Summer Success Institute (SSI)

The Summer Success Institute (SSI) is a two-day conference for senior undergraduates, graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and early-career faculty from the University System of Maryland (USM) institutions from across all fields who identify themselves as historically underrepresented in graduate education. This event aims to network with students from different campuses, find mentors, and give a sense of belonging to participants, especially those from underrepresented backgrounds. We especially welcome first-generation individuals, Latinx/Hispanic, Black/African American, Native Americans, Pacific Islanders, females in Science/Technology/Engineering/Mathematics, LGTBQIA+, and students with disabilities.

Fun fact: Our Summer Success Institute (est. 2003) has been replicated at institutions like Cornell University as the Summer Success Symposium (S3)!

Summer Success Institute (SSI) provides an opportunity to network and create connections with alums, faculty, postdocs, and current University System of Maryland students. These connections, we believe, might help to successfully navigate the rigorous journey of graduate studies and further their careers. The SSI provides a “critical mass” of graduate students who let them know they are not alone and can succeed. The SSI aims to empower grad students to achieve, provide secrets of success (including MANY unwritten rules), give a sense of community, and foster new friendships.

Registrations Opening Soon for SSI (Summer Success Institute) 2023