Out to Innovate2012, the second of NOGLSTP’s signature career summits for LGBTQIA people in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) and hosted by oSTEM at The Ohio State University’s Fawcett Center, was held successfully October 13-14. It brought together over 160 people including 100 students from across the country to share their stories, learn about mentoring opportunities, and provide encouragement as they navigate their career paths. Battelle Memorial Institute was a proud Founding Sponsor, hosting an opening reception, along with Event Sponsor Owens Corning who hosted a reception and research facility tour on the Friday afternoon prior to the Out to Innovate. Other notable sponsors were eBay, Genentech, IBM, Johnson & Johnson, Raytheon, American Chemical Society, Clorox, Dow, GE Aviation, Honda R&D, National Security Agency, Procter and Gamble, Texas Instruments, Campus Pride, Diverse Scholars.org, oSTEM at OSU, Point Foundation, Trevor Project, ScienceCareers.org, and three generous individual donors. Several sponsors also donated student travel scholarships for those coming from afar. There were 15 well attended workshops, a motivational speech by Kei Koizumi from the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, a keynote address by MIT Professor of Astrophysics, Dr. Nergis Mavalvala, a 2010 MacArthur “Genius Grant” recipient, and an exciting panel of Out and Accomplished Featured Speakers Panel and Discussion. Saturday evening, NOGLSTP hosted their 2012 Recognition Awards reception and gala dinner to honor Dr. Martin Lo, Charles W. Lickel, and Dr. Mark Pope, recipients of Scientist, Engineer, and Educator of the Year respectively. The next day was a fast and furious career fair, resume writing session, and poster contest highlighting 15 up and coming LGBTQIA student projects. The weekend ended all too soon, leaving everyone eager for the next Out to Innovate in 2014.
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