Speaker Series


LSMRCE in collaboration with the Louis Stokes Alliances for Minority Participation hosts live, interactive events where participants can ask their most pressing questions and share their thoughts and ideas. Topics include everything from life management skills, to preparing for graduate school, to exploring different careers and pathways in STEM.

All students are welcome!

Each session will be recorded and posted to this webpage. Check this page often for updates!

Fall speaker seriess


Nov 18 6:00p ET LinkedIn and Resume Workshop Register here
Dec 2 6:00p ET Graduate School: Ask a grad student panel Register here


Abstracts & Posters

Join the Bridge to the Doctorate Fellows from Wisc-AMP to learn about research abstracts and poster presentations. Alexius Lampkins and Darian James will demonstrate how to best showcase your research outcomes at a professional research conference. This session covers: Basic components and requirements of a research poster; What differentiates a good poster from a winning poster; Presenting to different audiences; Best practices in delivering the research presentation at a poster session. Recorded July 15, 2020.

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Applying to Graduate School

Dr. Cammi Valdez leads a discussion about the process of applying to and selecting a graduate schools. Panelists include current and past graduate students Maria Gonzalez from Virginia Tech, Ailon Haileyesus from Stryker, Rodrigue Mbog from University of Southern Illinois, and Kayla Titialii Torres from University of Kentucky. Recorded July 22, 2020.

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Brand Management

Learn what personal branding is, why personal branding is important in promoting your skills, and how to leverage social media to promote your brand. Recorded June 8, 2020.

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Career Pathways in STEM!

Panelists Dr. Jessica Esquivel from Fermilab, Paul Faronbi from Nestle Purina, and Dr. Marquicia Pierce from TSRL, Inc., share their stories navigating to where they are today. Topics include: imposter syndrome challenges, taking risks when opportunities present themselves, and being a minority in a majority space. Recorded July 8, 2020.

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Career Pathways in STEM!

Panelists Dr. Silvia Alvarez-Clare, Tree Ecologist from Morton Arboretum, Mr. Wilson Darko, Power Systems Engineer from Eaton Corporation, and Dr. Pamella Shaw, Assistant Dean of Admissions from The Ohio State University, share their stories navigating to where they are today. Topics include: what it takes to succeed in STEM, flexibility to change careers, making your own opportunities in STEM, and being a minority in a majority space. Recorded June 17, 2020.

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De-Stress & Motivate!

Discover strategies to cope with the added stress and challenges due to COVID-19 pandemic. Anique Ruiz and Brian Thomas share tips for staying motivated and healthy, along with tools for setting up a home-work space and working amidst home distractions. Recorded May 26, 2020.

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Funding Graduate School

Dr. Cammi Valdez leads a discussion on strategies and mechanisms to fund graduate school. Topics include funding package options, budgeting in grad school, fellowship opportunities, when to apply for funding, and where to find fellowships. Dr. Ana Chicas Mosier joins the conversation to share her experience applying to and holding several graduate fellowships and answers questions from prospective graduate students. Recorded July 29, 2020.

Get a Job!

Attention graduate students and students entering in the workforce! This webinar discusses the job acquisition process in academia and in corporate/industry. Brian Thomas leads a discussion with Drs. Ben Flores, Professor of Engineering at University of Texas El Paso and PI of the UT Systems LSAMP, and Dr. Cammi Valdez, Assistant Professor of Chemistry at Northeastern State University and previous past Director of the McNair Program at Wellesley College. Specific topics include 1) Finding and applying to jobs; 2) The hiring process; and 3) Strategies to be successful in the application and interview process. This is a 90m session.

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Internships: Find & Apply

Brian Thomas leads a discussion on how to find your ideal internship, discuss timelines and requirements, as well as provide strategies for developing a strong application. Panelists include representatives from Fermilab, Argonne National Laboratory and industry. In addition, Institute for Broadening Participation https://PathwaysToScience.org program representative demonstrates how to optimally use search tools to find internship opportunities. Recorded October 21, 2020.

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Networking in the New Normal

Brian Thomas leads a discussion on how networking has changed with social distancing. Learn the importance of professional networks in making the connections that lead to jobs, research opportunities, and much more. Recorded July 1, 2020.

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PhD? Why not me!

Dr. Cammi Valdez leads a discussion on graduate school. Topics include: factors to consider, different graduate school pathways, application process, and application components. Recorded June 23, 2020.

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Study Skills for Academic Success

Paul Ardayfio, Ph.D, Clinical Research Advisor, Neuroscience and Internal Medicine-GPS Medical, Eli Lilly and Co., leads a discussion on study skills and strategies for academic success. Participants learn the most effective research-based study strategies for academic success, as well as, the surprising study strategies that are not effective, but commonly used. Recorded September 16, 2020.

Time Management

Learn practical time management skills and techniques to be more productive and effective in meeting the demands of their academic, professional, and personal life. Recorded June 3, 2020.

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