Black Excellence in STEM and Health Symposium


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Imhotep’s Legacy Academy, in association with PLANS (Promoting Leadership in health for African Nova Scotians),  and the Delmore “Buddy” Daye Learning Institute (DBDLI) is hosting a two-day conference entitled Black Excellence in STEM and Health Research Symposium (BESH). The 2020 event will bring together STEM academics, research students, and secondary students from across Nova Scotia and Canada to:

1. Discuss the contributions of Black scientists to STEM
2. Expose secondary students to Black STEM professionals and offer three unique hands-on activities to deepen their understanding of science and health concepts and innovations,
3. To highlight research being done in STEM and health by Black scholars and develop solutions to address barriers to entry in these fields. The symposium will be held on the Dalhousie University campus in Halifax, Nova Scotia

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

Funding for this event is generously provided through DBDLI, PLANS, ILA, and a grant from the Government of Canada.

Symposium Activities for University Students, Faculty, Professionals and Community Members

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

  • DAY 1 (evening) - at the Delmore "Buddy" Daye Learning Institute (DBDLI)
  • DAY 2 (day) - in the Tupper Building, Carlton campus, Dalhousie Unversitiy
      • Session 1- Research presentation
      • Session 2- ILA, PLANS, DBDLI conversation and action plan
      • Session 3- Breakout workshops
      • Session 4- Student Research Poster Presentations
  • DAY 2 (evening)at the University Club, Dalhousie University
    • GALA

Workshops for Secondary School Learners

Running concurrent to the main symposium on Day 2, university STEM and Health students of African heritage will mentor and guide participating youth in workshops that will engage them in fun, thought-provoking STEM and Health activities. These activities will take place at the Tupper Building on the Dalhousie Unversity Campus.   

Symposium Schedule

DAY 1: FRIDAY,MARCH 6TH 2020:Main Symposium
(Venue: DBDLI, 5450 Cornwallis St, Halifax,NS)

6:30pm-7:00pm Registration
Please sign in and find a seat.
7:00pm-8:00pm Welcome and Keynote - Mr. Bruce Johnson
Welcome to the session and housekeeping for the evening.
8:00pm-8:15pm Q&A
Question and Answer session following the keynote address.
8:15pm-9:00pm Networking Social
Please take this opportunity to meet others at the event.

DAY 2: SATURDAY, MARCH 7TH 2020: Main Symposium & Youth Schedule
(Venue: TUPPER BUILDING 5850 College St, Halifax,NS)

8:30am-9:00am Registration-Tupper Link (everyone)
Please sign in and find a seat.
9:00am-10:15am Welcome and Keynote: Dr. Juliet Daniel- Theatre A (everyone)
Welcome to the session and housekeeping for the day.
10:15am-10:30am Nutrition Break- Tupper Link/Commons (everyone)
Poster Viewing- please take this time to view the student research posters spread throuhout the space.
10:30am-12:00pm Session 1-Theatre A
Professor/Professional 15 minute research presentations.
Session 1- CHEB 150
"Black's In STEM" video and ILA's hands-on activity related to STEM.
12:00pm-1:00pm Lunch- Tupper Link/ Commons (everyone)
Please grab some lunch and take this opportunity to get to know others. We will also be offering a drumming activity over lunch if you would like to participate.
1:00pm-2:00pm Session 2- Theatre B (everyone)
Imhotep,PLANS,DBDLI converation and action plan.
2:00pm-3:00pm Session 3-Theatre B & CHEB 150
Please choose a session to attend: Dr. Mikhail Burke (STEM) or Dr. OmiSoore Dryden (Health).
Session 3- Theatre C
PLANS hands-on activity related to health.
3:00pm-3:15pm Nutrition Break- Tupper Link/ Commons (everyone)
Poster Viewing- please take this time to view the student research posters spread throughout the space.

Session 4- Theatre B (everyone)
Student Research Poster Presentations and Oral Presentations.

4:15pm-4:30pm Closing- Theatre B (everyone)
Thank you for attending the research symposium.

(Venue: UNIVERSITY CLUB  6259 South St, Halifax, NS)

6:30pm-7:00pm Registration
Please sign in and find a seat.
7:00pm-7:30pm Welcome
Welcome to the evening and housekeeping.
7:30pm-9:00pm Meal
Meal, activities and entertainement.
9:00pm-11:00pm Dance
Local DJ.