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

Introduction to the University of Maryland and the Graduate School : A Guide to Your Success

9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m., Friday March 16th, 2018

Mr. Christopher Perez

Associate Director, Office of Graduate Diversity and Inclusion
University of Maryland, College Park.

Christopher Perez is a PhD candidate in the Department of American Studies at University of Maryland. He has held positions in the Rawlings Undergraduate Leadership Fellows program in the School of Public Policy, as well as in the Colleges of Journalism and of Arts and Humanities. His research focuses on cases in which LGBTQ individuals have successfully petitioned for political asylum in the United States and media narratives that emerged from 1980-2000. Mr. Perez holds a master’s degree in American Studies from Penn State Harrisburg, and he is also a McNair Scholar from New Mexico State University where he earned two bachelor’s degrees in English and Women’s Studies.


STEM:Choosing a Career and Finding your Calling

9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m., Friday March 16th, 2018

Mr. Christopher Williams

Christopher Williams is a 2016-2017 AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellow at the National Science Foundation. As a fellow, he is examining the long-term portfolio and impact of NSF funding programs. Prior to being a fellow, Chris was a molecular biology and genetics researcher. He received his B.S. in Biology with a minor in Chemistry from Frostburg State University in 2006. While at Frostburg, he participated in two summers of research with the McNair Program at the University of Maryland, College Park. Chris then completed his Ph.D. in the Department of Biology at Georgetown University in 2012, where he studied the regulation of gene expression in the intestinal parasite Giardia lamblia. Next, he went to the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, MD where he was a postdoctoral fellow in the Laboratory of Biochemistry and Genetics in the National Institute of Diabetes, Digestive, and Kidney Diseases. While there, he studied fertilization and reproduction in the worm C. elegans. Chris recently started a non-profit science education organization where he provides STEM lessons to K-12 students in Washington, DC and the surrounding counties.


Funding Opportunities at the Maryland for McNair Scholars

4:15 p.m. - 5:15 p.m., Friday March 16th, 2018

Mr. Christopher Perez

Associate Director, Office of Graduate Diversity and Inclusion
University of Maryland, College Park.

Christopher Perez is a PhD candidate in the Department of American Studies at University of Maryland. He has held positions in the Rawlings Undergraduate Leadership Fellows program in the School of Public Policy, as well as in the Colleges of Journalism and of Arts and Humanities. His research focuses on cases in which LGBTQ individuals have successfully petitioned for political asylum in the United States and media narratives that emerged from 1980-2000. Mr. Perez holds a master’s degree in American Studies from Penn State Harrisburg, and he is also a McNair Scholar from New Mexico State University where he earned two bachelor’s degrees in English and Women’s Studies.


Managing Stress for Success in College

9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m., Friday March 16th, 2018

Dr. Kimberly Bethea

Assistant Director, Counseling Center
Director, Learning Assistance Service
University of Maryland

Dr. Kimberly Bethea has a sincere passion for supporting students in their academic pursuits. Working as an educator for over twenty years, Dr. Bethea has served students at the middle school, high school, community college, and university levels. She currently works as the Assistant Director of the Counseling Center and Director of the Learning Assistance Service where her primary responsibility is providing programs and services that empower all UMD students to be successful in college and beyond.

Dr. Bethea is recognized as a Certified Learning Center Professional – Level 3 by the National College Learning Center Association and has been certified by the International Center for Supplemental Instruction at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. Throughout her career, she has made presentations at local, regional, and national conferences including the Maryland Council of Teachers of Mathematics, Maryland Student Affairs Conference, and the National College Learning Center Association. She has also presented numerous workshops on learning and study strategies, metacognition, and mathematics learning and pedagogy.

Dr. Bethea earned her Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction with a concentration in Mathematics Education from the University of Maryland, College Park. She holds a Master of Science degree in Mathematics from Howard University in Washington, DC and a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics from Jackson State University in Jackson, MS. Her professional interests include the transition from high school to college, college student success, professional development, and learning strategies.