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.

The Pre-Conference Workshop is an optional learning experience focused on inclusion through community-based participatory research and indigenous research models. Dr. Aaron Thomas, University of Montana Professor of Chemistry and Director of Indigenous Research and STEM Education (IRSE) and Holly Truitt, Director of the University of Montana Broader Impacts Group (BIG), will lead the workshop.

The workshop is scheduled for Sunday, November 5, 2017 from 1:00-5:00pm.

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

Pre-Conference Workshop (optional)
Holly Truitt, MT & Aaron Thomas, MT
Moving from Outreach to Engagement: Community-based STEM Programming with Indian Country

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)


8:30 Wilma Theater Opening Welcome to the 25th NSF EPSCoR National Conference
8:45 Wilma Theater 25th Conference Plenary Speaker
Lisa Graumlich, University of Washington
9:15 Wilma Theater 25th Conference Keynote Speaker - Inclusion and Diversity
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
Inclusion Workshop
Selena Connealy, NM

Increasing Diversity and Inclusion through Undergraduate Research Experiences
Inclusion Challenge Session
Alica Knoedler, OK

Champions of broadening participation
Holiday Inn LUNCH
1:30 Holiday Inn Speaker - Partnerships for Economic Impact
Mike Bowman, University of Delaware
2:00 Holiday Inn Speaker - Partnerships for Workforce Development
Gail Y McClure, Arkansas STEM Coalition
2:30 Holiday Inn BREAK
3:00 Holiday Inn Partnerships Panel Dialogue
Building Interagency Partnerships
Partnerships Workshop
David weir, DE

Spin In®: Interdisciplinary Teams of Students Partner with Entrepreneurs to Enrich and Commercialize Innovations
Partnerships Panel Dialogue
Pips Veazey, AK & Andreas Leidolf, UT
Team Science and Community Development
3:00 Holiday Inn Optional Student Session: pending
4:30 Holiday Inn Poster Session: 4:30 - 6:00pm
    DINNER (on own)


9:00 Wilma Theater Speaker - Science and Innovation
Cathy Whitlock, Montana State University
9:30 Wilma Theater Student Pecha Kucha-like Presentations
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
Science Panel Dialogue
Malcolm D'Souza, DE

Working with Underrepresented STEM Undergraduates: Significantly Improving Retention, Persistence, & Graduation Rates
Science Challenge Session
Justine Stadler, NH

Developing and Implementing a Science & Technology Plan
10:30 Holiday Inn Optional Student Session: Sandra Blakeslee Critical skills for talking to the media – how to prepare for an interview and win public trust
Holiday Inn LUNCH
1:30 Holiday Inn Speaker - Longitudinal Sustainability
3:00 Holiday Inn

Longitudinal Workshop
Gwen Jacobs, HI
Managing, Sharing, and Sustaining EPSCoR Research Data

Longitudinal Challenge Session
Todd Kipfer, MT & Glenn Paige, Sustainametrix

Documenting and Communicating Outcomes from Projects Over Time
Longitudinal Challenge Session
Jim Rice, SD
What do we mean by 'Research Competitiveness' in the context of NSF EPSCoR?
3:30 Holiday Inn Closing Session


PD/PA/EOD Meeting - adjourn by 1pm

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