Sunday November 5, 2017
Pre-Conference - Pre-Conference Workshop - Moving from Outreach to Engagement: Community-based STEM Programming with Indian Country
Pre-Conference - Reception - Reception at spectrUM - Celebrating the 25th NSF EPSCoR National Conference
Monday November 6, 2017
Welcome - Speaker - 25th Conference Plenary Speaker
Inclusion & Diversity - Speaker - Keynote Speaker
Inclusion & Diversity - Breakout Session | Challenge Session - Champions of Broadening Participation
Inclusion & Diversity - Breakout Session | Workshop - Increasing Diversity and Inclusion through Undergraduate Research Experiences
This interactive session will highlight programs from three different jurisdictions - Guam, Arkansas, and New Mexico - and explore best practices to broaden participation by minority groups in STEM. Attendees will have the opportunity to contribute to the conversation and will leave with resources and tools.
Inclusion & Diversity - Breakout Session | Panel Dialogue - STEM Engagement in Indigenous Communities across EPSCoR Jurisdictions
This panel will expand the focus of Sunday’s pre-conference workshop by discussing best practices and lessons learned from EOD leads from four different EPSCoR jurisdictions that are working with individuals, institutions, or organizations from Indigenous populations.
Partnerships - Speaker - The Delaware Partnership for Economic Development
Partnerships - Speaker - Partnerships for Workforce Development
Partnerships - Breakout Session | Panel Dialogue - Building Interagency Partnerships for Highest Impact
This panel will explore the basis and development of agency partnerships and identify best practices for building the relationships that generate these partnerships. The discussion will include perspectives from both sides of these existing partnerships: Missouri EPSCoR and USDA, Hawaii EPSCoR and USGS, and Rhode Island EPSCoR and NIH. Content will include a discussion on NSF EPSCoR’s current and future role in these partnerships and address how to best work with agency partners on NSF EPSCoR RII projects.
Partnerships - Student Session - Career Options for PhDs in Science
How can you maximize your time in graduate school and/or during postdoctoral training? What strategies can you use for landing a job that’s right for you? This presentation will provide an up-to-date assessment of the current career landscape facing science PhDs across a range of sectors, including education, industry, and non-profits. Author Melanie Sinche will share proven strategies based on her research and profiles of science PhDs across a wide range of disciplines.
Partnerships - Breakout Session | Workshop - Spin In®: Interdisciplinary Teams of Students Partner with Entrepreneurs to Enrich and Commercialize Innovations
The Spin In® program partners entrepreneurs that are developing early stage innovations with teams of University students who have the skills to further develop the innovations and move them towards commercialization. The goal of the workshop is to describe the partnership process that produces economic and workforce development and stimulates innovation and entrepreneurship among students.
Partnerships - Breakout Session | Panel Dialogue - Team Science and Community Development
Representatives from an array of communities engaged in facilitating scientific teams, establishing partnerships, and building community will survey and discuss core competencies, best practices and lessons learned. This session will also explore points of connection, complementarities, and opportunities for synergy among respective communities.
Poster Session - Poster Session - Student Poster Session
Tuesday November 7, 2017
Science & Innovation - Speaker - How EPSCoR made a difference in Montana: Building a stakeholder-driven science-informed climate assessment
Science & Innovation - Student Session - Student Pecha Kucha-like Presentations
Science & Innovation - Breakout Session | Panel Dialogue - Case Study- Working with Underrepresented STEM Undergraduates: Significantly Improving Retention, Persistence, and Graduation Rates
Through NSF EPSCoR, Wesley College strengthened its academic environment by developing a four-year progressive core curriculum with curricular materials that engage all students in STEM undergraduate research. This session will use this program as a case study to share ideas for development of interdisciplinary STEM undergraduate research curricula.
Science & Innovation - Student Session - Critical Skills for Talking to the Media - How to Prepare for an Interview and Win Public Trust
After a review of the state of American journalism with regard to scientists, the stories they tell, and ways to reach a broad audience, two veteran journalists (one print, one radio) will demonstrate, using volunteers from the audience, how to prepare for and handle interviews on all media platforms. Through role playing and audience feedback, all participants will get a feel for how to carry out this critical function -- which has never been more important.
Science & Innovation - Breakout Session | Challenge Session - Developing and Implementing a Science & Technology Plan
This Challenge Session will facilitate discussion and sharing of best practices for the development of an effective Science & Technology Plan that aligns the state’s research capacity to industry strengths. A few case studies will be presented. Discussion will include 1) strategies for the scope of an S&T plan and methods of development (e.g.
Science & Innovation - Breakout Session | Panel Dialogue - RII Track 2 Programs: High-Impact Multi-Jurisdictional Science
This Panel will investigate the unique approach of the RII Track-2 program through a focus on four different Track-2 projects. The goals of this session are to (1) clarify the value of multi-jurisdictional partnerships, (2) consider the role of the Track 2 within the NSF EPSCoR program, and (3) assess its impact on early career faculty.
Longitudinal Sustainability - Speaker - Long-term Sustainability of Research Capacity Developed through EPSCoR: Lessons from EPSCoR Evaluations
Longitudinal Sustainability - Breakout Session | Challenge Session - Documenting and Communicating Outcomes from Projects Over Time
This session will address challenges with how to quantify and communicate project outcomes over time (across projects). Part of the challenge is that jurisdictions are funded for current projects, but impacts from previous projects generally continue successfully without being tracked.
Longitudinal Sustainability - Breakout Session | Workshop - Managing, Sharing, and Sustaining EPSCoR Research Data
This workshop will explore the benefits and challenges of managing and sharing research data generated through EPSCoR Track 1 research programs. Examples of successful efforts from several jurisdictions will be showcased and the panel will discuss best practices and how they can be adopted in new and existing programs.
Longitudinal Sustainability - Breakout Session | Challenge Session - What do we mean by ‘Research Competitiveness’ in the context of NSF ESPCOR?
The goal of this session is to start the discussion of what the NSF EPSCoR community means by research competitiveness in the context of the program in order to better assess EPSCoR’s impact.