6th Annual oSTEM Conference - Schedule

Schedule Updates!

  • Presenters, Panelists, Workshop, Membership Meeting Updates 11/3/16

  • Workshops & Programs Updates 10/4/16

  • Sue Gordon is our Friday Dinner Keynote 9/30/16

  • James Felton Keith is our Saturday Dinner Keynote 9/30/16

  • Dr. Nergis Mavalvala is our Saturday Morning Address Keynote 9/23/16


Registration opens at 10:00 am

Come take a trip with other oSTEM members to Denver's Museum of Nature and Science!
Transportation will be provided.

If you're a student and would like to join us, please add this as an add-on item during registration. If you forgot to sign up for the museum during the registration process, you can pay ($8.50) at the registration table when you arrive at the conference Friday morning! Please e-mail bryce.griffler@ostem.org with your name, phone number, and e-mail address so we can be sure to gather your information and get you signed up to visit the museum!

Please be aware of other programming occurring at the same time to avoid any conflicts you may have.


All teams go through the same 5 stages of team development. Team leaders need the skills to guide the team effectively through these stages. How you deal with these stages will determine the success of the team. During this session, you will:

  • Understand the 5 stages of team development and the skills you need to demonstrate for each stage.
  • Understand your behavioral tendencies and how you may affect others.
  • Respect, appreciate, understand, and value individual differences.
  • Determine how to build a high performance team.

Mesa Verde A

Networking is one of the greatest benefits of professional conferences. However, it could be awkward or even intimidating, especially if you’re just starting your career! Thus, our solution is this informal bootcamp for those who want to practice delivering their elevator pitches, carrying out professional conversations, and networking in general.

This bootcamp will serve as an ice breaker between students and professionals: students can warm up their networking skills and receive immediate feedback, and professionals can learn more about oSTEM students and the issues that they face when job hunting. If you’re thinking about getting an internship, a full-time job, a graduate research position, or postdoc, attend this bootcamp and get pumped for an amazing weekend.

Wind Star A + B

Up to two leaders from each oSTEM chapter are welcome to attend this leadership summit. More information will be provided via your oSTEM Chapter mailbox closer to the event date.

Wind River A + B

Please join us for a collaborative discussion on safe spaces at this year's conference. Practices learned here can be taken back to your chapter or workplace.

Mesa Verde B

The Opening Reception is a time to connect with oSTEM friends and colleagues, old and new. Please join us for this kickoff networking event! Root25, the Hyatt taphouse, is located near the Foyer for your convenience.

Please join us for our first keynote and dinner of the oSTEM Annual Conference.
Grand Mesa D, E, F

Sue Gordon

Susan (Sue) Gordon became the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency’s (NGA) sixth Deputy Director on Jan. 1, 2015 after more than 25 years of service with the Central Intelligence Agency. As deputy director of NGA, she assists the director in leading the agency and in managing the National System for Geospatial Intelligence.

Ms. Gordon previously served concurrently as Director of the CIA’s Information Operations Center and as the CIA Director’s senior advisor on cyber. She was responsible for fully integrating advanced cyber capabilities into all of CIA’s mission areas, while protecting against the cyber threat to the CIA’s information, operations and officers.

Sue began her career with the CIA in 1980 as an analyst in the Office of Scientific and Weapons Research in the Directorate of Intelligence, responsible for technical analysis of foreign space and missile systems. She later held several engineering development positions in the CIA’s Directorate of Science and Technology, working both national systems and new concepts before moving into a succession of analytic and technical management positions.

Ms. Gordon served later as the executive assistant to the Executive Director of the CIA and then became the architect and first director of the Office of Advanced Analytic Tools. In 1998, she was named special assistant to the Director of Central Intelligence and was responsible for designing and implementing In-Q-Tel, a private, non-profit company whose primary purpose is to deliver innovative technology solutions for the agency and the intelligence community.

Following a break in service to raise her children, Sue was appointed Director of Special Activities in the Directorate of Science and Technology, focusing on supporting counterproliferation and counterterrorism efforts. She was also the Intelligence Community’s focal point for related biological research, development and engineering capabilities for collection and operations. She served as deputy chief of the Information Operations Center from September 2009 to December 2011 and then as the CIA’s Director for Support from January 2012 to November 2013.

Ms. Gordon holds a Bachelor of Science degree in zoology (biomechanics) from Duke University. She and her husband Jim live in Northern Virginia, and have two grown children.


