“Adopted” Students & Great Colleagues

The Research Symposium has ended for 2010, and my voice is hoarse … that hasn’t happened in a while.  I was thrilled to be able to participate in this year’s program. I was so proud of the graduate students’ panel … I’d met many of them as undergrads at UMET during my first few years of visits to Puerto Rico. Now, they are progressing through qualifiers and there will be a dissertation defense among them soon.  Today, as I talked with some of them, I said, “I’ve adopted you, and you are my students too.” And I meant that. I’m so proud of them.  I was also proud to serve as a judge and panelists with two friends from undergrad (Howard University) and grad school (Northwestern University) who are now professors.  They now bring their own students to the symposium and work with the conference each year.  It’s a great reunion, and it’s great to remember that we were once in the shoes of the students whom we are now mentoring.   Here are some pictures from today.  (My other photos weren’t taken in the best light, so these are the only ones that were clear enough to post.)

Renetta Tull in front of the sign for the Ana G. Mendez System's Student Research Development Center

Renetta w/ UMET alums who are now grad students at the University of California Irvine and the University of Maryland College Park

Drs. Carl and Melodee Moore