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Quality Education for Minorities (QEM) Network

Mentoring Workshop for Underrepresented Minority Undergraduate

Engineering Students and Faculty/Staff Advisors

The Four Points by Sheraton BWI Airport • Baltimore, MD

November 13-14, 2009

 

DETAILED  AGENDA

 

Purpose: This workshop will focus on the mentoring and professional development of underrepresented minority undergraduate Engineering students.

 

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 12

PM

  7:00         Early Registration and Reception                                                                                           Crane Ballroom

 

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 13

 

AM                                                                                                                                                                                                   

  8:00         Registration and Continental Breakfast                                                                                         Crane Foyer

 

  8:30         Opening Plenary:                                                                                                                      Crane Ballroom

                   Welcome, Purpose, and Introductions

                          Shirley McBay, President, QEM Network

                          Omnia El-Hakim, Program Director of Diversity and Outreach

                                  Directorate for Engineering (ENG), National Science Foundation (NSF)

 

  8:45         Effective Mentoring Strategies for Enhancing the Success 

                   of Underrepresented Minorities in Engineering

                   Introduction of Speaker: Costello Brown, Senior Associate, QEM Network

                   Keynote Speaker:     Percy Pierre, Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering

                                                        College of Engineering

                                                        Michigan State University

                                                        2008 AAAS Lifetime Mentor Award Recipient and NACME Founder

 

  9:15         Plenary Session:       What Research Tells Us about Successful Mentoring

                                                    of Undergraduate Engineering Students

                   Panelists:

                          Lorelle Espinosa, Director, Policy and Strategic Initiatives

                                  Institute for Higher Education Policy (IHEP)

                          Susan Staffin Metz, Senior Advisor

                                  Center for Innovation in Engineering and Science Education

                                  Stevens Institute of Technology

                   Moderator: Shirley McBay, QEM Network

 

  9:45         Questions and Comments from Audience

 

 

10:00        Plenary Session:       Career Pathways in Engineering:

                                                   Exploring Options in Academe and Industry

 

                   Brief Review of Workforce STEM Trends

 

                   Panelists:

                          Garrick Louis, Associate Professor

                                  Department of Systems and Information Engineering, University of Virginia,

                                  and QEM Consultant

                          Stephanie Adams, Associate Dean for Undergraduate Studies and

                                  Associate Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering

                                  School of Engineering, Virginia Commonwealth University, and QEM Consultant

                   Moderator: Laura-Lee Davidson, Associate, QEM Network

 

10:30        Questions and Comments from Audience

 

10:45        Coffee Break

 

11:00        Concurrent Breakout Sessions(co-led by QEM Consultants and Senior Staff)

                          (students grouped by Academic Level – sophomore; junior; senior)

                   Topic:    Preparing Undergraduate Engineering Majors to Meet Academic Expectations:

                                 Developing Individual Mentoring and Academic/Career Plans (IMAPs)

 

                   Group I: Sophomores                                                                                                                       Scott Room

                          - Academic Requirements and Course Timetables

                          - Building Effective Study Habits

                          Discussion Leaders:  Garrick Louis, QEM Consultant

                                                             Costello Brown, Senior Associate, QEM Network

 

                   Group II:       Juniors                                                                                                                        Carlton Room

                          - Graduate School Planning: Test Preparation

                          - Personal Profile Development

                          Discussion Leaders:  Stephanie Adams, QEM Consultant

                                                             J. Arthur Jones, Senior Associate, QEM Network

 

                   Group III:      Seniors                                                                                                          Chesapeake Ballroom

                          - Mentoring Younger Students

                          - Graduate School Planning

                          - Portfolio and Personal Profile Development

                              Discussion Leaders:   Brian Blake, Professor and Associate Dean for

                                                                           Strategic Initiatives, College of Engineering

                                                                           University of Notre Dame, and QEM Consultant

                                                                Laura-Lee Davidson, QEM Network

 

Noon                                                                                                                                                                                                

12:00        Luncheon –                                                                                                                                   Crane Ballroom

                   Preparing Students to Meet Tomorrow’s Challenges in Engineering

                   Introduction of Speaker: J. Arthur Jones, QEM Network

                   Guest Speaker:  Victor McCrary, Business Area Executive, Science and Technology

                                                  The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory

 

PM                                                                                                                                                                                                    

  1:30         Plenary Session:       Modeling and Fostering Professional Conduct                                           Crane Ballroom