Please join us for breakfast.


Students and Postdocs from various oSTEM Chapters will display their research posters between these hours. Please visit this page if you are interested in submitting a poster or contact conference-programming@ostem.org if you would like to be a poster judge.

Chasm Creek A + B
Please join us for our opening address to help kick off the second day of the oSTEM Annual Conference.
Grand Mesa D, E, F

Dr. Nergis Mavalvala

Nergis Mavalvala PhD ’97 is the associate head of the Department of Physics and the Curtis and Kathleen Marble Professor of Astrophysics at MIT. She is a physicist whose research focuses on the detection of gravitational waves from violent events in the cosmos that warp and ripple the fabric of spacetime. She is part of the scientific team that in early 2016 announced the first direct detection of gravitational waves from colliding black holes using the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory (LIGO) detectors. This breakthrough ushers in a new era of astrophysics, allowing observations of the violent and warped universe not visible with light. In addition to her work on developing technologies for gravitational wave detectors since her graduate student years in the 1990s, Mavalvala has also conducted pioneering experiments in the optical trapping and cooling of mirrors to enable observation of quantum phenomena in macroscopic objects. She is the recipient of a 2010 MacArthur Foundation Fellowship. Mavalvala earned a BA in physics and astronomy from Wellesley College and a PhD in physics from MIT.

Resume/CV/Interview Prep Room

This room is for any conference attendees to get critiques on their resume/cv and interview tips and practice from some of our corporate sponsors.

Women in STEM Community Breakout
Wind River A

A discussion group for participants who identify with the Women in STEM community. It is facility by members of the oSTEM Diversity Council. This session is a safe space of open and honest intra-community dialogue. This breakout is for discussion to raise concerns and address issues which limit full inclusion in the STEM community.

Corporate Information Session: Genentech
Mesa Verde C

Join this information session to hear from Genentech.

I Will Meet You There

K. Ryder Fox, Samuel Brinton

Wind River B

The "I'll Go With You" campaign of the last year, in response to bathroom bill legislation, has been a reminder that despite the discrimination we face as transgender and gender non-binary people, we rally together and find support. Often, we might feel that we cannot talk face to face with people who share the intersectionality of working in STEM and being trans or non-binary. This session is meant to bring people together in a small discussion format to discuss topics such as transitioning as a student or on the job, navigating medical care, Trans/GNC POC in STEM, choosing safe working/education environments, and choosing levels of outness. If you are looking for someone to meet face-to-face with and ask some of these questions (or mentor others who are asking them), then this is the place for you!

Breaking the Norm: oSTEM in the Intelligence Community

Stacey Dixon (Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity)

Mesa Verde B

Moderated by Stacey Dixon, this panel consists of 3-4 undisclosed junior STEM LGBTQ+ officers from across the Intelligence Community (IC). Ms. Dixon will generate conversations focusing on their unique experiences in nontraditional career paths and their inclusion as LGBTQ+ in the IC.

Is a Career in the Geosciences for me?

Dr. Carolyn Brinkworth, Dr. Michael Mills, Dr. Aaron Piña, Kristan Culbert

Mesa Verde A

Careers in the geosciences are wide and varied, including climate and severe weather research, weather prediction, the oil and gas industry, effects of our changing planet on coral reefs and biodiversity, resource management, working with marginalized communities on climate resilience, and the societal applications and benefits of the technology we develop during our work. This career panel discussion brings 4 LGBT scientists and engineers from different areas of the geosciences to talk about their career paths, the every day experience of working in our field, and their experiences as LGBT individuals in science. Panelists will leave plenty of time for opening up the discussion to questions from the audience.

What are you known for? Building Your Personal Queer Brand

Jacqueline Birkel, Steve Comingdeer

Wind Star A

Have you found that one thing that makes you stand out – maybe it’s your technical expertise or your LGBTQ advocacy? Maybe it’s something that you’ve yet to discover. Building your brand is all about finding what makes you stand out from the crowd and sharing that with others. Representatives from Accenture will discuss how they have built their personal brands and share tips on how you can build yours too. Join us for this interactive session that takes a queer lens to this relevant topic! Presentation Download

International Students Panel

Moderator: Amy Phan
Panelists: Kshitij Deshmukh (KD), Bruno da Rocha Azevedo, Velu Raju, Ashish Agrawal

Wind Star B

Call to Serve

Sandy Adams, Stacy Speer, AP Fritts, Jeff Mueller


Leadership and career tips for oSTEM conference attendees. Successful and out leaders from Raytheon, Box, and the US Air Force will discuss timeless lessons-learned and tips that helped them be successful in ways that apply today to those developing their career. Goals include using personal examples and stories, highlighting lessons learned and tips that attendees can use as they plan for their development and career. The panel will also share personal examples and lessons learned of how we coped as GLBTQ leaders in military and civilian work environments.

