Agenda 2021

 
Day 1, Thursday, February 11th (all times are in Eastern time)

Conference Welcome

11:30am

11:45am

11:50am

 Slideshow presentation with music 

 Opening Remarks  

Welcome Message from University of Florida Chief Diversity Officer, Antonio Farias

Keynote Presentation

12:00pm

My Science Journey

Presenter: Leander Lacy (CEO, Lacy Consulting Services, LLC, Interim Director, Metro Denver Nature Alliance, Podcast Host, The Green Mind)

Presentation: Living my values: “I’m a social conservationist!”

Panel

12:30pm

Diversity of Careers in Biology

 

Natasza Fontaine (Biology Graduate Student, Florida State University)

Miguel Ordeñana (Community Science Manager and Wildlife Biologist, Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County)

Leander Lacy (CEO, Lacy Consulting Services, LLC, Interim Director, Metro Denver Nature Alliance, Podcast Host, The Green Mind) 

Conference Break

1:30pm

Stretch your legs!

Workshop (staff only, presenters)

1:45pm

Being a Good Mentor Roundtable

Facilitator: Emma Sells, Office of Academic Support, University of Florida

All staff and student mentors are invited to come for a discussion on student mentoring and share their best practices and lessons learned. This session is an hour long and will end at 2:45pm.

Workshop (pre-collegiate students only)

3:00pm

Applying to College

The presentation will cover an overview and highlights for the University of Florida, Gainesville community and town, how to apply to UF and our application review process, campus involvement and time for questions.

Facilitators: Randy Brown, Assistant Director of Outreach and Recruitment   
Office of Admissions, University of Florida

Workshop (collegiate students only)

3:00pm

Applying to Graduate School

Facilitators: Catherine Early, Adania Flemming, Jeanette Pirlo, and Sori Ruiz-Escobar 

Conference Break

4:00pm

Longer break!

Day 2, Friday, February 12th

Meet and Greet Reception

7:00pm

Welcome from Dr. Angeleah Browdy and Dr. David Blackburn

Icebreakers and games!

 
Day 2 Friday, February 12th (all times are in Eastern time)

Day Two Welcome

11:30am

11:45am

11:50am

 Slideshow presentation with music 

 Welcome and announcements 

Welcome Message from the Director of the University of Florida McNair Scholars Program, Dr. Samesha Barnes 

Keynote Presentation

12:00pm

Research Stories

Speaker: Dr. Emily Choy, Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Natural Resource Sciences, McGill University and Environment and Climate Change Canada

Presentation: Beluga whales as sentinels of environmental change in the Beaufort Sea ecosystem: insights through a community-based monitoring program

Panel

12:30pm

Diversity in Research

Nicole Cannarozzi (Collection Manager, Environmental Archaeology Florida Museum of Natural History)
 

Dr. Noé U. de la Sancha (Associate Professor at Chicago State University, and Research Associate at the Field Museum of Natural History)
 

James T. Brown (PhD student, Entomology and Nematology Department, University of Florida) 

Conference Break

1:30pm

Stretch your legs!

Student Research Poster Session

1:45pm

An interactive session to learn from fellow students about research experiences.

Poster presenters: Abdiel Rodriguez, Joseph Holman, Sajina Jacob

Find more information about the posters here. 

Workshop

3:00pm

Getting Involved in Research

Come learn about the McNair Scholars Program and Sparkpath to learn about how you can get involved in research and find your spark!

Facilitators: Dr. Samesha Barnes, Director of the University of Florida McNair Scholars Program and JP Michel from Sparkpath

Conference Break

4:00pm

A longer break!

Reception

7:00pm

Science Stories

Storytellers:

Brittney Dixon, PhD, MPH, CPH, TTS,
Nattapol Kraisitudomsook, Ph.D. student, Plant Pathology Department, University of Florida

Aditi Jayarajan, PhD student, Florida Museum of Natural History, University of Florida

Emcee: Chelsea Collison, Educator, Florida Museum of Natural History

Day 3, Saturday, February 13th (all times are in Eastern time)
 

Day Three Welcome

11:30am

11:45am

11:50am

 Slideshow presentation with music 

Welcome and announcements  

Welcome Message from the Associate Provost for Undergraduate Affairs, Dr. Angela Lindner 

Keynote Presentation

12:00pm

Bringing your Authentic Self

Speaker: Dr. Hazel Levy, Lecturer, Genetics Department, University of Florida

Presentation: History in science matters: But who tells the history

Panel (pre-collegiate students only)

12:30pm

Bringing Your Authentic Self to College

Lauren Esposito (Curator of Arachnology, California Academy of Sciences)

Erica Aguiar (Assistant Director, Machen Florida Opportunity Scholars Program and Office of First Generation Student Success, University of Florida)

Jasmin Graham (MarSci-LACE Project Coordinator, CEO of Minorities in Shark Sciences)

Panel (collegiate students only)

12:30pm

Balancing Commitments

Symphany Lindsay (Undergraduate Student, University of Florida)

Keara Clancy (Masters Student, University of Florida Wildlife Ecology and Conservation Department)

Alnycea Blackwell (iDigBio Project Assistant, University of Florida)

Conference Break

1:30pm

Stretch your legs!

Workshop (pre-collegiate students only)

1:45pm

Financial Aid 101 (Paying for College)

Facilitators: Amber Moebs and Trellis Williams from University of Florida Student Financial Affairs

Join Ms. Amber Moebs and Ms. Trellis Williams from the Office of Student Financial Aid and Scholarships for their presentation entitled Financial Aid 101.  They will break down the financial aid process, from applications to disbursements, in a way that’s easy and enjoyable to understand.

Workshop (collegiate students only)

1:45pm

Funding Options for Graduate School

Facilitators: Erin RiceUniversity of Florida Graduate Student Affairs.

Closing Session

2:45pm

Conference closing remarks, survey