APS Bridge Program

APS National Mentoring Community & Bridge Program Conference

October 9-11, 2015
Florida International University
Miami, Florida

APS National Mentoring Community & Bridge Program Conference

The annual APS Bridge Program meeting will be held jointly with the newly formed National Mentoring Community (NMC).

Join us at Florida International University in Miami to improve your mentor relationships, to learn how to build a successful bridge program, and to hear from the students, faculty, and administrators who lead and support these programs.

Sessions and workshops on:

  • Mentor Research
  • Mentor and Mentee Training
  • Components of Bridge Programs
  • Grad School Admissions
  • Career Development
  • And More

Questions? Please email bridgeprogram@aps.org or nmc@aps.org.

 

About the National Mentoring Community

The National Mentoring Community is a new APS initiative to increase the number of underrepresented minority (URM) students that obtain physics degrees by connecting undergraduate students with faculty mentors. Learn more about NMC and sign-up to become a mentor on the APS website.

Agenda

Friday, October 9, 2015

Beginning of National Mentoring Community Meeting
1:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Registration
2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Faculty Research Tours for Undergraduate Mentees
4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Graduate Student Panel: Life as a Grad Student/Transition from Undergraduate to Graduate Life
5:00 p.m. Welcome Reception
5:45 p.m. Welcome Remarks
Florida International University Administrators
Welcome & Introduction to the APS NMC Program
Dean Michael Heithaus, College of Arts & Sciences, FIU
Laird Kramer, Director, STEM Transformation Institute, FIU
Theodore Hodapp, APS Director of Education & Diversity
6:00 p.m. Dinner
7:00 p.m. Introduction to the NMC
Theodore Hodapp, APS Director of Education & Diversity
7:15 p.m. What Does Access Really Mean?
Mary James, Reed College
8:30 p.m. Student Social Activity

Saturday, October 10, 2015

7:30 a.m.
First Bus Departs Hotel
8:00 a.m.
Last Bus Departs Hotel
8:00 a.m.

Breakfast

9:00 a.m. Plenary: Research on Mentoring
Richard Reddick, UT Austin
10:00 a.m. Break
10:30 a.m. - 11:45 a.m. Parallel Sessions:
Research Mentor Training
Monica Plisch, APS Associate Director of Education & Diversity
Theodore Hodapp, APS Director of Education & Diversity
Research Mentee Training
Brian Beckford
Arlene Modeste Knowles, APS Diversity Programs Manager
12:00 p.m. - 12:45 p.m. Lunch
1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. Parallel Sessions:
Providing Professional Development to Mentees
Vivian Incera, UTEP
Willie Rockward, Morehouse
Undergraduate Career Options
Crystal Bailey, APS Careers Manager
2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Parallel Sessions:
Panel: Differing Mentoring Styles
Pete Markowitz, FIU
Diola Bagayoko, Southern University
Talat Rahman
Workshop on Reflections and Goal Setting for Undergraduate Students
Dmitri Dounaz-Frazer, UC Boulder
Ana Aceves, Boston University
3:30 p.m. - 3:45 p.m. Break & Poster Set-up
3:45 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Reception & Poster Session: Undergraduate Student Research Poster Session & Judging Prize for 1st and 2nd Place Posters
Beginning of Bridge Program Meeting
5:30 p.m.
Dinner
6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Poster Prize Awards
Nadya Mason, UIUC and Chair, APS Committee on Minorities
Plenary: Increasing Diversity by Changing the Culture of the Academy
Joseph Brown, Stanford University
8:00 p.m. Social Event

Sunday, October 11, 2015

7:30 a.m.
First Bus Departs Hotel
8:00 a.m.
Last Bus Departs Hotel
8:00 a.m.

