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students at 2019 HBCU-MSI summit program
Visiting Students at 2019 HBCU-MSI Summit presentation

HBCU/MSI Research Summit schedule for students

Locations at the Inn at Virginia Tech are shown 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
  • 4-6:30 p.m. Downtime, prepare for dinner
  • 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. Graduate Admissions and Student Funding Opportunities (Solitude)

  • Janice Austin, Ph.D., assistant dean and director, Graduate School Admissions and Academic Progress
  • Monica Hunter, director, Multicultural Academic Opportunities


10-10:15 a.m. Break

10:15-11:15 a.m. GRE Prep Workshop ft. ETS® (Solitude)

Jack Klett, Educational Partnerships Consultant, Electronic Testing Services

11:15 a.m.-12 p.m. Wearing the Corporate Uniform, featuring The Aerospace Corporation (Solitude)

  • Bernard H. Jefferson, associate director of eectronics and power systems, The Aerospace Corporation.
  • Casey Jones, master of engineering graduate student.

Virginia Tech

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. The Aerospace Corporation (Solitude)

Bernard H. Jefferson, associate director of electronics and power systems, The Aerospace Corporation, and Jim Fishenden, general manager, Advanced Technology Division, The Aerospace Corporation

4-4:15 p.m. Break

4:15-5:30 p.m. HBCU/MSI Student alumni panel discussion, featuring current Virginia Tech graduate students (Solitude):

  • Antonio Carrington, Jr., Ph.D. student, Industrial and Systems Engineering
  • Michelle Ausman, Ph.D. student, Engineering Education
  • Sean Chambers, Ph.D. student, Alliance for Social, Political, Ethical, and Cultural Thought
  • Gavin Hough, master's degree student, Resource Management

5-6 p.m. Optional Diversity Scholar Showcase (Solitude)

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

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

7:30-9:30 p.m. Optional Events:

Game Night featuring sounds by Digging in the Crates, Hip Hop Studies at Virginia Tech (Solitude)

Career & Professional Development Tour and Iris Photo Booth Headshots (Transportation Provided)

Explore on your own/ Downtime

8-8:45 a.m. Breakfast & 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.