March 7, 2019


Graduate School Centennial


A Centennial Celebration:

Envisioning the Future of Graduate Education at Maryland




Welcome by President Wallace Loh

Dr. Brit Kirwan, Chancellor Emeritus, University System of Maryland: The History of Graduate Education at Maryland

Dr. Alan I. Leshner, CEO Emeritus, American Association for the Advancement of Science: Critical Steps Toward Modernizing Graduate Education

Reflecting on the Past, Preparing for the Future: Table Discussions (Moderated by Associate Deans of Graduate Education)

Panel Discussion: Innovation in Graduate Education at Maryland

For more information click here.



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Have a new year resolution to be more active in your community?
Looking for a new way to expand your academic networks?
Interested in meeting other postdocs outside of your discipline? 
Excited about social activities in and around the local area?
Join the UMD Postdoc Association now!

For questions contact Blessing Enekwe


Congratulations to Yaqiong Xiao for being our first Postdoc speaker!

Orientations/Workshops & Brown Bags
Upcoming New Postdoc Orientation

Friday, March 29, 2019 ● 12:00-1:30pm ● 2124 Lee Building
TO RSVP CLICK HERE (Deadline for registration - 3/27)


PhD Academic Job Search Overview
Wednesday, March 13, 2019 ● 12:00-1:30pm ● 2124 Lee Building

Session for postdocs and doctoral students. Learn the truth about the academic job market, what makes a competitive candiate and resources for those interested in pursuing faculty careers. Register online

PhD Exploring Career Options
Wednesday, March 27, 2019 ● 12:00-1:00pm ● Hornbake Building, South Wing, 3134

In this hands-on session, use ImaginePhD, a career exploration and planning tool developed specifically for PhDs. Bring your laptop. Register online

Diversity Statement Workshop
Thursday, March 28, 2019 ● 12:00-1:30pm ● 2124 Lee Building
TO RSVP CLICK HERE (Deadline for registration - 3/26)

Professional and Career Development Opportunities

The Graduate School is proud to announce the launch of GradTerp Forum: A Blog on the Research, Scholarship, and Practice of the graduate community at Maryland. The mission of the blog is:

  • To feature and publicize the evidence-based work of graduate students, postdoctoral researchers, and graduate alumni of the University.
  • To provide graduate students, postdoctoral researchers, and graduate alumni of the University an experience of communicating their research and work to a broader, cross-disciplinary audience.
  • To enhance the capacity of graduate students, postdoctoral researchers, and graduate alumni of the University to contribute and compete as digital academics.

Grad Terp Forum will be published weekly on Wednesdays. We invite graduate students, Maryland postdoctoral scholars, and recent doctoral alums to contribute to Grad Terp Forum Blog and start conversations about their work.


UMD-CIRTL [Center for the Integration of Research Teaching and Learning] is an important resource funded by the Graduate School, open to all UM graduate students, postdocs, and faculty. UMD-CIRTL is part of a national network of nearly 40 universities whose mission is to improve higher education by providing community and resources for the professional development of future academics. UMD-CIRTL’s philosophy is that teaching, like research, is a scholarly activity built on three principles; Teaching-as-Research (TAR): using research to inform teaching and teaching to advance research, Learning Communities: bringing people together for shared learning, discovery, and generation of knowledge, and Learning-Through-Diversity: capitalizing on the rich array of experiences, backgrounds, and skills among students and faculty to enhance the learning of all. UMD-CIRTL works closely with, PROMISE: Maryland’s Alliance for Graduate Education and the Professoriate (AGEP) grant to increase the number of minority students receiving doctoral degrees and entering the STEM professoriate.
For more information, follow this link or contact the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs or go to the CIRTL Network and register. This will give you free access to professional development courses, seminars and workshop as well as a listing of current employment opportunities.
CIRTL Summer 2019 Resources
These may fill up fast, so check them out early!
Teaching Institute at Johns Hopkins University 
May 29-31 and June 5-7 at Johns Hopkins University
Learn common themes and challenges of teaching in HE during this 3-day institute, running twice this summer, at Johns Hopkins University.
Summer Teaching Institute at the University of British Columbia 
*Tentative* June 10-14 at the University of British Columbia. This institute consists of teaching practice, theory application, and topical sessions specifically relevant to STEM graduate students and scholars new to teaching.
CIRTL Summer Institute on Scientific Teaching  
On-line June 17-21 online in Blackboard Collaborate
Get a thorough introduction to CIRTL’s approach to STEM education in this online institute.
Evidence-Based Teaching Institute Five-day workshop (likely late July, dates TBA) at the University of Colorado Boulder. Learn how to develop course content and assessments in this institute for postdocs and new faculty.
2019 Summer Biotech Courses

The American Society for Cell Biology (ASCB) is offering two week-long courses this summer to help postdocs transition to careers in biotech. Of 130 participants from 2014-2016, 70% now have nonacademic jobs in industry, regulatory affairs, or tech transfer; the remainder are still in training or ended up in academia. Moreover, the cohorts have remained close networking groups through social media. If you are a postdoc considering a move from academia to industry, then this course will help you succeed. Click here for more information and to apply.