Resume/CV/Interview Prep Room

This room is for any conference attendees to get critiques on their resume/cv and interview tips and practice from some of our corporate sponsors.

Trans/Non-Binary Community Breakout
Wind River A

A discussion group for participants who identify with the Trans/Non-Binary community. It is facility by members of the oSTEM Diversity Council. This session is a safe space of open and honest intra-community dialogue. This breakout is for discussion to raise concerns and address issues which limit full inclusion in the STEM community.

Corporate Information Session: Raytheon
Mesa Verde C

Join this information session to hear from Raytheon.

So You Wear Heels to Work?

Samuel Brinton, K. Ryder Fox

Wind River B

Does your dress code require that women wear heels to work and men wear suits? What if you do not fit those categories? What if policies are not clear at all? What if you want to dress professionally, but find a lot of obstacles due to gender expression? Questions like these speak a lot to the environments we work and attend school in. It might mean we are advocating and educating constantly. It might mean we look for different jobs or schools. Our goal is to get the very best jobs and education we can without being held back because of our identities. This discussion-centric session will explore how we make decisions regarding our level of outness, being ourselves at school or in the workplace, and determining what environments are the best fit for us as we pursue our dreams.

Being QPOC in Student Leadership

Jonathan Soulsby

Mesa Verde B

This session will help students navigate the intersections of race, queerness, and student leadership in STEM. I will discuss my experiences of these intersections with my student leadership and there will be an exercise to empower young students towards harnessing their intersectionality and becoming more effective leaders.

LGBT-rexes Unite!: Museums and Informal Science Education as Community Catalysts

Eric Godoy, Elisa Carlson, Ka Chun Yu

Mesa Verde A

Beyond R+D labs or federal agencies, where else can LGBT+ STEM professionals practice their craft and support society’s greater understanding of, and appreciation for, science and the natural world? Museums and similar informal science institutions often have scientific staff conducting on-going research, as well as play an important role in increasing their community’s scientific literacy. Learn how staff at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science engage in authentic scientific research and informal science education, work to create a supportive work environment for LGBT+ staff, and how they are working to make the museum more welcoming to the LGBT+ community.

STEM with Soul: Choosing Careers that Honor our Values

D Conner

Wind Star A

While technology has made modern life possible, STEM also has historical and current problems that may come into conflict with our values. This workshop consists of participant-directed discussion to identify 1) values, 2) areas where those values might conflict with major directions of our industries/funding sources, and 3) ways to use our STEM skills to enhance people’s lives and global sustainability, while still making a living. Some examples of technology-values conflicts include: Many advancements only benefit wealthy people or countries, while people living in poverty struggle to get safe drinking water and reliable electricity. Socioeconomic barriers limit access to STEM education, perpetuating underrepresentation. Plastics are still mostly petrochemical in origin; this waste can end up in oceanic garbage patches or be recycled into useful products. Engineering has extensive military applications, yet the same skills can revolutionize civilian medicine, energy, and infrastructure. Let's use our powers for awesome!

Getting into Graduate School

Moderator: Shawn Abrahams
Panelists: Chris Siefe, Chrono Nu, David Leander, Navya Varshney, Philip Chow

Wind Star B

Mental Health in the LGBTQ and STEM Communities

Mike Giordano, Sarah Burgamy, Helen Larson, Aaron Carroll


Mental health is a subject that pertains to everybody, particularly those faced with the challenges of being LGBTQ or the stresses involved with being in the STEM fields. Our mental health is affected constantly by factors as simple as exercise, diet, and sleep, to complications such as mental illness, stressful circumstances, and our ability to cope. This panel will use personal examples and first-hand experience to illuminate the importance of mental health for each individual, from perspectives of both the professional and those with severe mental illness.

If you have allergies or any dietary restrictions, please indicate those during registration.


