AGEP-Graduate Research Supplement Conference 2021

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This first-time meeting was funded by the NSF to examine the outcomes of the AGEP-GRS funding opportunity to investigators in physics, astronomy, materials research, math and chemistry. This conference had two tracks (student and faculty), with parallel and plenary sessions, including some combined sessions.


  • Eric Ambroso
  • Phil Clifford
  • Geraldine Cochran
  • Midhat Farooq
  • Abbe Herzig
  • Jenna Hicks
  • Corrie Kuniyoshi
  • Annabelle Lolinco
  • Arianna Long
  • Steven Lopez
  • Melissa McDaniels


  • Ebony McGee
  • Casey Miller
  • Rodolfo Montez
  • Todd Osman
  • Julie Posselt
  • Jill Rawl
  • Aireale Rodgers
  • Joerg Schlatterer
  • Annie Wofford
  • Sydnei Woodly


Conference Topics

  • Optimizing Mentoring Relationships
  • Fostering Student Wellbeing and Empowerment
  • Engaging with professional societies
  • Focus groups on the AGEP-GRS program

Great conversations and opportunities to build connections amongst participants were facilitated at this conference. The event delivered fruitful discussions including listening sessions during the conference. The workshop sessions were small in size, and participants had many opportunities to meet new people based on topical interests, and share thoughts about the AGEP-GRS community’s needs.

Conference Findings

2021 AGEP-GRS Conference Report format_pdf

Schedule at a Glance

Date Time Session Number Session Title Speaker Audience
July 29 1:30 - 2:30 pm   How to Network in SpatialChat - Students Joerg Schlatterer, Corrie Kuniyoshi, Midhat Farooq Students
July 29 2:30 - 3:30 pm   How to Network in SpatialChat - Awardees Tessa Lewis Faculty
August 2 11:00 am - 12:00 pm A1 Plenary by Ebony McGee Ebony McGee All
August 2 12:10 - 2:00 pm A3.1 Optimizing Mentoring Relationships Melissa McDaniels Faculty
August 2 12:10 - 2:00 pm A3.2 Student Wellbeing Sydnei Woodly & Jill Rawl Students
August 2 2:10 - 3:10 pm A5 Engaging with Professional Societies (with ACS, APS, AMS, MRS and AAS) Geraldine Cochran (Physics, APS),
Joerg Schlatterer (Chemistry, ACS),
Rodolfo Montez (Astronomy, AAS),
Abbe Herzig, (Math, AMS),
Michele Feder (Materials, MRS)
August 2 3:10 - 3:40 pm A6 “Lunch Break” & Focus Groups Eric Ambroso  
August 2 3:40 - 5:00 pm A7.1 Student Empowerment Arianna Long,
Annabelle Lolinco,
Steven Lopez
August 2 3:40 - 5:00 pm A7.2 Focus Groups Eric Ambroso Faculty
August 2 5:00 - 6:00 pm A8 “After hours” Focus Groups Eric Ambroso Students
August 3 11:00 - 11:10 am B1 Brief Intro to Day 2 Anne Kornahrens All
August 3 11:10 - 12:30 pm B2 Individual Development Plans overview Phil Clifford,
Jenna Hicks
August 3 12:30 - 1:15 pm B3 Focus Groups & Poster Session #1 Eric Ambroso All
August 3 1:15 - 3:15 pm B4.1 Optimizing Mentoring Relationships Melissa McDaniels Students
August 3 1:15 - 3:15 pm B4.2 Equity in Graduate Admissions / Holistic Review Casey Miller, Julie Posselt Faculty
August 3 3:15 - 3:45 pm B5 Focus Groups & Poster Session #2 Eric Ambroso All
August 3 3:45 - 4:45 pm B6 Developing an Inclusive Research Space Aireale Rodgers,
Annie Wofford
August 3 4:45 - 5:00 pm B7 Closing Session   All


AGEP-GRS Conference: MPS AGEP-GRS Virtual PI and Student Convening material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant Number 2114391. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.