Conference Program

Here you can find information on the developing program for the 25th NSF EPSCoR National Conference.

The 25th NSF EPSCoR National Conference will focus on “what makes EPSCoR unique within the NSF,” emphasizing inclusion & diversity, science & innovation, partnerships, and longitudinal sustainability.

12:00 - 6:00 pm Holiday Inn Registration and Poster setup
1:00 - 5:00 pm Holiday Inn

Pre-Conference WorkshopMoving from Outreach to Engagement: Community-based STEM Programming with Indian Country
Holly Truitt, Director of Broader Impacts Group (BIG), University of Montana
Aaron Thomas, Director of Indigenous Research and STEM Education (IRSE), University of Montana

Holiday Inn | Ballroom BC

5:00- 6:30 pm spectrUM

Reception at spectrUM - Celebrating the 25th NSF EPSCoR National Conference
spectrUM Discovery Area
812 Toole Avenue, Missoula, MT 59802

    Dinner (on own)


Holiday Inn 

BREAKFAST - Holiday Inn | Atrium

8:30 Wilma Theater Opening Welcome to the 25th NSF EPSCoR National Conference
John Engen, Mayor Missoula, MT
8:45 Wilma Theater 25th Conference Plenary Speaker
Lisa Graumlich, Dean, College of the Environment, University of Washington
9:15 Wilma Theater Inclusion and Diversity Keynote Speaker
Denise Barnes, Former NSF EPSCoR Head (retired)
10:00   BREAK - Walk from Wilma Theater to Holiday Inn
10:30 Holiday Inn

Inclusion Panel Dialogue: STEM Engagement in Indigenous Communities across EPSCoR jurisdictions
Laurie Bragg, ME EPSCoR
Dan Wildcat, Haskell Indian Nations University
Charlene Stern, University of Alaska
Jennifer Wellman, Wyoming EPSCoR
Jason Baldes, Wind River Native Advocacy Center

Holiday Inn | 3 Rivers Room

Inclusion Workshop: Increasing Diversity and Inclusion through Undergraduate Research Experiences
Selena Connealy, NM EPSCoR

Holiday Inn | Ballroom AB

Inclusion Challenge Session: Champions of Broadening Participation
Alicia Knoedler, University of Oklahoma

Holiday Inn | Ballroom CD

Holiday Inn LUNCH - Holiday Inn | Atrium
1:30 Holiday Inn

Partnerships Speaker: The Delaware Partnership for Economic Development
Mike Bowman, University of Delaware

Holiday Inn | Ballroom

2:00 Holiday Inn

Partnerships Speaker: Partnerships for Workforce Development
Gail Y McClure, Arkansas STEM Coalition

Holiday Inn | Ballroom

2:30 Holiday Inn BREAK
3:00 Holiday Inn

Partnerships Panel Dialogue: Building Interagency Partnerships
Gregory Chun, University of Hawaii
Stephen Anthony, USGS
Geoffrey Bothun, University of Rhode Island
Bongsup Cho, University of Rhode Island
Keith Goyne, University of Missouri
Kristen Veum, USDA

Holiday Inn | Ballroom AB

Partnerships Workshop: Spin In®: Interdisciplinary Teams of Students Partner with Entrepreneurs to Enrich and Commercialize Innovations
Amalea Rassias, University of Delaware
Daniel Eliot, Delaware Small Business Development Center

Holiday Inn | 3-Rivers Room

Partnerships Panel Dialogue: Team Science and Community Development
Pips Veazey, AK EPSCoR
Andreas Leidolf, UT EPSCoR

Holiday Inn | Ballroom CD

3:00 Holiday Inn

Optional Student Session: Career Options for PhDs in Science
Melanie Sinche, Jackson Laboratory for Genomic Medicine

Holiday Inn | Glacier/Yellowstone Room

4:30 Holiday Inn

Poster Session: 4:30 - 6:00pm

Holiday Inn | Atrium

    DINNER (on own)


Holiday Inn


Holiday Inn | Atrium

8:45 Wilma Theater Day 2 Introduction and 25th Celebration Video
9:00 Wilma Theater Science Speaker: How EPSCoR made a difference in Montana: Building a stakeholder-driven science-informed climate assessment
Cathy Whitlock, Montana State University
9:30 Wilma Theater Student Pecha Kucha-like Presentations - Megan Jones (WV), Jade Ortiz (ID), Gurshagan Kandhola (AR)
10:00   BREAK - Walk from Wilma Theater to Holiday Inn
10:30 Holiday Inn

Science Panel Dialogue: RII Track-2 Programs: High Impact Multi-Jurisdictional Science
Claudia Bode, University of Kansas
Nelson Cardona Martinez, University of Puerto Rico, Mayagüez
Kevin Gardner, University of New Hampshire
Nathan Hammer, University of Mississippi
Susan Hendricks, Murray State University

Holiday Inn | 3-Rivers Room

Science Panel Dialogue: Working with Underrepresented STEM Undergraduates: Significantly Improving Retention, Persistence, & Graduation Rates
Malcolm D'Souza, Wesley College

Holiday Inn | Ballroom AB

Science Challenge Session: Developing and Implementing a Science & Technology Plan
Justine Stadler, NH EPSCoR

Holiday Inn | Ballroom CD

10:30 Wilma Theater

Optional Student Session: Critical skills for talking to the media – how to prepare for an interview and win public trust
Sandra Blakeslee, former NY Times reporter and author

Wilma Theater

Holiday Inn


Holiday Inn | Atrium

1:30 Holiday Inn

Longitudinal Sustainability SpeakerLong-term Sustainability of Research Capacity Developed through EPSCoR: Lessons from EPSCoR Evaluations
Brian Zuckerman, IDA Science and Technology Policy Institute

Holiday Inn | Ballroom

2:00 Holiday Inn

Longitudinal Sustainability Workshop: Managing, Sharing, and Sustaining EPSCoR Research Data
Gwen Jacobs, University of Hawaii
Bill Michener, University of New Mexico

Holiday Inn | 3-Rivers Room

Longitudinal Sustainability Challenge Session: Documenting and Communicating Outcomes from Projects Over Time
Todd Kipfer, MT EPSCoR
Glenn Page, SustainaMetrix 

Holiday Inn | Ballroom AB

Longitudinal Sustainability Challenge Session: What do we mean by 'Research Competitiveness' in the context of NSF EPSCoR?
Anupma Prakash, University of Alaska Fairbanks

Christopher Lawson, University of Alabama at Birmingham

Holiday Inn | Ballroom CD

3:30 Holiday Inn

Closing Session and Evaluation

Holiday Inn | Atrium


PD/PA/EOD Meeting - adjourn by 1pm

As soon as we have an agenda, we will post it here.