Preliminary Program

GRANTS MaDE Conference

Friday, April 26, 2024
10 am – 3 pm


bwtech@UMBC logo
1405 South Rolling Road
Halethorpe, MD 21227

REGISTER  by April 1, 2024

***We have reached our cap for in-person attendance.  Virtual attendance is still available.***

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GRANTS MaDE: Grants and Research Administration Networking and Training for Students across Maryland and Delaware’s 7 Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs)

Welcome to the GRANTS MaDE Conference! This event, hosted by UMBC, in collaboration with Morgan State University and Delaware State University, will be held on Friday, April, 26, 2024, from 10am-3pm.

This project, supported by the Growing Research Access for Nationally Transformative Equity and Diversity (GRANTED) program of the National Science Foundation, Awards #23244122324413, and 2324414, aims to develop best practices for a regional pipeline program to establish internships in research administration for students across the seven four-year Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs) in Maryland and Delaware.

In Person Conference Venue

The Conference will be held at UMBC’s off-campus research park, bwtech@UMBC South.  All attendees should register here by April 1, 2024.

Directions and Parking

Be sure to use this precise address when navigating to bwtech@UMBC South:
1450 South Rolling Road, Halethorpe, MD  21227.

From I-95:  take Exit 47B, Route 166 North, past the entrance to UMBC and toward Rolling Road.  Follow to Route 166 South toward Arbutus.  Go a half-mile and make your first right onto Gun Road.  The road immediately forks.  Take the left fork and proceed a half-mile to the entrance.

From UMBC:  take Hilltop Circle to Hilltop Road and Wilkens Avenue.  Turn left and proceed to Route 166 South toward Arbutus.  Make a right onto Gun Road.   The road immediately forks.  Take the left fork and proceed a half-mile to the entrance. There is a long, winding road leading up to bwtech@UMBC South (see image below). Ample parking is free and available just outside the building.

Virtual Attendance via Zoom 

The Conference will be held as a hybrid (virtual and in-person) event.  Anyone who has registered and is not able to attend in person may join via Zoom.  Local participants are encouraged to attend in person, as this event includes networking and a student poster session which will not translate as well in a hybrid environment.  A link will be provided to registrants.  Please register here by April 1, 2024.

Preliminary Agenda

Time Activity
9:30 am Arrival; coffee, fruit, and pastries provided
10 am – 10:30 am Introductory panel featuring the project leadership team
10:30 am – 11 am Panel and Q&A session featuring student research administration interns
11 am – 11:45 am
Presentations by advisory board members about the need for research administration internship programs and other models
Break 15 minute break
Noon – 1 pm Lunchtime guided discussion and brainstorming session; lunch provided
1 pm – 1:30 pm Poster session and networking with student research administration interns; coffee and dessert provided
1:30 pm – 2:30 pm Presentation and Q&A by NSF GRANTED Program officer Kim Littlefield
2:30 pm – 3 pm Final remarks and closing

Organizer Contact Information

Dr. Christine Mallinson, Project PI:

Kara Seidel, Graduate Assistant: 

Amy Barnes, Coordinator:


The project “GRANTS MaDE: Grant and Research Administration Networking and Training for Students at Maryland and Delaware MSIs” has been approved by the UMBC Institutional Review Board, Protocol #1222.