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

Panama Canal, Casco Viejo … too tired to think in Spanish

I had a WONDERFUL day!  After today’s conference sessions, Miguel and his mom, Sandra, took me to see many sights! We started with lunch at Niko’s cafe where I had arroz (rice), lentejas… 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

Es curioso que la vida … & Hinds’ Feet on High Places

A quote on a bookmark and the title of a book.  The bookmark: “Es curioso que la vida, cuanto más vacía, es más pesa” a quote from León Daudí. (Translation, based on my… 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

My protest against casual emails (“I’m throwing your application away” Part II)

Too often I receive emails from students who want my help regarding admissions, retention issues, fellowships, etc., and the email starts with: “Hey Renetta” or just plain “Hey” or “I want … ”… 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

Don’t be afraid of the hard questions. Talk about your work to all who will listen.

Don’t be afraid of the hard questions.  This thought came to me this week as I’ve been talking with students about preparing for their doctoral defenses, and based on conversations that we’re having… Continue reading

Math is hard. So is life. Get over it. (Reminders from my dad and an MIT tee-shirt)

I have the privilege of working with a group at MIT, so I have a chance to get to Boston a few times a year. On my most recent trip, I saw the… 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

Thank you Colleagues of The Graduate School at UMBC for a Great “National Boss Day!”

I had the biggest surprise today as I walked up to my office and saw stars on the ground at my feet … stars with my name and those of my team. It… 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

My Fall 2011 “Tour” – Going to Puerto Rico, CA, ATL, NY, Boston

I always enjoy giving talks at various schools, and with my bags regularly packed, it can feel like being on tour. Last Fall was especially busy and Spring was a little bit lighter,… Continue reading

New Mexico Green Chiles, Basler Cookies, & Swiss Chocolate

This past weekend at the PROMISE Summer Success Institute, two of our guest speakers presented me with gifts. Dr. Ernesto Muñoz brought me green chiles from New Mexico, and Terra Trax facilitator Craig… Continue reading

I’m not addicted to my computer(s), really!

My husband is funny. I was supposed to be resting this past week, but there was one day when I needed to get something done, so I “borrowed” my husband’s computer (my laptop… Continue reading

Don’t panic, it’s true. The GRE for grad school admission changes on 8/1!

Yesterday, UMBC hosted the Summer Horizons Program for about 100 undergraduates who are conducting summer research at NASA, UMBC, NSF, University of Maryland College Park, and other locations. One of the top items… Continue reading

Working with the Summer Dissertation House at UMBC this week

This week, I’ve been working with Dr. Wendy Carter (“Head Coach”) as a co-leader for UMBC‘s annual Summer Dissertation House. This event brings together advanced graduate students who have applied for a space… 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

Skinny jeans & getting healthier DURING the holidays? A personal goal.

I have another blog dedicated to health (http://dietwithoutdeprivation.wordpress.com), and I realized that I hadn’t posted there since July! This is a sad state of affairs, because so many pieces of advice note that… Continue reading

Thanksgiving Monday After “Remedy” … Pancakes?

I’ve found the cure for Monday after Thanksgiving eating. Pancakes! Yes, in my own weird world of eating, I’ve found pancakes to be my “cure.” This morning, I opened the fridge with thoughts… Continue reading

So you want to go to Puerto Rico?

Recently, I ‘ve been asked the same question over and over again:  “Where should I stay if I go to Puerto Rico?”  Since I was writing so many emails on the topic, I… Continue reading

Thinking Peaceful Thoughts

On a night like tonight when I am still up working, I find it relaxing to think about sunny days and breezy evenings.  Here is a photo that was taken last week (On… Continue reading

October in Puerto Rico

It is wonderful to be in Puerto Rico again.  Even though I was just here last month, I enjoy the opportunity to work on this beautiful island.  Last week, I was with the… 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

“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… Continue reading

Back in Puerto Rico: A dinner meeting and a live lobster

Yes, I am back in Puerto Rico, and it is HOT down here! Tomorrow, I will be chairing a “Graduate School Orientation” which is a session on admissions procedures and programs for research… 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

Blogs, websites, and food for thought.

In a twitter conversation with someone from the Anita Borg Institute (I tweet @Renetta_Tull and @PROMISE_AGEP), there were jokes about our numbers of websites, blogs, twitter sites, and facebook sites. We discovered that… Continue reading

Saying “No” to a husband’s gifts of food

I’m on a path to better health, and I recently said something very uncharacteristic to my husband: “Do not buy me any sweets or snacks. If I want them, I’ll buy them myself.”… Continue reading

Summer Project, Part 1: Updating Websites –New Facebook Page for PROMISE

The time has come to update both my personal websites and websites that I’ve developed for Grad Student activities. First up — Facebook. We’ve transitioned from a “group” to a “page.” Join us… Continue reading

Heartfelt Message & 10 tips for Students — From a Mentor

Dear Students, I write this because I genuinely feel love for you; and when you’re hurt, I’m sad. I am asking, begging, imploring you to follow the advice of professors and mentors who… Continue reading

Let Her Eat Cake!

I love cake. That’s all there is to it. I recently had some cake baked or provided by family and ladies from my church … pound cake, German chocolate, and “birthday/wedding” styled cake,… Continue reading

My Newest Website: DietWithoutDeprivation.com

I went to The Spirit Realm Project’s “Zero to Website in 3 Hours” on Saturday morning to support and help the team with their first technology workshop, and decided to set up a… Continue reading

Artscapes and Shapes: My latest drawing

I draw/paint/color to relax, but I rarely take the time to do it. The fact that this is the second “full” drawing in a 30 day span says something about my usual schedule.… Continue reading

Forget miles. How many songs did I hear on my ipod? That’s my measure.

Now that I’m starting to walk more, I’m ready to exercise (in a “kind of/sort of” way). But tracking miles is tedious disheartening when you’re walking slowly. So I’m resorting to a more… Continue reading

Diet without Deprivation. Thinking about a diet? Don’t put your ice cream in a bowl, use a saucer.

Sometimes we just get the taste for something sweet. And as the days get warmer, ice cream is often the sweetness of choice. But we don’t want to overindulge. And we don’t want… Continue reading

Peaceful Places: Longwood Gardens plus Faunbrook Bed and Breakfast

Lately I’ve been thinking about some of the places that I’ve enjoyed visiting. Longwood Gardens (in PA, 13 miles from Wilmington, DE, 30 miles from Philly) is one of those places.  I was… Continue reading

Saying “No” to treadmills, “Yes” to the great outdoors

My doctor gave me permission to do “light” treadmill. But I don’t want to be on a treadmill; I want to be outdoors, in the sunshine!I don’t know why I have an aversion… Continue reading

I drew and colored a flower, and then I was relaxed.

Everyone lovingly tells me to relax. My husband’s aunt even sent me all kinds of art supplies. So I decided to try it. I’m not an artist. I just draw some shapes to… Continue reading