Future STEM Leaders

national experts from academia, government and industry
discuss the future of graduate STEM training

Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center
Washington, D.C.
May 4th, 2016

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wanted: adaptable leaders

to take on the 21st Century’s biggest scientific challenges

Complex problems like climate change, poverty, epidemics and national security span multiple disciplines and engage both public and private sectors.  They demand scientists who can communicate across fields, build bridges between sectors, and apply diverse technologies.

 

talent suited to needs

ensuring that STEM training meets the needs of industry, government and society

How can graduate training better prepare scientists for diverse career pathways in industry, government and academia? Future STEM Leaders aims to identify opportunities to align graduate education more closely with current research and workforce needs.

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what works,
and how to spread it

breaking down barriers to broader implementation

Progress begins with a candid discussion between STEM leaders in government and industry about what works in graduate training, what doesn’t, what needs to be tried. Where is there consensus or disagreement? How can the insights of diverse stakeholders be translated into policy and best practices?

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key players

from universities, industry, funders, and other government agencies

Participants include experts from academia, government, and industry; representatives from foundations and professional organizations; and leaders in STEM graduate training, supported by NSF’s Research Traineeship grants.

Schedule – May 4th 2016

  • 8:00am-8:45am Registration & Breakfast
  • 8:45am-9:00am Opening Session
  • 9:00am-10:30am Building the Perfect PhD: What is needed, and why?
  • 10:30am-12:00pm State-of-the-Science: Innovators and innovations in STEM graduate training
  • 12:00pm-1:30pm Lunch and showcase of initiatives and programs
  • 1:30pm-3:00pm  What are we Waiting for: Removing barriers to change
  • 3:00pm-4:30pm Taking Action: Translating good ideas into policy and best practices

Participation in the Future STEM Leaders meeting is by invitation only. If you would like to participate, contact Tim Mckinnon (timm@umd.edu)

During the meeting, participants crowd-sourced in Google Docs extensive notes on each of the sessions.  These materials can be accessed by clicking on the links to ‘participant notes’ above.  We have also started to upload pictures from the meeting. Check back for many more.

Showcase participants

Colorado State University – GAUSSI (Generating, Analyzing and Understanding Sensory and Sequencing Information)

Computing Research Association – CRA-Women Programs

Duke University – IBIEM (Integrative Bioinformatics for Investigating and Engineering Microbiomes)

University of Georgia – IDEAS (Interdisciplinary Disease Ecology Across Scales) 

Georgia Tech – ARMS (Accessibility, Rehabilitation, and Movement Science)

University of Maryland – Flexibility in Language Processes and Technology: Human- and Global-Scale

Northwestern University – IDEAS (Integrated Data-Driven Discovery in Earth and Astrophysical Sciences)

University of Oklahoma –  Aeroecology as a Testbed for Interdisciplinary STEM Training

Oregon State University – Risk and Uncertainty Quantication and Communication in Marine Science and Policy

University of Southern Mississippi – INTERFACE (Training Next-Generation Scientists with Experimental, Theoretical, and Computational Competencies for Complex Interfaces)

Syracuse University – EMPOWER (Education Model Program on Water-Energy Research)

Texas A&M – Materials Genome Initiative

University of Connecticut – IGERT PhD programs in Language Plasticity 

USDA NIFA – Educating the Next Generation of Agricultural Scientists

Virginia Tech – UrbComp (Research Traineeship in Urban Computing)

University of Wisconsin – LUCID (Learning, Understanding, Cognition, Intelligence, Data Science)

Featured Panelists

Greg Ball

Greg Ball

Dean, College of Behavioral and Social Sciences, University of Maryland

Andrew Cockerill

Andrew Cockerill

‎University-Industry Demonstration Partnership; formerly Director of University Research Relations at BP

presentation

Mark Connolly

Mark Connolly

Wisconsin Center for Education Research; PI of NSF funded Longitudinal Study of Future STEM Scholars

presentation

Bonnie Thornton Dill

Bonnie Thornton Dill

Dean, College of Arts & Humanities, University of Maryland

Dean Evasius

Dean Evasius

Division Director, Graduate Education, NSF

presentation

Jessica Faupel-Badger

Jessica Faupel-Badger

Director, NIGMS Postdoctoral Research Associate (PRAT) Program, NIH

presentation

Joan Ferrini-Mundy

Joan Ferrini-Mundy

Assistant Director for Education and Human Resources, NSF

Judith Glaven

Judith Glaven

Senior Scientific Officer, Howard Huges Medical Institute

Norberto Grzywacz

Norberto Grzywacz

Dean, Graduate School of Arts & Sciences, Georgetown University

presentation

Rebecca Haacker

Rebecca Haacker

Director of Advanced Study Program, National Center for Atmospheric Research

presentation

Patricia Labosky

Patricia Labosky

Director, NIH BEST Program

presentation

Wolfgang Losert

Wolfgang Losert

Associate Dean, College of Computer, Mathematical, and Natural Sciences, University of Maryland

