The GEP’s D.C., Maryland, and Virginia (DMV) Regional Node held its Fall 2022 Regional Node Meeting on Saturday, Sept 17th at the University of Richmond.
To increase faculty and student engagement in the GEP, the NIH’s Innovative Programs to Enhance Research Training (IPERT) grant provides support for regional clusters of participating GEP institutions (Regional Nodes). Regional Nodes are encouraged to develop events that allow undergraduates to present their work to other scientists, and/or faculty to learn, collaborate, mentor, and develop curricula.
Each of the 13 Regional Nodes can offer Regional Node Meetings (symposia) and/or Regional Node (New Member) Training. The Regional Node Meetings serve the dual functions of allowing undergraduates to present their work to other scientists, and faculty to learn, collaborate, mentor, and develop curricula. The Regional Node Training workshops expand the timing and location options for GEP training, thereby increasing and diversifying participation while testing a new regional training format. A particular goal of these Regional Node activities is the recruitment and support of new members from Community Colleges and Minority-Serving Institutions.
|Regional Node||Node Leader||Leader’s Institution||Node Co-Leader||Co-Leader’s Institution|
|CalNeAr (CA, NV, AZ)||Adam Haberman||University of San Diego (CA)||Bill Andreopoulos||San Jose State University (CA)|
|Carolinas||Marisol Santisteban||University of North Carolina at Pembroke (NC)||Michele Eller||Southern Wesleyan University (SC)|
|DMV (DC, MD, VA)||Matt Wawersik||William & Mary (VA)||Tara A. Pelletier||Radford University (VA)|
|Midwest North||Jenny Mierisch||Loyola University Chicago (IL)||Sarah Justice||Marian University (IN)|
|MN/IA/Dakotas||Kellie Agrimson||St. Catherine University (MN)||Andy Arsham|
|Bemidji State University (MN)
Anoka-Ramsey Community College (MN)
|New England||Rachel Sterne-Marr||Siena College (NY)||Evan Merkhofer||Mount Saint Mary College (NY)|
|New York & New Jersey (NY/NJ)||Raffaella Diotti||CUNY Bronx Community College (NY)||Brittany Miller||Hofstra University (NY)|
|Pacific Northwest (PNW)||Norma Velazquez-Ulloa||Lewis & Clark College (OR)||Jack Vincent||University of Washington-Tacoma (WA)|
|Pennsylvania (PA)||Brian Yowler||Grove City College (PA)||TBD|
|Puerto Rico (PR)||Angel O. Custodio||University of Puerto Rico-Aguadilla (PR)||Sheylda Díaz-Méndez||University of Puerto Rico-Ponce (PR)|
|Rocky Mountain||Shan Hays||Western Colorado University (CO)||Judy Leatherman||University of Northern Colorado (CO)|
|Southeast||Stephen Klusza||Clayton State University (GA)||TBD|
|Texas & Oklahoma (TX/OK)||Lindsey Long||Oklahoma Christian University (OK)||Chitra Chandrasekaran||Texas Wesleyan University (TX)|
Regional Node Meetings (RNMs) leverage available regional clusters of participating GEP institutions (i.e., Regional Nodes) to increase faculty and student engagement by allowing undergraduates to present their work to other scientists, and faculty to learn, collaborate, mentor, and develop curricula.
- A Regional Node Meeting is defined as any GEP activity that involves at least two institutions in the Regional Node that includes at least one of the following:
- Student presentations (poster or oral)
- Professional development activity
- Speaker gives a seminar on a research- or pedagogy-related topic
- Training in curriculum or science projects of current GEP faculty
- When Recruiting: ‘taster’ demos for prospective members (currently unavailable)
- Unlike Regional Node New Member Trainings, RNMs are typically single day events with a smaller budget. What happens at RNMs can vary, but they focus on community building and engagement within their region. In a nutshell, it’s up to the Regional Node to decide what they most need to address (e.g., faculty only meeting to work on professional development, opportunities for students, or a recruitment event to grow the Node membership).
RNT/NMT is designed to onboard new members by helping faculty integrate GEP curriculum materials into existing courses and engage their students in scientific research through CUREs. Training new members typically takes 15-20 hours and can occur in-person (2.5 days) or virtually (1.5 hour/10 days).
See the “Regional Node Event Planning” web page (generic password) for more details.
The Minnesota, Iowa, and Dakotas Regional Node held the GEP’s first, and largest, NIH-funded Regional Node Genomics Research Symposium in Saint Paul, MN, at Saint Catherine University, on April 21st, 2023.
The Texas and Oklahoma Regional Node held their first in-person Regional Node Meeting at the University of Texas at Austin on July 21, 2023.
The Rocky Mountain Regional Node held its Spring 2023 Regional Node Meeting virtually on February 25, 2023.
The Midwest North Regional Node held its second in-person meeting at the University of Detroit-Mercy on September 17-18, 2022.
The New York & New Jersey Regional Node held its Spring 2023 meeting virtually with six GEP members and three undergraduate students in attendance.
The Rocky Mountain Regional Node met virtually on November 12, 2022, at which Dr. Amanda Stahlke gave a riveting talk about the tamarisk beetle species.
The Midwest North Regional Node, which covers Michigan, Ohio, Illinois, Indiana, and Wisconsin, held a Regional Node Meeting virtually on January 26, 2023.
The Minnesota, Iowa, and Dakotas Regional Node held a virtual meeting on September 30, 2022 with Dr. Andy Arsham as the highlighted speaker.
The Southeast Regional Node held their first in-person Regional Node Meeting on September 8th and 9th, 2022.
The New England Regional Node held a virtual Regional Node Meeting on January 4, 2023, with ten members attending.
The New York and New Jersey Regional Node held an in-person Regional Node Meeting at Baruch College September 23, 2022.