Renetta Tull, Graduate School, Featured in “Women in Data”

RenettaRenetta Tull, associate vice provost for graduate education and postdoctoral affairs, is featured on the cover of Women in Data: Cutting-Edge Practitioners and Their Views on Critical Skills, Background, and Education. The report includes interviews with 15 women about their success, motivation and views on opportunities available to women in tech fields.

In her interview, Tull focuses on the need for early exposure to computing careers. She says, “Women can be more involved with computing fields, and certainly, opportunities for ubiquitous computing limit restrictions for engagement. However, women need to know that they are invited to the table; they need to see images that show that they are not excluded and they need regular and continuous access to computing environments early, within the K–12 years…”

Click here to learn more about Women in Data and download a free copy of the report.

UMBC’s Professional Graduate Programs Information Sessions (3/7)

15365064460_649cdd1abb_zUMBC’s Division of Professional Studies offers a broad number of professionally focused master’s degrees and graduate certificates that help prepare professionals for today’s most in-demand careers.

On March 7, attend the UMBC’s Professional Graduate Programs Information Sessions at The Universities at Shady Grove, to learn about graduate programs in Biotechnology, Cybersecurity, and Geographic Information Systems.

Program directors, alumni and students from programs will be on hand to discuss industry trends, opportunities, and the admissions process. The information sessions will provide an overview of each program’s innovative curriculum and practice-oriented instruction, designed for working professionals.

The Information Sessions are scheduled for Saturday, March 7, 2015 from 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. at The Universities at Shady Grove, Camille Kendall Academic Center (Building III), 9636 Gudelsky Drive, Rockville, MD 20850.

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Welcoming New Graduate Students to UMBC

Help us in welcoming new graduate students to campus. The Graduate School is pleased to announce that New Graduate Student Orientation will take place Thursday, January 15, 2015 beginning at 2:00 pm. Here are a few comments from previous Graduate Orientation sessions:

“I was blown away by the kindness and helpfulness of every person representing UMBC.”

“Fun and informative.”

“I found the orientation very helpful and am glad that I attended. I am excited to be a retriever.”

Graduate Research Conference Faculty/Staff Reviewer Sign Up Ends Jan. 15th

GSA_badge_initial_logoThe 37th Annual Graduate Research Conference (GRC) will take place on March 25, 2015. GRC is a collaborative effort of the Graduate Student Association (GSA), the Office of Graduate Student Life (OGSL), and the GSA Senate. The 2015 Planning Team redesigned GRC to serve as an intellectual, creative, and safe space for graduate students to share their work, provide and receive feedback, interact with the campus, refine their research skills, and partake in professional development opportunities.

Faculty and staff are invited to serve as reviewers of graduate student presentations. GRC reviewers provide constructive feedback to graduate researchers and contribute to making the conference an intellectually fruitful and socially meaningful event.

The reviewer submission deadline is January 15, 2015.

For more information about the conference, please visit the GRC website or contact Romy Hübler at

Renetta Tull, Graduate School, to Chair Session at World Engineering Education Forum

RenettaRenetta Tull, associate vice provost for graduate student development and postdoctoral affairs and director of PROMISE, will chair the “Women in Engineering, Partnerships and Professional Development” session at the 2014 World Engineering Education Forum (WEEF), which will host the International Conference on Interactive Collaborative Learning. She will also present her research on graduate student diversity and Maryland’s Alliance for Graduate Education and the Professoriate (AGEP) at the conference.

Additionally, Tull has been invited to participate in meetings for the International Federation of Engineering Education Societies based on her work with women in STEM through the National Science Foundation ADVANCE project and Latin and Caribbean Consortium of Engineering Institutions.

Click here to read more about Tull’s work.

Janet Rutledge, Graduate School, Elected to Council of Graduate Schools Board of Directors

JR deskJanet Rutledge, vice provost and dean of the Graduate School, was elected to the Council of Graduate Schools Board of Directors this week. The Council of Graduate School (CGS) is the only national organization dedicated to advancing graduate education and research and serves as a voice for the graduate dean community.

“I am honored to join the Board of Directors of the Council of Graduate Schools,” Rutledge said. “UMBC has participated in several of the CGS best practices projects such as the Ph.D. Completion Project, the Doctoral Initiative on Minority Attrition and Completion, and the TIAA-CREF Enhancing Student Financial Education project.  I look forward to working with other graduate leaders and stakeholders to support graduate education and, by extension, our society as a whole.”

Rutledge will begin serving on the CGS board in January. She has been  the vice provost and dean of The Graduate School at UMBC since 2009 and serves on multiple boards, including the Board of Trustees at her undergraduate alma mater, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and the Advisory Committee to the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation’s Minority Ph.D. program. Rutledge was also appointed to her second term on the GRE Board, where she is the chair of the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee.

Click here to read more about UMBC’s participation with CGS.