Category Archive: Education

It has been an honor to participate in President Obama’s STEM initiatives #ThinkBigDiversity

Being at the White House and contributing to President Obama’s initiatives in STEM such as the “My Brother’s Keeper STEM+” and STEM Inclusion Conference in 2016 have been among the highlights of my… Continue reading

Thank you ABET for the 2016 Claire Felbinger Award for Diversity @ABETaccredit #ThinkBigDiversity

It is an honor and a privilege to be named the 2016 winner of the Claire Felbinger Award for Diversity from ABET. Thank you to all who nominated me, and thank you for… Continue reading

Costa Rica #LACCEI w/Maryland Group #ThinkBigDiversity

This past week, our contingent from the University System of Maryland participated in international meetings that were part of the Latin and Caribbean Consortium of Engineering Institutions in Costa Rica. Our full agenda… Continue reading

Dark Matters: Metaphorical Black Holes & STEM Diversity – Paper Published

My husband, Dr. Damon Tull, and I  are pleased to announce that our paper with co-authors Shawnisha Hester and physicist Dr. Anthony Johnson, Dark Matters: Metaphorical Black Holes that Affect Ethnic Underrepresentation in Engineering,… Continue reading

Songs & Spirituals complete the journey. Featuring Dr. @AlexisInc w/ @Dr_TalithiaW #ThinkBigDiversity

The scene is the “after-discussion” that followed the 2016 PROMISE Research Symposium. We were a group of women – black and hispanic, part of the STEM enterprise. Among us were tiers of mentors… Continue reading

The Mentor Mirror: A ‘Reverse’ IDP For Mentors [@SREBDocSch/@OMOTempowered] #ThinkBigDiversity

During the Southern Regional Education Board’s (SREB) 2015 Institute For Teaching and Mentoring/Compact for Faculty Diversity, Dr. Christine Grant and I presented  a session entitled, Mentoring Graduate Students of Color, to full room of faculty… Continue reading

Beyond Being Nervous – The discussion in NY @GEMFellowship #GEMGRADLab @CIEStonyBrook

“What do you do if you’re too nervous?” This question was asked on Saturday in response to my charge to build relationships with professors during the GEM GRAD Lab at Stony Brook University… Continue reading

In Colorado: Barriers/Solutions to Engaging Diverse #WomenInSTEM in Global Research – #ThinkBigDiversity #WEPAN2015

Today, I am in Colorado, where I worked with my colleagues from UMBC and PR to present the “Think Big” discussion on engaging diverse women in STEM in international research efforts, as part… Continue reading

I do not fail … I just find thousands of ways that don’t work, and am thereby satisfied with the subsequent success (#EdisonInspired)

My name, Renetta, means “reborn” and persistence is a core value that was taught in my household. My parents, fueled by their faith, always taught my brothers and I that there was a… Continue reading

Good morning from Dubai! A greeting from the United Arab Emirates (UAE), and thoughts about the “Women & Children Only” car on the train

Greetings! Thank you for your thoughts and prayers for my safe arrival. Things are going well here in Dubai where I am participating as a chair for the “Women in Engineering, Partnerships &… Continue reading

Mentoring: Honoring those who’ve paved the way (Dr. Hrabowski), Paving the way for those who are next. #Institute2014 @SREBDocSch #Atlanta

This past weekend, I had a delegation of approximately 25 graduate students and postdocs at the 2014 SREB Compact for Faculty Diversity/Institute for Teaching and Mentoring in Atlanta. I had a session on… Continue reading

Video online from The AtlanticLIVE: A New America: Empowering Hispanic Millennials for Tech Leadership

On September 18, 2014, I had the honor of participating on a panel for The Atlantic LIVE A New America: Empowering Hispanic Millennials for Tech Leadership, Washington, District of Columbia. My comments focused on access… Continue reading

#MomentsToMentor Part I w/ @Renetta_Tull: “When Faculty Say X …” (Drafts & Conferences) YouTube Video

PROMISE: Maryland’s AGEP has posted the introduction to the “When Faculty Say X …” seminar at UMBC. This video was initially designed to introduce a seminar, one that I would typically moderate in… Continue reading

Taping for my #MomentsToMentor series starts today; Mentoring video from Purdue is up: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tK-d8VD14tM#t=168

Although my sessions at mentoring sessions at MIT have been taped for the last few years, the plan to have a mentoring series came as a result of a complicated schedule. When I… Continue reading

Bilingual video w/ Dr. @Renetta_Tull from @UMBC discusses the NSF “ADVANCE Hispanic Women in STEM” project

   

