North Central Branch Meeting Workshops

CANCELLED: National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) Application

METAmorphosis: Transformative Research & Outreach for Creative & Inclusive Science Communication 

Building Networks to Expand Collaboration: An Industry Speed Networking Event


CANCELLED: National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) Application

Saturday, March 23, 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM | Price: $25 USD
Hilton Fort Collins Hotel

This workshop has been cancelled, but will be offered again in 2025.

Facilitator: Mary Gardiner, Professor of Entomology, The Ohio State University

Dr. Mary M. Gardiner received her Ph.D. in Entomology from Michigan State University in 2008. She is a Professor in the Department of Entomology at The Ohio State University and Co-Director of the Environmental Science Graduate Program. Her research program focuses on the ecology and conservation value of urban greenspace. Mary is also a State Specialist in Extension who’s programming focuses on managing urban habitats to support insect conservation. Mary currently advises five Ph.D. students. She teaches graduate courses in presentation skills and grant writing.

Description: The NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) aims to ensure the quality, vitality, and diversity of the scientific and engineering workforce of the United States. A goal of the program is to broaden participation of the full spectrum of diverse talents in STEM. To do so, the fellowship provides three years of financial support inclusive of an annual stipend of $37,000 to scholars pursuing graduate research at the MS or PhD level.
 
The Gardiner Lab was awarded 7 NSF GRFP fellowships over the last 10 years. Our full day workshop will provide a proven framework for applicants to write their research and personal statements that are tailored to this opportunity. A morning session will focus on the research statement. We will work to develop a strong justification for your research that is addressed by a compelling goal and clear objectives and hypotheses. In the afternoon, we will outline the personal statement. We will explore your approach to science, what drives you to do this work, and how your background has prepared you to take on the challenge of graduate research. 
 
Workshop participants can find out more about the GRFP program and ensure they are eligible to apply here: https://www.nsfgrfp.org


METAmorphosis: Transformative Research & Outreach for Creative & Inclusive Science Communication 

Sunday, March 24, 8:00 AM – 11:00 AM | Price: Free
Hilton Fort Collins Hotel

Advance registration is required

Facilitators: Melanie Kirby, Extension Educator of Land Grant Programs, Institute of American Indian Arts

Melanie was born and raised in New Mexico of Pueblo Native American roots.  She graduated from St. John’s College (Great Books Program) in Santa Fe, NM, with an undergraduate degree in Advanced Liberal Arts, Philosophy and Science.  She accidentally became a beekeeper by assignment as a volunteer with the U.S. Peace Corps in South America. She became smitten with bees and began pursuing a career in apiculture, working with several commercial operations and eventually establishing her own breeding farm in the southern Rocky Mountains in 2005.  Since then, Melanie has served as an international, sustainable beekeeping consultant working with beekeepers around the world.  She has helped establish several regional educational and breeding cooperatives, mixed-media programs and cross-cultural pollinator stewardship research. Melanie obtained her MSc. in Entomology from Washington State University and is a Fulbright-National Geographic Storytelling Fellow. In addition to running a bee breeding program in the southern Rockies, she also serves as the Extension Educator and Pollinator Specialist at the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, NM. Kirby recently has been appointed by US Secretary of Ag to the inaugural Pollinator Subcommittee of the National Agricultural Research, Extension Education, and Economics (NAREEE) Advisory Board. The Board is led by staff in the Office of the Chief Scientist (OCS), in the Research, Education, and Economics (REE) Mission Area. This subcommittee is advisory in nature and members will be asked to make pollinator health-related recommendations, reviews, and consultations to the NAREEE Advisory Board (and subsequently to REE, other USDA mission areas, and federal pollinator coordinators) on national priorities, research needs, and best available science in informing USDA pollinator-related policy and program decisions.  She continues to learn from Mother Nature and Father Time and recognizes the profound interconnectedness of stewardship.

Description: This workshop will demonstrate examples and provide some exercises to work through regarding the development of diverse approaches for designing and creating an atmosphere for inclusive science communication.  The workshop is intended to discuss how to create transformative research opportunities, but also how to transform outreach.  Outreach tools in working with people to create a dialogue for pursuit of common purpose will be a focus of this workshop.


Building Networks to Expand Collaboration: An Industry Speed Networking Event

Tuesday, March 26, 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM | Price: $10 USD
Hilton Fort Collins Hotel
Advance registration is required

Organizers: 
Debora Montezano, Field Scientist, Corteva Agriscience
Scott O’Neal, Research Entomologist, Corteva Agriscience

Description: This workshop, limited to 30 Early Career Professional (ECPs) and doctoral candidates or senior level graduate students, will be an interactive speed networking session will provide an environment for individuals to make connections and build networks with industry professionals, including hiring managers.

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