Brian Mitchell

Brian Mitchell

Dean-in-Residence, Council of Graduate Schools/National Science Foundation

presentation

Aisha Morris

Aisha Morris

Program Director, RESESS Internship, UNAVCO

presentation

Thomas Rudin

Thomas Rudin

Director, Board on Higher Education and Workforce, National Academies of Sciences

Dahlia Sokolov

Dahlia Sokolov

Director, Subcommittee on Research & Technology, U.S. House Committee on Space, Science, and Technology

Rick Spinrad

Rick Spinrad

Chief Scientist, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Rick Tankersley

Rick Tankersley

Program Director, NSF Research Traineeship Programs, NSF

presentation

Lois Trautvetter

Lois Trautvetter

Director, Higher Ed Administration & Policy Program, Northwestern University

presentation

Participating Organizations:

AAAS
American Association of Medical Colleges
American Educational Research Association
American Mathematical Society
American Psychological Association
Association of American Universities
Burroughs Wellcome Fund
Coalition for National Science Funding
Colorado State University
Computing Research Association
Council of Graduate Schools
Duke University
Elsevier
Georgetown University
George Washington University
Georgia Tech
Howard Hughes Medical Institute
U.S. House Science Committee
Iowa State University
Linguistic Society of America
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
The National Academies
National Center for Atmospheric Research
National Institutes of Health
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
National Science Foundation
Northwestern University
The Ohio State University
Oregon State University
Penn State University
Society for Neuroscience
STEM Education Coalition
Syracuse University
Texas A&M University
UNAVCO
University Industry Demonstration Partnership
University of California, Berkeley
University of Connecticut
University of Georgia
University of Maryland
University of Massachusetts, Amherst
University of Oklahoma
University of Rochester
University of Southern Mississippi
University of Wisconsin
U.S. Department of Agriculture
U.S. Department of Energy
U.S. Department of Transportation
Virginia Tech

Schedule – May 4th 2016

  • 8:00am-8:45am Registration & Breakfast
  • 8:45am-9:00am Opening Session
  • 9:00am-10:30am Building the Perfect PhD: What is needed, and why?
  • 10:30am-12:00pm State-of-the-Science: Innovators and innovations in STEM graduate training
  • 12:00pm-1:30pm Lunch and showcase of initiatives and programs
  • 1:30pm-3:00pm  What are we Waiting for: Removing barriers to change
  • 3:00pm-4:30pm Taking Action: Translating good ideas into policy and best practices

Participation in the Future STEM Leaders meeting is by invitation only. If you would like to participate, contact Tim Mckinnon (timm@umd.edu)

During the meeting, participants crowd-sourced in Google Docs extensive notes on each of the sessions.  These materials can be accessed by clicking on the links to ‘participant notes’ above.  We have also started to upload pictures from the meeting. Check back for many more.

Showcase participants

Colorado State University – GAUSSI (Generating, Analyzing and Understanding Sensory and Sequencing Information)

Computing Research Association – CRA-Women Programs

Duke University – IBIEM (Integrative Bioinformatics for Investigating and Engineering Microbiomes)

University of Georgia – IDEAS (Interdisciplinary Disease Ecology Across Scales) 

Georgia Tech – ARMS (Accessibility, Rehabilitation, and Movement Science)

University of Maryland – Flexibility in Language Processes and Technology: Human- and Global-Scale

Northwestern University – IDEAS (Integrated Data-Driven Discovery in Earth and Astrophysical Sciences)

University of Oklahoma –  Aeroecology as a Testbed for Interdisciplinary STEM Training

Oregon State University – Risk and Uncertainty Quantication and Communication in Marine Science and Policy

University of Southern Mississippi – INTERFACE (Training Next-Generation Scientists with Experimental, Theoretical, and Computational Competencies for Complex Interfaces)

Syracuse University – EMPOWER (Education Model Program on Water-Energy Research)

Texas A&M – Materials Genome Initiative

University of Connecticut – IGERT PhD programs in Language Plasticity 

USDA NIFA – Educating the Next Generation of Agricultural Scientists

Virginia Tech – UrbComp (Research Traineeship in Urban Computing)

University of Wisconsin – LUCID (Learning, Understanding, Cognition, Intelligence, Data Science)