Renetta Tull: Equity in STEM

Originally posted on UMBC Insights Weekly:
Renetta Tull, Associate Vice Provost of Graduate Student Development and Postdoctoral Affairs, is seeking equity in STEM for all. Tull was recently the lead author on an…

Mentoring: A passion to facilitate dreams. Calling a “virtual family reunion” for my mentees

Today, I had the wonderful opportunity to have a picture taken with a subset of my awesome team in my (not-so-neat) office and it reminded me of a recent request. I have been… Continue reading

“The Jessica Effect” and Women in STEM (Mujeres en STEM) – En memoria de Jessica

Over the past few weeks, I’ve had a chance to lead an international session on Women in STEM and Diversity (Mujeres en STEM y Diversidad) in Ecuador (Agenda – Broadening the STEM Research… Continue reading

Thoughts on leading the NSF US Delegation to Ecuador, July 2014

It was an honor and a privilege to lead the United States delegation to Ecuador for the National Science Foundation’s project on international engagement and broadening participation in engineering. Our group participated in… Continue reading

Reflections: Breakfast @Harvard, White Privilege, Kyla McMullen’s Sexy Black Female Scientists List, & Bringing Women in STEM to the Table

Over the last two weeks I’ve given a talk at MIT, had meetings at Harvard, and I’ve given a presentation and participated in a plenary panel at the International Forum of the American… Continue reading

Puerto Rico ADVANCE Hispanic Women in STEM Meeting (and a March Birthday Celebration)

It has been a great pleasure to be a Co-PI for the ADVANCE Hispanic Women in STEM project in Puerto Rico. Last week, we had a poster presentation at the National Science Foundation’s… Continue reading

Conversatorio: Mujeres participando en STEM – Presentation in Cartagena, Colombia, Leading LACCEI’s Women in STEM efforts

I’ve been enjoying my visit to South America, and I thank my colleagues in the Latin and Caribbean Consortium of Engineering Institutions (LACCEI) for designating me to be the lead for their Women… Continue reading

Puerto Rico Forum: “Primer foro sobre publicaciones academicas de la Universidad Metropolitana”

This weekend, I enjoyed participating in two events: 1) “Primer foro sobre publicaciones academicas de la Universidad Metropolitana” with faculty (I served on the panel, and listened to outcomes from a PROMISE workshop… Continue reading

10 Points for Social Media: From My June 2013 @WEPAN talk #WEPAN13 in ATL (Sponsored by IBP)

This week, I had a chance to join colleagues Dr. Melanie Harrison (NOAA in California), Sara Xayarath Hernandez (Director of Diversity Programs for the College of Engineering at Cornell University, and winner of… Continue reading

Video from the @WPSProject Women in Public Service Project @UMassLowell June 2013: My “Sharing STEM” Opening Remarks

It was my pleasure to give the opening remarks for the “Sharing STEM” session at the Women in Public Service Project (WPSP) at the University of Massachusetts Lowell. Thank you to all of… Continue reading

From Student Mentee to Colleague: Breakfast Meeting @MIT with Dr. Frances Carter-Johnson

A few years ago, I wrote a post about the joy of having mentees who can surpass you. The joy continues! On Tuesday, I had a chance to meet with a mentee, Dr. Frances… Continue reading

Speaking at the @USNews @STEMSolutions Conference June 18: Holistic Support Systems for Minority Students

I am honored to be a speaker for the U.S. News STEM Solutions conference in Austin, TX on June 18, 2013. Our panel just had a conference call to prepare for next week,… Continue reading

Excited about being chosen for the Plainfield High School Hall of Fame, Class of 2013!

When you’re in high school, you’re thinking about fun, friends, fun, preparing for the real world, fun, preparing to get a job one day, and oh, did I say fun? In high school,… Continue reading

Thanks to Purdue University for inviting me kick-off the MAP program on mentoring

It was my great pleasure to meet and work with researchers and students at Purdue University as they launched their “Mentoring at Purdue (MAP)” program, sponsored by the USDA. This program, held at… Continue reading

Mentoring continues for a lifetime! It doesn’t stop after undergrad!

