The 19th Annual University of Maryland
National Conference for McNair Scholars and Undergraduate Research

Opening Speaker

Chesapeake Ballroom, 4:00 p.m. - 5:45 p.m., Thursday March 15th, 2018

Dr. Marybeth Gasman

Dr. Marybeth Gasman is the Judy & Howard Berkowitz Professor of Education in the Graduate School of Education at the University of Pennsylvania. Her areas of expertise include the history of American higher education, Minority Serving Institutions (with an emphasis on Historically Black Colleges and Universities), racism and diversity, fundraising and philanthropy, and higher education leadership.

Dr. Gasman is the founding director of the Penn Center for Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs), which works to amplify the contributions, strengthen, and support MSIs and those scholars interested in them.  She holds secondary appointments in history, Africana Studies, and the School of Social Policy and Practice.

Dr. Gasman is the author or editor of 23 books, including Educating a Diverse Nation (Harvard University Press, 2015 with Clif Conrad), Envisioning Black Colleges (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2007), and Academics Going Public (Routledge Press, 2016). She has written over 200 peer-reviewed articles, scholarly essays, and book chapters. Dr. Gasman has penned 350 opinion articles for the nation’s newspapers and magazines and is ranked by Education Week as one of the most influential education scholars. She has raised $22 million in grant funding to support her research and that of her students, mentees, and MSI partners.

 Dr. Gasman serves on the board of trustees of The College Board as well as Paul Quinn College, a small, urban, historically Black College in Dallas, Texas. She considers her proudest accomplishment to be receiving the University of Pennsylvania’s Provost Award for Distinguished Ph.D. Teaching and Mentoring, serving as the dissertation chair for nearly 70 doctoral students since 2003.


Keynote Speaker

Chesapeake Ballroom, 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m., Friday March 16th, 2018

Dr. Chelsey Green

Described as "passionate, electrifying, and innovative," international recording artist Chelsey Green breaks down stereotypes of the violin. A native of Houston, Texas, multi-instrumentalist, entrepreneur and educator Dr. Chelsey Green combined classical and contemporary and made it her career.

Born and raised in Houston, Texas, Dr. Chelsey Green was born into a family of jazz and funk musicians and started her performance career at age 5. Studying music her whole life, Dr. Green received her Bachelors degree from The University of Texas at Austin, her Masters degree from The Peabody Conservatory at Johns Hopkins University and went on to receive her Doctorate of Musical Arts from The University of Maryland College Park. Most recently, Dr. Green was appointed to the faculty of the Berklee College of Music as an Associate Professor of Strings.

Chelsey Green, and her ensemble, The Green Project, have released three studio recordings; one of which, The Green Room, debuted on the Billboard Contemporary Jazz Chart. Touring both domestically and abroad, Chelsey Green and The Green Project have performed shows and presented educational workshops all around the world including stops in the Middle East, Eastern Europe, Japan and Haiti.

Independently, Chelsey Green’s varied performance résumé includes performances at Carnegie Hall, the CBS Late Show, the opening of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, the Essence Music Festival and more. Dr. Green has shared the stage with renowned artists including Stevie Wonder, MC Lyte, Tye Tribbett, J.Cole and more! Chelsey was recently featured alongside Estelle and Kirk Franklin in a nationally syndicated Walmart commercial produced by BET Networks that premiered during the 2017 Soul Train Awards.

Dedicated to educating youth, Dr. Green spends time devoted to the community by providing a wide range of educational music workshops to city and county schools, after school programs and educational groups worldwide. Committed to spreading the love of live music to younger generations, The Green Project works with students from all backgrounds to expose them to the possibilities of what music can be. Hear and see more at >www.chelseygreen.com today!


Luncheon Keynote

Chesapeake Ballroom, 1:00 p.m. - 2:45 p.m., Saturday March 17th, 2018

Dr. Alberto Cabrera

Dr. Cabrera is a full professor in the Higher Education concentration. His research interests include the impact of college on students, college choice, classroom experiences, minorities in higher education, and college outcomes.

Dr. Cabrera was also co-principal investigator for the IES grant titled Dream Deferred, which provided a most comprehensive review of the impact of GEAR UP on awareness and readiness for college among low-income middle school students. He was the co-leader of the Diversity Institute, a project funded by NSF seeking to create inclusive teaching practices in STEM fields. His work has received several awards including the H. S. Warwick Award for Outstanding Published Scholarship in Alumni Relations and the ASHE Early Career Award. He has been a faculty member at the University of Wisconsin at Madison, Penn State University, SUNY-Albany, and Arizona State University-West campus.

Dr. Cabrera has served on the advisory boards of Pathways to College Network, the National Postsecondary Education Cooperative (NPEC)'s Student Outcomes, the GEAR UP Evaluation Council of the National Council for Community and Education Partnerships (NCCEP), and the Higher Education Accreditation Agency of the Provincial Government of Aragon, Spain. Dr. Cabrera has also served on the National College Access Network's board of directors as well as on the editorial boards of Journal of Higher Education, Review of Higher Education and Research in Higher Education, and Revista Complutense de Educacion.

In 2009-10, on a Fulbright award, Dr. Cabrera worked with the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio Grande do Sul (PUCRS) and the Federal University of Santa Maria (Universidade Federal de Santa Maria or UFSM) in developing performance indicators for assessing classroom teaching practices and student learning among Brazilian college students. He has conducted workshops on frameworks and methods for studying college persistence in Chile, Mexico and Brazil. In 2012, he was inducted as an AERA Fellow in recognition of sustained achievement in education research.

In 2015, ASHE granted him the mentor of the year award.