OTI 2017: Workshops

Workshop 1: Being LGBTQ in Academia; Victoria Orphan, Shana Gofredi, Tim Atherton, facilitated by Rochelle Diamond

Workshop 2: Careers in Research and Medicine; Carl Streed, Phillip Renzullo, and facilitator TBA

Workshop 3: NSF and NIH Grant Writing; Ron Buckmire, Mike Nishimura, Jason Yakanovich
Over $34 billion in Federal funding was provided to academic, private, and small business researchers in 2013. The purpose of this workshop is to better inform the “Out to Innovate” participants about the process of obtaining external funding in the form of research grants from the Federal Agencies such as the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and National Science Foundation (NSF). This will be accomplished by discussing the relevant funding mechanisms, points to consider when preparing a grant application, the review process, the post review process, and grant management. In the discussion of funding mechanisms, the audience will be learn about the wide number of funding mechanisms available to them and there will be a general discussion of how grants need to be tailored towards those mechanisms. The grant preparation process will be discussed including strategies for presenting ideas in a manner that will lead to more favorable reviews, a.k.a., grantsmanship. Differences in the review and funding processes between NIH, NSF, and other Federal agencies will be highlighted. The audience will then have the opportunity to participate in an interactive learning experience to understand the details of review processes at either NSF or NIH. On the NIH track, participants will engage in a mock peer review study section. Mock NIH grant applications will be distributed and the audience will see how a NIH study section would discuss and score the application. NSF track participants will simulate a review panel to understand how NSF’s merit review criteria are interpreted and applied. For both NSF and NIH, participants will learn how applications/proposals are scored and how written reviews and summary statements are prepared, as well as how post review processes are conducted in each agency. Particular attention will be paid to what happens to grant applications that score well but not well enough to reach the funding “pay line”. Included in this discussion will be interpretation of reviewers’ feedback and consideration of how best to revise the application/proposal. At the end of this workshop, the audience will have a better understanding of the Federal granting process which should enhance their ability to submit competitive applications.

Workshop 4: Mentoring Handbook – A resource for guiding STEM students and leaders in LGBTQA+ communities; Eric Patridge
Professional mentorship is an important practice for individual career advancement and for sustainability of a diverse STEM talent pipeline. Professional mentoring activities encompass a broad range of possibilities: from brief public speaking engagements to meet-and-greet roundtable discussions to apprentice-style career development for individuals. Few efforts have successfully facilitated on-going “local” professional mentorship opportunities for LGBTQA+ STEM students. This workshop will debut a new resource from oSTEM Incorporated, a mentoring handbook, which covers important considerations and proposes mutually beneficial roles for professionals to meet the unique needs of LGBTQA+ STEM students through mentoring. This workshop will review immediate and long-term mentoring opportunities to consider, and attendees will explore how their intrinsic and chosen “roles” impact the lives and career trajectories of students. Participant feedback will be incorporated into the final version of the mentoring handbook.

Workshop 5: Careers in the Corporate World; facilitated by Bill Hendrix

Workshop 6: Engineers Without Borders: Empowering Communities Around the World; Jon Mulligan
Engineers Without Borders (EWB) is a great way for NOGLSTP members to put their technical skills to use in helping communities abroad and here at home. EWB was founded in 2002 by Dr. Bernard Amadei and has since grown into an organization that links students and professionals to developing communities who do not have the financial or technical resources to fully solve their infrastructure issues. Today, there are almost 17,000 volunteers working on projects in 45 countries. This presentation will consist of an overview of EWB, a case study of the Northern Virginia Professional Chapter, and ways for NOGLSTP members to get involved. The presentation will examine how a chapter is run and what the project process entails, drawing actual experiences from the case study. The presentation concludes with how NOGLSTP members can get involved and what they could get out of volunteering with this organization.

Workshop 7: Civic Engagement: Effective Public Advocacy; Alex Dzurick
Have you ever read an article or seen a news story and felt like responding? At this session, participants can expect to learn strategies for engaging in public forums such as letters to the editor and op-eds. These strategies aren’t just effective for LGBTQ issues. We’ll dissect some examples of letters/op-eds and you’ll leave with a draft of your own letter that you can publish!

Workshop 8: OUT in the Middle of Nowhere; Noelle Olsen
Research suggests a higher probability of experiencing mental/ emotional stress, including impostor syndrome, within minority groups including LGBTQ members. Graduate students self identify as LGBTQ at a remote work setting (e.g. rural areas, field stations and research vessels, study abroad) face a unique set of challenges as the lack of immediate access to resources typically available at large institution traditionally located in metropolises. In order to overcome these challenges, we propose to establish a network system capable of bridging the gap between those in remote sites and those in urban settings. The support system will not only promote conversation and connection on a personal level, but also has the potential to share and transfer already existing resources (e.g. health services, that are available for LGBTQ students). We aim to create a committee dedicated to develop and implement the support system, and to reach out to those that are in the middle of nowhere

Workshop 9: LGBTQ, Mental Health, and Graduate School; Audrey Reinert
This workshop will discuss how mental health issues such as stress affect graduate school and how the issues uniquely affect LGBTQA identified individuals. The workshop will help current and future graduate students develop healthy and sustainable coping mechanisms for countering academic stress. The workshop will also provide students with resources they can bring back to student run organizations improve mental health on their respective campuses.

