A Letter from the President of NSBP

President’s Reflections at One Year

- Fall Workshop at Fermilab

- 40 for 40 Life Membership Campaign

- ERN Conference

- Open Board Meetings

- Section / Committee Volunteers Wanted

 

I appreciate this opportunity to reflect on my first year as President of the National Society of Black Physicists and I look forward to the progress that we will see this year. I am pleased to report that our organization is continuing to fulfill our mission of promoting the professional well-being of black physicists within the scientific community and within society at large.

In October we held the NSBP Fall Workshop at Fermilab in Batavia, IL. This two day, student focused workshop included the following topics: resume writing, work/life balance, imposter syndrome, and non-academic career options. There were plenary speakers, networking lunches, poster sessions as well as tours of the facility.  There were many opportunities for the 100+ students to learn about graduate programs, summer internships and potential research collaborations at national laboratories. Over 15 sponsors from various laboratories and graduate programs attended this meeting to network and recruit our students. As a direct result of this collaboration, we are pleased to announce two annual NSBP summer internships at Fermilab for NSBP student members.

In an effort to help our organization grow during our 40th year anniversary year, we introduced the 40 for 40 Life Membership Campaign. This fundraising campaign aims to enable members to demonstrate further commitment to the ideals of the organization by becoming life members of NSBP. The goal is to gain 40 Lifetime Members during our 40th year, and we are more than one third of the way to this goal. Please consider joining NSBP as a life member. Payment plans are available. Please visit http://nsbp.org/membership/ for more details.

This year we again partnered with the AAAS and the NSF, organizers of the 2017 Emerging Researchers Network (ERN) Conference in Washington, DC to host several NSBP Physics Sessions. This conference is aimed at enabling undergraduate and graduate students to enhance their science communication skills and better understand how to prepare for science careers in a global workforce. The NSBP Physics sessions consisted of talks from invited speakers, interactive panel discussions, student presentations as well as a reception dinner for our 40th Year Celebration to honor our supporters, sponsors, lifetime members, and past presidents.  The event was a success and we look forward to implementing more events this year in celebration of our 40th year anniversary.

The NSBP board welcomes and encourages student and professional members to interact with us (email board@nsbp.org). Your opinions are extremely valuable. Members can also get involved by participating in our quarterly open board meetings. During these board meetings, we discuss the organization’s financial standing, committee activities of the past month, upcoming events and conferences, and allow time for participants to ask questions or offer recommendations to the board. We want to ensure transparency to our members and this is a great opportunity for our members to learn more about what is going on with NSBP. The next open board meeting will be in April. All current NSBP members will get an invitation via email.

We are also currently calling for members to help with our NSBP Sections and Committees. We have 16 physics sections and 10 committees that need leadership and member involvement. The sections help plan symposia at our annual conference as well as other meetings, workshops, and mini-courses. The committees help the organization to manage communications, professional development, meetings, awards international affairs and more. For more on the NSBP sections, please visit http://nsbp.org/about-us/nsbp-sections/. For more on the NSBP committees, please visit http://nsbp.org/about-us/committees/. If you are interested in or participating with any of these, please send an email to board@nsbp.org. Be sure to indicate the section/committee that you wish to work with and your contact information.

We are very proud of what we have been able to accomplish during these challenging times. For the coming year, we plan to continue to build on the momentum of last year and explore new and exciting ways to keep the National Society of Black Physicists visible and relevant. We will focus efforts on reestablishing our annual conference, with funding, highlighting the accomplishments of our members and informing our members of opportunities for. I would like to encourage each of our members to increase your involvement in NSBP to share your knowledge, skills, and expertise with our physics community, so that we can all benefit personally and professionally.

 

Sincerely,

Renee Horton, Ph.D.

NSBP President

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