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Critical Interventions to Help Underrepresented STEM Students Prepare for Graduate School

This webinar will identify critical intervention points, outline elements of training and choosing a program, review strategies to help students navigate the application, and discuss opportunities for underrepresented students.

Webinar participants will:

  • Discuss critical tasks for students to undertake during summer
  • Identify techniques to works with students to ensure that they are on track
  • Review the changing landscape of the graduate school admissions process
  • Explore techniques for engaging underrepresented students in preparation for graduate studies


Dr. William J. (Bill) Higgins,
Associate Professor Emeritus, Department of Biology, University of Maryland

Consultant Contractor in the Office of Intramural Training and Education (NIH)

William J. (Bill) Higgins received his B.S. from Boston College in 1969, and his Ph.D. from Florida Sate University in 1973.In August of 1973, Bill began his faculty career at Maryland as an Assistant Professor of Zoology. After forty-one years (July 2014), Bill retired as an Emeritus faculty member in the Department of Biology.During his career, he has served as the first Campus Retention Coordinator, Acting Assistant Dean of Undergraduate Studies, and Associate Dean of the College of Agriculture and of the College of Life Sciences.Bill held a part-time appointment as a Professor of Physiology at the University of Augusta – University of Georgia Medical Partnership Program from 2014 – 2016..Bill has secured over 3 million dollars in extramural funding for his college’s instructional programs, won many teaching awards including the Kirwan Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Education, co-founded the UNIV 100 orientation course program, and has served as the Campus Pre-Medical Adviser on two occasions.Approximately 2,700 of Bill’s former Mammalian Physiology students are now addressed as “Doctor”. Currently Bill advises post-baccalaureate investigators as a Consultant contractor in the Office of Intramural Training and Education of the NIH.

The University of Maryland has hired the first Higgins Assistant Professor of Biology, a position funded by donations from his former students.



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Questions? Contact for ABRCMS Online:
Christopher Skipwith, Ph.D.
Education Specialist