Our annual all organization meeting in which we discuss the past, present, and future of oSTEM! We will go over changes being made at the National organization level and how that will affect chapters. All oSTEM conference attendees will have the opportunity to fill out our annual assessment survey at this point. There will also be regional break outs, to discuss regional collaboration and hold nominations for a regional chair. oSTEM Chapters and students seeking to start chapters are encouraged to attend the regional breakouts.

Grand Mesa D, E, F

Region 1
Wind River B
Region 2
Wind Star B
Region 3
Mesa Verde A
Region 4
Wind River A
Region 5
Mesa Verde B
Region 6
Wind Star A
Connecticut Delaware Alabama Illinois Arizona California
Maine Indiana Arkansas Iowa Colorado Idaho
Massachusetts Kentucky Florida Kansas New Mexico Montana
New Hampshire Maryland Georgia Minnesota Oklahoma Nevada
New Jersey Michigan Louisiana Missouri Texas Oregon
New York Ohio Mississippi Nebraska Utah Washington
Pennsylvania Virginia North Carolina North Dakota Wyoming
Rhode Island Washington D.C. South Carolina South Dakota
Vermont West Virginia Tennessee Wisconsin

Check our Sponsors Page for a list of participating companies! Be sure to upload your resume to oSTEM Careers

Headshots will also be taken during this time.

Grand Mesa A, B, C

Come check out the research your conference attendees are performing around the country across a variety of disciplines during our poster session!

Chasm Creek
Graduate students and Post Docs are welcome to a meet up in the Hyatt's taphouse and lounge, Root25. This session is intended to discuss and identify barriers faced by graduate student and postdoc members and ways oSTEM can help solve them.
Racial/Ethnic Minorities Community Breakout
Wind River A

A discussion group for participants who identify with the Racial/Ethnic Minorities community. It is facility by members of the oSTEM Diversity Council. This session is a safe space of open and honest intra-community dialogue. This breakout is for discussion to raise concerns and address issues which limit full inclusion in the STEM community.

Corporate Information Session: GE & Rockwell Automation
Mesa Verde C

Join this information session to hear from GE & Rockwell Automation.

The Advocate: How to Get What You Want When You Want

Samuel Brinton

Wind River B

When considering advocacy, we need to know the rules of the game if we are going to win. Some of these rules are simple while others are woefully complex and keep us from even starting to play the game. This session will walk through what it takes to be an advocate in a variety of paths including as STEM students as well as LGBT activists. We will start with advocacy tips and tricks when dealing with congressional members (passed three bills in stilettos so far) and move our way toward executive branch advocacy (Good Morning, Mr. President) and finally to the press (PBS Newshour in your home). The goal will be for attendees to leave the session ready to advocate more effectively for what they want changed in whatever area of interest they hold.

Event Planning 101

Jonathan Soulsby, Matthew Welmers

Mesa Verde B

This session will go over the stages of planning and provide students with tips and tricks for each step. This workshop will give students a strategy to plan events for their chapter and to walk them through planning an actual event. The goal of this workshop is to provide new or future officers of oSTEM chapters with knowledge and experience that will empower them to plan and execute oSTEM events on their campus.

How to Save a Life: Safety, Health & Environmental Matters in Industry

Bryce Griffler

Mesa Verde A

In 2014, 4,821 workers were killed on the job in the United States--the highest annual total since 2008, and the first rate increase since 2010. Safety, Health, and Environmental (SHE) matters in the workplace used to be something to be addressed by the “safety person.” But with tightening budgets and higher production expectations, such a model is no longer sustainable. Bryce Griffler, SHE Auditor from BAE Systems will discuss misconceptions about significant injuries and fatalities (SIFs), and how to leverage compliance and management system standards to “do the work for you.”

All Aboard the Allyship

Emily Li

Wind Star A

In any civil rights movement, allies have played a role in raising the voices of their underrepresented counterparts and fighting for equity and equality. However, some aspiring allies can be, knowingly or unknowingly, be counterproductive in advancement of LGBTQIA rights and even damaging and hurtful in their behavior. Additionally, the neglectance of acknowledging intersectionality often creates policies and practices that only support some but not all peoples within the LGBTQIA community. The mission of this session is to identify what is active allyship and provide examples and resources to guide aspiring allies for the LGBTQIA STEM communities.

