Renetta Garrison Tull is associate vice provost for graduate student development and postdoctoral affairs at UMBC and director of the National Science Foundation's PROMISE AGEP: Maryland Transformation, a new AGEP-T project for the University System of Maryland. She presents across the United States and Puerto Rico on topics ranging from graduate school recruitment, retention, and dissertation completion to faculty development. She serves as a national coach and mentor for prospective and current graduate students at universities outside of Maryland through invited participation at STEM conferences such as GEM, NSBE, SACNAS, SHPE, and AISES. She is a former board member of the Northeastern Association of Graduate Schools and currently serves as a liaison for institutional collaboration in the chancellor’s office at the Universidad Metropolitana in San Juan, Puerto Rico. In addition to her affiliations in Maryland, she is a member of the "Quality of Life Technology Center (QoLT) Engineering Research Center faculty" at Carnegie Mellon/University of Pittsburgh, an MIT MSRP adviser, and a member of the MIT Deeper Engagement Working Group. She is co-PI of the NSF ADVANCE Hispanic Women in STEM Project, and co-leads the "Women in STEM" initiative for the Latin and Caribbean Consortium of Engineering Institutions (LACCEI).
Miguel A. Nino is a training, development, and e-learning professional. He earned his B.A. in international business from Lindenwood University, his M.A. in instructional systems development from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC), and currently is completing his Ph.D. in instructional design & technology with a certificate in learning sciences at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. His research interests focus on informal and collaborative learning, professional development, STEM education, intercultural training, e-portfolios best practices, and training evaluation and measurement. He has had the opportunity to present his works and collaborations in these areas at regional, national, and international conferences.
In the field of e-learning and development, he has collaborated with organizations such as Johns Hopkins, Special Olympics, and the Graduate School at UMBC. Currently, he is one of the members of the Learning Transformation Research Group at Virginia Tech. In addition, Mr. Nino is a certified public translator, conference interpreter, and copywriter. In 2011, he founded Surplus Solutions, offering a wide variety of solutions to businesses, including technical translations and training facilitation. Contact information: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kimberly Holmes is the director of retention and student success at George Mason University. She also served as a research analyst with the PROMISE Alliance for Graduate Education and the Professoriate (AGEP) at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. She completed the higher education Ph.D. program at the University of Maryland, College Park, and earned her M.Ed. in higher education from the College of William & Mary and her B.A. in Latin American and Iberian studies from the University of Richmond. Her research interests include the experiences of women of color in STEM and expanding access to higher education for students of color and students from low socioeconomic backgrounds.
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