The Emerging Researchers National (ERN) Conference in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) was held at the Washington Marriott Wardman Park February 21-23, 2019 in Washington DC. The ERN Conference is aimed at college and university undergraduate and graduate students who participate in programs funded by the NSF HRD Unit, including underrepresented minorities and persons with disabilities.
Members of the National Society of Black Physicists (NSBP) joined a number of other science and technology professionals representing at the ERN Conference. Our members served as judges for oral and poster sessions as well as panelists on a number of topics relevant to the student attendees. Dr. Paul Gueye, NSBP Past President, chaired the NSBP Physics workshop. Dr. Elaine Lalanne gave a presentation entitled “NSBP and Networking” at the same session. At the conference, NSBP held a dinner with current members and potential supporters that were attending the conference. During the dinner, Dr. Willie Rockward laid out his vision for the organization for the next five years. During the final award ceremony, NSBP treasurer Dr. Elaine Lalanne handed out awards to oral and poster session award winners
The objectives of the conference are to help undergraduate and graduate students to enhance their science communication skills and to better understand how to prepare for science careers in a global workforce. Overall, NSBP members were honored to work with the ERN conference and look forward to more opportunities to collaborate where organizational missions overlap.
For more information about the ERN Conference, go to emerging-researchers.org