Today is the last day of the semester and I am still meeting with students, going over evaluations, and helping them plan for the next stages of their programs. I love what I… Continue reading

Fall 2012 “Tour” – PR, NY … in FL now, Alaska next week, then Texas

This afternoon I gave a talk on social media at the Sloan Director’s meeting as part of the 2102 SREB Compact for Faculty Diversity/Institute on Teaching and Mentoring in Tampa, Florida. Earlier this… Continue reading

Co-founded ADVANCE Hispanic Women in STEM Network Conference & thoughts on the Double Bind

We’ve just concluded the first ADVANCE Hispanic Women in STEM Networking Conference in Puerto Rico, which brought together women faculty in science, technology, engineering, and math disciplines from across the island. It was… Continue reading

The Success Equation/Una Ecuacíon Para el Éxito – Tull & Tull paper now available

Thank you for the outpouring of support regarding our short paper on the “Success Equation.” This information has been presented at the following venues: MIT MSRP Summer Research Dinner, Boston,  June 2012 UMBC… Continue reading

Busy day at LACCEI, in Panama

Today at LACCEI in Panama, I facilitated part of a session on diversity and partnerships. It was a good session and one that generated passionate discussion about engaging students in professional development activities.… Continue reading

Ciudad de Panamá – Latin American and Caribbean Consortium of Engineering Institutions (LACCEI 2012)

Yesterday I arrived in Panamá, and this afternoon I gave the first of two talks at the 2012 Conference of the Latin American and Caribbean Consortium of Engineering Institutions (LACCEI – Consorcio Latinoamericano y… Continue reading

Finish the dissertation, because you can’t put “Almost PhD” behind your name

This morning, my husband and I were talking about my upcoming day as a co-facilitator for the PROMISE Dissertation House (co-sponsored by PROMISE: Maryland’s AGEP and The Graduate School at UMBC) and the numbers… Continue reading

Our paper on postdocs @WEPAN 2012, presented today, Columbus, OH

Today, my UMBC co-author Autumn Reed presented our paper on strategies for recruiting, training, and transitioning postdoctoral scholars to career based on our experiences with NSF’s ADVANCE at UMBC and the PROMISE AGEP… Continue reading

Tribute to a “Brother Mentor” — LaMont Toliver, Director of UMBC’s Meyerhoff Program

Although death is a part of life, it’s still hard to believe that my friend,  LaMont Toliver is not with us on earth anymore. As the Director of  UMBC’s Meyerhoff Scholars program, and… Continue reading

If your email address is “sexyhotdude@_____.__”, I’m throwing your application away

This quote came from the director of a graduate fellowship program during his talk to potential graduate students this morning! I am in Minnesota at the AISES conference and I gave a talk… Continue reading

Work Hard, Play Hard … My Staff and I in Puerto Rico

This past weekend, my Graduate Assistants and I were in San Juan, Puerto Rico for the Ana G. Mendez University System Research Symposium.  I’ve been to Puerto Rico before since I regularly work… Continue reading

You’re not finished, e.g., Science : Basketball :: Lab : Gym

I have the wonderful opportunity to speak with students around the country, and this post is both written for and inspired by them. Sometimes I meet students who are experiencing their first summer… Continue reading

Spring/Summer 2011 Speaking Schedule

I sincerely thank all of my students and colleagues for their support over the years.  Many have been asking for my speaking and events schedule for the next few months.  Here are the… Continue reading

You’ve just asked for a letter of recommendation … now I need some things from you

This year, I wrote so many recommendation letters that I decided to put these “tips” into an online post so that I don’t have to continue to type my “list” into emails.  These are… Continue reading

Grad Student with Spinal Muscular Atrophy Excels! Kavita’s Story

It’s a new year and it’s a great time to remind yourself of what you can and will do.  Now is a great time to dismiss the “I can’t” thoughts and to be… Continue reading

Troubled economy? Excited to say that my campus is hiring!

My business is higher education and with so many reports out about people not being able to find jobs, imagine the joy that I feel in being able to announce that my campus… Continue reading

I’m part of a “Grad School Admissions & Retention” Revolution. I’m “on tour!”

This “Travel” season is unlike any other! I’ve been blessed to be invited to speak at a number of schools and conferences about graduate school admissions and retention, and this year, I’m a… Continue reading

After 5 on Friday, Continuing on Saturday, Working for the Students!

It was after 5 on Friday, yesterday, when a colleague and I were still talking about the successes from her summer research program, and the things that we would need to do to… Continue reading

Health and Wellness Thoughts for Grad Students – Inspired by the University of Maryland College Park’s Dissertation House

This week, I am sharing time with the Dissertation House at the University of Maryland College Park.  College Park provides participants with breakfast and afternoon refreshments as well as dining cards for meals… Continue reading

The Joy of Having Protégés Who Will Surpass You

It has been a pleasure to have students say “I want to be like you” or “I want to have a job like yours.”  I’ve been blessed to have a job that I… Continue reading

Summer Season for the Dissertation House

Our Dissertation House in Maryland has officially opened the Summer 2010 season.  Today, we invite all doctoral students, anywhere in the world, to join us online for the 2010 Summer Challenge. This invitation… Continue reading