What To Bring To Your In-Person REU

The most common question I get from students this time of year is “So what do I need to bring with me?”   Here is a quick checklist of what you should bring and why.

  1. Pack clothing that is comfortable and appropriate for both the program and the weather

    West Coast. Weather can fluctuate so dress in layers.  Coming to the San Francisco Bay Area? You’ll meet Karl the fog. Going to SoCal? You won’t meet Karl the fog but you will see smog.  San Diego or Santa Barbara? June gloom, it does get foggy but then it clears up quickly and it’s gorgeous you won’t want to leave. Going to Arizona State or the University of Arizona? it gets hot!!! You may have heard that you can fry an egg on the sidewalk in Arizona in the summer.  Well, actually no you can’t.  Eggs need 158 degrees to cook through and sidewalks although very hot usually reach out 145 degrees. Although with global warming I could be wrong…

    Canada, Washington State or Portland no umbrellas pack a light raincoat instead.  You don’t want to look like a tourist, right?

    East Coast hello humidity and possibly rain but it won’t be cold, just humid.  If you’re in the middle of the country or in the South East you’ll find that humid weather means it can rain at any moment so it’s not terrible to pack an umbrella.

    Somewhere in the middle is hot and/or humid.  Regardless of where you are, bring sunscreen and possibly a hat and definitely sunglasses 
  2. Business casual clothes for the poster session/networking events.
    Chances are you’ll give a talk at the end of your REU. It will likely be a poster session and possibly a technical talk so be sure to pack something to wear.  You might even have an additional outing where business casual. What is business casual?  Collared shirts or dressy blouses.  Dress socks!  Don’t be that person that wears dark dress pants  and white socks.

    If you decide to invest in a suit or a blazer be sure to cut those strings off.  The white strings on the back of the jacket,  When you see these you’ll know exactly what I’m talking about. 

    Close toed shoes!! This is a big one. I’ve had a lot of students say but I’m not working in a wet lab or this isn’t a requirement in my lab.  Okay, I get it but sometimes you may be touring a lab and imagine you get to the lab and this is a requirement so guess what everyone gets to go into the lab and you’re stuck waiting outside because you don’t have closed toed shoes.  It happens and it’s not fun for that person.

  3.  A shower caddy!! Yes, a shower caddy.  If you’re staying in the dorms then you’ll likely be happy you brought one.  Don’t forget flip flops too. 
  4. Maybe a pillow (or not).  Check and see if the dorm or housing you’re staying in has linens (sheets, towels, pillowcases, pillows) they probably do but ask just in case. Fun fact: one year I had a student complain because he didn’t like the thread count in the dorms! I’m not kidding.  Don’t be that person! Unless you have severe eczema and need cotton sheets or a breathable material don’t be that person who complains about the linens on the first day. 
  5. Travel Laundry bag and quarters!! Yes, at some point you will have to do laundry and the likelihood is you’ll have to pay in quarters.  Sometimes you’ll get lucky and they’ll take a debit card but you never know so bring quarters just in case. 
  6.  Packing cubes.  Did you know that some airlines charge baggage fees?  As someone who travels a lot packing cubes are a game changer for me. Maybe right now you have plenty of room in your suitcase. Changes are after a ten-week summer research experience you’ll have more stuff.  Admit it, you know you’re planning to buy a college sweatshirt from whichever school you’ll be visiting this summer. Buy the packing cubes so you don’t have to pay the extra money on baggage fees. You can use that money on Boba instead! 
  7. Your Driver’s License or other official Identification.  This might be a
    no-brainer but believe me I’ve had students forget this.  You might be thinking,” I’m not driving this summer.” Although this might be true you’ll still need identification.  So please be sure to bring this!!  Passport? If you have one, why not?  Again, if you’re going to any high security labs and such you may need to provide this. I once had a student who forgot his ID, his brother wasn’t too happy when he had to drive to drop it off and with gas prices these days…
     
  8.  A reusable water bottle. You’ll thank me for this one.  Many campuses either a) don’t sell water because they want to be eco friendly, or b) do sell bottled water at a huge markup.  Invest in a water bottle and if you’re a coffee drinker like me buy a tumbler.  You’ll save a lot of money and stay hydrated and awake! 
  9. A lock for your e-scooter, bike, etc. If you are bringing a car be sure to let the program coordinators know and ask for a permit if possible.  On the subject of locks the school you’re at probably has a gym so if you plan to utilize the gym you may want to BYOL Brink your own lock.

  10. Confidence. You’re really excited to begin but as the date approaches good old imposter syndrome can start to kick in. Don’t let it happen.  You got this!!  You have the aptitude and the drive to succeed in this new and amazing experience. Also fun fact: they do not expect you to know everything!!  Believe me, it’s an undergraduate research experience so don’t be shy about asking questions.  If you don’t understand something just ask. Remember the more confident you are the easier it will be for you to ask questions and to reach out for help when you need it.

    Oh wait, since you’re going to be working with people all summer long be sure to check out my audio book (also available in Kindle or Paperback) Rose Colored Lenses: A Survival Guide for Navigating Personalities in the Workplace.”Good luck!!

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Making the Most of Your Summer Research Internship

Last fall you spent much of your time applying to research programs.

Summer is finally here and after months of applying it’s time to begin your research internship (REU). Join Tiffany Reardon, founder of REUFinder, as she gives tips and guidance on making the most out of your upcoming summer research internship.

Bring your questions and join us! Students who register in advance will receive a
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Monday, May 23rd
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Navigating Offers of College Admissions

Last fall you spent much of your time applying to schools now that you’ve heard back it’s time to make a decision.  While it’s exciting it can also be confusing particularly if you’re a first generation college student.  Join Tiffany Reardon, Founder of REU Finder as she helps you navigate offers of college admissions. After this webinar you’ll be excited to accept that offer of admission and feel confident about your choice!! 


Friday, April 15th 4 pm (PST)
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March Madness REU’s with March Deadlines

It’s not too late!!

Here are some REU programs and (scholarships) with March Deadlines.  We’ll be adding more as they are forwarded to us so check back often and be sure to follow us on Instagram!

