Break Out Sessions

Inclusion & Diversity

Alicia Knoedler, Oklahoma EPSCoR

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Selena Connealy, New Mexico EPSCoR

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.


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. Content will investigate (1) programs and best practices from four different jurisdictions (2) how approaches vary geographically, and (3) how programs that are effective in Native communities might be similar to or different than effective programming for other minority groups.



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.


Melanie Sinche, NCC, Director of Education at Jackson Laboratory for Genomic Medicine

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.


Amalea Rassais & Daniel Eliot, Delaware EPSCoR

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.


Pips Veazey, Alaska EPSCoR, Andy Leidolf, Utah EPSCoR

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. Audience members will be encouraged to ask questions, share experiences and participate in a dialogue about the strengths of EPSCoR communities and the connection points with other organizations that share similar goals. Panelists will include NSF EPSCoR and non-EPSCoR affiliates such as representatives from the Science of Team Science, AAAS, and The Community Roundtable.


Science & Innovation

Malcolm J. D’Souza, Delaware EPSCoR

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. Specific content will include discussion of the efficacy and impact of comprehensive intervention programs and activities such as first year seminars, common intellectual experiences, learning communities, undergraduate research, and extensive peer and faculty mentoring.


Justine Stadler, New Hampshire EPSCoR

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. in-house, consultant; 2) the role of the jurisdiction’s State Committee in the development and implementation of the plan; 3) advocacy for science, technology and innovation funding, and involvement of the jurisdiction’s economic development office, and 4) lessons learned.


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.


Sandra Blakelsee, former New York Times science reporter, book author

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.


Longitudinal Sustainability

Todd Kipfer, Montana EPSCoR, Glen Paige, Sustainametrix

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.


Gwen Jacobs, Hawai’i EPSCoR

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.


Jim Rice, South Dakota EPSCoR

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 the EPSCoR’s impact.