Featured Panelists

Greg Ball

Greg Ball

Dean, College of Behavioral and Social Sciences, University of Maryland

Andrew Cockerill

Andrew Cockerill

‎University-Industry Demonstration Partnership; formerly Director of University Research Relations at BP

presentation

Mark Connolly

Mark Connolly

Wisconsin Center for Education Research; PI of NSF funded Longitudinal Study of Future STEM Scholars

presentation

Bonnie Thornton Dill

Bonnie Thornton Dill

Dean, College of Arts & Humanities, University of Maryland

Dean Evasius

Dean Evasius

Division Director, Graduate Education, NSF

presentation

Jessica Faupel-Badger

Jessica Faupel-Badger

Director, NIGMS Postdoctoral Research Associate (PRAT) Program, NIH

presentation

Joan Ferrini-Mundy

Joan Ferrini-Mundy

Assistant Director for Education and Human Resources, NSF

Judith Glaven

Judith Glaven

Senior Scientific Officer, Howard Huges Medical Institute

Norberto Grzywacz

Norberto Grzywacz

Dean, Graduate School of Arts & Sciences, Georgetown University

presentation

Rebecca Haacker

Rebecca Haacker

Director of Advanced Study Program, National Center for Atmospheric Research

presentation

Patricia Labosky

Patricia Labosky

Director, NIH BEST Program

presentation

Wolfgang Losert

Wolfgang Losert

Associate Dean, College of Computer, Mathematical, and Natural Sciences, University of Maryland

Brian Mitchell

Brian Mitchell

Dean-in-Residence, Council of Graduate Schools/National Science Foundation

presentation

Aisha Morris

Aisha Morris

Program Director, RESESS Internship, UNAVCO

presentation

Thomas Rudin

Thomas Rudin

Director, Board on Higher Education and Workforce, National Academies of Sciences

Dahlia Sokolov

Dahlia Sokolov

Director, Subcommittee on Research & Technology, U.S. House Committee on Space, Science, and Technology

Rick Spinrad

Rick Spinrad

Chief Scientist, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Rick Tankersley

Rick Tankersley

Program Director, NSF Research Traineeship Programs, NSF

presentation

Lois Trautvetter

Lois Trautvetter

Director, Higher Ed Administration & Policy Program, Northwestern University

presentation

Participating Organizations:

AAAS
American Association of Medical Colleges
American Educational Research Association
American Mathematical Society
American Psychological Association
Association of American Universities
Burroughs Wellcome Fund
Coalition for National Science Funding
Colorado State University
Computing Research Association
Council of Graduate Schools
Duke University
Elsevier
Georgetown University
George Washington University
Georgia Tech
Howard Hughes Medical Institute
U.S. House Science Committee
Iowa State University
Linguistic Society of America
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
The National Academies
National Center for Atmospheric Research
National Institutes of Health
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
National Science Foundation
Northwestern University
The Ohio State University
Oregon State University
Penn State University
Society for Neuroscience
STEM Education Coalition
Syracuse University
Texas A&M University
UNAVCO
University Industry Demonstration Partnership
University of California, Berkeley
University of Connecticut
University of Georgia
University of Maryland
University of Massachusetts, Amherst
University of Oklahoma
University of Rochester
University of Southern Mississippi
University of Wisconsin
U.S. Department of Agriculture
U.S. Department of Energy
U.S. Department of Transportation
Virginia Tech

Venue

Atrium Ballroom, Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center

1300 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC 20004

Transportation

By Metro

The Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center is conveniently located next to to Federal Triangle (Blue, Orange, Silver lines) and Metro Center (Red line) stations.

From Federal Triangle (0.2mi):

  • Head west through covered passageway

From Metro Center (0.5mi): 

  • Head south on 13th St. toward G St.
  • Turn right onto F St.
  • Turn left onto 14th St.
  • Ronald Reagan building will be on your left.

By Car

Paid parking is available at the underground garage, which can be accessed via 14th Street (north and south) and 13½ Street (off Pennsylvania Ave). Full day parking is $22. More information about parking at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center can be found here.

For other parking locations, we suggest using Parkopedia or ParkingPanda.

From the University of Maryland

If you are attending the NRT Annual Meetings, plan to take the metro from the College Park / U Md station to the Archives-Navy Memorial Station (Green/Yellow lines).

Quality Inn & Suites: shuttle will depart at 6:45am
Best Western Plus: 
shuttle will depart at 7:15am
Hilton Garden Inn: please book the hotel shuttle to leave by 7:15am

From Archives-Navy Mem’l (0.4mi):

  • Head east on Pennsylvania Ave NW toward 13th St NW
  • Building will be on the left

 


For additional information, please contact:

Tim Mckinnon
Assistant Director for Graduate Research
Maryland Language Science Center
University of Maryland
timm@umd.edu
301.314.2185

Sponsors

This event is generously sponsored by the National Science Foundation and the University of Maryland. Thanks to the Maryland Language Science Center, the Vice President for Research, the College of Behavioral & Social Sciences, the College of Computer, Mathematical, and Natural Science, the College of Arts & Humanities, and the Graduate School for developing and supporting Future STEM Leaders.