The #DivSch20 virtual conference occurred Jul 30 - Aug 1. We brought together a diverse group of postdocs and doctoral graduate students for professional development and networking.
Speakers & Facilitators
Plenary Speaker Levon T. Esters, PhD
Research Mentoring in an Age of Activism
Plenary Q&A was moderated by materials scientist @MicellaPDeWhyse who will reveal her identity.
Plenary speaker Levon T. Esters is a Professor in the Department of Agricultural Sciences Education and Communication at Purdue University. Dr. Esters serves as the Director of the Mentoring@Purdue (M@P) program which is designed to increase the number of women and underrepresented minorities (URMs) receiving advanced post-secondary STEM-based agricultural and life sciences degrees in Purdue University’s College of Agriculture. Over the past eight years, the M@P program has become known within the College and across campus as a support mechanism that positively impacts student transition, academic adjustment, persistence, retention, degree completion, and professional success for graduate students, especially those from URM backgrounds.
Dr. Esters also serves as a Senior Research Associate at The Rutgers Center for Minority Serving Institutions. He has established himself as a scholar within the field of mentoring and is a nationally recognized scholar on equity and diversity within the STEM-based agricultural and life sciences disciplines. Dr. Esters’s research focuses broadly on issues of educational equity and access of underrepresented minorities with a concentration on the mentoring of graduate students of color; STEM career development of racial and ethnic minorities attending Historically Black Land-Grant Colleges and Universities; and educational and professional mobility of graduate students and faculty of color. He is among a few African-American scholars in the United States who conducts research in these areas, and has been able to serve as a national role model for other African American graduate students who are committed to broadening participation of URMs in the Ag+STEM disciplines.
Plenary Speaker Janet Stemwedel, PhD
Succeeding in Academia, Remaking Academia: We Shouldn't Have to Choose Between the Two
Plenary speaker Dr. Janet D. Stemwedel is Professor and Chair of the Department of Philosophy at San Jose State University, where her research and teaching focus is on philosophy of science, ethics in scientific practice, and how scientists and non-scientists can better share a world. She earned PhDs in Chemistry (1994) and Philosophy (2001) from Stanford University, and in 2017 was elected Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science for "distinguished contributions to the philosophy of science and ethics, and for exceptional efforts to promote the public understanding of science and scientists in culture."
Dr. Stemwedel has served on the Governing Board of the Philosophy of Science Association, on the Executive Board of the American Philosophical Association, as co-chair of the Philosophy of Science Association and History of Science Society Joint Caucus of Socially Engaged Philosophers and Historians of Science, on the Public Responsibility in Medicine & Research (PRIM&R) Diversity Advisory Group, and as conference co-chair for the PRIM&R Institutional Animal Care and Use Conference. She has developed and delivered ethics training sessions for NASA-Ames as well as for NSF-funded Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) programs at IBM-Almaden and San Jose State University. She has written extensively about the ethics (including ethics in academic workplaces and research communities) and philosophy of science for outlets including Forbes, Scientific American, and ScienceBlogs.
Emil Chuck, PhD
Director of Admissions & Recruitment
Rosalind Franklin Univ of Medicine & Science;
Board of Advisors, DiverseScholar
Levon T. Esters, PhD
Professor of Youth Development & Agricultural Education
Edward Krug, PhD
Assoc. Dean for Postdoc Affairs (retired)
Medical University of South Carolina
Board of Advisors, DiverseScholar
Bill Lindstaedt, MS
Asst. Vice Chancellor; Career Advancement, International & Postdoctoral Services
University of California, San Francisco
Harinder Singh, PhD
Assoc. Director, Graduate Professional Success in STEM (GPS-STEM)
University of California, Irvine
Janet D. Stemwedel, PhD
Professor and Chair of the Department of Philosophy
San Jose State University
Board of Advisors, DiverseScholar
Andrea Stith, PhD
Director for Research Development, Science, and Engineering
University of California, Santa Barbara
All attendees, speakers, sponsors, staff, and volunteers at our event are required to comply with this Code of Conduct.
For security, links to online sessions below use either password/wait-room (Zoom) or registration (Crowdcast) features. For access info, registered attendees should check your confirmation emails or see the pinned message in the #conf-divsch channel of our private Slack group.
Thursday July 30
|10-11:30am PST||Welcome & Attendee Introductions||Roca & Krug|
|2-3:30pm||Policy & Administrative Careers||Singh & Bankston|
Friday July 31
|10-11:30am PST||Preparing Your CV||Lindstaedt|
|12-1:30pm||Research Mentoring in Age of Activism (b)||Esters|
Saturday August 1
|10-11am PST||Designing Your First Grant Proposal||Stith|
|12-1:30pm||Succeeding in Academia, Remaking Academia (b)||Stemwedel|
|10am-3pm||1-on-1 appointments (c)||Lindstaedt|
|10am-3pm||1-on-1 appointments (c)||Krug|
|10am-12pm||1-on-1 appointments (c)||Chuck|
a) All times are Pacific Standard Time (PST); Tentative agenda subject to change.
b) For plenary talks, best to use Chrome browser.
c) Registered attendees should check your email for sign-up instructions. Each appointment is 25 minutes long with a 5 min speaker break so meetings should start every half hour.
When: July 30 to August 1, 2020
Where: online! Registered participants will received instructions by email.
Registration for the Public
Registration for Postdocs and PhD Graduate Students
Registration has now closed for non-plenary sessions; but, joins us for public plenary talks (links above). The non-plenary sessions are limited to PhD trainees drawn from existing members of the following:
- DiverseScholar Doctoral Directory: instructions in spring/summer email newsletters
- MinorityPostdoc email list: instructions to join Doctoral Directory in spring/summer newsletters
- Special Partners: Southern California SACNAS chapters; UC-Irvine GPS-STEM
Registration deadline: Friday July 24
Sponsors and Partners
University of California, Irvine School of Biological Sciences
University of California, Irvine GPS-STEM
Stanford University Office of Postdoctoral Affairs
Sponsorship and Exhibitor Rates (b)
Contact us to arrange your sponsorship!
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b) Sponsorship benefits subject to change without notice. At Level 3 and higher, there is no discounted conference sponsorship since the 2020 event is virtual. This is because those sponsorships are also tied to Institutional Subscriptions, e.g. Level 3 sponsorship is equivalent to a Gold Subscription, and includes advertisements on the MinorityPostdoc website as well as access to the Doctoral Directory CV database.
In event of cancellation by July 10, a full refund less a 5% processing fee will be issued. No refunds will be made for cancellations after that date.
- Esters: Esters
- Stemwedel: Stemwedel
- Micella PDeWhyse logo: AAAS