Student Resources

GSSC, with PROMISE, compiled the below list of resources for graduate students:

The University of Maryland, Baltimore County’s Office of Student Disability Services (SDS) provides resources to students with disabilities, as well as those with temporarily disabling conditions and injuries, that may require accommodations in order to have equal access and full participation in all of UMBC’s programs, services, and activities.

We are guided by principles of inclusion, equity, and universal design, and all members of our diverse campus community are welcome here.

https://sds.umbc.edu

 

General Advising

 

Career Advising

 

GSA Matters

 

Writing Support

 

Financial Support

  • Student Business Services: https://sbs.umbc.edu/
    • SBS is the office that bills students, collects tuition and fees and issues student refunds. We process student payments, tuition remission, military waivers and post payments to student accounts from outside agencies.
  • Black and Gold Fund: https://studentaffairs.umbc.edu/stay-black-gold-emergency-fund/
    • The Stay Black and Gold Emergency Fund is available to our students based on generous donations to support students through financially challenging circumstances. Funding is limited and priority consideration is given to students who have taken full advantage of other aid options.
  • Retriever Essentials: https://retrieveressentials.umbc.edu/
    • UMBC is proud to launch RETRIEVER ESSENTIALS: a faculty, staff, and student partnership to tackle food insecurity in our university community.
  • Fellowships (Grad school website): https://gradschool.umbc.edu/funding/fellowships/
    • Fellowships, like scholarships, are selective awards granted to graduate students for academic excellence. They are used to fund graduate study, scholarly work, or to provide professional development to an aspiring graduate student. Internal fellowships are offered through UMBC, while external fellowships may be obtained outside the university.
  • Grad Student Emergency Fund 
    • Through a generous donor, up to $500 can be issued to students in immediate financial distress caused by an unforeseen emergency. This includes paycheck delays, loss of job, medical issue, family emergency, etc.
    • Contact: Dr. Jeff Halverson; jeffhalv@umbc.edu

 

Professional Development

  • PROMISE: https://promise.umbc.edu/
    • PROMISE is the hub of professional development for all graduate students and postdocs at UMBC and is a part of a PROMISE network across the University System of Maryland. PROMISE provides a community of learning and support from the time you arrive on campus to the proud day that you depart for the next stage of your career.
    • Contact: Yarazeth Medina or Robin Cresiski; promisestaff@gmail.com
  • CIRTL : https://cirtl.umbc.edu/
    • UMBC was pleased to join the CIRTL Network in 2016. Our own graduate students and post-docs will benefit from access to workshops and courses as well as our own contributions to the network. Becoming part of the CIRTL Network has provided a common bond among our various initiatives to produce future faculty who understand education innovations and diversity initiatives. This formalized structure to establish baseline competencies in these areas will allow members of our local “Learning Community” to become practitioners, associates, and scholars in the integration of research, teaching, and learning. CIRTL is an important part of our PROMISE umbrella – which is our hub for graduate student and postdoctoral development.
    • Contact: Jamie Gurganus; jmedof1@umbc.edu
  • Digital Badges: https://hr.umbc.edu/wlw-digital-badges/
    • Digital badges are an innovative way to showcase career knowledge, skills and abilities obtained through professional development.
  • Career Center: https://careers.umbc.edu/
    • The UMBC Career Center empowers undergraduate and graduate students to actively explore, experience, and succeed in their future careers. Employers, parents, alumni and faculty are critical partners in our work.
    • Contact: Diane Crump-Fogle; crump@umbc.edu

 

Academic Progress

  • Your GPC and GPD: Document
    • If you are concerned about your academic progress and want to discuss it with someone besides your advisor, please make an appointment with your GPD. They are here to help you! See the GPD list to find your GPD
  • Grad School Progressions Team: https://gradschool.umbc.edu/staff/
    • The staff at the Graduate School are here to welcome and assist you in your academic career at UMBC.
    • Contact: gradprogressions@umbc.edu

 

