Pre-Conference Events

Kick off your conference experience with bonus programming on Wednesday, October 25. All attendees are invited and encouraged to take advantage of various workshops to equip, empower, and energize you before the conference even begins! Most workshops require advance sign-ups. See below for detailed information.

Career Launch and Acceleration for Grad Students

8:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Presented by Sherry Yennello & Mary Jo Ondrechen

The first years as a researcher in science can be exhilarating, exhausting, stressful and rewarding. This workshop provides techniques necessary for an effective career launch in STEM fields. Discussion, role-playing and group problem solving are important components of the workshop. Topics include finding graduate and faculty fellowships, common mistakes of new graduate students/faculty/researcher and ways to avoid them, effective in-person and cyber interviews, effective communication methods for research and teaching presentations, negotiation techniques to use for research needs and career advance, importance of network building and finding a mentor, building a strong CV and developing a strong internet presence.

Register here:
For more information, contact Priscilla Lewis, COACh Manager:

GEM GRAD Lab sponsored by Oregon State University

9:00 AM - 3:00 PM

The GRAD Lab is a fun and engaging symposium where participants, science, and engineering undergraduates, will receive full information on the importance of graduate school and what is needed to successfully gain admittance with financial support. Speakers range from current graduate students to university faculty and senior industry executives. The GEM GRAD Lab encourages attendees to consider graduate engineering or science education and to apply for the GEM fellowship. Focusing on the global importance of research and innovation, life-long career benefits, and real-world role models, the symposium will help each student envision his or her future as a technology leader, successfully apply for a GEM fellowship, and gain entry to a graduate STEM program.

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Modern Math Workshop – sign-up now!

12:00 PM - 5:00 PM

NDiSTEM participants with an interest in mathematics, statistics, data science, or computer science may also want to attend the "Modern Mathematics Workshop," which takes place Oct. 25-26 in Portland as a pre-event to the NDiSTEM.

For more information, including how to sign-up:

The Art of Negotiation

1:30 PM - 5:30 PM

Presented by Sherry Yennello & Mary Jo Ondrechen

Negotiations occur every day in the scientific laboratory and workplace and often involve issues that are key to research success and career advancement. This workshop module teaches the fundamentals of negotiation relevant to a variety of one-on-one conversations and group settings. Topics include the importance of negotiation to advance research and career objectives, identification of negotiables for research and career advancement, elements of a successful negotiation, the importance of developing alternatives to an agreement, techniques for handling difficult people and conversations, the importance of listening and appreciating different viewpoints and identification of short and long-term negotiation goals. The session includes presentations by the facilitator, small group discussions that include practicing the negotiation techniques learned.

Register here for Faculty Workshop:
For more information, contact Priscilla Lewis, COACh Manager:

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