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East Coast Holistic Review Institute 2018

Join Dr. Julie Posselt and Dr. Casey Miller for the East Coast Holistic Review Institute 2018 on 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 United States in these areas, and both the National Science Foundation (NSF) and several National Societies 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 AM (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, they will discuss opportunities that may help increase the enrollment and retention of women and students of color in graduate programs across the country. They 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. They 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.

Register HereDeadline: November 15, 2018

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 (non-refundable) registration fee. At that point, travel arrangements can also be made (please see below).



  • 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
  • Campus Map
  • Parking: Stamp Union has a for-fee garage lot next to it (please check the map above)