University of California at Davis

The UC Davis ChemEnergy REU aims to provide diverse undergraduate students with a unique 10-week research experience tackling state-of-the-art research problems in energy, materials, catalysis, and biotechnology. REU students will live on campus and work alongside faculty and graduate students to gain a unique perspective on modern chemistry research. Students will also network with faculty and students in weekly social activities, participate in field trips to local companies and a weekend trip to Lake Tahoe, and receive training to improve science communication skills

Levels: Sophomores &Juniors
Minimum GPA: not specified
Citizenship Requirements: US Citizens & Permanent Residents
Deadline: March 22, 2022
Apply

The Minority Educational Institution Student Partnership Program offers talented undergraduate and graduate students 10-week summer internships with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and its national laboratories.
Applicants must be a undergraduate or graduate student enrolled full time an accredited Minority Serving Institution (MSI) that meets the statutory criteria for identification as a MSI defined by the U.S. Department of Education, https://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr/edlite-minorityinst.html.

Levels: Juniors and Seniors and Graduate Students
Citizenship Requirements: US Citizens & Permanent Residents
Minimum GPA: 3.0
Deadline to Apply: March 31,2022
Apply

REU-CAAR, University of Maryland at College Park

Research Experience For Undergraduates (REU) in Combinatorics, Algorithms, and AI for Real Problems (CAAR) is a 10 week NSF funded research program designed to bridge the gap between the theory (algorithms, probability, combinatorics, Theoretical Machine Learning, others) and other disciplines within Computer Science (AI, Operations Research, practical machine learning, others.) Rather than wax philosophical about this just go Look at the Projects!

Levels: Freshmen, Sophomores, Juniors, and non-graduating Seniors
Minimum GPA: 3.5
Citizenship Requirements: US Citizens & Permanent Residents (there is some funding for non-US Citizens) but you must be attending an American School) Please indicate this in your essays.
Deadline: March 30, 2022
Apply

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BioInformatics , University of Maryland at College Park
This REU establishes a program called BRIDGE (Bioinformatics Research In Data science for Genomics) that exposes students to research within bioinformatics and computational biology. Ten students will receive training and mentorship for ten weeks each summer and will be jointly advised by members of the UMD Center for Bioinformatics and Computational Biology (CBCB). Throughout this experience, students will work in pairs to learn about a research problem, propose a plan to tackle a specific research question, and implement their plan. With the guidance of experienced mentors, undergraduate students will research real world problems in cutting-edge areas of bioinformatics, including metagenomics, machine learning, single-cell RNA sequencing, parallel computing, and phylogenomics. Students will address novel problems with unknown answers. By the end of the summer, each team will produce a paper and give an oral presentation on their project. Students’ findings will advance knowledge and understanding of the field.

Levels: Freshmen, Sophomores, Juniors, and non-graduating Seniors
Minimum GPA: Not Specified
Citizenship Requirements: US Citizens & Permanent Residents
Deadline: March 22, 2022
Apply

Spelman College
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Statistical analysis plays a significant role across the sciences and is arguably the most salient point of intersection among diverse disciplines; scientists constantly communicate information on varied topics through the common language of statistics. Application of statistical knowledge is broad, the field is advancing, and there is increased demand for rigor. It is important that underrepresented students, who may be initially less likely to pursue degrees in quantitative fields, not get left behind in the pursuit of advanced training in statistics and the data sciences. The aim of this project is to address this critical need by providing 24 underrepresented female students with statistical training in an exemplary summer program.
Ideal candidates are female undergraduate from an underrepresented group.(Underrepresented groups are African Americans, Hispanics, American Indians, Alaska Natives, and Native Hawaiians or Other Pacific Islanders)
Levels: First year students! Regardless of AP credits you should be a first year student
Minimum GPA: 3.0
Citizenship Requirements: US Citizens & Permanent Residents
Deadline to Apply: March 15, 2022
Apply 

Columbus State

Research Experience For Undergraduates program at Columbus State University (REU@CSU) in Security and Privacy for Mobile Sensing and the Internet of Things! The TSYS School of Computer Science is pleased to host an NSF CISE REU Site in Security and Privacy for Mobile Sensing and the Internet of Things .

In our program, undergraduate students will participate in a 9-week research experience at Columbus State University (Columbus, GA) in researching problems and issues related to security, privacy, authentication, data integrity, and malware for Mobile Sensing and the Internet of Things.

Students will be awarded a stipend of $5,400 plus meals, transportation (from/to place of origin in the U.S. and up to $600) and housing allowance. The program incorporates professional development activities.

Levels: Sophomores, Juniors, and Non-Graduating Seniors
Minimum GPA: Not Specified
Citizenship Requirements: US Citizens & Permanent Residents
Deadline to Apply: March 12, 2022

Apply

The Math Research at UNC Charlotte (MRC-REU) site will host undergraduate students working with faculty mentors for 10 weeks on research projects in topics including financial mathematics, number theory, material science, probability theory, and statistics. The objective of the program is to cultivate in the students an appreciation of mathematics and its applications and to stimulate the students’ interest in pursuing careers in STEM. The program will foster the overall professional growth of the participants through presentations, training, and networking with alumni and local industry partners.

Levels: Freshmen, Sophomores, Juniors, and Non-Graduating Seniors
Minimum GPA: Not Specified
Citizenship Requirements: US Citizens & Permanent Residents
Deadline to Apply: March 31, 2022
Apply


Portland Institute for Computational Science
For students majoring in STEM or a STEM related major
No letter of Recommendation Required.

Levels: Freshmen, Sophomores, Juniors, and Non-Graduating Seniors. The program will also accept high school graduates who have been accepted to a college for this fall.
Citizenship Requirements: US Citizens & Permanent Residents
Minimum GPA: Not Specified
Deadline to Apply: April 3, 2022
Apply

Portland State

Project Based REU – does not pay a stipend but experience ”
The altREU program on “Computational Modeling Serving Your Community” is an alternative, fully online, project-based Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU). It is designed for you, the intrinsically motivated doer, eager to go through a unique learning experience that has the potential to directly impact both your community and your career.”
No Citizenship Restrictions
Deadline to Apply: April 24, 2022

Apply


Engineering Sensors, Systems, and Signal Processing for Speech Pathology at The University of Alabama
The University of Alabama (UA) REU, Engineering Sensors Systems and Signal Processing for Speech Pathology, is a collaborative research experience between the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and the department of Communicative Disorders. This multidisciplinary program runs from May through July and offers research opportunities for 9 students from UA and other institutions across the nation. Students in all areas of engineering, computer science, and related fields are encouraged to apply.

