Quality Education for Minorities (QEM) Network
Proposal Development Workshop for the National Science Foundation (NSF)’s
Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program
Hilton Baltimore BWI Airport •1739 West Nursery Road • Linthicum Heights, MD

Friday-Saturday, March 14-15, 2014



7:00 PM      Early Registration and Networking Reception                                           Flight Deck


8:00         Registration and Continental Breakfast                                                        Outside Concourse A

8:30         Opening Plenary Session                                                                              Concourse A
                Welcome, Purpose, and Introductions
                Shirley McBay, President, QEM Network

9:00         - Overview of the National Science Foundation (NSF)
                - Review of Purpose of NSF’s Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program

                Theresa Maldonado, Division Director, Division of Engineering Education and Centers
                           and Chair, CAREER Coordinating Committee

9:30         NSF’s Career-Life Balance (CLB) Initiative and Broadening Participation Portfolio
                           Wanda Ward, Head, Office of International and Integrative Activities
                                    Office of the Director, NSF

10:00      - NSF and CAREER Proposal Review Criteria
               - Strengths and Weaknesses in Funded/Non-funded CAREER Proposals

                 Sonia Esperanca, Program Director
                          Division of Earth Sciences (EAR), Directorate for the Geosciences (GEO)
                 Michele McGuirl, Program Director,
                       Division of Molecular and Cellular Biosciences (MCB)
                       Director for Biological Sciences, NSF

10:30        Coffee Break

10:45        Preparation of CAREER Project Summary, Narrative, and Budget
                 Monica Cox, Associate Professor, School of Engineering Education
                           Purdue University, CAREER and PECASE Award Recipient, and QEM Consultant

11:15        Six Concurrent Directorate-focused Sessions (See Assignment Sheet)
                 - Review of Project Summaries
                 - Preparation of Research and Education Components of Proposal Narrative
                 Co-facilitators of Concurrent Sessions: NSF Program Officer and QEM Consultant
                 Session I:         Directorate for Biological Sciences (BIO)
                 Michele McGuirl, Program Director, MCB
                 Tracy Johnson, Associate Professor
                          Department of Molecular, Cell, and Developmental Biology
                          University of California, Los Angeles
                          CAREER and PECASE Award Recipient, and QEM Consultant
                  Carla Mattos, Professor, Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology
                           Northeastern University, and QEM Consultant

Session II:       Directorate for Mathematical and Physical Sciences (MPS)
Tomek Bartoszynski, Program Director, Division of Mathematical Sciences (DMS)
Jerry Bramwell, Dean, Arts and Sciences, Tuskegee University, and QEM Consultant
Costello Brown, Former Dean of Graduate Studies and Research and (Retired)
              Professor of Chemistry, California State University-Los Angeles, and
              QEM Consultant
A. J. Paul (Retired) Physicist, National Institute of Standards and Technology, and
               QEM Consultant

Session III:      Directorate for Engineering (ENG)
Rosemarie Wesson, Acting Director, Office of Emerging Frontiers in Research &
                 Innovation (EFRI) and Program Director, Division of Chemical, Bioengineering, Environmental,
                 and Transport Systems (CBET)
Tequila Harris, Assistant Professor, Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering
             Georgia Institute of Technology, CAREER Award Recipient, and QEM Consultant
Garrick Louis, Associate Professor, Department of Systems and Information Engineering,
             University of Virginia, CAREER and PECASE Award Recipient, and QEM Consultant

Session IV:      Directorate for Computer & Information Science & Engineering (CISE)
Almadena Chtchelkanova, Program Director, Division of Advanced Cyberinfrastructure (CISE/ACI)
Sylvia Spengler, Program Director, Information Integration and Informatics (CISE/III)
M. Brian Blake, Executive Vice President and Provost, and Dean of the Graduate School,
               University of Miami, and QEM Consultant
Clay Gloster, Professor and Chair, Department of Computer Systems Technology,
              and Interim Associate Dean for Graduate Programs and Research,
              School of Technology, North Carolina A&T State University, and QEM Consultant
Laura-Lee Davidson, QEM Consultant

Session V:       Directorate for the Geosciences (GEO)
Sonia Esperanca, Program Director, Division of Earth Sciences (EAR)

Session VI:      Education and Human Resources (EHR) and Social, Behavioral, and
                       Economic Sciences (SBE) Directorates

Elizabeth VanderPutten, Program Director, Division of Undergraduate Education (DUE)
Monica Cox, QEM Consultant


12:30         Luncheon Buffet                                                                           Outside Concourse A
                  Remarks:                                                                                        Concourse A
                  -Career-Life Balance (CLB) Supplements 
                           Sara McMillan, UNC Charlotte         

  2:00         Plenary Session:
                  - Preparation of the Education Plan in a CAREER Proposal
                            Tracy Johnson, QEM Consultant
                  - Strengths and Weaknesses of K-12 Outreach Plans
                            Joseph Isaac, Distinguished Einstein Fellow, MCB/BIO, NSF

  2:45         Plenary Session:
                  - Designing an Evaluation Plan for a CAREER Proposal
                            Tequila Harris, QEM Consultant
                  - Integrating Research into Teaching – “Best Practices”
                             Garrick Louis, QEM Consultant

  3:30          Break

  3:45          Six Concurrent Directorate-focused Sessions (continued in same location)
                   - Review Preparation of the Education Plan in a CAREER Proposal
                   - Review Preparation of an Evaluation Plan for a CAREER Proposal
Review Preparation of the Budget and Budget Justification for a CAREER Proposal

  5:45          Break

  6:00          Working Dinner
                   - Requirements for Research on Human Subjects

                    Laura-Lee Davidson, QEM Consultant

  7:30           Adjournment


  8:00           Continental Breakfast                                                                         Outside Concourse A

  8:30           Plenary Session:                                                                                               Concourse A
                  - Developing and Maintaining Strategic Research Collaborations
                              Carla Mattos, QEM Consultant
                  - Effective Mentoring of Undergraduate and Graduate Students
                               A. J. Paul, QEM Consultant
                  - Broadening Participation: Effective Strategies/Best Practices
                               M. Brian Blake, QEM Consultant

 9:15          Six Concurrent Directorate-focused Sessions (continued in same locations as on Friday)
                  - Presentation and Refinement of Project Summaries/Proposal Ideas
                  - Discussion of Evaluation Plans
                  - Preparation of a Data Management Plan
                  - Involving Undergraduate and Graduate Students in Research and Education Activities

10:15          Break

10:30          Six Concurrent Directorate-focused Sessions (continued in same locations)

11:30          Plenary Session:
                   - Project Dissemination and Sustainability
                              Clay Gloster, QEM Consultant
                   - Post-Award Responsibilities
Costello Brown, QEM Consultant
                   - The Promotion and Tenure Process
                                Jerry Bramwell, QEM Consultant


12:30           Luncheon Buffet                                                                                  Outside Concourse A

                   Table Discussions of Effective Mentoring and Broadening Participation Strategies
                   (Topics from 8:30 am Plenary Session)                                                         Concourse A        

  1:30           Remaining Questions from Participants and Closing Comments

  2:00           Use of NSF’s FastLane/Research.gov for Submitting Proposals/Required Reports
                    Evelyn Baisey-Thomas, Computer and Information Specialist             
                               Office of Information and Resource Management, NSF (retired), and QEM Consultant

  3:30           Adjournment