Apart from the Welcome Event, all meeting sessions take place at Norris University Center, 1999 Campus Drive. Breakfast, lunch, and coffee break refreshments will be provided at the meeting.

Schedule Outline

Wednesday, September 25, 2019

5pm-8pm Day 1 Open House Networking Event & Check-in

Thursday, September 26, 2019

8:30am-5pm Day 2 Sessions
8pm-9pm Plenary Event

Friday, September 27, 2019

8:30am-12:30pm Day 3 Sessions

Detailed Schedule

View Maps: Norris Floor 1 | Norris Floor 2

Day 1
Wednesday, September 25
5:00 –
8:00 pm
Open House Networking Event & Check-in
Farmhouse Restaurant, 703 Church St.
Cash bar & heavy hors-d’oeuvre
Day 2
Thursday, September 26
8:30 am Breakfast (Floor 2: Louis Room)
9:15 am Welcome
Keynote Speaker (Floor 2: Louis Room)
10:15 am Coffee Break
Poster Session 1 (Floor 2: Northwestern Room)
See the Posters page for more information.
11:15 am Panel Discussions

Panel Sessions will run for one hour. There will be six concurrent sessions, with 3-5 panelists selected for each.

  1. Recruiting & Retaining Diverse Trainee Cohorts (Floor 2: Armadillo Room)
  2. Measuring, Evaluating, and Reporting Impact (Floor 2: Lake Room)
  3. Forming a Collaborative, Transdisciplinary Learning Community (Floor 2: Louis Room)
  4. Developing Internships & Industry Partnerships (Floor 1: Wildcat Room)
  5. Steps Toward Sustainability & Expansion Beyond NSF Funding (Floor 2: Arch Room)
  6. “IDEAS for Science Communication” – Register to beta-test an on-line course developed with an NRT Supplemental Funding Grant (Floor 1: Evans Room)
12:15 pm Working Lunch (Floor 2: Louis Room)
Table Themes for Discussion
1:30 pm Lightning Talks

Lightning talks will be 10 minutes each (7 minute presentations + 3 minutes for questions). After the first 60 minutes (6 presentations), there will be 30 minutes for group discussion.

  1. Development of Trainee Leadership Skills (Floor 2: Armadillo Room)
  2. Improving Teaching & Learning of Science Communication (Floor 1: Wildcat Room)
  3. Effective Ways to Prepare Trainees for Success in Industry & Academia (Floor 2: Lake Room)
  4. Program Measurement & Evaluation Approaches (Floor 2: Rock Room)
  5. What I Know Now that I Wish I Knew Then: Lessons from PIs (Floor 2: Arch Room)
  6. Increasing Retention of Underrepresented Trainees (Floor 1: Evans Room)
3:00 pm Coffee Break
Poster Session 2 (Floor 2: Northwestern Room)
See the Posters page for more information.
3:45 pm “Birds of a Feather”
Take-aways & other Reflections
Faculty (Floor 2: Louis Room South)
Staff (Floor 2: Louis Room North)
Evaluators (Floor 1: Evans Room)
4:00 pm Graduate Student Event & Dinner (Evanston Pub)
5:00 pm Dinner on Your Own (Faculty, Staff, Evaluators)
8:00 pm Plenary Event: A Conversation with Eli Attie (Norris McCormick Auditorium)

Eli Attie is an Emmy-winning television writer and former political operative.  He was Vice President Al Gore’s chief speechwriter, and a longtime writer and producer of both Fox-TV’s “House, MD” and NBC-TV’s “The West Wing.”

Day 3
Friday, September 27
8:30 am Breakfast (Floor 2: Louis Room)
Themed Table Discussions
9:30 am Workshopping Opportunity (Floor 2: Louis Room North & South, Lake Room, Rock Room, Arch Room; Floor 1: Wildcat Room, Evans Room)
Topics will be collected Day 2
10:30 am Coffee Break
Poster Session 3 (Floor 2: Northwestern Room)
See the Posters page for more information.
11:15 am Evaluation & Closing Remarks (Floor 2: Louis Room)
12:15 pm Group Photo
12:30 pm Box Lunches (can be taken to go)

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