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GEM GRAD Lab, University of Maryland - College Park
Saturday, October 21, 2017
9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
For More Information:
Susan Harkins
301 405 8074

GEM GRAD Lab Sponsored by SESYNC and University of Maryland - College Park (A. James Clark School of Engineering and CMNS)


Event Description

GEM GRAD Lab Sponsored by the National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center (SESYNC) and University of Maryland - College Park

Co-Hosts: Morgan State University and University of Virginia

Please join us for the GEM GRAD Lab sponsored by the National Environmental Synthesis Center (SESYNC) and the University of Maryland - College Park with co-hosts Morgan State University and University of Virginia on Saturday, October 21, 2017 at the University of Maryland - College Park. On Saturday, October 21 the event will be from 9 AM - 5 PM.  Attendees are expected to arrive on time and stay until the program end at 3:45 pm.  We strongly encourage attendance at the closing ice cream social as well, but recognize some people may need to travel sooner than 5 pm. 

The GRAD Lab is a fun and engaging symposium where participants, science and engineering undergraduates, will receive full information on the importance of graduate school and what is needed to successfully gain admittance with financial support.  Speakers range from current graduate students to University faculty and professionals in STEM Fields.

GRAD Lab encourages young people to consider graduate engineering or science education, and to apply for the GEM fellowship.  Focusing on the global importance of research and innovation, life-long career benefits, and real world role models, the symposium will help each student envision his or her future as a technology leader, successfully apply for a GEM fellowship, and gain entry to a graduate STEM program.

If you are arriving on Friday, October 20, 2017, and checking out on Saturday, October 21, 2017, please consider our preferred hotel, The Holiday Inn Express & Suites in College Park.  University of Maryland has contracted with the Holiday Inn Express & Suites in College Park for a block of ten (10) rooms, available for reservations the nights of Friday, October 20 and Saturday, October 21.  Discounted room rates per night are $109.  Free parking is available, and a shuttle to campus is provided. Complimentary wifi and breakfast are also included.  

Campus Map:

·        GRAD Lab will be held in the Jeong H. Kim Building on the campus map.

·        Parking is available in lot 11b on the campus map.

You can find directions to the Jeong H. Kim Building where the GEM GRAD Lab will be held here:

Vehicles can be parked in the 11b lot (across from the Xfinity Center) at no charge. Please do NOT park in any other lots, as there might be permit restrictions in effect. Please note that the University of Maryland, SESYNC or GEM will be responsible for any tickets or fees associated with parking: Please check posted signs. A campus parking map can be found here:



All activities will take place in the Jeong H. Kim Building,  University of Maryland - College Park's Campus

9:00 AM              Registration, Pre-surveys and Continental Breakfast (Pepco Room #1105)

9:50 AM               Program Overview
                            Dr. Howard G. Adams, GEM Program Consultant (former Executive Director of GEM)

10:00 AM            Welcome (Lecture Hall # 1110)
                            Dr. Darryll Pines, Dean, Clark School of Engineering, University of Maryland - College Park 
                            Dr. Margaret Palmer, Director, National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center and Professor, Department of Entomology, University of Maryland - College Park 

10:15 AM            Session 1:  Why Graduate School? (Lecture Hall # 1110)

                            Dr. Howard G. Adams, GEM Program Consultant (former Executive Director of GEM)

11:15 AM             Break

11:30 AM             Session 2: How to Apply to Graduate School (Lecture Hall # 1110)                                     
                             Dr. Renetta G. Tull, Associate Provost for Graduate Student Professional Development & Postdoctoral Affairs, University of Maryland -  Baltimore County (GEM Program Consultant)
                             Jeffrey A. Franke, Interim Assistant Dean/Chief of Staff, Graduate School, University of Maryland - College Park 

12:30 PM             Lunch Break & Graduate Resource Fair (12:30-1:30 PM) (Kay Boardroom #1107, #1111, Rotunda)

1:30   PM             Session 3:  How to Fund Graduate School? (Lecture Hall # 1110)

                             Francis DuVinage, Ph.D., Director of National Scholarships Office, University of Maryland, College Park
                             Jasmine Crenshaw, Ph.D., Assistant Director, Center for Diversity in Engineering (CDE), Office of Diversity and Engagement, School of Engineering and Applied Science, University of Virginia
                             Monique Hite-Head, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Department of Civil Engineering, Morgan State University 

2:15 PM                Break

2:30 PM                   
Session 4: Voices from the Field (Lecture Hall # 1110)
                             Moderator: Quintaniay Holifield, Ph.D., Soil Scientist, U.S. Forest Service
                             Daniel Smith, Ph.D student, Department of Biological Systems Engineering, Virginia Tech
                             Shakira Hobbs, Ph.D., postdoctoral fellow, School of Engineering and Applied Sciences and the Darden School of Business, University of Virginia
                             Kelly Anderson, Ph.D student, Department of Geographical Sciences, University of Maryland, College Park
                             Itohan Ebhojiaye, M.S. Mechanical Engineering, University of Maryland, College Park                              

3:30 PM                Closing Remarks/Post Surveys (Raffle – Prize Give Away -iPad Mimi)
                              Dr. Darryll Pines, Dean, Clark School of Engineering, University of Maryland -College Park
                              Dr. Margaret Palmer, Director, National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center (SESYNC) and Professor, Department of Entomology, University of Maryland - College Park

3:45 PM                Ice Cream Social (Kay Boardroom)

5:00 PM                Program Ends

This Event is For: Campus • Clark School • All Students • Graduate • Undergraduate • Prospective Students

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