Tag Archive: UMBC

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

Taiwan Discussion: Humans over humanoids, The Jessica Effect, & Women in STEM @AAAS

When I went to Taiwan for the Pacific Sciences Congress, I was able to share “The Jessica Effect” as part of a session that was sponsored by the American Association for the Advancement… Continue reading

Child: “Christian Scientists work in religious labs” and other senryu. A thanks to Dr. Robert Deluty

It’s not everyday that a poet includes you in a book dedication. So when Dr. Robert Deluty, a beloved colleague from UMBC, included me in the dedication for his latest book, A Mingled… Continue reading

Interview w/ Kavita Krishnaswamy, @UMBC Computer Scientist, Ambassador for Disability & STEM

It is my pleasure to be one of the many mentors for Kavita Krishnaswamy, a graduate student in Computer Science and Electrical Engineering at UMBC. Kavita’s doctoral advisor is Dr. Tim Oates. (Other… Continue reading

“The Jessica Effect: Applying Cultural Knowledge and Competency to Mentoring Approaches for Minority Students” @FIU March 4, 2015

Abstract: “The Jessica Effect” is a conceptual method of student engagement that is being used to mentor underrepresented graduate students at the University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC: An Honors University in Maryland),… Continue reading

Latest #MomentsToMentor Video for “When Faculty Say ‘X’ …” posted via the PROMISE AGEP YouTube Channel

The #MomentsToMentor series is the response to my students’ requests for me to answer some questions that were not addressed during workshops for graduate students. Generally, when seminars end, students stay and ask the speakers… 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

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

#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

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…

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

Ending 2013, on to a great start for 2014! A Message for Grad Students

This year, 2013, was a hard one for many, and so many are happy to see it go. However, 2013 was a great year for others. New babies were born, new dreams were… 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

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

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

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

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