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Networking at an HBCU-MSI Research Summit
Networking at an HBCU-MSI Research Summit

Faculty schedule for the 2023 HBCU/MSI Research Summit at Virginia Tech

Faculty Schedule:


November 6:

Arrival to Blacksburg, Virginia

3- 4 p.m. Welcome & Activity with the Center for Communicating Science

4-5 p.m. Session TBA

5-6 p.m. Room Check-in/ prepare for Dinner

6 p.m. Networking Dinner 


November 7:

8:30-9:30 a.m. Networking Breakfast

9:35-10:35 a.m. Funding opportunities

-Humanities Session

-Life Sciences Session

10:45 a.m.-12 p.m. DEI workshop/Mentorship workshop 

12-1 p.m. Networking Lunch 

1-2:15 p.m.: Juneteenth Scholars showcase

2:30-4 p.m. Research Showcase

4-5:30 p.m. ICTAS panel on successful faculty partnerships across institutions

6-7:30 p.m.  Networking Dinner

7-10 p.m. Bowling


November 8

8-10 a.m. Breakfast

9-12 p.m. Departmental visit with host faculty

12-1 p.m. Lunch with Host Department

Departure from Blacksburg, VA

Locations at the Inn at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg noted in parentheses.

Arrival in Blacksburg: Luggage Storage begins at 1:00pm

  • 2:30-4 p.m. Registration opens and refreshments offered
  • 4 p.m. Hotel room check-in begins
  • 4-5 p.m. Optional, Campus Tours
  • 5-6:30 p.m. Optional Faculty Activity: Faculty Mixer (Cascades)
  • 6:30-8:30 p.m. Opening Dinner and Dessert Panel (Latham AB)

8-9 a.m. Networking Breakfast (Latham AB)

9-10 a.m. Funding Opportunities Discussion

  • Humanities, Social Sciences, and Education (Cascades)
  • Life Sciences (Assembly Hall)

10-10:15 a.m. Break

10:15-11:30 a.m. Discussion: HBCU/MSI and VT Partnership Development featuring faculty from Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University and Virginia Tech (Cascades)

  • Dr. Maren Roman, associate professor, Sustainable Biomaterials, Virginia Tech
  • Dr. Alan Esker, graduate program director and professor, Chemistry, Virginia Tech
  • Dr. Natalie Arnett, associate professor, Chemical and Biomedical Engineering, FAMU
  • Dr. Jesse Edwards III, professor of chemistry, College of Science and Technology, FAMU
  • Dr. Sanket Deshmukh, associate professor, Chemical Engineering, Virginia Tech
  • Dr. Valerie Welborn, assistant professor, Chemistry, Virginia Tech

11:30 a.m.-12 p.m. Break

12:00-12:45 p.m. Lunch (Latham AB)

1-2:30 p.m. Juneteenth Scholars panel featuring current Virginia Tech faculty members (Assembly Hall):

  • Dr. Amaryah Armstrong, Assistant Professor, Religion and Culture
  • Dr. Marcus Johnson, Professor Educational Psychology, School of Education
  • Dr. Desiree Poets, Assistant Professor of Postcolonial Theory, Political Science
  • Dr. Geovani Ramirez, Assistant Professor of Latinx Studies & Literature, English

2:30-3 p.m. Break

3-4 p.m. STEM: The Aerospace Corporation (Cascades)

  • Dr. Jay Northern, The Aerospace Corporation Assistant Principal Director – Strategic Deterrence and Defense
  • Dr. Josh Little, The Aerospace Corporation General Manager, Advanced Technology Division

3-4 p.m. Liberal Arts: Student Projects and Collaborations (Assembly Hall) Faculty from centers and programs discussing possible collaborations.

  • Disability Tech project, Dr. Ashley Shew and Dr. Elizabeth McLain
  • Social media and public relations, Dr. Nneka Logan
  • Public interest technology, Dr. Sylvester Johnson
  • Human Dimensions of Infectious Disease, Dr. Tom Ewing

4-4:15 p.m. Break

4:15-5:15 p.m. Institute for Critical Technology and Applied Science (ICTAS) Partnership Session (Cascades)

Christine Tysor, Program Manager, Mid-Atlantic Aviation Partnership, Virginia Tech

5:30-6:30 p.m. Research and Recruitment Showcase (Latham Hallway)

6:30-7:30 p.m. Networking Dinner and Speaker: Dr. Matt Cowley (Latham AB)

8-8:45 a.m. Breakfast and Dean’s Welcome (Latham AB)

8:45-9 a.m. Meet hosts and transportation to sites

9 a.m.-12 p.m.  Departmental visit with program of interest

12-1 p.m. Lunch with Department

1-1:30 p.m. Transportation back to the Inn and departure from Blacksburg.