Supports for Students from Underrepresented Backgrounds

  • Black Graduate Student Organization: https://my3.my.umbc.edu/groups/bgso
    • The Black Graduate Student Organization has been established for the expressed purpose of creating community and relationship among all Black Graduate students on the UMBC campus.
    • Contact: Nicole Telfer; ntelfer1@umbc.edu
  • Hispanic Student Union: https://my3.my.umbc.edu/groups/hlsu
    • Hispanic Latino Student Union (HLSU) stands for students who are “unidos con tradicion y honor”–that is, students who are united with tradition and honor.
    • Contact: Cristhian Miranda; cmirand1@umbc.edu
  • PROMISE: https://promise.umbc.edu/
    • PROMISE is the hub of professional development for all graduate students and postdocs at UMBC and is a part of a PROMISE network across the University System of Maryland. PROMISE provides a community of learning and support from the time you arrive on campus to the proud day that you depart for the next stage of your career.
    • Contact: Robin Cresiski or Yarazeth Medina; promisestaff@gmail.com
  • GEM Fellowship & Bridge to Doctorate Scholars: https://lsampbd.umbc.edu/blog/?id=70788
    • Senior-level LSAMP alliances are eligible for Bridge to the Doctorate (BD) support. BD funding provides eligible students with financial support for two years of graduate study.
    • Contact: Sunji Jangha; sjangha@umbc.edu
  • Meyerhoff Graduate Program: https://meyerhoffgrad.umbc.edu/
    • The Meyerhoff Graduate Fellows Program began in 1996 with a grant from the National Institute of General Medical Science. The goal of the program is to increase diversity among students pursuing Ph.D. degrees in the biomedical and behavioral sciences. Now in its 22 nd year, the program is open to U.S. students and permanent residents from all cultures and backgrounds who are interested in the advancement of underrepresented groups in the biomedical and behavioral sciences.
    • Contact: Justine Johnson; j.johnson@umbc.edu

 

International Student Support

  • Global Engagement Center: https://isss.umbc.edu/
    • The Global Engagement Center is dedicated to supporting and facilitating global academic initiatives by advancing the international exchange of students, scholars and faculty and by providing leadership in intercultural learning through study abroad.
    • Contact: ies@umbc.edu
  • Writing Tutor for Students for who English is not their first language:

 

Well-being & Social Support

  • Counseling Center: https://counseling.umbc.edu/
    • The UMBC Counseling Center is open and providing fully remote services due to safety considerations for the campus community during the Covid-19 pandemic. Clinicians will meet virtually with students through a secure video conference platform (WebEx).
    • Contact: Sam L. Chan, MSW, LCSW-C; slchan@umbc.edu
  • Group Support Group: https://counseling.umbc.edu/services/group-counseling/
    • The Counseling Center offers a variety of group experiences depending on the need that particular semester (i.e., Connections on Campus Interpersonal Group, Dissertation Support Group, LGBTQ Support Group, Grief & Loss Support Group).
    • Contact: Keyaira Williams; lkaufman@umbc.edu
  • I3b: https://i3b.umbc.edu/
    • UMBC is one of the most diverse campuses in the nation, and we value the richness that such diversity brings to campus life. The Initiatives for Identity, Inclusion & Belonging creates opportunities for students to build their awareness and knowledge of diverse people, cultures and belief systems.
    • Contact: Jasmine A. Lee; jaslee@umbc.edu
  • Office of Student Disability Services (SDS): https://sds.umbc.edu/
    • Drop-in hours
      Mondays 9 – 11 am, 12 – 4:30 pm
      Wednesdays 9 – 11 am, 12 – 4:30 pm
      Thursdays 4:30 -6:30 pm
      Fridays 10 am – 12 pm, 2 pm – 4 pm
    • Contact: disAbility@umbc.edu
  • Women’s Center: https://womenscenter.umbc.edu/
    • The Women’s Center at UMBC advances gender equity from an intersectional feminist perspective through co-curricular programming, support services, and advocacy for marginalized individuals and communities. We prioritize critical social justice as our community value, with a deliberate focus on women, gender, anti-racism, and feminism.
    • Contact: Jess Myers; jessm@umbc.edu

 

Research Centers & Resources