QUALITY EDUCATION FOR MINORITIES (QEM) NETWORK QEM/NSF

Outreach Forum on Building Research and Education Capacity in Computer and Information
Science and Engineering (CISE) at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs)

Hilton Baltimore BWI Airport • 1739 West Nursery Road, Linthicum Heights, MD 21090

Friday–Saturday, July 27-28, 2018

A G E N D A

PURPOSE: (1) Facilitate NSF CISE’s support of NSF’s April 2016 Dear Colleague Letter: Strengthening Research
                      Capacity at HBCUs through technical assistance specifically targeted to HBCU capacity-building in CISE
                      program areas; and (2) Initiate a national CISE community of practice, focused on enhancing research and
                      education capacity-building at HBCUs to broaden participation of underrepresented groups in the
                      Nation’s computing and information technology workforce. 

 

FRIDAY, July 27

AM

8:30   REGISTRATION AND CONTINENTAL BREAKFAST                                      Concourse C Foyer 

9:00   Opening Plenary Session:
            * Welcome, Introductions, and Review of Workshop Purpose
            * Review of Meeting Packet and Agenda
            * Introduction of Speakers

            Ivory Toldson, President, QEM Network                                                            Concourses C&D
 

9:15   –Opening Keynote: The CISE Directorate Overview and National Priorities

            Ken Calvert, Deputy Director
            Division of Computer and Network Systems (CNS)
            Directorate for Computer & Information Science & Engineering (CISE) 

9:45  –Opening Plenary: Institutional Capacity and Broadening Participation, the CISE Directorate
             * The components of a productive infrastructure to support CISE research (e.g., curriculum
                development; faculty research and professional development; undergraduate recruitment,
                retention, and research; and instrumentation).
             * General Observations– Strengths and Weaknesses of submitted Project Overviews

             Fay Cobb Payton, Program Director
             Division of Computer & Network Systems (CNS), CISE Directorate

              Q & A

10:30   Break 

10:45   Plenary Session:                                                                                                        Concourses C&D
              What it means to be in the CISE Core
              -Overview of CISE Core Research
              -Projects that are (and are not) appropriate for CISE Core research, and
               alternative programs

               Tonya Smith-Jackson, Program Director
               Division of Information and Intelligent Systems (IIS), CISE Directorate 

11:30     Essentials of NSF Proposal Preparation
               * Review of NSF’s Merit Review Criteria and Process
               * Addressing Intellectual Merit and Broader Impacts in CISE Research Proposals
               * Using the NSF Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG)

               Claudia Rankins, Program Director, HBCU-UP Program
               Division of Human Resource Development (HRD)
               Directorate for Education and Human Resources (EHR) 

PM 

12:15     Working Lunch: Panel Discussion                                                                            Concourses C&D
               Topic: CISE Core Research Proposals
                            (A focus on the specific projects submitted by HBCU participants)
               Moderator: Ivory Toldson, QEM Network
               Panelists: Fay Cobb Payton, Tonya Smith-Jackson, and Claudia Rankins (NSF) 

2:15       Break 

2:30      Concurrent Sessions:                    (Participants, see Session Assignment Sheet)
               Focus: Initial Discussion and Review of Project Ideas
               – Developing/Enhancing Research Questions for CISE Research Proposals
               – Discussion on Intellectual Merit and Broader Impact

               Session Leaders:
               Session 1: Tasha Inniss, QEM Consultant                               Coal Harbour
               Session 2: Legand Burge, QEM Consultant                           Concourses C&D (left side, front)
               Session 3: Kinnis Gosha, QEM Consultant                             Heathrow 

4:00      Break 

4:15       Concurrent Sessions continued: (Same locations and session leaders)
               – Partnerships and Collaborations, preparation for the working dinner 

5:30      Plenary Session: Working Dinner                                            Concourses C&D
               Developing a CISE Research Agenda that’s Relevant to the CISE industry
               Moderator: Cynthia Overton, American Institute for Research, and
                                     QEM Board Member
               Panelists:
               * Davien Burnette, CEO, UbiVault, and QEM Board Member
               * Richard Coleman, Vice President, Law Enforcement Systems, General Dynamics
               * Chanelle Hardy, Director, Strategic Outreach and External Partnerships, , Google, Inc.
               * Kemaro Townsend, Regional Director, Students Service, Blackboard Inc.  