                   Moderator: J. Arthur Jones, Senior Associate, QEM Network

 

                   Professional Ethics and Decorum

        - Ethical Conduct and Standards

        - Professional Workplace Behavior: Basics all Students Should Know

       - Role of Student Chapters of Professional Organizations

                          Rose Wesson, Program Director, Division of Chemical, Bioengineering, Environmental,

                                  and Transport Systems (CBET), Directorate for Engineering, NSF

 

                   Scholarly Productivity: Conducting Research

- Identifying STEM-focused Research Opportunities

- Conducting Literature Searches

- Reading and Preparing Scholarly Articles

- Professional Team-Building Exercises

                          Brian Blake, University of Notre Dame and QEM Consultant

 

  2:15         Questions and Comments from Audience

 

  2:30         Plenary Session:       Applying to Graduate School; Financing a STEM Graduate Education

                   Test Preparation (GRE), Portfolios, and the Personal Essay

                   Fellowships and Scholarships

                          - NSF Graduate Research Fellowship (GRF) Program

                          - NACME and GEM Fellowships

                          - LSAMP Bridge to the Doctorate

                   Panelists:

                          Carmen Sidbury, Program Director, Division of Graduate Education (DGE)

                                  Directorate for Education and Human Resources (EHR), NSF

                          A. James Hicks, Program Director, Alliances for Broadening Participation in STEM

                                  Division of Human Resource Development, EHR, NSF

                          Michele Lezama, Executive Director, The National Consortium for

                                  Graduate Degrees for Minorities in Engineering and Science, Inc. (GEM)

                   Moderator: Costello Brown, QEM Network

 

  3:15         Questions and Comments from Audience

 

  3:30         Coffee Break

 

  3:45         Plenary Session:       Entrepreneurship

                          Juan Figueroa, Program Director, Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR)

                                  Division of Industrial Innovation and Partnerships (IIP)

                                  Directorate for Engineering, NSF

 

  4:15         Concurrent Breakout Sessions

                   Topic:    Preparing Engineering Majors to Meet Academic Expectations: Skill Sets

 

                   Group I: Sophomores                                                                                                                       Scott Room

                          - Resume Development for Internships and Co-op Opportunities

                          - Update of Individual Mentoring Plan

                          - Team-building Strategies

                          Discussion Leaders:    Garrick Louis, QEM Consultant

                                                               Costello Brown, QEM Network

 

                   Group II:       Juniors                                                                                                                      Carlton Room

                          - Resume Development for External Research/Practice Opportunities

                          - Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU)

                          - Update of Personal Profiles and Individual Mentoring Plans

                          Discussion Leaders:    Stephanie Adams, QEM Consultant

                                                               J. Arthur Jones, QEM Network

 

                   Group III:      Seniors                                                                                                          Chesapeake Ballroom

                          - Portfolio and Personal Profile Development

                          - Global Research Opportunities

                          - International Research Experiences for Students (IRES)

                          - Writing a Research Abstract

                             Discussion Leaders:    Brian Blake, QEM Consultant

                                                               Laura-Lee Davidson, QEM Network

 

                   Group IV:      Faculty Development Session                                                                                       Crane C

                          - Preparing Undergraduate Students to Meet Academic Expectations

                          - Mentoring/Supporting Engineering Students with Special Needs

                          - Best Practices in Advising and Mentoring Engineering Students

                             Discussion Leader:      Alvin Kennedy, Chair, Department of Chemistry

                                                                    Morgan State University

 

  5:30         Break

 

  6:00         Dinner                                                                                                                                            Crane Ballroom

                   “Broadening Participation Opportunities in Engineering at the

                    National Science Foundation"

                   Remarks: Omnia El-Hakim, Directorate for Engineering, NSF

 

 

  7:00         Hands-on Project Team Meetings – Design and Development                                                   Crane Ballroom

                          (Students are grouped in cross-institutional teams to develop/assemble
                           projects for competition; faculty/staff observe and provide support)

 

  8:00         Engineering Design Competition

                          (Teams test ideas)

 

 


 

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 14

 

AM                                                                                                                                                                                                   

  8:00         Continental Breakfast                                                                                                                     Crane Foyer

 

  8:30         Plenary Session: Review of Day One and Overview of Day Two                                               Crane Ballroom

                          Shirley McBay, President, QEM Network

 

  8:45         Mentoring: Models for Success

                   Introduction of Speaker: Althea Burns, Associate, QEM Network

                   Guest Speaker:  Karl Reid, Senior Vice President

                                                  Academic Programs and Strategic Initiatives

                                                  United Negro College Fund, Inc.