Levels: Freshmen, Sophomores, Juniors & Non-graduating Seniors
Citizenship Requirements: US Citizens & Permanent Residents
Minimum GPA: No minimum GPA but students should be in good academic standing
Deadline to Apply: March 15, 2022
Apply

The Biostatistics Epidemiology Summer Training Diversity Program (BEST) was established to expand and diversify the behavioral and biomedical sciences’ workforce by introducing undergraduates from underrepresented populations to biostatistics and cardiovascular and pulmonary disease research. Students representing racial and ethnic minority groups, disadvantaged backgrounds, and students with disabilities join the Department of Biostatistics at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health’s for eight weeks of research, training, academic and career planning, and social activities around New York City. All applicants must have completed one semester of college level calculus.

Levels: Freshman, Sophomores, Juniors & Non-Graduating Seniors
Minimum GPA: Not Specified
Citizenship Requirements: US Citizens & Permanent Residents
Deadline: March 15, 2022
Apply

Future Leaders in Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering (FLAME)
The Cornell FLAME Summer Program provides URM students a unique opportunity to launch into a Ph.D. program through enhanced summer research experience and through a subsequent fast-tracked/prioritized admission into the Cornell MAE Ph.D. program with tailored programmatic and financial support. It is designed for students interested in Advanced Manufacturing and Materials, Biomechanics, Bioengineering, Energy and Sustainability, Robotics and Autonomy, and Space Science and Engineering.

Ideal candidates Identify as African American, Hispanic/Latino, American Indian/Alaska Native, or Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander>

Levels:  Freshmen, Sophomores, Juniors, & Non-Graduating Seniors
Citizenship Requirements: Not Specified
Minimum GPA: Not specified but students should be in good academic standing
Deadline to Apply: March 18, 2022
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Cornell Center for Materials Research REU Undergrads will have the opportunity to work directly with faculty on interdisciplinary materials research projects involving chemistry, physics, materials science, and engineering disciplines. Students will also participate in an organized program of lectures, laboratory visits and a variety of recreational activities.

Levels: Freshman, Sophomores, Juniors, Seniors
Minimum GPA: 3
Citizenship Requirements: US Citizens & Permanent Residents
Deadline: March 31, 2022 rolling admissions so apply early
Apply

The JPL Summer Internship Program offers 10-week, full-time, summer internship opportunities at JPL to undergraduate and graduate students pursuing degrees in science, technology, engineering or mathematics.

Levels: Freshman, Sophomores, Juniors, & Seniors
Minimum GPA: 3.0 GPA
Citizenship Requirements: US Citizens & Permanent Residents
Deadline: March 31, 2022
Apply

NORTHEASTERN UNIVERSITY

Site Name: Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) in the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology at Northeastern University

Program Description: This NSF-REU program offers interdisciplinary research opportunities in Biochemistry, Organic, Physical, Computational, and Analytical Chemistry laboratories with an overarching focus on the theme of Catalysis. Students will do research in a nurturing and vibrant academic setting and spend a summer enjoying all what the city of Boston has to offer.

Students will be paired with a Northeastern Chemistry faculty mentor and a graduate student mentor based on their stated research interests. These mentors will guide the student as they immerse themselves in full-time laboratory research over 10 weeks. Participants will attend research seminars presented by program faculty and invited speakers; academic and professional skills development workshops and panel discussions on topics such as research ethics, literature searching, graduate school; social activities and events with other members of the chemistry department or with students from other summer research programs at Northeastern; and field trips to pharmaceutical & biotech companies, or other research institutes in the Boston area. The REU program will conclude with a research symposium where students will orally present their research findings to the wider chemistry community.

Applications are encouraged from students who are first generation college students, women, and students underrepresented in STEM. Students should be majoring in chemistry, biochemistry, or other related disciplines

Levels: Freshman, Sophomores, Juniors, and non-graduating seniors
Minimum GPA: Not specified
Citizenship Requirements: US Citizens & Permanent Residents
Deadline:  March 15, 2022
Apply

New York University
The Simons Foundation, New York University’s Department of Biology and Center for Genomics and Systems Biology offer a summer program for undergraduates with career interests in biological research. This 10-week program places students in laboratories of NYU faculty.

Priority will be given to students who are underrepresented, from diverse cultural backgrounds, of LGBTQIA+ identities, and first generation college student
LevelsSophomores, Juniors, and non-graduating seniors
Minimum GPA: Not specified
Citizenship Requirements: US Citizens, Permanent Residents or DACA Eligible
Deadline:  March 15, 2022
Apply

UNIVERSITY OF PITTSBURGH

This summer, the Human Engineering Research Laboratories (HERL) at the University of Pittsburgh will be offering an NSF-sponsored Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program in Rehabilitation Engineering.

The mission of HERL is to continuously improve the mobility and function of people with disabilities through advanced engineering in clinical research and medical rehabilitation. The American Student Placements in Rehabilitation Engineering (ASPIRE) program is aligned with this mission and is designed to promote greater involvement and understanding of rehabilitation engineering and assistive technology while fostering an understanding of the problems faced by individuals with disabilities.  The result of this 10-week program is a greater ability for students to apply engineering principles to improve the quality of life, level of inclusiveness, and greater functionality for people with disabilities.

HERL is an internationally recognized leader in these research areas and is uniquely qualified to offer an experience that will foster future growth for a new generation of researchers. ASPIRE participants will work directly with HERL faculty and graduate students on projects in our current research portfolio.

The program includes:

  • Seminars and workshops to augment the research experience
  • Exposure to new and challenging engineering and design concepts
  • Networking/collaboration opportunities
  • Graduate school application process
  • A stipend of $4,750

Given the current state of affairs, HERL is planning to offer ASPIRE in a remote/hybrid format for summer 2021.  For more program details and application instructions, please visit https://www.herl.pitt.edu/education/undergrad.  The program site provides access to the current list research projects, as well as information to research projects from past cohorts.

The program runs  May 16, 2022 – July 21, 2022. Questions regarding any element of the program can be sent to rjw64@pitt.edu.

