PRISM Scholars Newsletter

December 15th, 2021

Voice of Inspiration

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Upcoming Events and Research Opportunities


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Save the Date!

PRISM Mentorship Workshops led by Becky Wai-Ling Packard in 2022

PRISM Scholar Virtual Workshops

Scholar Workshop Title:

Mentoring up: Strategies to enlist the support of your professors, advisors, and mentors in your academic journey

Scholar Workshop Date and Times:

Thursday, January 20, 2022

3:00PM - 4:00PM Central (Choose one time)

6:00PM - 7:00PM Central (Choose one time)

Scholar Workshop Description:

In this session, we will discuss common situations or dilemmas that we may face when interacting with professors, advisors, or mentors. Participants will discuss strategies to navigate these situations including ways to productively enlist others in conversation and shared problem-solving.

Scholar Participation:

We are very excited to have this opportunity to interact with a respected advocate for STEM students. All PRISM scholars should register for one of the two virtual workshops led by Becky Wai-Ling Packard. Complete the registration form to select a preferred time that works best for your schedule. Zoom links will be provided prior to the workshop.

PRISM Scholars: complete registration to select preferred time: Register Here

PRISM Faculty Mentor Virtual Workshop

Faculty Mentor Workshop Title:

Difficult conversations in mentoring

Faculty Mentor Workshop Description:

In this workshop, the facilitator will share some themes from student listening sessions followed by features of mentoring conversations that can be challenging to navigate. Participants will have an opportunity to work through multiple situations with peers and generate a range of strategies. Mentors will engage in brainstorming how they can draw upon their departmental and campus contexts to further support their mentoring culture.

Faculty Mentor Workshop Date and Time:

Thursday, January 27, 2022

3:00 - 5:00 PM Central (One time only)

PRISM Faculty Mentors: watch for calendar invite

About Becky Wai-Ling Packard

Becky Wai-Ling Packard is Professor of Psychology and Education at Mount Holyoke College in South Hadley, Massachusetts and the author of the book Successful STEM Mentoring Initiatives for Underrepresented Students: A Research-Based Guide for Faculty and Administrators.

Packard is an expert on mentoring, persistence, and inclusive climate, where she focuses on the experiences of first-generation college students, students of color, low-income students, community college transfer students, and women in technical fields. A multi-racial, first-generation college graduate, she has particular expertise in STEM fields of work and transitions into higher education and work.

The winner of the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE), the highest honor awarded by the federal government, Packard has earned and completed National Science Foundation research grants focused on technical and community college transfer pathways, a Google-funded initiative on inclusive peer mentoring in computer science, and a Microsoft-funded initiative focused on mentoring for tech resilience.

She works with individuals (e.g., faculty, staff, advisors, mentors, department chairs, and supervisors) to improve the power of mentoring, advising, and teaching, navigate difficult conversations, and improve departmental climate; she also works with organizations to strengthen the mentoring infrastructure and organizational climate. In 2016, Packard completed a Whiting Fellowship in Ireland focused on policy change; in 2018, she served as a Chancellor’s Leadership Fellow in Residence at UMass Amherst; during the 2018-2019 year, she served as a Faculty Fellow at the University of Michigan. She has visited over 70 campuses to work on these topics.



Summer Internship and Fellowship Opportunities Informational Session

Are you looking for exciting summer internship or fellowship opportunities?

ORISE is hosting a Summer Internship and Fellowship Opportunities Informational Session for summer 2022 on Thursday, Dec. 16, 2:00-3:00 pm. The session focuses on how you can apply at Zintellect to ORISE summer 2022 opportunities with DOE, CDC, FDA, NSF, and more. There are opportunities for both current students and recent graduates in STEM, Policy, Technical Support, and more.

Register Here


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MICS 2022 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on April 1-2, 2022

Interested in computing and technology? Consider attending MICS 2022!

The Midwest Instruction and Computing Symposium (MICS) is a regional conference dedicated to providing an educational experience to students and instructors at higher education institutions. The conference focuses on the teaching of computing and its use in all disciplines and the incorporation of the study of this technology in the curriculum.

Activities include

  • Keynote speaker Samrat Saha, Head of Customer Engineering, Select Accounts for Retail North America at Google Cloud

  • Presentation of technical papers and posters

  • Programming competition

  • Robotics competition

MICS 2022 will be held in Milwaukee, WI at the Milwaukee School of Engineering (MSOE) on April 1-2, 2022. The current plan is for an in-person conference experience. Participants typically come from Iowa, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wisconsin. Students from 2-year and 4-year colleges are encouraged to attend!

This is the 54th anniversary of the Symposium. Established in 1967, it is one of the nation’s oldest conferences on computer-related issues and associated opportunities at smaller institutions of higher education.

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To express interest in possibly attending MICS 2022 please fill out the 2022 MICS Expression of Interest Form.


Research Experience for Undergraduates in Data-Driven Materials Science

About the program

This Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) offers a unique interdisciplinary experience that integrates cutting-edge data science techniques and the design of novel materials. REU students will be introduced to the field of Materials Informatics and learn how to apply artificial intelligence tools to create novel materials with preferred characteristics.

The internship includes a scientific communications workshop, educational seminars and social activities, aimed at preparing a future generation of materials scientists who are fluent in both materials science and information science.

Who should apply

All applicants should be interested in pursuing a career in research and must be U.S. citizens or U.S. nationals. Students from groups underrepresented in STEM and non-research focused institutions are strongly encouraged to apply. No prior research experience required.


The 10 week program runs from the day after Memorial Day through the first week of August. Flights to and from the internship location in Buffalo, NY and housing in the University at Buffalo dorms will be covered. Students that require on-site housing will check into their dorms on May 30 and check out on Saturday, August 6.


Application deadline is Monday,

February 7, 2022


Links to STEM Resources


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NFL's Emmanuel Ellerbee Launches Nonprofit To Lead Black Student-Athletes Into STEM

National Football League (NFL) player Emmanuel Ellerbee is looking out for student-athletes with his new nonprofit. The Atlanta Falcons linebacker launched his nonprofit, Bee’s Believers:

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