7:00      ADJOURNMENT, DAY ONE

               Overnight Assignment:
               Institutional Teams continue to incorporate feedback/information and revise their
               project summaries, as needed

SATURDAY, July 28

AM

8:30     CONTINENTAL BREAKFAST                                                                          Concourse C Foyer 
              Institutional Teams submit revised project summaries to their
              Concurrent Session Leaders and QEM staff

9:00    Plenary Session:
             * Infusing HBCU Talents in the NSF’s Peer Review Portfolio
             * Process/Importance of Volunteering to Serve as NSF Grant Reviewers
             Fay Cobb Payton, Program Director
             Division of Computer & Network Systems (CNS), CISE Directorate Concourses C&D 

9:45    –Development/Enhancement of CS-focused Community of Practice and Alliances
               Kamau Bobb, Senior Director for Constellations Center 

10:30   Break 

10:45   Concurrent Breakout Sessions II:       (Same locations and leaders as Day One)
              Focus: Discussion, Review, and Preparation of Proposal Components
             –Review of Revised Project Summaries
             –Data Management, Timelines and Budgets, and Dissemination

             Session Leaders:
             Session 1: Tasha Inniss, QEM Consultant                     Coal Harbour
             Session 2: Laura-Lee Davidson, Associate, QEM       Concourses C&D (left side, front)
             Session 3: Kinnis Gosha, QEM Consultant                   Heathrow 

Noon/PM 

12:00  Closing Plenary Session: Working Lunch                                 Concourses C&D
            – –Preparing Underrepresented Computer & Information Sciences Students
            for Graduate School and the STEM Workforce: A Students' Perspective

           Moderator:   Tasha Inniss, QEM Consultant

           HBCU Computer & Information Sciences Student Panel:
           * Fru Tawah, Bowie State University, and QEM-NSF Intern,
             Division of Industrial Innovation & Partnerships (IIP), Directorate for Engineering (ENG)

           * Selam Dubale, Alabama A&M University, and QEM-NSF Intern,
             Division of Information Systems (DIS), Office of Information & Resource Management (OIRM)

           * Joshua Anderson, Alabama A&M University, and QEM-NSF Intern,
              Division of Computer and Network Systems (CNS), CISE Directorate 

1:00   – Summary Comments by Consultants, QEM Project Staff, and NSF Program Officer 

1:15    Participants/Consultants complete online workshop evaluation questionnaires
                 Facilitator: Mercy Mugo, Research Associate, QEM Network 

1:30    Closing Concurrent Sessions          (See Group Assignment Sheet) 

             Group A: Focus Group                                                              Heathrow
             * Systemic Barriers to Faculty Attempts to Seek External Funding
             * Tools for Navigating Existing Barriers * Real/Perceived Biases in Proposal Review Process (Reviewers’ Implicit Bias
             * Impact of these Biases on Efficacy and Success of HBCU Investigators

            Facilitator: Mercy Mugo, Research Associate, QEM Network

            Group B: Participants Share their Next Steps                      Concourses C&D
            Institutional Teams Share with the Group the Immediate Next Steps
            they Plan to Take in the Preparation/Completion of their Proposals

            Participants to prepare/submit an outline of next steps and proposal
            development needs to facilitate post-workshop technical assistance
            sessions with Consultants

            Facilitators: Tasha Inniss and Kinnis Gosha, QEM Consultants  

2:15    Concurrent Sessions (continued)          Groups A and B switch locations

            Group B: Focus Group                                                                  Heathrow
            * Systemic Barriers to Faculty Attempts to Seek External Funding
            * Tools for Navigating Existing Barriers
            * Real/Perceived Biases in Proposal Review Process (Reviewers’ Implicit Bias)
            * Impact of these Biases on Efficacy and Success of HBCU Investigators

           Facilitator: Mercy Mugo, Research Associate, QEM Network  

           Group A: Participants Share their Next Steps                   Concourses C&D
           Institutional Teams Share with the Group the Immediate Next Steps
           they Plan to Take in the Preparation/Completion of their Proposals

           Participants to prepare/submit an outline of next steps and proposal
           development needs to facilitate post-workshop technical assistance
           sessions with Consultants

           Facilitators: Tasha Inniss and Kinnis Gosha, QEM Consultants

3:00   ADJOURNMENT