Levels: Freshman, Sophomores, Juniors, and non graduating seniors
Minimum GPA: 3.0
Citizenship Requirements: US Citizens & Permanent Residents
Deadline: March 13, 2022
Apply

The objective of the REU site program, Summer Academy in Sustainable Manufacturing, is to introduce undergraduate students to the forefront of sustainable manufacturing research, and provide students with the skills to pursue post-undergraduate studies to become contributing researchers and practitioners of sustainability in the manufacturing industry of the future. The site resides in midtown Detroit, Michigan, within the Southeastern Michigan Manufacturing Community.

This REU site program has a number of important features: (1) national priority area in advanced manufacturing and sustainability, (2) sustainable manufacturing research projects that challenge participants to consider economic, environmental, and social implications, and (3) activities to develop a vibrant sustainable manufacturing research community. This site is designed to provide a challenging and dynamic learning environment for students to conduct research in critical technical areas of sustainable manufacturing identified by the Department of Energy. Participants will develop collegial relationships as a group by participating in various scholarly and recreational activities. Participants will attend weekly group meetings that introduce participants to the multi-disciplinary nature of sustainable manufacturing, and elaborates on how undergraduate research projects fit into the sustainable manufacturing body of knowledge


Levels: Freshmen, Sophomores, Juniors & Seniors
Minimum GPA: 3.0
Citizenship Requirements: US Citizens & Permanent Residents
Deadline to Apply: March 15, 2022

Apply

ASPB Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships Application 

The American Society of Plant Biologists (ASPB) Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships (SURF) fund promising undergraduate students so they can conduct research in plant biology during the early part of their college careers. SURF recipients must present their research at ASPB’s annual Plant Biology meeting in the year following the fellowship award.

Students must secure a mentor
Faculty Mentors – Students must secure a mentor before submitting an application. The proposed research project must be pursued in the mentor’s laboratory. Mentors must be a member of ASPB, have an ongoing research program of high scientific merit, and demonstrate a commitment to undergraduate education and research. Mentors are expected to attend Plant Biology 2023 with their SURF student.

Levels: Sophomores or Juniors.
Minimum GPA Not Specified
Citizenship Restrictions: None
Deadline to Apply: March 14, 2022
Apply

 

2022 Vanderbilt Summer Research Experience for Undergraduates Program in Chemical Biology

Apply to the  2022 Vanderbilt Summer Research Experience for Undergraduates Program in Chemical Biology, sponsored by the  National Science Foundation  and the  Vanderbilt Institute of Chemical Biology  (VICB). The objective of the REU program is to introduce students to the excitement and importance of research in chemical biology through a mix of educational and research activities. This ten-week program runs from  May 31, 2022 to August 5, 2022 .

Levels:  Sophomore, Junior, and Senior
Minimum GPA: 3.0
Citizenship Requirements: US Citizens & Permanent Residents
Deadline to Apply: March 15, 2022
Apply

Cal Poly Pomona 

This REU program is designed to increase students’ interest in UAV technologies by means of first-hand experience on UAV research with direct mentorship by faculty advisors from various departments within the CPP Colleges of Engineering and Science. This REU Site offers undergraduates opportunities to conduct research during a 10-week summer program, on state-of-the-art technologies and advanced research projects in UAV flight dynamic and control, computer vision, artificial intelligence, embedded systems, and robotics.

Levels:  Freshmen, Sophomore, Junior, and non-graduating Seniors
Minimum GPA: 3.0
Citizenship Requirements: US Citizens & Permanent Residents
Deadline to Apply: March 7, 2022
Apply

New York Tech is one of few REU sites in the NSF Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE) directorate that focus on mobile device and wireless network security. With the objective of providing research opportunities to those who are from institutions lacking research opportunities and from under-represented groups, our REU program has a large number of participants from undergraduate and liberal arts institutions as well as female and minority students. The program provides an opportunity for the undergraduate researchers to collaborate with faculty, graduate students, as well as their REU peers to conduct research in cutting-edge research areas with paramount societal importance and build their confidence as independent researchers.

Levels:  Sophomore, Junior, and non-graduating Seniors
Minimum GPA: 3.2
Citizenship Requirements: US Citizens & Permanent Residents
Deadline to Apply: March 10, 2022
Apply

Plymouth State University 

Undergraduate students working toward a degree in meteorology, atmospheric science, geoscience, environmental science, geography, computer science, mathematics, physics or other related degree program are encouraged to apply. Prior research experience is not required.

Levels:  Freshmen, Sophomore,  Junior, and non-graduating Seniors
Minimum GPA: Not Specified
Citizenship Requirements: US Citizens & Permanent Residents
Deadline to Apply: March 16, 2022
Apply

Grace Hopper Travel Scholarship 
“AnitaB.org produces Grace Hopper Celebration (GHC) in collaboration with the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM).  GHC is the world’s largest gathering of women and non-binary technologists. Those who attend GHC gain access to career and academic workshops, networking opportunities, inspirational role models, and memories that will last a lifetime!

For 2022, GHC will be going hybrid! GHC Scholars will participate in the virtual component of GHC and receive exclusive opportunities such as pre-GHC programming, professional development, and networking opportunities.

Scholarships are available for Undergraduates and faculty!!

Eligibility  You must be a student who identifies as a woman or non-binary, enrolled in an accredited degree program at a college, university or high school at the time of applying

Deadline to Apply is March 30, 2022
Apply

“How to Create an Amazing Student Bio”

Friday, March 18th 4 pm (PST)

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Stop Saying Four-Year Degree

Stop saying “Four Year Degrees,” okay?

A lot of focus has been put on the Class of 2020. For college students it meant delayed commencements, unemployment, cancelled trips, and a host of other cancellations. Now in 2022 I realize that there are other unsung heroes we’re not focused on, the game changers if you will. That is, the entering frosh and transfers from 2019 and 2020.  Hear me out, these students are the true revolutionaries!

2019 students, you started off on campus in the fall coasting along and then bam!! spring comes along and… Zoom anyone? For those of you who were frosh or transfers in 2020  “Going off to college” meant shopping for a decent pair of noise cancelling headphones. You never realized just how annoying family can be until this semester.  Maybe you went to college to make your parents proud, to be the role model for your younger siblings.  You envision that day when you walk across the stage and there they are there in the audience standing up applauding in your honor.  It’s a day you have replayed over and over in your mind but in fall 2020 your family annoyed the hell out of you.  You’re not tech support so why is your dad asking you to “just take a quick break” to help him with something.  You’re trying to study chemistry and your younger sister is whining about how you didn’t do the dishes last time.  Or maybe you’re a transfer student and your roommate is bellyaching about how the guy they met on Tinder looked nothing like his profile pic. Or maybe you’re a student parent. Not only do you have to worry about reliable internet for yourself but for your kid, too!  You had to go an entire year online!!!!  The whole year!!!  It was awful.

