I’m grateful to be invited to give talks and speeches around the country that focus on encouraging undergraduate and graduate students to do their best, utilize resources, and prepare for their purposes in life. Through my short stint as a professor, as I continue to grow as a member of the leadership team in the graduate school of a local university, and as I continue to direct a program that impacts students in the STEM fields (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math), I am pleased to be able to give students practical applications along with encouragement so that they can graduate and be equipped for their next steps.

I give talks at MIT, Universidad Metropolitana, University of Puerto Rico Mayaguez, Society for Hispanic Professional Engineers national conference, Cornell, American Indian Science and Engineering Society conference and other venues!

Sample keynote talks, workshops, and speeches:

  • Mastering the GRE and the Graduate School Admissions Process
  • The Mentor/Advisor Relationship
  • Passion, Preparation, Planning: Be at Your Best
  • Graduate Student Success: Beyond the Books
  • Composing Elements of Your Graduate Student Life:  PROJECT L.E.A.D.
  • Leading as You Learn: Optimizing the Graduate School Advisor-Advisee Relationship
  • A Path to Leadership
  • Mentoring vs. Advising, and Assessing Campus Climates
  • The Importance of Being a Good Citizen in Your Ph.D. Department: Graduate School Politics and its Effects on Your Successful Completion of the Ph.D.

Sample invited presentations:

See the CV page, and download the full updated CV for a complete list of presentations and topics.

Some past presentations:

  • Advancing Hispanic Women in STEM: Partnership and Progress (Invited), ADVANCE Meeting of Deans, Presidents, and Chancellors of Puerto Rico (University of Puerto Rico System, Ana G. Mendez University System, Interamerican University System, and independent universities in Puerto Rico), San Juan, Puerto Rico, March 7, 2014.
  • Mentored Pathways to Promotion/Tenure (Invited), 12th Annual Meeting of the National Science Foundation’s ADVANCE Program, Alexandria, VA, March 3, 2014.
  • Mentoring Graduate Students of Color (Invited panel with Christine Grant), SREB Compact for Faculty Diversity, 20th Annual Institute on Teaching and Mentoring, Alexandria, Virginia, November 2, 2013.
  • Effective Mentoring for Professional Development and Tenure (Invited panel with Gail Smith and Tom Rochon),Junior Faculty Professional Conference, SREB Compact for Faculty Diversity, 20th Annual Institute on Teaching and Mentoring, Alexandria, Virginia, November 1, 2013.
  • Developing Holistic Support Systems for Minority Students (Invited Panelist),U.S. News STEM Solutions Conference, Austin, TX, June 18, 2013.
  • Minority recruitment and retention – the PROMISE Program (Invited), 5th Biennial National Directors of Graduate Studies in Pharmacology & Physiology meeting, Fort Worth, Texas, June 14, 2013.
  • Navigating Research Success, MIT, June 2013
  • The Success Equation, (Invited, with Damon Tull). Department of Computer Science, University of Puerto Rico Río Piedras, San Juan, Puerto Rico,  October 1, 2012


Several talks are based on papers that I’ve written or co-authored, listed on the PROMISE AGEP Publications website: and Researchgate:


Sample Tours and annual talks: 

2015: GEM GRADLab Tour, NSBE, MIT, ABRCMS, LACCEI (Dominican Republic), WEEF (Italy)

2014: GEM GRADLab Tour, NSBE, MIT, LACCEI (Ecuador), WEEF (Dubai)

2013: GEM GRADLab Tour, NSBE, MIT, LACCEI (Mexico), WEEF (Colombia)

2012: GEM GRADLab Tour, NSBE, MIT, LACCEI (Panama)

Past Sample schedules: 

Fall 2010 Speaking Schedule

Spring/Summer 2011 Speaking Schedule

Renetta G. Tull, Ph.D.
Associate Vice Provost for Graduate Student Development & Postdoctoral Affairs, and Director of PROMISE
University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC)
1000 Hilltop Circle
Baltimore, MD 21250

Twitter: (@Renetta_Tull)

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