Dr. Renetta Garrison Tull is Associate Vice Provost for Graduate Student Development & Postdoctoral Affairs at  the University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC: An Honors University in Maryland.) She is the former Assistant Dean for Graduate Student Development, and she is the Founding Director of PROMISE: Maryland’s Alliance for Graduate Education and the Professoriate (AGEP), a program of the National Science Foundation.

Unabridged Curriculum Vita:   Renetta Tull’s CV

Website for PROMISE:


Renetta Tull works with both faculty and students. She is trained as an engineer and speech scientist, but as an Assistant Dean, she has been a speaker and participant of programs of other disciplines such as the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences in the School of Pharmacy at the University of Maryland Baltimore, La Escuela de Asuntos Ambientales (The School of Environmental Sciences) at Universidad Metropolitana in San Juan, Puerto Rico, and the American Institute of Mathematics in Palo Alto, California.  Dr. Tull’s greatest joys come when she is able to help students to achieve their goals and dreams.

Renetta Tull is a former member of the board for the Northeastern Association of Graduate Schools. She is a regular speaker at universities (e.g., MIT and Cornell), and at conferences such as the National Society of Black Engineers and the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers. She is the Co-PI for the ADVANCE Hispanic Women in STEM project and works with the “Women in STEM” project for the Latin and Caribbean Association for Engineering Institutions (LACCEI).

With students from UMBC and UM College Park; UMBC faculty, scientists, and administrators, and corporate colleagues from the Aerospace Corporation. At Aerospace, Chantilly, VA.

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Sample Publications

More publications about PROMISE: Maryland’s AGEP:

Videos & Training: Multicultural/Broadening Participation, Graduate Student Preparation

Tull Video (Center for Ocean Sciences Education Excellence)

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Tull Resources from COSEE

Tull Video – Renetta Tull presents to students at MIT

Tull Video – MIT 2011 “10 ways to become an excellent researcher and a valuable member of your lab.”

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Tull Blog Posts related to “Professional”

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PROMISE  Channel on YouTube

(Includes a series of videos about PROMISE, as well as videos about Dissertation Completion, and other topics.)


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  1. What a rewarding life you have!!! Your blog got my interest since my husband is from Puerto Rico, and I did studied at the UPR in Mayaguez many moons ago. In addition, I want to inquire more on how my 18 years old son can get involve in the Program PROMISE. He is a freshmen at Columbia University, fluent in Spanish and English, and has great passion for math and science. He is contemplating in pursuing Applied Math as a major. My son, Carlos, is coming home next weekend and I want to share the inf. with him. Have you try tostones rellenos con camaraones o carne molida? Or Salmorejo de jueyes? Have a good day!!! Leonor Fonseca, resident of New Jersey.


    • Hello Leonor! Thank you very much for your comment! Yes, I am being blessed with some truly wonderful opportunities. I was at the Rio Piedras campus today and will be in Mayaguez in 2 weeks.

      PROMISE is an AGEP program, one of 22 AGEPs around the country.

      There is a Central New York-Puerto Rico AGEP. Here is the website:

      Here are all of the contacts:

      But if your son is 18, and since your husband is from PR, and since he is interested in applied math, he should look into the LSAMP program. PROMISE and all other AGEP programs are for graduate students. LSAMP programs, also sponsored by the National Science Foundation, are for undergraduate students who are interested in STEM fields – Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math.

      Columbia doesn’t have an LSAMP program, but he may consider asking a nearby school if he can be an affiliate. Some LSAMP programs, like our Meyerhoff program in Maryland, allow affiliates. By the way, here is UMBC’s Applied Math program:

      And here is the Meyerhoff program:

      He should strongly consider some of the GREAT summer programs in Math like AMSSI or Dr. Carlos Castillo Chavez’ very famous applied math summer program at the University of Arizona: In addition, he should plan to attend the SACNAS Math Institute, held in the Fall every year. Here are some highlights from last year’s conference:

      SACNAS has travel fellowships, if he applies and gets one, his expenses for the 2010 conference will be covered.

      I hope that helps! Best wishes to you and your family!

      Also, I’ve had tostones, but not the other items. I’m going to dinner with some friends from the UPR tonight, so maybe I’ll try something new!

      Take care!

      -Renetta Tull


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