STEM Success Conference

Saturday, December 1, 2012 
Busch Campus Center- Multipurpose Room 

The STEM Success Conference is a collaborative effort between RU-STEPed Up For Success and the Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation Program. This conference targets upper-class STEM students within STEP and GS-LSAMP in an effort to provide direct support and preparation for summer research, internships, and post-graduate planning. STEM professionals from diverse backgrounds will share candid information regarding their experiences and career paths.

Conference Agenda

10:30AM         Check-In and Brunch
11:00AM         Welcome and Keynote
12:00PM         Career Panel
1:00PM           Breakout Session 1
2:00PM           Breakout Session 2
3:00PM           Closing and Evaluations


Keynote Speaker

Joseph Freeman, PhD 
Associate Professor, Department of Biomedical Engineering
Rutgers, The State Unviersity   


Pamela Barrios

Ph.D. Candidate, Rutgers, The State University Of New Jersey

Chidinma Ezeonu

Third Year Medical Student, New Jersey Medical School-UMDNJ

Valentine Ezike               

Senior Enterprise Architect , WellPoint/Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield              

Tarbinlam Lafon              

Associate Director, Global Procurement,  Merck Inc.    

Adriana Martin 

M.D./P.H.D.  Candidate, RWJMS and Rutgers, The State University Of New Jersey


Daniela Terneus              

External Operations Specialist, Bristol Myers Squibb    


  color:red">Breakout Sessions:  1:00PM

How to Identify and Apply for Undergraduate Research             

Presenter: Lydia Louis, Advisor-Health Professions Office, Rutgers University


STEM Opportunities at the Rutgers Graduate School of Education              

Presenter: Robert Zisk, Graduate Assistant- Rutgers Graduate School of Education


The Graduate School Application Process   

Presenter: Dr. Jolie Cizewski, Professor- Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey

Financial Literacy  

Presenter: Samantha Benson, Client Services- New Jersey Higher Education Student Assistance Authority


Developing a Powerful Résumé: Tips & Techniques for Showcasing Your Knowledge & Experience

Presenter: Dr. Colleen Georges, Certified Career Coach- Colleen's Career Creations


LSAMP Bridges to Doctorate: New Jersey Institute of Technology 
Presenter: Tony Howell, Executive Director- Educational Opportunity Program at NJIT

Beyond the Resume: Marketing Yourself as a STEM Professional

Presenters: Chinaza Okonkwo, Chani Burgos, & Chanee Massiah- Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation


color:red"> Breakout Sessions: 2:00PM

Healthcare Career Opportunities

Presenter:  Lydia Louis, Advisor- Health Professions Office, Rutgers University


From College Students to STEM Practitioners: STEM Support Programs as Communities of Practice

Presenter: Luis Leyva, Graduate Coordinator- RU-STEPed Up For Success


Student Loans: Borrowing, Repayment and Debt Management

Presenter: Samantha Benson, Client Services- New Jersey Higher Education Student Assistance Authority


Building a Professional Image: Methods for Branding Yourself as a Professional both Online & in Person     

Presenter: Colleen Georges, Certified Career Coach- Colleen's Career Creations


Summer Program Opportunities: Ronald E. McNair & RiSE Program         

Presenters: Beatrice Haimovich, Associate Professor- UMDNJ, Department of Surgery & Tiffany Mayers, Ronald E. Mcnair Program

Math for America Fellowship Opportunities

Presenter: Juan Amaya, Program Associate- Math for America


In order to guarantee  your spot, please register by no later than Friday, November 23, 2012. Please email Issata Saccoh at   stepup@rci.rutgers.edu with any questions. For directions to the Busch Campus Center, please click here. Participants may park in lots 51,59, and 67.

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