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WORKSHOP: Leveraging Private Support for Broadening Participation in STEM

This three-part series captures a 1-day workshop for higher education faculty and administrators interested in garnering private funding for STEM programs and activities.
Session 1 - Dr. Robyn Gibboney leads the workshop activities and presents on the basics of private fundraising, including the overall landscape, the types of private funding, myths surrounding fundraising, and how to write a proposal that aligns projects with funding organization’s priorities. Session 2A & 2B - Panelists Drs. Matthew Calhoun, Mathew Palakal and Mr. Stacy Zearing present case studies of successful partnerships with private entities to fund STEM programs. Session 3 - Tracey Wischmeyer and Josh Moore explore how private funding works in the academic setting, including key departments and services that need to be brought into the discussion and at what point, the types of resources and services that might be available on their campus. Presentation files are available in the Attachments tab of each video.

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Translating Research to Practice: Exploring Hispanic-serving Community Colleges STEM Pathwayss

Dr. Zamani-Gallaher and her research team from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign explores defining characteristics of Hispanic-serving community colleges (HSCCs), factors that influence successful matriculation of URMs in STEM programs of study at HSCCs, sharing preliminary data and profiles for select states. The presenters discuss the opportunities and complexity of this unique context of higher education and the granular detail required in the exploration of practices promoting STEM education at HSCCs that foster student success among diverse learners.

Social Media Campaigns for Dissemination and Recruitment for LSAMP and Other Diversity Programs

Dr. Alec Gates will share the results from the Garden State LSAMP social media campaign research project. The study yielded outstanding results, reaching more than 160,000 people in the target area. This workshop will present the results of the different experiments and prescribe the most effective use of social media for LSAMP programs and other diversity programs. The methods for creating an effective social media campaign will be presented and detailed for adoption, including discussions on development, interaction with Facebook, and reporting result.

Evaluation Best Practices for LSAMP Alliances

Evaluation plays an important role at the project and the program level in providing information for a wide range of uses—from monitoring progress to suggesting opportunities for continuous quality improvement, to providing evidence of outcomes and impacts for accountability purposes. Drs. Frances Carter-Johnson and Sarah-Kay McDonald from the NSF Directorate for Education and Human Resources’ Evaluation and Monitoring Group provides a compilation of evaluation best practice tips that can be helpful in designing, implementing, and interpreting the findings of project evaluations. Tips include: developing a project logic model, linking project outcomes to program goals and impacts, identifying factors beyond project control that may affect the ability to make causal claims regarding Alliance impacts, and leveraging data for evaluative purposes.

Broadening Participation Focus: Preparing a Diverse Generation of Community College STEM Educators

Dr. Benjamin Flores, Texas Systems LSAMP Director, presents evidence on the impacts of implementing a regional collaboration between state universities and community colleges and the importance of developing future two-year-college faculty (i.e. graduate students and others) in best teaching practices through the CIRTL network (

DOE Internships: Opportunities and the Application Process

Drs. Ge Ping and Karen Skubal from the US Department of Energy Office of Science shares information on the DOE programs that can support students in graduate school, as well as, provide on how to be most competitive for the supplemental awards. The webinar highlights the SCGSR DOE opportunities, the application process, and the federal government graduate portal (

Best Practices and Tools for LSAMP Alliance Data Collection and Management

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Join us as Dani Mitchell, program coordinator for the IINSPIRE LSAMP alliance, presents on alliance-wide data collection tools and practices, site and student data management, and NSF annual reporting.

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Need Graduate School Support? Get insider tips from the U.S. Department of Energy

Join the discussion! - Dr. Ping Ge, Program Manager of Graduate Programs at the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science, will share how government programs can support students in graduate school, as well as, provide insight on how to be most competitive for the supplemental awards. The webinar will highlight the SCGSR DOE opportunities, the application process, and the federal government graduate portal ( as an example of how you can get funding, but will also provide tools you can use for any application process.

Navigating Salary Negotiations Webinar

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While most people spend time perfecting their cover letters, résumés, and interview strategies, most people fail to prepare for salary negotiations when the job offer comes—and some people don’t negotiate at all! On average, people who negotiate earn an average of $600,000 more over their entire careers than their colleagues who do not. Dr. Emily Easton of the University of Chicago will cover the basics of negotiations including how to prepare, how to approach the conversation, and how to determine what will be most valuable to you as a professional, no matter what field you are in. It also will include additional information on how to approach academic and non-academic negotiations, with a focus on scientific careers.

Student Session - Poster Presentation

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University of Illinois Bridge to the Doctorate Students, Kascha Fuller and Juan Maldonado, along with their program director, Denise Yates, demonstrate how to best showcase your research outcomes at a professional research conference.This session covers:Basic components and requirements of a research poster; What differentiates a good poster from a winning poster; Creating a 2-minute research presentation for judges; Best practices in delivering the research presentation at a poster session.

How to Radically Transform the Preparation of Students in Math

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This webinar will share the most effective, evidence-based techniques and methods the Carnegie Math Pathways Program has developed to address the challenges in mathematical learning. Dr. Ann Edwards' presentation will include 1) How to design courses as unit; 2) How to get students to and through PINTO quicker; 3) How to best support students through curriculum and pedagogy; and 4) How to not only sustain the student outcomes but to continually improve and scale up the effort.

Getting It All Done With Effective Time-Management Techniques

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Brian Thomas of KIPNspire (and LSMCE 2014, 2015 conferences) presents an interactive learning session designed to give students practical skills and techniques that can help you be more successful, more productive, and more effective in your academic, professional, and personal life.