Alternate Career Paths

Moderator: Eric Patridge
Panelists: D Conner, Bill Peters, Navya Varshney, Brandon H. Haddock

Wind Star B

Transitioning within the School or Workplace: Coming out as Trans or Non-Binary Mid-Education/Career

Erica Snider, K. Ryder Fox, Ells Long


For many, gender transition or coming out as gender non-binary represents a momentous step toward realizing oneself as a whole person and unlocking one’s full potential. Fear of adverse reactions by family, friends, and of marginalization by society as a whole, however, erect barriers to those who are considering making this important choice. Beyond these possible personal injuries, there is the added risk of losing position or status within the workplace, or one’s job altogether. While the media abounds with stories of such traumatic losses for transgender and gender non-binary individuals living openly, it is encouraging to know that members of this community can have positive outcomes and rewarding experiences. In this session we will hear from a few individuals who openly identify as transgender and have navigated academic and professional careers with success despite their particular struggles. Beyond transition, our panelists will demonstrate how they have created expanded opportunities for inclusion and improvements for the LGBT community within their institutions. Their stories offer hope to others at this critical juncture in their lives.

Please join us for the reception before the Saturday Keynote and Dinner.

Please join us for our dinner in the Grand Mesa Ballroom. We will hear from Speaker Name and present awards during this time. More information on the awards can be found here.
Grand Mesa

James Felton Keith

James Felton Keith is an award winning engineer economist and published author specializing in the ethnography of technology and economic inclusion. JFK is the founder of the Personal Data Project’s NTGR8 platform and conference series, an initiative by the Keith Institute to advocate and implement the individual ownership of personal transactional data.

JFK is also Co-founder of IBM Watson backed FinTech (financial technology) firm Accrue Inc. which has built the AlmanacTM for predictive analysis of the financial markets across every asset class. Ushering in “an era of insights through truth in data, and distributing value to the total human population” are his core drivers. In 2016 he Co-Founded the first Queer Internet TV Network, Slay. TV. In 2014 he was the first CEO of @LGBTchamber, and has succeeded in introducing workplace equality and supplier diversity policies into many global corporations through the LGBT+A [Ally] Chamber of Commerce. JFK was also noted as having established the first LGBT pride games at all 4 major sports franchises in a single American city, his native Detroit, and was an inaugural LGBT advisory board at the Democratic National Committee.

Over the course of the past 15 years Keith has held leadership and consulting roles in government, non-profit, start-ups, and large multinationals including City of Detroit Mayor’s Office, Sapiens, Hewlett-Packard, Eskom Holdings, and DaimlerChrysler to name a few. While faculty at Michigan State University in 2011 at the Land Policy Institute, Common Ground published the second of a 2 book series titled Integrationalism which establishes the notion that we are all connected at the subatomic level. His writing explored the ethical implications of string-field-theory and it’s affects on our political economic social and technological (PEST) future. He is more noted in speeches for a theory of “portable value” which identifies value as being like that of energy; it cannot be created nor destroyed, but can change form.

Keith is a well known though leader in transhumanist and technoprogressive circles including the Institute of Ethics and Emerging Technologies, World Future Society, Humanity+, Lifeboat Foundation, and as a former editor of the Journal of Religion & Society. In 2013 he re-established his philanthropic and research efforts under the Keith Institute to focus on economic and educational inclusion. His efforts have been recently honored by: The USA Department of Homeland Security Border Patrol, United Kingdom Trade & Investment FinTech Delegation, IBM, Corp! Magazine’s Salute to Diversity, Network Journal, Money 20/20, & The White House to name a few.

Speaker TBA

Our second Saturday keynote speaker will be announced soon.

Chapters are welcome to have group pictures taken during this time.

Centennial Ballroom (12th Floor)

“ANGLE of Ascent” is an intriguing documentary created by the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) that examines the individual leadership that it took to change the internal culture of the CIA to one that embraces diversity and inclusion, especially after the signing of Executive Order 12968 by President Bill Clinton in 1995 which stated that members of the LGBT community could no longer be denied security clearances.

Mesa Verde B

Conference attendees are invited to this oSTEM Social in the Centennial Ballroom, which has panoramic views of the Rocky Mountains and Denver skyline. oSTEM will be providing Wiis and games to play.

Centennial Ballroom
(12th Floor)


Please join us for breakfast.

Bi, Pan, Ace & Middle Sexualities Community Breakout
Wind River A

A discussion group for participants who identify with the Bi, Pan, Ace, & Middle Sexualities community. It is facility by members of the oSTEM Diversity Council. This session is a safe space of open and honest intra-community dialogue. This breakout is for discussion to raise concerns and address issues which limit full inclusion in the STEM community.

