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 Hotel
1739 West Nursery Road • Linthicum Heights, MD 21090 • Tel: (410) 694-0808
Friday-Saturday, March 6-7, 2015



7:00 PM             Early Registration and Networking Reception                               Flight Deck

FRIDAY, March 6


  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  
                          Henry Warchall, Deputy Division Director
                          Division of Mathematical Sciences (DMS)
                          Directorate for Mathematical & Physical Sciences (MPS)
                          and Chair, CAREER Coordinating Committee, NSF

  9:45      - NSF and CAREER Proposal Review Criteria
              - Strengths and Weaknesses in Funded/Non-funded CAREER Proposals

                     Julio López-Ferrao, Program Director
                           Division of Research on Learning in Formal and Informal Settings (DRL)
                           Directorate for Education and Human Resources (EHR)

10:30      Coffee Break                                                                                      

10:45      Preparation of CAREER Proposal 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      Four 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)
Michael Mishkind, Program Director, Integrative Organismal Systems (IOS)
               Carla Mattos, Professor, Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology       
                      Northeastern University, CAREER and PECASE Award Recipient, and
                      QEM Consultant

               Session II:     Directorate for Mathematical and Physical Sciences (MPS) and
                                      Directorate for Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences (SBE)

                Jerry Bramwell, Former Dean, College of Arts and Sciences
                      Tuskegee University, and QEM Consultant
                Costello Brown, Former Dean of Graduate Studies and Research and
                       Professor of Chemistry (Retired), California State University-Los Angeles, and
                       QEM Consultant

               Tomek Bartoszynski, Program Director, Mathematical Sciences (DMS)
               Edward Thomas, Jr., Professor, Department of Physics
                      Auburn University, CAREER Award Recipient, and QEM Consultant

               Session III:    Directorate for Engineering (ENG)
              Tequila Harris, Associate Professor, Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering
                     Georgia Institute of Technology, CAREER Award Recipient, and QEM Consultant
               Monica Cox, Purdue University, and QEM Consultant

               Rosemarie Wesson, Program Director, Chemical and Biochemical Systems (CBET)
               Elham (Ellie) Fini, Associate Professor, Department of Civil, Architectural, and
                      Environmental Engineering, North Carolina A&T State University
                      CAREER Award Recipient, and QEM Consultant

               Session IV:    Directorate for Computer & Information Science & Engineering (CISE)
              Almadena Chtchelkanova, Program Director, Computing & Communication Foundations (CCF)
              Wayne Lutters, Associate Professor, Information Systems
                    College of Engineering and Information Technology
                    University of Maryland Baltimore County, and QEM Consultant


12:30      Luncheon Buffet                                                                                 Outside Concourse A
               Career-Life Balance (CLB) Supplements                                                        Concourse A
                      Alisa Morss Clyne, Associate Professor
                             Department of Mechanical Engineering and Mechanics
                             Drexel University
                    Renetta Tull, Associate Vice Provost
                           Graduate Student Development and Postdoctoral Affairs
                           University of Maryland Baltimore County

  2:00      Plenary Session:
               - Preparation of the Education Plan in a CAREER Proposal
              - Strengths and Weaknesses of K-12 Outreach Plans
Monica Cox, QEM Consultant

  2:45      - Designing an Evaluation Plan for a CAREER Proposal
Tequila Harris, QEM Consultant

               - Integrating Research into Teaching – “Best Practices” 
                       Ellie Fini, QEM Consultant

  3:30      Break

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

  5:45      Break

  6:00      Working Dinner                                                                                   Concourse A
               Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR)

              (Research on Human Subjects; IRBs; and Ethical Conduct of STEM Research)
                    Laura-Lee Davidson, Associate, QEM Network

  7:30      Adjournment

      Overnight Assignment: Participants Revise their Project Summaries


  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
                      Ed Thomas, QEM Consultant

               - Broadening Participation: Effective Strategies and Best Practices
                      Monica Cox, QEM Consultant

  9:15      Four Concurrent Directorate-focused Sessions  (in same locations as on Friday)
                  - Presentation and Refinement of Project Summaries/Proposal Ideas
                 - Discussion of Evaluation Plans

10:15      Break

10:30      Four Concurrent Directorate-focused Sessions  (continued in same locations)
                - Preparation of a Data Management Plan
               - Involving Undergraduate/Graduate Students in Research and Education Activities

11:30      Plenary Session:                                                                                            Concourse A
               - Project Dissemination and Sustainability

                      Wayne Lutters, 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
               - NSF’s
Career-Life Balance (CLB) Initiative                                               Concourse A
               - NSF’s Broadening Participation Portfolio

                       Wanda Ward, Head, Office of International and Integrative Activities (IIA)
                           Office of the Director, NSF

  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