of a pumpkin.’ Physicians and therapists might be put in mind of a kindred statement by Sophocles: ‘A wise doctor does not mutter incantations over a sore that needs the knife.’ Both sayings teach us that, sometimes, there is no avoiding pain in getting to the heart of the matter. Deluty’s wonderful new collection understands this well. And yet, as always with Deluty’s poems, there is the saving grace of the poet’s ironic humor and deep human sympathy — deflecting the knife blade when it would do more harm than good.”

The Knife and the Pumpkin, as well as all of Dr. Deluty’s books, may be purchased at the UMBC Bookstore.

Robert Deluty, Graduate School, Publishes His 39th Book

Robert Deluty, associate dean of the graduate school and associate professor of psychology, has published a new volume of poetry, “The Inventor as Observer.” In his review, Richard M. Berlin writes:

“In his 39th book, Robert Deluty continues his long record as the contemporary poet whose work is guaranteed to make me laugh out loud one minute and bring tears to my eyes the next.  His craft has evolved to what seems like an effortless level of mastery in poems filled with sly observations, surprise, word play, and his trademark warmth and wit.  Who else could write a book that includes the mind-set of a mastiff, exhausted poets, car mechanics, children, professors, and an illiterate man living on Brooklyn’s Avenue X. Like its predecessors, this collection of poems sparkles on every page.”

“The Inventor as Observer,” as well as all of Deluty’s other books, may be purchased at the UMBC Bookstore.

Addressing Graduate Students’ Feelings of Stress – An End-of-the-Semester “Coffee Break” (12/7)

It is common during this time of year to feel stressed about things that you want to accomplish before the end of the semester. If you’ve experienced anxiety, irritability, apathy, disinterest in activities that you were formerly involved in, or loss of energy, it’s time to talk.  In an effort to address concerns of stress during these last few weeks of the fall semester, we would like to offer you an opportunity to take a coffee break.

Dr. Robert Deluty, Associate Dean of the Graduate School, and a practicing clinical psychologist, will lead  this session. If you are feeling overwhelmed and stressed about classes, end-of-the-semester projects, exams, or the holiday season, please come! If you are feeling alone, isolated,  or just want to have an opportunity to connect with others, please come! If you are a non-traditional graduate student or a first-generation graduate student, we encourage you to come! If you have been working to try to balance work and family, or if you are trying to balance other areas of your life and you need a listening ear, please come!

Friday, December 7, 2012
4:30 PM – 6:00 PM
Public Policy Building, Room 206
Light refreshments will be served.

All graduate students from all academic disciplines are invited to attend. Full-time and part-time students at all levels, (i.e., master’s and doctoral students) are invited to attend.  This “coffee break” seminar is scheduled at 4:30 PM on a Friday to accommodate all of our students, including those who are part-time or working during the day.

This seminar is co-sponsored by PROMISE: Maryland’s AGEP and The Graduate School at UMBC. We will also share information from UMBC’s University Counseling Services.

Robert Deluty, Graduate School, in The Faculty Voice

Robert Deluty, associate dean of the Graduate School, has published 23 poems in the October 2012 issue of The Faculty Voice.

All of the poems have an academic theme and all previously appeared in one of Dr. Deluty’s published books.  The poems are written in senryu, a form of short poetry of Japanese origin similar to haiku. Poems include:

how to reference tweets.
in his term paper


young art student
struggling to control the strokes.
painting his first nude

All of the poems, which appeared in the October 30 issue of the newsletter, can be read here.

Robert Deluty, Graduate School, Publishes His 36th Book

Robert Deluty, associate dean of the graduate school, has published a new
book of poetry, “Particles of Life.” In his review, Dr. Ronald Pies writes:

“In the Jewish mystical tradition, it is mankind’s task to release the hidden ‘sparks’ of divinity that are trapped within the material world. In his wonderful new collection of poems, Robert Deluty achieves something akin to this, by releasing the poetry within the common ‘particles of life.’ This, Dr. Deluty accomplishes with his usual blend of humor, sharp-eyed realism, and deeply humane understanding.”

Copies of “Particles of Life,” as well as of Deluty’s other books, are on sale at the UMBC Bookstore.