Suddenly fall 2021 rolls around and you’re on campus but guess what, you can’t find anything.  2020 folks you have no clue where anything is because that virtual tour was useless and 2019 folks you don’t remember where anything is? Oh and wait they changed the name of the buildings when the campus was closed. I get it those namesakes had a checkered past but can we please at least update the maps or put a name on the building????  True story, this happened to me.


Why are you the unsung heroes? Because let’s be honest for the first time it’s normalized that students might not finish college in four years and that is totally okay.  For years community college transfer students silently cringed when they heard “a four year degree.”  I mean if you started off not knowing what you wanted to major in it probably take you longer than four years. Maybe you had an undiagnosed neuro condition (not at all uncommon) and struggled a lot then guess what?  Now you’re doing amazing, sweetie! Or maybe you had undiagnosed depression (yep, that’s me) You do realize that the 2019 and 2020 folks spent their entire first and second years on campus.  You worked your butt off to get here and now you’re already a sophomore or a junior? You spent all of fall trying to adjust and getting lost in the mix.   So think about it, would it be horrible to stay an extra semester?  Would a December graduation be that bad?  Actually, you could participate in commencement in May and then officially graduate in December.  People do it all of the time and probably get double the gifts, just saying.  Like I said you entering 2019 and 2020 folks you are the revolutionaries! You are normalizing that it does not always take four years to complete your degree.  Fun fact: yours truly took seven years!! Yep, it took me seven years and that is okay. You had a worldwide pandemic, I had a kid so yeah.

Let’s normalize and stop saying “four year degree.”  Some people do take four years and some don’t.  Life happens, plans change, our interests change, our relationships change, and best of all we change.  Isn’t that what college is all about?  Discovering who we are and what impact we want to have on the world?  So while you entering 2019 and 2020 folks focus on the impacts that you would like to make on the world, ’ll tell you the impact that you’ve already made, you have normalized that not finishing college in four years is completely okay and that’s awesome

Tiffany Reardon is the founder and creator of REU Finder.  For over twenty years she has been working with STEM undergraduate students. Her book “Rose Colored Lenses” is available on Amazon.com

 

 

Scholarships with Upcoming Deadlines

You’ve just graduated in fall, now what? Opportunities for Recent Graduates

Hallmark really needs to step up their game.  Have you ever tried finding a graduation card in December?  In June you’ve got aisles of “Dads and Grads” merch but in December? Good luck with that.  While the holidays take center stage in winter it’s important to remember that you’re a college graduate!! You did it. Although the world is focused on the holidays, because let’s be honest folks are looking forward to getting a break, do not forget to celebrate because you’ve made it to the finish line!! 

Walk this Way

I know a lot of students that participate in a spring commencement whether it’s before they actually finish (walking in May) or after (walking in June). This is a fantastic feeling because you see everyone else around you but in December it’s a little bit different. It feels rushed. You don’t have the same pomp and circumstance.  You likely have one graduation ceremony and then you’re officially finished. Spring graduates may attend many (department commencement,  major commencement, identity based commencement, college wide commencement, etc) but in fall probably just one.  On top of that it’s not uncommon for fall graduates to worry about what’s next if they don’t have something immediately lined up. Maybe you decided to take an extra semester because you wanted to add a minor or maybe you decided to study abroad for a semester? And while that trip to Japan may have been so worth postponing your graduation a semester you now find yourself wondering did I do the right thing?  Maybe you wanted to save money and you had so many AP’s that you said to yourself, why not? I’ll be a spring grad. But then now you’re thinking what’s next? For some reason people think just because you’ve graduated that you wake up the next morning knowing exactly what’s next on the horizon. Many students do not and that is 100% okay particularly as we’re still in a pandemic.  

As a fall grad you might be taking a gap year or at least a gap semester but where does that leave you? If you’ve applied to graduate school then you’ve got until next fall so what do you do now?  So my fall grads here are some opportunities for you to explore. I have curated a list of opportunities just for you: 

  1. Continue working on campus for a semester.  A lot of students may not know this but there is usually a grace period after you graduate to continue working on campus as a student assistant.  Why not work as a tutor? Or an orientation leader or a peer adviser? Share your wisdom with the next generation and get paid while you’re at it.  You’ll be helping students and building up references which will be valuable once you decide what it is you actually want to do.
  2. Work at a DOE National lab. Did you know that in the eyes of the National Lab you can still be considered a student assistant for up to two years after graduating. I once knew a student who decided to work for a national lab after graduating and based on this experience completely changed their career trajectory.  Case in point:  Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education “The Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) provides recent graduates with challenging research opportunities to help prepare motivated students for a career in STEM while providing them with laboratory knowledge to use in pursuit of an advanced degree. Recent bachelor’s and master’s degree graduates are in a position to gain invaluable research experience in one of more than a dozen STEM-related disciplines. Apply
  3. Work for NASA! I’ve never met a STEM student who didn’t want to work at NASA.
    Did you know that NASA hires plenty of recent grads?? Apply 
  4. Do a Post Baccalaureate Program. For instance the NIH Postbac program is an excellent one.  The NIH Postbac IRTA program (CRTA, Cancer Research Training Award, in the National Cancer Institute) provides recent college graduates who are planning to apply to graduate or professional (medical/dental/pharmacy/nursing/veterinary, etc.) school an opportunity to spend one or two years performing full-time research at the NIH. Postbac IRTAs/CRTAs work side-by-side with some of the leading scientists in the world, in an environment devoted exclusively to biomedical research. The NIH consists of the 240-bed Mark O. Hatfield Clinical Research Center and more than 1100 laboratories/research projects, located on the main campus in Bethesda, MD and in the surrounding area as well as in Baltimore and Frederick, MD; Research Triangle Park, NC; Hamilton, MT; Framingham, MA; Phoenix, AZ; and Detroit, MI.
    Deadline to Apply: January 12, 2022
    Apply 
  5. Thinking of Med School but you’ve already graduated?  No problem.  The Association of American Medical Colleges has a huge listing of Post Bac programs for students thinking of medical school. https://mec.aamc.org/postbac/#/index
  6. Want to get a PhD in Biomedical Science?  The University of Chicago’s PREP program which is designed to provide mentoring, research skills, coursework and a positive learning environment to recent post-baccalaureate students, who intend to pursue a PhD degree in biomedical science.  This program is a unique opportunity in particular for students belonging to groups underrepresented in the biomedical or behavioral sciences as defined by NIH to strengthen their applications to PhD Programs nation-wide by conducting research as laboratory technicians for one year at the University of Chicago and by participating in diverse academic activities that will prepare them to be successful graduate students.
    Deadline to Apply: March 31. 2022
    Apply

