2024 Summer Success Institute (SSI)

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Save the Date: Aug 17, 2024

Welcome to the PROMISE Summer Success Institute (SSI) 2024 website! This conference, hosted by PROMISE program volunteers from across the University System of Maryland, will be held in person on August 17, 2024.

Detail Description
Date Saturday, August 17, 2024
Time Conference runs from 8:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Location This year, the Summer Success Institute (SSI) conference will be hosted at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) Campus, address: 1000 Hilltop Circle, Baltimore, MD 21250, in the Performing Arts and Humanities Building (PAHB).
Parking Free parking will be provided for the conference. Please park in parking lot 8. Follow the campus signage with the conference logo.
Dress code The dress code is business casual; please plan accordingly.


Picture of 2019 SSI attendees.

What is SSI (Summer Success Institute)?

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 and postdocs in STEM fields. However, many sessions are also helpful for broader audiences, including undergraduates and faculty across non-STEM disciplines. Interested students and scholars from any group or discipline are invited to attend!

 Register for SSI (Summer Success Institute) 2024 (Comming Soon!)
Picture from 2019 SSI (Summer Success Institute)  undergraduate session panelists.

We will have inspirational keynotes and a concurrent session featuring panels of doctorates now working as educators, federal agency employees, industry, or change-makers working in science writing, science policy, and public health. We will also have workshops to help you build skills to launch your independent academic career and create inclusive environments.

Importantly, this year, we are bringing back regional alumni; please join them at 8:00 AM for breakfast to network. We aim to help you connect, understand the work you can do with your graduate degree, and grow in skills and fulfillment, 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 practice “the 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 lives.

Detailed Agenda (Comming Soon)

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), University of Maryland at Baltimore (UMB) (1820983), and Salisbury University (SU) (1820971), and Towson University (TU) (1820974), the Division of Equity for Excellence in STEM (EES) Award University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) (2217329) and the NIH-funded University of Maryland FIRST Program, Award 1U54CA272205-01.