 

  9:15         Student Panel: Views on Mentoring – Students’ Perspectives

                          (Students discuss their views on What Works and on

                           Ways to Improve the Mentoring Relationship)

                   Panelists:

                          Ashley Allen, Junior, Chemical Engineering, Howard University

                          Nicole Febles, Senior, Biomedical Engineering

                                  The City College of New York (CCNY)

                          Rubén Pérez Rivera, Senior, Civil Engineering

                                  University of Puerto Rico (UPR)–Mayaguez

                   Moderator: Laura-Lee Davidson, QEM Network

 

  9:45         Faculty Panel: Views on Mentoring – Mentors' Perspectives

                          (Faculty discuss views and experiences on What Works and on

                           Ways to Improve the Mentoring Relationship)

                   Panelists:

                          Christine Ortiz, Associate Professor, Materials Science and Engineering

                                  Massachusetts Institute of Technology

                          S. Keith Hargrove, Dean of Engineering, Tennessee State University

                          Delia Valles-Rosales, Associate Professor, Industrial Engineering

                                  New Mexico State University

                   Moderator: Laura-Lee Davidson, QEM Network

 

                   Questions and Comments from Audience

 

10:30        Coffee Break

 

10:45        Concurrent Breakout Sessions

                   Topic: Preparing Engineering Majors to Meet Professional Expectations

 

                   Group I: Sophomores                                                                                                                       Scott Room

                          - Use of PowerPoint and Other Tools for Effective Presentations

                          - Interacting Effectively with your Advisor

                          - Writing Personal Essays

                          - Mentoring Younger Students

                          Discussion Leader:      Costello Brown, QEM Network

 

 

                   Group II:       Juniors                                                                                                                        Carlton Room

                          - Test-taking Strategies

                          - Making Effective Presentations at Meetings/Conferences

                          - Picking a Recommender

                          - Update of Personal Profiles and Career Plans

                          - Peer Mentoring

                          Discussion Leaders:    Stephanie Adams, Virginia Commonwealth University

                                                               J. Arthur Jones, QEM Network

 

                   Group III:      Seniors                                                                                                          Chesapeake Ballroom

                          - Test-taking Strategies

                          - Writing a Research Plan

                          - Making Effective Presentations at Meetings/Conferences

                          - Developing a Career Portfolio

                          - Peer Mentoring

                             Discussion Leaders:    Brian Blake, University of Notre Dame

                                                               Laura-Lee Davidson, QEM Network

 

                   Group IV:      Faculty Development Session                                                                                       Crane C

                          - Developing and Evaluating Campus-based Mentoring Programs

                          - Establishing Student Chapters of Professional Organizations

                          - Providing Hands-on/Practice Opportunities for Engineering Majors

                          - Planning Campus-based Activities for Keeping Students on the

                                  Higher Education Path

                          Discussion Leaders:    Garrick Louis, University of Virginia

                                                               David James, Consultant, DPJ Mentoring and

                                                                        President Emeritus, International Mentoring Association

 

Noon/PM                                                                                                                                                                                         

12:00        Luncheon – Engineering Achievements in Today’s Society                                                        Crane Ballroom

                   Introduction of Speaker: J. Arthur Jones, QEM Network

                   Guest Speaker:  Eugene DeLoatch, Dean, School of Engineering

                                                  Morgan State University

 

  1:30         Closing Plenary (Next Steps):                                                                                                   Crane Ballroom

                   Finalizing Your Mentoring Agenda and Plans –Taking it Back to Campus

                   Facilitator: Althea Burns, QEM Network

                          Faculty Present Campus-based Activity Plans (Summaries from Breakout Sessions)

                          Students Share Highlights of Next Steps to be Taken (Summaries from Breakout Sessions)

                          Concurrent Sessions (Friday AM)

                                  Preparing Undergraduate Engineering Majors to Meet Academic Expectations:

                                  Developing Individual Mentoring and Academic/Career Plans (IMAPs)

                          Concurrent Breakout Sessions (Friday PM)

                                  Preparing Engineering Majors to Meet Academic Expectations: Skill Sets

                          Concurrent Breakout Sessions (Saturday AM)

                                  Preparing Engineering Majors to Meet Professional Expectations

 

  3:00         Reflections and Closing Comments

 

  3:30         Adjournment