The Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at SUNY system administration will sponsor its fourth biennial STEM conference, “Pathways and Partnerships in STEM for a Global New York,” on Oct. 1-2 at the Albany Marriott, 189 Wolf Road, Albany. Keynote speakers are Freeman A. Hrabowski III, president of the University of Maryland-Baltimore County and author of “Holding Fast to Dreams: Empowering Youth from the Civil Rights Crusade to STEM Achievement,” and Jill Bargonetti, professor of Biological Sciences at Hunter College and chair of the Molecular, Cellular and Developmental PhD Subprogram in Biology at the CUNY Graduate Center. She is a critical driver of breast cancer research, whose commitment as a role model to underrepresented students has guided her career.
The conference will pivot on SUNY STEM programs, high-impact teaching and learning strategies and integrating a research experience as a key ingredient for STEM student success. Eighteen workshops and two plenary panels are planned as part of the program. Proposals submitted to date are quite varied and encompass many topics on teaching, advising and active mentoring. The Long Island region will demonstrate the success of extended student research experiences through a longitudinal study, as well as case studies. A session on grant-writing and funding opportunitiesare also on the list of proposed activities.