Breakfast & Networking

9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. Parallel Sessions:
Building a Mentoring Team
Chris Porter, OSU
Dina Stroud, Vanderbilt
Galen Pickett, CSULB
Panel: Peer Mentoring
Thiago Szymanski, FSU
Brian Casas, USF
Michael Cross, USF
10:30 a.m. Break
11:00 a.m. - 11:45 a.m. Discussion: Role of Graduate Students and Postdocs in Mentoring
Moderator: Casey Miller, RIT
12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. Lunch
End of National Mentoring Community Meeting
1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. Optional Professional Development Activity for Students
1:15 p.m. Bus Departs FSU for Hotel (for participants not attending the Bridge Meeting)
1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. Plenary Discussion: What is the Bridge Program and Bridge Program Best Practices
Brian Beckford
Ted Hodapp, APS Director of Education & Diversity
2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Parallel Sessions:
Institutional Change: How to Sustain Educational Change
Cagliyan Kurdak, University of Michigan
Ken Furton, Provost, FIU
Talat Rahman, FSU
Nuts and Bolts for Bridge Programs: Key Components and Practical Elements
Dina Stroud, Vanderbilt
Simon Captstick, FSU
Brittany Kamai
Graduate Career Options
Crystal Bailey, APS
3:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. Break
3:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Lessons from the Florida Education Fund's Programs to Build a Diverse Graduate Population
Lawrence Morehouse, Florida Education Fund
4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Plenary & Interactive Discussion: Admissions Practices
Geoff Potvin, Florida International University
5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. Plenary & Interactive Discussion: Inside Graduate Admissions: Merit, Diversity, and Faculty Gatekeeping
Julie Posselt, Univerity of Michigan
6:00 p.m. - 6:45 p.m. Closing Remarks & Wine Reception
End of Bridge Program Meeting

Speakers

Ana Aceves, Boston University

Diola Bagayoko, Southern University

Crystal Bailey, APS Careers Manager

Brian Beckford

Joseph Brown, Stanford University

Simon Captstick

Brian Casas, USF

Michael Cross, USF

Dmitri Dounaz-Frazer, UC Boulder

Ken Furton, Provost, FIU

Michael Heithaus, College of Arts & Sciences, FIU

Theodore Hodapp, APS Director of Education & Diversity

Vivian Incera, UTEP

Mary James, Reed College

Mary JamesMary James is the Dean for Institutional Diversity and the A. A. Knowlton Professor of Physics at Reed College. Her principal areas of physics research have been in accelerator physics and astrophysics. As part of her duties as Dean, Professor James oversees Reed's new Center for Teaching and Learning that supports faculty at all career stages as they develop new curriculum and pedagogical initiatives. Among the goals of the Center is to encourage faculty to investigate and integrate best practices in their disciplines to attract and retain women, first generation students, and students of color in the STEM majors at Reed. Professor James has served on and chaired the Committee on Minorities for the American Physical Society. The committee's work focuses on helping Physics Departments create strong mentoring programs and supportive department climates, particularly for women and students from racial and ethic groups underrepresented in physics. James received her B.A. in physics from Hampshire College and her Ph.D. in applied physics from Stanford University.

What Does Access Really Mean?
Friday, October 9, 2015 7:15 p.m.

Brittany Kamai

Laird Kramer, Director, STEM Transformation Institute, FIU

Cagliyan Kurdak, University of Michigan

Pete Markowitz, FIU

Nadya Mason, UIUC and Chair, APS Committee on Minorities

Casey Miller, RIT

Arlene Modeste Knowles, APS Diversity Programs Manager

Lawrence Morehouse, Florida Education Fund

Galen Pickett, CSULB

Monica Plisch, APS Associate Director of Education & Diversity

Chris Porter, OSU

Julie Posselt, University of Michigan

Julie PosseltJulie Posselt is an Assistant Professor in the Center for the Study of Higher and Postsecondary Education at the University of Michigan and a National Academy of Education Postdoctoral Fellow. Posselt's research is aimed understanding and mitigating institutionalized inequalities in higher education. Her current research examines the implications of status competitions and faculty decision making for student access, attainment, and wellbeing. Having worked for four years with the McNair Scholars Program, she has strong interests in research methods and graduate education. Posselt is author of Inside Graduate Admissions: Merit, Diversity, and Faculty Gatekeeping (2015, Harvard University Press), and other work has been published in American Educational Research Journal, Research in Higher Education, Higher Education: Handbook of Theory and Research, and the Chronicle of Higher Education, among others.