Corporate Information Session: Boeing & Northrup Grumman
Mesa Verde C

Join this information session to hear from Boeing and Northrop Grumman.

Intersectionality and Employee Resource Groups: Where are They and How Can They Help Me?

Sharon Harney, Therese Klein, Ed Holachek - (Rockwell Automation)

Wind River B

E pluribus unum. A rising tide lifts all ships. Stronger together. Throughout history, people have recognized that banding together solves more problems, creates more opportunity, and develops a sense of community. Employee resource groups (ERGs) are an excellent way to connect with co-workers with whom you share an affinity, build relationships with allies, and get to know members of other ERGs to build your personal and professional network. Come join us as we discuss ERGs in the workplace, and the ways in which your social networks can enhance both your personal and professional work experience.

Tips for Getting Along in Your Queer Career

James Scott P. Pignatella, Blake Gaither - (Raytheon)

Mesa Verde B

Moving from your college career to the professional world can be a daunting experience. It can be even more daunting if one is LGBTQ and looking to find employment in an inclusive company and community. How do you start looking at controlling your career and life trajectory when you're still worried about midterms? Come hear and discuss ideas about company research, connecting with the community, mentoring, and starting your professional life.

International LGBTQ Students Across Borders and Within the University

Ashish Agrawal, Yen Nong

Mesa Verde A

The session will focus on the experiences of international lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ)-identified students, studying in US colleges and universities. Coming from diverse cultural backgrounds, international LGBTQ students bring in unique narratives about how their experiences of being “foreigners” and LGBTQ shape their identity development. In the session, we will discuss scholarly work on international LGBTQ students and their identity development. We will also discuss ways in which campus communities can be more welcoming of international LGBTQ students. Finally, we will present our personal struggles and successes in creating AcrossBorders@VT, an international LGBTQ student organization, on Virginia Tech’s campus.

Being a Queer POC in STEM

Moderator: LaShaina Shakes
Panelists: Jaimie Marie Stewart, Husani S. Oakley, Angelique Gonzalez, Brandon H. Haddock, Allie Mae Danquera-Brinkworth

Wind Star A

Breaking the Silence and Releasing the Stigma: LGBTQ+ Mental Health

K. Ryder Fox, Lilian Martinez

Wind Star B

Mental health is of great concern in the LGBTQ+ community, and early results show that transgender and gender nonconforming people are ten times more likely to be “psychologically distressed” (NCTE survey, 2015). According to Campus Pride, the “overwhelming majority of LGBTQQ students…report harassment, isolation and fear on campus” while “[t]ransmasculine, transfeminine and gender non-conforming students are the most likely to experience overt and blatant oppression and hostility (Rankin et al., 2010). The American Physical Society released a recent study confirming similar experiences of “exclusionary behavior” and “adverse climate” for transgender and gender nonconforming physicists (Atherton et al., 2016). We believe that enough is enough! We will talk about mental health in terms of our communities, the kinds of support systems that are available, personal stories of navigating our own mental health needs, as well as work to develop strategies that can be useful for your own self-care.

How-To: Community Outreach through Hour of Code

Nathaniel Granor


Since 2013, over 100 million people around the world have participated in an Hour of Code. Yet many communities and schools struggle to participate due to lack of leadership or perceived lack of coding skills on the part of the facilitators. This session provides basic end-to-end training on how to organize and lead an Hour of Code event from planning logistics through classroom mentoring techniques so that oSTEM chapters and members can help their local communities participate in this amazing movement.

Flash Student Research Presentation I
Chasm Creek A

Come learn more about the research your colleagues are doing! This session contains four 10-minute research presentations selected from the student and postdoc posters. Posters that have been selected for a flash session will be clearly labeled during their display at the poster session.

Allies Community Breakout
Wind River A

A discussion group for participants who identify with the Allies community. It is facility by members of the oSTEM Diversity Council. This session is a safe space of open and honest intra-community dialogue. This breakout is for discussion to raise concerns and address issues which limit full inclusion in the STEM community.