Where and When?

In the summer of 2019 ASCB is offering two courses, one in partnership with Manning School of Business at University of Massachusetts Lowell from June 2-8 and the other in partnership with Keck Graduate Institute in Claremont, CA, from July 7-13. Each course can accommodate up to 50 postdocs and graduate students (international and domestic).

How Much?

The course fee is $875; some partial, needs-based scholarships are available.

The deadline to apply is April 15, so please forward this email to anyone who might be interested. The application is straightforward, and the only stipulation is that applicants must be or become an ASCB member. Click here for more information and to apply.


Gordon Research Seminar
The 2019 inaugural Gordon Research Seminar (GRS) on Undergraduate Biology Education Research will be a unique forum for graduate students, post-docs, and early-career scientists at comparable stages in their careers to develop collaborative relationships and to share and discuss cutting-edge research. A goal of the GRS is to strengthen the presence of early-career scientists in our community, this GRS will focus specifically on research surrounding the professional development of early-career scientists, postdocs, senior graduate students and junior faculty. Applications from participants from historically underrepresented groups are welcome. If you are from an underrepresented minority background, application for the Carl Storm Underrepresented Minority Fellowship is strongly encouraged.

Applications for this meeting must be submitted by May 25, 2019. Please apply early, as some meetings become oversubscribed (full) before this deadline. Although applications will be accepted until the date noted above, any applicants who wish to be considered for an oral presentation should submit their application by March 22, 2019Seminar attendees are strongly encouraged to also attend the accompanying GRC, Achieving Widespread Improvement in Undergraduate Education June 23-28, 2019  


University Human Resources (UHR) 2018 Professional Development Catalog
UHR Learning & Talent Development has released their Spring 2019 course catalog of workshops and development courses being offered throughout the 2019 semesters.
HERECheck it out
For more details and course registration visit
The Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE)
unveiled its new website, providing one location for a wide range of resources. The new ORISE website offers a portal for students, graduates and postdocs looking for STEM internships, fellowships and other professional development opportunities
You can access the ORISE website directly HERE
You can also like them on Facebook or follow them on Twitter
Research & Employment Opportunities

Career Opportunities
The National Postdoctoral Association (NPA) has started a job board! Join the NPA and access various opportunities:

CIRTL Job Postings

Lecturer - Marine Science/Biology, University of California Santa Barbara,

Faculty Consultant for Teaching and Learning Innovation, University of Tennessee Knoxville,
University of Michigan Biomedical Engineering Instructional Teaching Post Doctoral Fellowship

TRIUMPH Postdoctoral Fellowship
The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center is currently accepting applications for the CPRIT TRIUMPH Postdoctoral Fellowship in Translational Cancer Research. This three-year fellowship provides basic, translational, and clinical training and aims to further develop talented PhD or MD/PhDs into successful clinical/translational research scientists. Applications are reviewed quarterly with the next cycle due dates of March 31, 2019 and June 30, 2019. Additional information regarding eligibility, application process, and current trainees and program alumni profiles are found at Please contact Dr. Kari Brewer Savannah, Program Manager, with any questions at

Post Doctoral Fellow, Sr
Frederick National Laboratory for Cancer Research

Program Description
The Laboratory Animal Sciences Program (LASP) provides exceptional quality animal care and technical support services for animal research performed at the National Cancer Institute at the Frederick National Laboratory for Cancer Research. LASP executes this mission by providing a broad spectrum of state-of-the-art technologies and services that are focused on the design, generation, characterization and application of genetically engineered and biological animal models of human disease, which are aimed at the development of targeted diagnostics and therapies. LASP contributes to advancing human health, developing new treatments, and improving existing treatments for cancer and other diseases while ensuring safe and humane treatment of animals. Apply now

Social Events
Tips for Living Well @ UMD
Make sure to check out this list of tips for living well at UMD throughout the year in all 8 dimensions of wellness - physical, emotional, social, intellectual, spiritual, vocational, environmental, and financial.

The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center
Regularly look for events at the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center for concerts, plays, festivals, and all sorts of performance events at

MilkBoy ArtHouse is a performance venue, restaurant and craft bar where the campus and community can gather, connect and explore.

Funding Opportunities
The Division of Research SPIN Funding Database
Funding Workshop: Online Workshop
Past workshops/information event resources:
Funding resources:
Weekly funding alert: sign up at:
IRRoC: curation of integrated research resources on campus:
The Teaching Learning & Transformation Center (TLTC) has a host of workshops, for more information sign up for the TLTC newsletter here:
For more information and links to registration, visit the TLTC website HERE

The TLTC Faculty Learning Communities for Spring 2019 include:
  • Threshold Concepts Learning Community: Pedagogical Applications for Course Designs
  • Diversity and Inclusion Learning Community: Queer Faculty Learning Community
Find our more HERE.
1919-2019: A Century of Excellence in Graduate Education
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