2022 Summer Success Institute (SSI)

Welcome to the PROMISE Summer Success Institute (SSI) 2022! This conference, hosted by PROMISE program volunteers from across the University System of Maryland, will be held in person at the Hotel at Arundel Preserve on Friday, August 19, 2022, and Saturday, August 20, 2022. An SSI Preview Day will be held on Thursday, August 18 (invitation only). Preview Day activities are for our PROMISE Engineering Institute (PEI) participants and our PROMISE AGEP Academy Fellows (APAA). 



What is SSI?

SSI began as part of an NSF grant-funded program in 2003 to diversify the professoriate. SSI provides professional development, encouragement, motivation, career advice, peer support, and camaraderie, particularly for underrepresented graduate students (incoming and continuing) and postdocs in STEM fields. However, many sessions are also helpful for broader audiences, including undergraduates and faculty across all disciplines. Interested students and scholars from any group or discipline are invited to attend!

This year’s program will have inspirational keynotes and concurrent sessions featuring panels of doctorates now working as faculty, federal agency employees, industry, or change-makers in science writing, science policy, and public health. Importantly, this year we offer networking breakouts following every concurrent session, allowing you to connect with our all-star speakers in small groups personally. We aim to help you CONNECT to understand better the work you can do with your graduate degree and how to leverage the unique opportunities this past year has created for us personally and professionally. We hope you join us!



As with all PROMISE activities, we welcome you to invite and include your family and friends in our program. We call this practicethe Jessica Effect,” after the late Jessica Soto Perez. In opening our program, we honor your community’s cultural and familial influence and simultaneously promote understanding of your academic experience to those in your life.

Agenda at a Glance

All times are Eastern Standard Time



* The agenda is subject to change until the day of the event.

SSI is funded in part by the National Science Foundation (NSF), the Directorate for Education and Human Resources (EHR), and the Division of Human Resource Development (HRD). NSF AGEP HRD Awards: University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC) (1820984), University of Maryland College Park (UMCP) (1820975), the University of Maryland at Baltimore (UMB) (1820983), and Salisbury University (SU) (1820971), and Towson University (TU) (1820974), the Division of Engineering Education and Centers NSF EEC Awards: the University of California, Davis (2051599), University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC) (1734741) and the National Science Foundation (Award #1619676) Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP at UMBC).