Inside Graduate Admissions: Merit, Diversity, and Faculty Gatekeeping
Sunday, October 9, 2015 5:00 p.m.

Geoff Potvin, Florida International University

Talat Rahman

Richard Reddick, University of Texas at Austin

Dr. Richard J. Reddick is an award-winning Associate Professor in Educational Administration, with courtesy appointments in the Department of African and African Diaspora Studies, and the Warfield Center of African and African American Studies. Dr. Reddick is also the Faculty Director for Campus Diversity Initiatives in the Division of Diversity and Community Engagement, the Assistant Director of the Plan II Honors Program in the College of Liberal Arts, and serves as a faculty fellow in the Institute for Urban Policy Research and Analysis, all at The University of Texas at Austin.

His research focuses on several areas: the experiences of Black faculty and faculty of color at predominantly White institutions; mentoring and developmental relationships between faculty and Black students; and work-life balance in academia. Reddick's research has been published in the American Educational Research Journal (AERJ) and Harvard Educational Review (HER), featured on NPR and the Associated Press, and he has contributed over 50 scholarly articles, chapters, and entries, including four co-authored and co-edited scholarly volumes. Dr. Reddick is also active in national research associations, most notably the American Educational Research Association (AERA) and the Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE).

Dr. Reddick holds a master's and doctorate in higher education from Harvard University, and a bachelor's from The University of Texas at Austin. He is married and the father of two children, serves on the boards of two public charter schools, and is actively engaged in organizations focused on improving the quality of life for citizens of color in Austin, Texas. A game show maven, Dr. Reddick is also a former Jeopardy! champion and Wheel of Fortune College Week champion.

Mentor Ability and Mentorability: Bringing Together Mentors and Protégés in Fulfilling Developmental Relationships
Saturday, October 10, 2015 9:00 a.m.

Willie Rockward, Morehouse

Dina Stroud, Vanderbilt

Thiago Szymanski, FSU

Registration

Online Registration Deadline: September 9

Rates

Conference Rate
NMC $270
BP $270
NMC & BP $370


Note: NMC mentors and mentees will automatically receive discounted registration rates. Speakers, panelists, and participants registering from Bridge Program Member Institutions should use the promo codes they received via email to receive discounted rates.

 

 

Hotel

Hotel Sofitel
Photo: Sofitel Miami

The Sofitel Miami is conveniently located near Miami International Airport, South Beach, and Florida International University.

Special Conference Rates: $145 per night single/double occupancy (Plus applicable state and local taxes). Rates are based on availability.

Reservation Deadline: September 9, 2015

These special conference rates are available for NMC/BP Conference attendees. Make your reservation by calling (305) 503-8384, or by emailing SofitelMiami.Reservations@sofitel.com. Be sure to mention you are a member of the FIU 2015 Bridge Program Meeting for the reduced rate.

Hotel Website

Speakers and those approved for travel funding should make their own travel arrangements. APS will reimburse the hotel room rate and taxes for the duration of the conference. Incidental charges will not be covered.

Travel to Miami

Miami International Airport (MIA)

MIA is located around three miles from the Sofitel Miami and is the preferred airport for this conference. Sofitel offers a daily complimentary shuttle that leaves the hotel every 30 minutes on the hour and half hour. The shuttle runs from 4:30 a.m. until 11:30 p.m. and can be picked up on the second level of the airport. Taxis from the airport to the hotel start at a flat rate of $11.
MIA Taxi & Shuttle Information

Ft. Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL)

FLL is located about 33 miles north of the Sofitel Miami. Taxis from FLL to the hotel start at $62. The Florida Tri-Rail also offers direct service to MIA.
Transportation Options from FLL
Tri-Rail Information

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