  7. Work for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) EPA internships, fellowships, and recent graduate positions provide a great introduction to their work, and may lead to permanent employment. The EPA has opportunities available at their Washington D.C. headquarters, in one of their ten regional offices, and at our labs and research centers throughout the nation.
    Apply  
  8. Work at the Buck Institute
    The Buck Postbaccalaureate Research Program offers undergraduate students the opportunity to investigate insights into the critical molecular and biological drivers of aging as well as translation of that research into new therapies which will improve healthspan. Postbaccalaureate Researchers will conduct biomedical research to combat diseases of aging, such as Alzheimer?s, Parkinson?s, cancer, macular degeneration, heart disease, and diabetes. Under the guidance of a scientific mentor, each Postbaccalaureate Researchers will be responsible for his or her own research project. The Program emphasizes both laboratory and communication skills training to develop well-rounded future scientists, healthcare professionals, and policy makers.

    Who’s eligible: Recent graduates two years or less
    Minimum GPA 2.0
    All majors accepted but preference is given to those with prior biological or computational research experience.
    Apply
  9. Work for Americorps Through three program thrusts Americorps (AmeriCorps NCCC, AmeriCorps State & National, AmeriCorps VISTA) offers participants the opportunity to use their skills to better the lives of others. Want to work on a team and travel across the US? Are you taking a gap year and you’ve always want to work with Habitat for Humanity? Do you need help with paying off federal loans? If you answered yes to any of these then Americorps might be a good fit for you. 
  10. Apply to an REU? Wait, doesn’t the U stand for Undergraduate?  Technically yes, however, there are a number of programs that are willing accept recent grads. So with that in mind go ahead and apply to one!While Hallmark may not be making as a big deal as they might if this were June we at REUFinder are ecstatic and are so happy for you.  Congratulations Grad!!!!

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Did you know that the second week of September is National Hispanic Serving Institution Week?  Hispanic Serving Institutions are institutions that have a full-time equivalent of at least 25% of enrolled Hispanic students.  The Hispanic Association of Colleges & Universities is an organization that began in 1986 with 18 founding member institutions. According to HACU there are 569 colleges and universities that are members of the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities.  HACU’s history is important because it predates the US Congress decision to formally recognize schools as HSI’s.  HACU is also important because it has paved the way for advocacy efforts that resulted in schools receiving designated funding for having an HSI Status.

Logo for Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities

If you are already attending an HSI then you know how awesome they are. If you are a high school student applying to colleges or a community college student thinking about which schools to transfer to then you might consider an HSI. Why? Because there are several benefits of attending these institutions.


Benefits of attending an HSI

  • Scholarships specifically for HSI students. For instance, companies such as Deloitte, Coca Cola, and Sherwin Williams all have scholarships specifically for undergraduates attending HSI’s
  • Internship programs specifically for students of HSI’s.
    For example, the HACU National Internship is available to all students who are attending HACU member institutions.  Internships are a combination of corporate and government organizations that are interested in hosting interns
  • Leadership development programs for HSI students. Events such as the Annual HACU iAdelante! Leadership Institute provide leadership and development for students as they embark on career exploration and job services.
  • Alumni Networks. In addition to opportunities for students the HACU affiliation has benefits beyond the time as undergrads.  The HACU Alumni Association offers graduates a number of ways to expand their professional networks via leadership opportunities, job networks and an opportunity to connect with other HACU Alums.   
  • Culturally relevant curriculum which, in tern, deepens the level of engagement of students.
  • Specific efforts to recruit Latino Faculty and Staff. HSI’s are known for aiming to reflect the populations of the students they serve which means more diverse faculty and staff. Research has continued to prove that more diverse faculty have benefits for all students.
  • Greater emphasis on programs that support student success for Latino students.  For example, the University of Texas at El Paso’s (UTEP) School of Engineering is the top producer of Hispanic Engineers with graduate degrees.

    If you attend an HSI tell us about your experience! We’d love to feature you in a future article!

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Overcome Imposter Syndrome and Excel in your virtual REU

I’ve seen a lot of students ask about how they should prepare for a virtual REU. I’ve also seen a lot of students say that they are scared and feel intimidated about their REU’s. As someone who has run REU programs, I know that once in a while we’ll get that student who thinks this is a paid vacation. Not often but it does happen which is why you’ll often find that the language associated with the structure and the guidelines sometimes seems a bit stern. This is by design because there’s sometimes that person who doesn’t go to anything. Don’t be that person. After reading the structure and format and the policies you might read and think, “Wow, this sounds really intense.” Am I ready for this? Yes, you are. Here some tips to overcome imposter syndrome and excel in your virtual REU.

  1. Do not be Intimidated. Did you know that approximately 70% of people suffer from imposter syndrome? When I first learned this I thought there’s no way but yes, it is true. Some people are just really good actors. Okay now that you know this it might help somewhat but when good old imposter syndrome starts creeping in here are some good mantras to tell yourself:

