2010 Pacific Northwest LSAMP Conference

Pacific Northwest Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation Conference
Building Diversity and Excellence to Meet the Global Demands of the Scientific Community

February 26 -27, 2010, University of Washington, Seattle, Washington

The PNW-LSAMP Alliance invites you to be center stage for the First Annual Conference that will be held at the University of Washington, Seattle campus. PNW LSAMP students will showcase their research and attend professional development sessions designed to enhance their college experiences. It will also be an opportunity for educators, researchers, corporate, and government advocates to network, learn best practices, and share resources towards diversifying Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) fields. The purpose of the conference is to serve as a resource to prepare diverse students to engage in the scientific, complex, and global society to ensure academic and economic vitality in the Pacific Northwest region. Students will learn about academic and professional resources that can enhance their interest, motivation, and persistence in all STEM fields.
Who should attend:

    • College and high school students interested in obtaining a STEM degree.
    • STEM faculty, staff, and educators.
    • K-12 and Higher Education administrators committed to diversity in STEM.
    • Proponents of diversity in STEM from industry, government, and foundations.

Benefits of Participation:

Students: Learning about how to make the most out of your undergraduate years through advising, networking with regional educators and members of industry, participating in local research and internship opportunities to name a few, and an opportunity to showcase your research in poster format.

Professionals: Learn about exciting new STEM diversity initiatives in the Pacific Northwest, network with peers in other sectors, learn and share best practices to retain the next generation of diverse scientists and engineers.

Industry/Government/Foundations: Learn how to bridge the gap between higher education, industry, and community by working together to leverage current activity and resources, collaborating on new initiatives, and strengthening existing relationships between the PNW LSAMP institutions and the PNW region.

For questions or more information please contact Michelle Ferrez

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Special rates are available at area hotels for conference participants. When booking you must state that you are attending the Pacific Northwest LSAMP Conference. Hotels will allow you to book at the rates below up to two days prior to the conference as well as two days after. Transportation from the airport is available via public transportation, taxi, and shuttle service.

Hotel Decca – $129/night

Watertown Hotel – $139/night

University Campus Inn – $109/night

Silver Cloud Inn – $129

Conference Schedule

Friday, February 26, 2010
Kane Hall, Walker Ames
8:30 – 9:00 Coffee & Refreshments
9:00 – 10:00 Keynote Speaker: Why Diversity Matters in STEM?
10:00 -11:45 Session A (Staff & Professionals)Strengthening STEM Collaboration Between PNW Community Colleges and PNW Universities for URM Student Transfer Success

Location: Walker Ames, Kane Hall.

Session B (Student Session)

Community Among Undergraduate STEM-LSAMP Students

Location: Parrington Hall, Room 308.

12:00-1:00 Lunch Hour *Poster Exhibition Open* Mary Gates, Commons Area, 1st floor
1:00 – 2:00 Undergraduate STEM Poster Presentations Mary Gates, Commons Area, 1st floor
Breakout Sessions
2:00 – 2:45 Session A (Staff & Professionals)Successful Strategies in URM Student Recruitment and Retention in STEM

Location: Suzzallo Library, Petersen Room, 4th floor.

Session B (Student Session)Careers in STEM

Location: Suzzallo Library, Smith Room, 3rd floor

2:45 – 3:00 Break
3:00 – 3:45 Session A (Staff & Professionals) 

Tapping into Local Resources: How Science Centers, MESA, and other Community STEM Organizations Can Partner with PNW LSAMP InstitutionsLocation: Suzzallo Library, Petersen Room, 4th Floor

Session B (Students)Break Out Sessions: Undergraduate and Graduate Success in the

STEM Disciplines (Agriculture/Environment/Geological Science;

Computer Science/Information Science/Math; Engineering; Chemistry;

Life Sciences/Biology; Physics/Astronomy

Location: Suzzallo Library, Smith Room, 3rd floor

3:45 – 4:00 Break
4:00 – 4:45 Session A (Staff & Professionals) 

Addressing Broader Impacts in Grant Proposals, Writing and Student SupplementsLocation: Suzzallo Library, Petersen Room, 4th floor.

Session B (Student Session) 

Application and Admission to Graduate SchoolLocation: Suzzallo Library, Smith Room, 3rd Floor

5:00 – 7:00 LSAMP Gala Reception at University of Washington Club
Saturday, February 27, 2010
8:30 – 9:00 Coffee and Breakfast Refreshments
Location: Walker Ames, Kane Hall
9:00-9:45 Session A (Staff & Professionals)
Professional Development: Best Practices on Mentoring URM Students
Location: Walker Ames, Kane Hall
Session B (Student Session)Summer Undergraduate Research Opportunities: How to Apply and How to Excel

Location: Parrington Hall, Room 308 (Commons)

9:45 – 10:00 Break
10:00 – 11:00 Session A (Staff, Professionals, and Students)
Advising Matters: Understanding the Role of Advisors in STEM majors.Location: Walker Ames, Kane Hall
11:00 – 1:00 Extended Lunch Hour (Staff, Professionals, and Students)Location: Walker Ames, Kane Hall
*Diverse Backgrounds, Common Goals. Co-hosted by Dr. Takiya Ahmed, Center for Enabling New Technologies Through Catalysis (CENTC; UW), & the Center for Materials and Devices for Information Technology Research (CMDITR; UW), Center for Green Materials Chemistry (OSU), Coastal Margin Observation and Prediction (CMOP; OSU, PSU, UW), Genetically Engineered Materials Science & Engineering Center (GEMSEC; UW)*
1:00- 1:30 Closing: Outlooks and Goals for next yearLocation: Walker Ames, Kane Hall

LSAMP Student Presenters:

Poster Guidelines: Many institutions have put together wonderful web pages to give you tips on poster design and creation. One such web page is “The Basics of Poster Design”, by the Washington NASA Space Grant Consortium.
You can also refer to this wonderful resource page on the the UW Undergraduate Research Program website regarding abstracts, poster design, and presentations.

Please limit the size of your poster to the following dimensions:
Smallest: 2.5′ x 3.5′
Largest: 3′ X 4′

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