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East Coast Holistic Review Institute 2018

Dr. Julie Posselt and Dr. Casey Miller
December 11, 2018

The National Academies have suggested that increasing diversity in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math will be critical to the future competitiveness of the US in these areas, and both the National Science Foundation (NSF) and several National Societies across are taking this seriously. This series of workshops is the result of the Inclusive Graduate Education Network, one of five NSF INCLUDES (Inclusion across the Nation of Communities of Learners of Underrepresented Discoverers in Engineering and Science) Alliances.

Morning Session: 9:30 - 11:30 A.M. (Open to the Public)
Who should attend: Faculty and staff involved in recruitment, admissions, and retention of students in graduate programs. Open to all disciplines.
Charles Carroll Room, Stamp Union 2203
Light Continental Breakfast Provided

In this public session, we will discuss opportunities that may help increase the enrollment and retention of women and students of color in graduate programs across the country. We will focus, in particular, on current research related to enhancing diversity through graduate admissions policies and practices, and employing key evidence-based features of successful Bridge Programs into graduate programs. We will conclude by discussing non-cognitive competencies and their role in student selection processes. 

Afternoon Session: 12:30 - 4:30 P.M. (By Registration Only)
Who should attend: Faculty and staff involved in recruitment, admissions, and retention of students in graduate programs.  Open to all disciplines; if there are space limitations, teams from the physical sciences will be given priority.

Juan Ramón Jiménez Room, Stamp Union 2208
Lunch Provided

This session is designed as a hands-on workshop for graduate admissions committee members, department leadership, and faculty/staff teams. Building upon material discussed in the public session, teams will have an opportunity to articulate and assess for themselves their current admissions and recruitment practices, develop tools that they can put to use this year, practice engaging with the tools, and participate in discussions that will help them anticipate common challenges that may arise in shifting practices. Related resources and research will be made available to participants.

Space is limited for this event, and filling up extremely quickly. Please wait to book your travel until you have received confirmation that your registration can be accepted.

Registration Closed

You will receive an email from the organizers once your registration is confirmed.  That email will be followed by communication from the University of Maryland's Amanda Strausser with a request to pay the $25 registration fee.  At that point, travel arrangements can also be made (please see below). For those who ahave been confirmed to attend, the $25 registration fee needs to be paid by 11:59pm EST on December 3, 2018.  Cancelling a registration must be done by 11:59pm EST December 4, 2018.



  • Please wait to make arrangements until AFTER confirmation of registration.
  • A limited number of travel stipends are available through a grant aiming to increase participation among STEM faculty and graduate programs.
  • The closest hotel to the University of Maryland, College Park campus is The Hotel (on the edge of the campus, about a 10-minute walk to Stamp Union)
  • Airports:  BWI (closest), Reagan National, or Dulles
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  • Parking:  Stamp Union has a for-fee garage lot next to it (please check the map above)

This event is jointly sponsored by the The Graduate School at the University of Maryland, College Park and by the National Science Foundation's INCLUDES Inclusive Graduate Education Network award #1834516.

Contact Information

The Graduate School, University of Maryland

2123 Lee Building
7809 Regents Drive
College Park, MD 20742