    “Feel scared but do it anyway.” Fun fact: I use this one ALL OF THE TIME!
    “They chose me for this summer program for a reason because I’m amazing.” YOU ARE!
    “It’s research, we don’t have all of the answers and I’m not expected to know everything.” Exactly! It’s Research Experience for Undergraduates not Research Experience for Turing Awardees.
  2. Find a Designated Workspace. First and foremost be sure to have a designated spot where you will work. It could be more than one. For instance, in the beginning, you’ll spend a lot of time going over journals to review or other readings that will give you some background on the project. A lot of students say to me, “I haven’t started yet, I’m just doing the readings.” Guess what? If that’s what you’re doing then you’ve already started! You don’t run the Boston Marathon without a warmup. Go to your favorite cafe or boba shop and read articles. Make sure you have a designated space at home where you will do your research. Let others know you’re busy. Even if it just looks like you’re just staring at the screen you are unavailable and are working.
  3. Your equipment is off-limits. I know this might be hard to explain to friends or family members who may want to “just quickly use your laptop” to print something out but nope it’s off-limits. You’ve got data, sensitive information and chances are you’ve got your settings in place for your use. So as harsh as it may sound, “Say no!!” Your laptop is off-limits, those cool Arduinos you’re working with are also off-limits. People will say that you are greedy. Guess what? Greed is good. You’ll thank me when you don’t have any mishaps as a result of being too generous. True story, I let a family member use my laptop really quickly and the next thing I knew I went into a meeting and I had a Pikachu from Pokemon background. I got weird looks from my colleagues especially when I was presenting on a serious issue.
  4. Lights, Camera, Action. Make sure your camera is always on in meetings. Important when you’re camera is off it will give the impression that you’re not engaged. Camera broken? Let them know that you need a laptop to use during the program. You need to be seen, out of sight is out of mind.
  5. Software Central. Be sure you have reliable wifi and have access to all of the software that you will need. If there’s a campus network that has articles or software that you’ll need access to it would be best to ask about this beforehand. Ask if you can get access to the university portal if you need to look up any journal articles. They can likely give you temporary access for the duration of your internship.
  6. One on Ones. Schedule regular meetings with your PI and your graduate mentor to talk to them about your interest in graduate school, that is if you are interested in graduate school. If you’re not sure then a good thing to talk to them about would be trends in related fields. A good conversation piece might be what you’re taking in the fall semester. Remember faculty and grad students enjoy talking about their research. PI stands for Principal Investigator. If there is any acronym that you don’t know ask what it is immediately. Simply say, “I’m not familiar with that acronym what does it stand for?”
  7. Graduate Programs. Many REU programs will have presentations on graduate programs at their university. If you are interested then take notes. Ask the person presenting if they have any in-person visit opportunities in the future. I’m sure that they will. Get the presenter’s name and contact information, and ask them to add you to their listservs. A lot of graduate recruiters promote opportunities and send out to a list of students that they’ve interacted with. You want to get on those lists, you want them to recognize your name and know about opportunities whether it be visit days, grad labs, or other events of interest. These people will likely have information on fellowships or other intel that will be helpful in your graduate school process.
  8. The Final Presentation. Talk to your PI and graduate mentor about the format of the final presentation. Since it’s virtual there are a number of ways it might be presented. To make it easier find out the format for the final presentation that way you can be prepared. It’s always great to do a “dress rehearsal” for your lab. Even if your lab is virtual.
  9. Stay in Contact. If you have LinkedIn connect with your PI, your graduate mentor, AND the other REU interns. You’re all in this together so connect with each other and remain in contact even after the REU. You never know these could be future classmates in grad school or future colleagues. I’ve seen it happen many times. On the subject of LinkedIn Connect with me!! Tiffany Reardon
  10. Spell my name right! If someone mispronounces your name. Correct them immediately, in a nice way of course. I once had a student who I called “Katrina” for years. Her name was actually Karina but she never said anything. We even put Katrina on all the materials!
  11. Last but not least, enjoy this experience!!!!


Upcoming Diversity STEM Conferences


This list will be updated as events and locations are announced and updated.

September

CMD-IT/ACM Richard Tapia Celebration of Diversity in Computing Conference
September 14th to September 18th
The goal of the Tapia Conferences is for undergraduates and graduate students, faculty, researchers, and professionals in computing from all backgrounds and ethnicities to celebrate diversity in computing.
Virtual for 2021

American Indian Science and Engineering Society
AISES National Conference (Phoenix, AZ)
September 23-25, 2021
The annual AISES National Conference is a one-of-a-kind, three-day event focusing on educational, professional and workforce development! Attendees include Indigenous high school and college students, educators, professionals, tribal nations and tribal enterprises, universities, corporations, and government agencies
Travel Scholarships Available deadline July 31st 2021


Grace Hopper
Celebration of Women in Computing (virtual)
GHC Virtual Conference
Travel Scholarships
In addition to the Anita Borg Foundation, a number of companies offer travel scholarships to attend Grace Hopper including Facebook, Microsoft, Google, et al.)
September 27-October 1, 2021

October

SACNAS
Sacnas’ National Diversity in STEM Conference (Virtual)
October 25- 29, 2021
Apply for a Registration Scholarship Deadline July 9th
Submit a Research Presentation Deadline July 9th

Great Minds in STEM
33rd Annual GMIS Conference
October 11-22, 2021

November


AfroTech
AfroTech World
November 8-13, 2021

Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE)
SHPE National Conference (Orlando FL)
November 10-14, 2021

ABRCMS
Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students (Virtual)
November 10-13, 2021

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How to attend a Virtual Diversity STEM Conference

Dedicated to two of my amazing students (N.D & J.J) who are destined for greatness!!

It’s officially been a year since the worldwide pandemic affected us all. In the blink of an eye everything changed. As the vaccines begin rolling out, slowly but surely we see things beginning to return back to pre-pandemic mode but large gatherings such as in person annual conferences are still on hiatus.

In my own work with students I think about upcoming the annual diversity-focused STEM conferences and the important role they play in shaping a student’s college experience. I remember it like it was yesterday I was on a bus coming back from a field trip talking to one of my first year students telling him about this amazing Black Engineering Conference that he just HAD to attend. My student was excited and the look on his face said it all, a look that said, “Wait, you mean there’s an actual conference for Black Engineers?” As one of only a few black engineering students he did a double take, yes I’ll go but on one condition, can I bring two of my friends who are also first years he asked. I wouldn’t have it any other way I told him. We got them signed up to attend the National Society of Black Engineers conference which was supposed to be in San Antonio, Texas. I heard briefly about “some flu” that was going on but paid little mind, then suddenly we got an email confirmation that NSBE would be cancelled and it seemed in the blink of an eye the world shut down.