Workshop 10: Working in National Security for the LGBTQ Community; Sharissa Young

Workshop 11: Trans Visibility in STEM Careers; Brynn Tennehill

Workshop 12: LGBTQ+ in Astronomy; Jessica Mink
I will discuss what the American Astronomical Society (AAS) and its Committees on Sexual orientation and Gender identity Minorities in Astronomy (SGMA) and the Status of Women in Astronomy (CSWA) and its Diversity Forum, as well as the independent Inclusive Astronomy Conference in 2015, have been doing both for LGBTQ+ astronomers and in a shared effort, for other less-privileged groups: women, racial and ethnic minorities, and people with disabilities.

Workshop 13: Careers in Government; Kei Koizumi

Workshop 14: Investment Strategies for LGBTQ; Laura Adamski, TIAA

Workshop 15: Importance of Incorporating Intersectionality in Research and Project Development; Levi Green
In the STEM field many projects and collaborations are created from a white heteronormative cisgender male prospective. In my undergrad as an engineering major, I have seen projects and research lack a diversity in its members on said teams, creating a lack of intersectional ideas and thoughts applied to the project. When conducting research and developing projects, it is important to analyze how it possibly will affect LGBTQA people, people of color, and women differently than a straight white male. With straight white men being the majority of the engineering field, the lack of intersectionality is present in solutions being created to our world’s problems. LGBTQA aspects can bring a unique perspective to a project. The workshop is to educate on how to look at a project or research on how it could affect someone differently with a different gender identity, race, etc than yourself.

Workshop 16: Demystifying the Application Process; Audrey Reinert
Stressed about writing a personal statement for graduate school or a job application? Worried about writing a compelling research proposal? This workshop helps demystify the writing process by providing attendees with the tools and resources they need to write a compelling statement of purpose. Attendees with leave the workshop with a personal statement and statement of proposed research they can use on an application.

Workshop 17: Careers in Corporate America; facilitated by Bill Hendrix

Workshop 18: Advancing Your Science with the National Research Mentoring Network; Drew Simenson
Explore the NIH-funded National Research Mentoring Network (NRMN) and how you can take advantage of the network to enhance your scientific career through networking, mentorship, and and professional development. NRMN was created by NIH as a response to data demonstrating that scientists from under-represented backgrounds experience disadvantages in their pursuit of NIH funding, and that scientists from such groups tend to abandon careers in biomedical research at higher rates at each career transition point. NRMN believes that access to quality mentoring is the key to persistence and success for those scientists who currently face this reality.

Workshop 19: How to Network Like a Web Journalist; Kat Friedrich

Workshop 20: Authenticity in STEM and Academia; Zoe Reidinger, Eli Capello, Point Foundation

Workshop 21: LGBTQ Mythbusters: Debunking False Objectivity; Stephanie Farrell, Hector Rodriguez-Simond; Alisha Sarang-Sieminski, Kyle Trenshaw
Myths and rumors about LGBTQ+ people are part of our societal collective consciousness. Many people internalize these false claims as facts based on non-scientific viewpoints (morals, religious beliefs, philosophical value judgements, etc.). In this workshop, we will explore examples of these false claims disguised as scientific fact and discuss how to bring the argument back to what is truly scientific and unpack what comes from our inherent biases and belief systems. After the workshop, participants will be able to formulate arguments against some of the most common, and most harmful, LGBTQ+ myths and feel more confident defending LGBTQ+ people from false objectivity. We hope that this workshop can be the start of a conversation around addressing harmful anti-LGBTQ+ rhetoric in our everyday lives.

Workshop 22: Using Story to Talk Science; Aviva Hope Rutkin, Ari Daniel, Alison Bruzek
How can you share the stories of your research with the world? In this session, three journalists will discuss how to write about your own work and how to best work with the media. They’ll also reveal what it’s like to report on science for magazines, radio, and TV — and provide tips for those thinking of making the jump from science to journalism.

Workshop 23: Working in a National Lab; Amanda Krieger, Chris Bannochie, Sharissa Young, Alison Campbell, Theron McGriff
This panel will feature scientists, engineers, and technical professionals from national labs across the country. They will discuss their career trajectory, being LGBTQ in the workplace, and offer insights on what it’s like to work at a U.S. Department of Energy national laboratory.

Workshop 24: Strategy Focus to Lead and Advance LGBTQ Student and Employee Groups; Lance Freedman

See the schedule and program.