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Personal Brand Management: How to Market Yourself

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Brian Thomas of KIPNspire (and LSMCE 2014, 2015 conferences) presents an interactive learning session designed to give students practical skills and techniques that can help you be more successful, more productive, and more effective in your academic, professional, and personal life.

Synergistically Interacting Consortia

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This webinar will share the most effective, evidence-based techniques and methods the Garden State LSAMP has developed to address poor graduation and transfer rates from community colleges. Dr. Alec Gates will include readily obtainable commercial resources, internet resources, processes and forms for ready implementation, and graphics that can be used directly. Quantitative assessment of various techniques will be shared, and advice for ready implementation will be offered.

Inclusion and Equity Matters: The Role of Community Colleges in Diversifying the STEM Pipeline

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Dr. Eboni Zamani-Gallaher highlights the varieties of community colleges, student demographics, characteristics of the faculty/administrators, and curriculum missions (including transfer and CTE/STEM). In particular, the discuss addresses the challenges and opportunities for underrepresented racial/ethnic minority students in STEM at community colleges and the need to maximize community colleges in diversifying the STEM pipeline.

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Opportunities for Undergraduates and Faculty at DOE Laboratories

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Dr. Jim Glownia, DOE Internships Team Leader, provides an introduction to the Office of Science, including its mission, its laboratories, and its facilities, and then show and describe opportunities for paid undergraduate internships, supplemental awards for graduate students, and visiting faculty appointments, all at DOE laboratories.

LSMCE Digital Library

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Rebecca Pitkow, Guardians of Honor Project Manager, updates the community on the status of this new and highly-anticipated research tool. The LSAMP-DL will enable broader dissemination of LSAMP outcomes, impacts, and evidence-based best practices by increasing accessibility to this information. Through this dissemination, Alliances are able to use what others have found successful in their programs as examples to excel in their own programs. The digital repository of historical program records will build the capacity of both the LSAMP grantee and broadening participation communities by increasing the capacity of LSAMP to foster knowledge sharing and promote diversity in STEM fields and careers.

Professional Dress and Etiquette: Making the Most of Your Conference Experience

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Miss Oklahoma Latina 2014, Angela Vivar Romero, provides students tips and tricks for putting their best foot forward in a professional setting. Topics will include: professional dress, proper etiquette, networking basics, and creating positive, high-impact interactions with key stakeholders and individuals who can help you succeed.

How to Create a LinkedIn Profile

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LinkedIn is a valuable resource for students preparing to graduate or for those new graduates navigating employment opportunities. The opportunity to market your ‘brand’ can be overwhelming. Trina Fletcher, PhD student in Engineering at Purdue University, will help students navigate the process from simple steps to set-up a profile, to launching their profile for public viewing. Maximize your strengths and learn to identify potential problems before they impact your future!

Make the Most of Your Internship

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A summer research internship is a vital component of creating a highly competitive graduate school application. Through research internships, a student gains exposure to new techniques and topics, critical and analytical thinking, experimental design, data analysis, but most importantly the experience of being a contributor to the intellectual property of a research team. However, getting acclimated to a new laboratory environment can be challenging. Through this webinar lead by Thessicar Antoine. Post Doctoral Research Fellow at Georgia State University-Center for Viral Immunology, she discusses key steps that will help you make the most of this invaluable summer opportunity.

Are You Ready for a STEM Career in Industry?

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After migrating through the sometimes difficult academic challenges of a STEM education you will undoubtedly need a job. Should you choose to start your career in Industry there are some guidelines that will ease the transition. We will review the milestones on the path to your first position; from career fair to final interview, outshining the competition and making an impact from day 1. Many things have changed about getting industrial opportunities and your ability to excel once you do will depend on both technical and soft skills. Communication and flexibility will be keys to your success once you are in. Dr. Harold Bryant, Vice President in Research and Innovation for L′Oréal USA, shares his journey from recruited to the recruiter and mentee to mentor during his career.

How to Prepare a STEM Research Poster

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Creating and presenting a research poster over your STEM research project can be overwhelming. Dr. Kim Vogt, Assistant Professor at Marian University, will present a webinar that will help students break down poster preparation into manageable steps, share tips and resources to help with poster design, and explain how to navigate poster guidelines. Mastering research poster presentations is an important skill for students. It will be a valuable contribution to future academic and career success. The webinar will be helpful for students planning on submitting a poster proposal for the LSMCE Annual Conference.

Mentoring Undergraduate Research Students

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Mentoring undergraduate research students is different from mentoring graduate students. Dr. Rafael Bahamonde, Director of Faculty Outreach, Louis Stokes Midwest Center of Excellence Faculty Liaison Coordinator, discusses how to navigate the mentoring relationship with undergraduate research students to make sure there is mutually enjoyable and beneficial relationship.

Strategies to Create an Outstanding Statement of Purpose

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This STEM focused Graduate School Statement of Purpose (SOP) webinar is designed to help NSF LSAMP Scholars shine. It will focus on three areas; key SOP elements, LSAMP Alumni Grad Student SOP examples, and strategic SOP approaches (timing, difficult circumstances, managing a disability, editing, etc.). Dr. Diana Lizarraga is the Director of eight UC Berkeley STEM Diversity Programs, including NSF LSAMP and NSF Bridge to the Doctorate. She is also a 1995-1998 UC Davis NSF LSAMP Alumna and former transfer student.

Getting in and Making it in Graduate School

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You've decided to continue your education. Great! Getting in and making it are the remaining parts to your overall success. Dr. NaShara Mitchell, from the IUPUI Graduate School, discusses selecting the best graduate and professional schools for you, an application that leads to admission and fellowship funding, along with tips on not just surviving, but thriving!

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