For minority students in STEM any opportunity to be amongst other underrepresented groups in STEM seems like an impossible but magical experience. I’m here to tell you, it’s not impossible but it is indeed magical. I’ve seen the magic in my own students who come back from attending conferences such as American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES), National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE), SACNAS, Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE), Society of Women Engineers (SWE), Tapia Diversity in Computing Computing, Grace Hopper, Out in Stem, Great Minds in STEM, or the Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students (ABRCMS). For the time being many of these conferences are virtual. Whether this is your first ever conference or your first virtual conference I’d like to offer you some tips on how to maximize your first virtual STEM diversity conference. Truth be told I cannot wait until these conferences are in person but for the time being here are my tips to maximize these opportunities

  • Your virtual set up. Since these are virtual conferences you will probably be joining from the comfort in front of your laptop. In order to fully engage in this experience be sure that you are set up so that you can fully immerse yourself in the experience. Let family members or roommates know that you are not available. Physically you might be sitting right there but you are officially “out of office.” Let them know that you’re attending a virtual conference and just simply aren’t available. In order to truly experience the virtual conference you need to make sure that you’re engaged in what’s in front of you on the screen and not what’s going on in the background. If possible wear headphones and I would suggest going to a space where you typically do not study or attend virtual classes. This will help with making this a “new experience.” Sounds weird, but I promise you the unfamiliarity factor will help with creating a simulated conference experience.

  • Dress to impress from the waist up. If you were to attend a professional conference like NSBE for SHPE there is a strong likelihood that you might be that you are expected to wear professional attire. With a few exceptions this is generally the case and since it’s a simulated experience I would say go for it! Collared shirt or a nice blouse, why not? A blazer over a t-shirt works wonders. Why not even throw in a tie? Or even a bow tie? Do it! You’ll look great. Chances are the salons are now open so if you are looking for an excuse to treat yourself here it is. Whether you decide to go full glam or a little bit of mascara you’ll be surprised at the boost of confidence you’ll have. Even these minimal wardrobe and style changes can make a big difference. Also, be sure to also have either a professional background or use the blur background if your “conference” room is messy. Some students will also use their “official” college Zoom backgrounds. This is not only a great conversation piece it’s also a good go-to. Check the pre-conference guidelines to see if they have restrictions on backgrounds. They likely don’t but you never know?

  • Think about why you’re attending the conference in the first place. Is it to find an internship? Attend workshops? Learn about graduate schools? Find a full-time job? Get a professional mentor? You’ll need to do some pre-work to see which companies and schools will be there. Start searching now to see who will be there and when. Create a conference schedule using your own calendar and write down what sessions you’ll want to attend and when. Never ask a company, “So what do you do exactly?” Do the pre-work by investigating them online. Look at the company directory listed on the conference website then go to that company’s website and look at the types of positions that they hire for.

  • Get enough sleep. Being in front of a screen is exhausting. Make sure you’re well rested and well hydrated each day of the conference. Sometimes the conference schedule might be on a different time zone so be sure you have the right times. The last thing you want to do is miss the conference because you didn’t realize the time zone difference.

  • Update your resume and LinkedIn profiles. Chances are you’ll interact with speakers, other students, and recruiters who you’ll want to connect with after the conference. Be sure that you have a LinkedIn profile and that it’s updated. For instance, if you are a transfer student and you transferred from a community college to a university over a year ago why does your LinkedIn still say your former school? (Yes, I’m talking to you. Some of my own students still do this!) Do you have an updated resume? Make sure you have one in PDF format. PDF is always better since Word is weird at times. Many conferences will invite you to submit a resume before the conference begins. If you haven’t submitted yours do so ASAP. Be sure to check your emails often since sometimes you’ might be invited before the conference to schedule an interview slot.


    Quick reminder: phone number and email on your resume!! I’ve seen a lot students forget to put their phone number. Also, QR Codes?? Not now, you’re online there’s no point right now.

  • The magical part. Now as I mentioned part of the allure of these conferences is having an opportunity to be in a setting where “you’re not the only one.” There is truly strength in numbers but the trouble is as an underrepresented student in STEM you rarely get to see a visual representation of that diversity in STEM. You’ll be surprised at just how friendly people are at these conferences I’ve mentioned. Whether you’re a freshmen or a graduate student if you’ve ever been to an in person conference of any of the organizations that I’ve mentioned (SHPE, NSBE, SACNAS, Tapia, etc) you’ll recall that folks will be willing to chat with you in the elevator or maybe even willing to share an Uber ride. That’s why they call it an elevator pitch. So why are people so friendly at these conferences? The truth of the matter is that professionals involved with these organizations understand and realize the importance of giving back. Most of these professional organizations SHPE, SWE, NSBE, AISES, SACNAS, etc have national and regional boards all of which have volunteers. Some attendees are going to these conference as part of Employee Resource Groups (ERG) to recruit at the career fair so in these cases maybe their companies fund their participation, however, there are many professional conference attendees who go on their own dime. These individuals pay out of pocket because they want to “give back” and many others go simply because, like you, they look forward to that time when for once they are not just one of a few. Despite a plethora of diversity initiatives and catchy marketing initiatives we still do not have adequate numbers of BIPOC in STEM and the numbers do not lie. Let me be perfectly clear, there is no shortage of candidates. There are just too many systemic barriers and climate issues which plague higher education which is why these conferences and the connections made at them are so important.
  • Chat with people if you’re in a breakout room do not turn off your cameras. Be present and engage. Ask if they are willing to connect with you on LinkedIn or if you can email them. Be fully present. Again even if it’s remote folks are willing and interested in helping you in your own pursuits.
  • Follow up. When you do follow up with someone you’ve met at a virtual conference be sure to mention how you met. Don’t just simply say, “remember me we were in the chat room?” They were likely in a lot of chat rooms so remind them of how and what you were talking about or if possible mention the actual setting or specific workshop.
  • Virtual Name Tag Be sure you have a screen name that is your actual name. If using Zoom first and last name and preferred gender pronouns are standard Zoom protocol.
  • Test your computer BEFORE the conference begins. Download any software needed or anything you need to do to prepare. Use a desktop computer or your laptop as many of the conference event software is not accessible on Chromebooks, tablets, or mobile devices.
  • Think ahead. Last but definitely not least realize that next year, fingers crossed, things will go back to normal and once in person activities resume order business cards AND print out your resumes you’ll need them. See upcoming Diversity in STEM Conferences for a listing of dates for the remainder of spring and fall. Last but definitely not least! Tell me about your experiences at these conferences. I want to hear about your experiences and your successes!

    Tiffany REUFinder@gmail.com
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