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2020 Sloan UCEM Mini-Conference

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Graduate College
Illini Union, Ballrooms A, B, & C
Jan 17, 2020   9:30 am - 4:30 pm  
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Sloan UCEM Scholars, affiliates, and graduate students from underrepresented populations in Sloan partnering departments: register today at


Registration is required for all participants, including all UCEM scholars. A light breakfast and lunch will be provided. Please note any dietary needs. 


Registration closes January 16—Space is limited!


Share Your Research


At this year's Sloan Mini-Conference you have the opportunity to present a poster or give a 3-min lighting talk on your research. This will be a great way to learn about research across Sloan partnering departments. We have room for 20-24 posters and fifteen (15) 3-min research talks.


Sign up here by December 28 to present your research. Assignments will be made based on level of interest, seniority and order of registration.


Morning Workshop: CliftonStrengths® for Students


Facilitator: Patricia Simpson, Director of Academic Advising and Career Services, School University of Illinois School of Chemical Sciences


Description: Understand how your talents work with others!  When you discover what you naturally do best, you can employ your strengths to build better teams and live your best life. Operating out of our strengths, we can increase productivity by up to 40% and overcome obstacles on teams, at work, and in our personal lives. This workshop will help you develop a solid understanding of yourself and your unique talents so that you can deepen those talents into strengths.


Afternoon Workshop: Make the Most of Your Project Summary


Facilitator: Celia Mathews Elliott, Director of External Affairs and Special Projects, University of Illinois Department of Physics


Description: The project summary is probably the most important section of any research proposal; it is the first thing that program officers and reviewers read, and it may be the only thing that some panel reviewers read. In this workshop, you’ll learn the essential elements of a project summary, evaluate some examples of deficient project summaries, and get some practical tips on how to write effective project summaries.


Closing Remarks: Scholarly Activism


Speaker: Eboni M. Zamani-Gallaher, Professor of Higher Education/Community College Leadership and Associate Head of the Department of Education Policy, Organization, and Leadership; Associate Dean of the Graduate College; Director of the Office for Community College Research and Leadership (OCCRL) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. 


Looking forward to seeing you!


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