Conference Program

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.

Please complete a survey for the conference here

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

Aaron Thomas, Director of Indigenous Research and STEM Education (IRSE)

Holly Truitt, Director of Broader Impacts Group (BIG), University of Montana University of Montana
Lori Lambert, Montana State University
Jeff Hooker, Chief Dull Knife College
SciNation Representative


5:30- 7:00 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 - Atrium
8:30 Wilma Theater Opening Welcome to the 25th NSF EPSCoR National Conference
John Engen, Mayor Missoula, MT
Mike Cooney, Montana Lieutenant Governor
9:00 Wilma Theater 25th Conference Plenary Speaker
Lisa Graumlich, Dean, College of the Environment, University of Washington
9:30 Wilma Theater 25th Conference Keynote Speaker - Inclusion & Diversity: EPSCoR: Excellence Catalyzed by Diversity and Inclusion
Denise Barnes, former NSF EPSCoR Section Head, retired
10:00   BREAK - Walk from Wilma Theater to Holiday Inn
10:30 Holiday Inn

Inclusion & Diversity Panel: STEM Engagement in Indigenous Communities across EPSCoR jurisdictions

Jamie Cornish, moderator

Laurie Bragg, ME EPSCoR
Dan Wildcat, Haskell Indian Nations University
Charlene Stern, University of Alaska
Jennifer Wellman, Wyoming EPSCoR
Sergio Maldonado, Wind River Native Advocacy Center

3 Rivers Room

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

Chelsea Chee, NM EPSCoR

Jennifer Shelton, AR EPSCoR

Ballroom AB

Inclusion & Diversity Challenge Session: Champions of broadening participation
Alicia Knoedler, University of Oklahoma

Ballroom CD

Holiday Inn LUNCH - Atrium
1:30 Holiday Inn

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


2:00 Holiday Inn

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


2:30 Holiday Inn BREAK
3:00 Holiday Inn

Partnerships Panel #1: Building Interagency Partnerships

Jakki Mohr, moderator

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

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

3 Rivers Room

Partnerships Panel #2: Team Science and Community Development
Pips Veazey, AK EPSCoR
Andreas Leidolf, UT EPSCoR

Christine Hendren, Duke University

Lou Woodley AAAS

Nick Drayton, USVI EPSCoR

Ballroom CD

3:00 Holiday Inn

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

Glacier/Yellowstone Room

4:30 Holiday Inn

Poster Session: 4:30 - 6:00pm


    DINNER (on own)


8:45 Wilma Theater Day 2 Introduction
9:00 Wilma Theater Science & Innovation 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
10:15 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

Mary-Charlotte Domandi, Radio Journalist

Wilma Theater

10:30 Holiday Inn

Science & Innovation Panel #1: RII Track-2 Programs: High Impact Multi-Jurisdictional Science

Suzi Taylor, moderator

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

3 Rivers Room

Science & Innovation Panel #2: Working with Underrepresented STEM Undergraduates: Significantly Improving Retention, Persistence, & Graduation Rates
Malcom D'Souza, Wesley College
Kevin Shuman, Wesley College
Kathleen Curran, Wesley College
Derald Wentzien, Wesley College
Agashi Nwogbaga, Wesley College

Ballroom AB

Science & Innovation Challenge Session: Developing and Implementing a Science & Technology Plan
Justine Stadler, NH EPSCoR
Michael Khonsari, LA EPSCoR 
Kathy Eneguess, NH EPSCoR State Committee
Blaine Ferrell, KY EPSCoR State Committee 
Jan Taylor, WV Higher Education Policy Commission

Ballroom CD

Holiday Inn LUNCH
1:30 Holiday Inn

Longitudinal Sustainability Speaker
Brian Zuckerman, IDA Science and Technology Policy Institute


2 pm Holiday Inn BREAK
2:15 Holiday Inn

Longitudinal Sustainability Panel: Managing, Sharing, and Sustaining EPSCoR Research Data
Gwen Jacobs, University of Hawaii
Bill Michener, University of New Mexico
Brent Ewers, University of Wyoming
Pips Veasey, University of Alaska Fairbanks

3 Rivers Room

Longitudinal Sustainability Challenge Session #1: Documenting and Communicating Outcomes from Projects Over Time
Todd Kipfer, MT EPSCoR
Glenn Page, SustainaMetrix

Ballroom AB

Longitudinal Sustainability Challenge Session #2: Best Practices for Promoting Research Competitiveness
Christopher Lawson, University of Alabama at Birmingham
Anupma Prakash, University of Alaska Fairbanks

Ballroom CD

3:45 Holiday Inn

Closing Session



7:30 am Holiday Inn BREAKFAST
8:30 Holiday Inn

NSF Update, Jeremy Leffler, NSF Policy Office

9:15 Holiday Inn

NSF EPSCoR Update, Uma Venkateswaran, Acting Head, NSF EPSCoR

9:30 Holiday Inn

Next EPSCoR National Conference Host, Ray Callaway, MT EPSCoR will lead the discussion

9:45 Holiday Inn BREAK
10:00 Holiday Inn PD, PA, EOD Break-out session
11:30 Holiday Inn Report-out from Break-out sessions
Noon   LUNCH