Professional Development Summit


oSTEM's Professional Development Summit is an intimate career retreat weekend, aimed to empower early career LGBTQ+ professionals in STEM through introspective workshops, authentic mentorship, and supportive community. Attendees will have the opportunity to clarify their career goals, define their vision of success, and extend their networks of peers and mentors graciously provided by our Organizational Advisory Council.

Successful applicants will be LGBTQ+ early career STEM professionals or graduate students who demonstrate a proven track-record in a STEM career via education, research or work experience. Graduate students will be expected to have completed an internship, REU, or equivalent work experience. Preference will be given to oSTEM members or alumni.

The Professional Development Summit will take place over the weekend of March 8 to 10, 2024 at the Boston Sheraton, in Boston, MA.

Application Details

This application has four (4) essay questions and requires a resume/CV and optional letter of reference from a direct supervisor. The essay questions are as follows:

1. What are you hoping to gain by attending the oSTEM Professional Development Summit? 

2. PDS attendees will be sorted into cohorts to create opportunities for mentoring and network building. What unique perspective will you bring to your cohort?

3. What's one moment or accomplishment that made you feel really confident? What were you doing, and what part of it brought you the most joy?

4. What are your short term (~3 years) and long term (5+ years) career goals?

General Details

  • Application Opens: November 1st, 2023
  • Application Closes: December 8th, 2023 11:59PM Pacific Time
  • Format: Professional Retreat, In-Person, Boston, Ma
  • Dates: Friday, March 8 - Sunday, March 10, 2024

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