Corporate Information Session: CIA & Regeneron
Mesa Verde C

Join this information session to hear from the CIA and Regeneron

Ban the Average: Building Better Products for Everyone through Inclusive Design

Adam Stoffel

Wind River B

In the 1940s, the US Air Force took delivery of a fighter jet for the average pilot, and soon realized they had an aircraft with a cockpit designed for no one. A few years later, Lt. Gilbert S. Daniels proved that zero out of the 4,000 pilots in his research study fit the profile of an "average" pilot. So the Air Force banned the average. Although inclusive design has heritage in accessibility, it results in a better experience for all users of a product, service, or system. Everyone experiences moments of disability, and in this session we will explore a set of tools that will help you embrace these situational constraints to drive innovation, accessibility, and product quality.

LGBTQ Scientists & Engineers in the Realm on National Security: From the Lavender Scare to an Environment of Embrace

Dr. Matthew Allen (Sandia National Laboratories, A Lockheed Martin Company)

Mesa Verde B

It's a great time to be an engineer! Furthermore, it's a great time to be out and living openly as an LGBTQA scientist or engineer in the field of national security. Unfortunately, this hasn’t always been the case. The Lavender Scare began in the 1950's and continued all the way into the 1990's. During this forty-year period, LGBTQA people were banned by law from receiving high level security clearance. This effectively kept out LGBTQA scientists and engineers from serving in national security positions and forced those who did choose to serve to remain closeted. This workshop will present a brief history of the Lavender Scare and the road to work-place equality in the field of national security. Discussions will include what it means to work in national security, what is involved with the security clearance investigation, and what to expect from a career in STEM fields at national security institutions.

The Intersection of Faith and LGBT Identities

Moderator: Ells Long
Panelists: Kshitij Deshmukh (KD), Jaimie Marie Stewart, Gopinaath Kannabiran, David B. D. Falk

Mesa Verde A

Queer Women in STEM

Moderator: Robin Bjorkquist
Panelists: Makayla Gurick, Therese Klein, Jen Chow, Navya Varshney, Sheilah Allison

Wind Star A

What's the Latest in LGBTQ+ in STEM Research

Tom Waidzunas, Jeremy B. Yoder

Wind Star B

Two groups of researchers looking into the state of LGBTQ+ professionals in STEM careers will discuss their research objectives, recent data, and future activities as well as the state of funding for such research, attitudes in funding agencies, and more. (Topic 1) Queer in STEM is an ongoing project in understanding the workplace experiences and career paths of LGBTQ-identified people working in science and technology. (Topic 2) In order to explore mechanisms of disadvantage and resistance for LGBTQ professionals in STEM, the researchers of the LGBT in STEM team conducted a survey and follow up interviews with LGBT and allied professionals at two NASA centers. Results from this pilot study are used to inform the design of a nationwide research project sponsored by the National Science Foundation on LGBT professionals in STEM.

A Medicinal Perspective, the Chemical Components and the Regulatory Environment on Cannabis Products

Eric Patridge, Virginia Hoyer


Across the country, cultural perspectives and State policies on Cannabis are rapidly changing, and there is substantial opportunity for innovation and economic development. Colorado serves as a perfect example of the modern Cannabis economy, where the local marijuana distributor supplies numerous Cannabis strains which are commonly available in a variety of product formulations. Each strain exhibits a unique profile of cannabinoids, terpenoids, and other compounds, resulting in a variety of medicinal applications for diseases such as alzheimer's, anxiety, arthritis, HIV/AIDS, cancer, chronic pain, Crohn's disease, depression, epileptic seizures, and multiple sclerosis. This workshop provides an overview of the legal landscape and diversity of Cannabis, including an overview of plant strains, available natural extracts, and latest product formulations.

Flash Student Research Presentation II
Chasm Creek A

Come learn more about the research your colleagues are doing! This session contains four 10-minute research presentations selected from the student and postdoc posters. Posters that have been selected for a flash session will be clearly labeled during their display at the poster session.

If you have allergies or any dietary restrictions, please indicate those during registration.

Please join us for our closing keynote. We will hear from a keynote speaker. We will also announce where next year's conference will be hosted.
Grand Mesa D, E, F

Riana Lynn

Riana Lynn

Riana Lynn is a young leader in innovation, technology, and “good food.” As a serial entrepreneur, her products have significantly impacted thousands of food businesses across the US and beyond. Riana’s development work was pivotal for CNBC’s small business hit show, “The Profit.” More recently, her accomplishments have been featured in USA Today, Wired, Entrepreneur Magazine, Crain’s “20 in their 20s”, among others. Riana graduated with a B.S. in Biology and Chemistry from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill before becoming a startup founder and Masters student at Northwestern University.