Black Excellence in STEM Conference

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Objective

Imhotep’s Legacy Academy, in association with Dalhousie University and the Delmore “Buddy” Daye Learning Institute (DBDLI) is hosting a one-day conference entitled Black Excellence in STEM to bring together STEM students and academics from Canada and the United States to discuss

  1. The contributions of Black scientists to STEM
  2. Strategies to help the next generation navigate their STEM careers
  3. How best to foster the next generation of African-Canadian STEM professionals, including mentorship.

This conference seeks to positively contribute to the educational and career development of African Canadians in STEM.

Funding for this event is generously provided through an NSERC Promoscience Supplements for Collaboration grant.

 

Sessions 1-5 for University Students, Faculty, Professionals and Community Members

Conference attendees can attend one or more of the conference sessions.

  • Session 1: KEYNOTE PRESENTATION
  • Session 2: SCHOLARSHIP OF INTEGRATION – Speakers will present their health-related research, with a special focus on issues affecting the African Canadian Community. Presentations will be followed by a question-and-answer segment via panel discussion.
  • Session 3: SCHOLARSHIP OF DISCOVERY – University faculty staff will present the fundamentals relating to their research and/or work. Presentations will be followed by a question-and-answer segment via panel discussion.
  • Session 4: SCHOLARSHIP OF TEACHING – Speakers will present their work and/or research relating to the education system in the African Canadian community. Presentations will be followed by a question-and-answer segment via panel discussion.
  • Session 5: STUDENT RESEARCH POSTER PRESENTATION – University students will present posters summarizing their research work in a STEM topic.  Presentations will be followed by a question-and-answer segment.
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Workshops for Secondary School Learners

Running concurrent to the Conference and separate from the sessions, university STEM-students of African heritage will mentor and guide participating youth in workshops that will engage them in fun, thought-provoking STEM activities.  Students will also be given a free tour of the Discovery Centre.

Conference Schedule

TIME ACTIVITY
8:30am-9:30am Breakfast (in Orientation Gallery outside the Dome Theatre)
9:30am-10:30am Session 1 (in the Dome Theatre)
  • Keynote Presentation - Dr. Simon Gebremeskel
10:30am-10:45am Coffee Break (in Program Room A)
10:45am-12:15pm Session 2 (in the Dome Threatre)
  • Scholarship of Integration - Health and the African Canadian Community, followed by panel discussion
  • Speakers:  Dr. Barb Hamilton-Hinch, Dr. Wilber Menéndez Sánchez, Dr. Ingrid Waldron
Student Workshop (in Program Room B)

Discovery Centre Tour and Science Activity
12:15pm-1:15pm Lunch (in Program Room A & B)
1:15pm-2:15pm Session 3 (in the Dome Threatre)
  • Scholarship of Discovery - Fundamental Research, 10-minute presentations followed by panel discussion
  • Speakers:  Dr. J. Pemberton Cyrus, Dr. Kevin C. Hewitt, Dr. Rita Orji, Dr. Sophia Stone
Student Workshop (in Program Room B)

Discovery Centre Tour and Science Activity
2:15pm-2:30pm Stretch and water break
2:30pm-3:30pm Session 4 (in the Dome Threatre)
  • Scholarship of Teaching - Education and the African Canadian Community, followed by panel discussion
  • Speakers:  Dr. George Frempong, Dr. Marlene Ruck Simmonds
Student Workshop (in Program Room B)

Discovery Centre Tour and Science Activity
3:30pm-4:30pm Session 5 (in the Dome Threatre)
  • Student Research Poster Presentations, followed by question-and-answer period
    • Tarmy Abbot
    • Ikeoluwa Adebola Bello
    • Ogheneruemu Ememoh
    • Jennifer Kpolu
Student Workshop (in Program Room B)

Discovery Centre Tour and Science Activity
4:30pm-5:00pm Discovery Centre Dome Theatre Video Experience
5:00pm-6:00pm Dinner Reception and Networking (in Program Rooms A & B)