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General Information About Our Conferences

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We are very proud of our annual conferences.

Benefits of Attending

  • Attend the graduate school fair
  • Network with important guests and speakers
  • Get feedback on your research from faculty, staff, and peers
  • Meet and mingle with colleagues during our business card mixer
  • Evaluate your (or your student’s) progress in a national academic setting
  • Visit nearby Universities such as Johns Hopkins, The University of Maryland, College Park, Georgetown University, American University, George Washington University, Howard University
  • Cultural opportunities in the Baltimore/Washington area, including the Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History and Culture, The Great Blacks in Wax Museum, The American Visionary Art Museum, Ft. McHenry, The Frederick Douglass-Isaac Myers Maritime Park, and the Inner Harbor!


Past conference titles include:

2014 Conference

“Sparking Your Genius: Lessons for Scholarship and Life, September 19-20, 2014

2013 Conference

“Reaching Back and Moving Forward: Transforming Education, Self, and the World, September 20-21, 2013″

2012 Conference

“Providing A Path to the Ph.D. for 20 Years and Counting”

2011 Conference

“Responsible Research and Global Citizenship: Calling for Super Leaders”

2010 Conference

“Preparing for Global Careers and Citizenship:The World is Your Stage”

2009 Conference

“McNair Scholars Discovering Knowledge for Positive Change: Go Tell It!”

2008 Conference

“Global Problems, Diverse Solutions: Leadership & Innovation Across the Disciplines”

2007 Conference

“Transforming Knowledge in a Diverse World”

2006 Conference

“Dream, Prepare, Explore & Discover: The Knowledge Beyond the Horizon”

2005 Conference

“Exploring the Universe of Knowledge”


For more information, contact:

Dr. April L. Householder, Assistant Director


(410) 455-3057