Academic and Research Leadership Network and March 2018 Symposium

Lance Cooper

The Academic and Research Leadership (ARL) network is organized to prepare minority engineers and scientists in academia, industry, and government laboratories whose careers involve a strong focus on research. Illinois will be a sponsor this year. The upcoming ARL symposium has two threads: (1) faculty development and (2) research networking. The faculty development thread hosts workshops organized by members of the ARL network that strengthen and demystify fundamental components of academia. Example topics include: Obtaining a Faculty Position, The Ins and Outs of the Tenure Process, How to Write a Successful Proposal, How to Successfully Manage a Research Group, Strategies for Diversifying your Research Funding Portfolio. The research networking thread provides an opportunity for seasoned researchers (university, corporate, government) to nurture connections with their peers, and be excited and inspired by the latest discoveries and technical advances across many disciplines of engineering and science.

We are pleased to announce the 5th Annual Academic Research and Leadership Network Symposium (ARLS).  This year’s symposium will be held in conjunction with the NSBE National Convention from March 21-25th, 2018 in Pittsburg, PA. ARLS events will occur on March 23-24 and consist of a research symposium on March 23rd followed by a faculty/career development symposium on March 24th at the NSBE Convention site (Omni William Penn Hotel). We have a limited amount of funds available to provide $2000 ASSITS travel awards for graduate students, post-docs, and junior faculty (pre-tenure) participants. Detailed instructions for participants are below; we hope to see you in Pittsburgh in 2018!  

Speakers (Confirmed to date): Josephine Allen, University of Florida; Shawn Blanton, Carnegie Mellon University; Audrey Bowden, Stanford University; Todd Coleman, University of California, San Diego; Lesia Crumpton-Young, Tennessee State University; Ralph Etienne-Cummings, John Hopkins University; Sam Graham, Georgia Institute of Technology; Monique Head, Morgan State University; Asegun Henry, Georgia Institute of Technology; Stephanie Luster-Teasley, North Carolina A&T State University; Chinedum Osuji, Yale University; Sam Senyo, Case Western Reserve University; Adrienne Stiff-Roberts, Duke University; Rosalind Wynne, Villanova University  

Travel Award Application and Registration Instructions (for 40 Eligible Participants)

1.)  Join NSBE! Become a NSBE member. Link:  

2.)  Apply for the ASSITS Travel Grant by December 31, 2017. Link:  

3.) Apply for 2018 ARLS. Applications should include title and abstract for poster presentations and are due by January 5, 2018. Link:  

General Registration Instructions Follow the procedures described in 1 and 3 above. If you are not already a member, please also consider joining the ARL Network.  The accepted ARLS attendees will be registered for the NSBE Convention ($200) and will be assigned a hotel room at the Omni William Penn Hotel ($100-$200/night).