Student Breakout Sessions

Freshman and Sophomore LSAMP Scholars
Friday, March 31, 1:30 – 4:30 p.m.


Amphitheater 1
Jumpstart Your Professional Development:  Résumés and Cover Letters
Dr. Robin Selzer, Assistant Professor, Pre-Health Internship Program, University of Cincinnati

Résumés and cover letters are critical professional products that will be used over and over again. They can also set you apart from the competition when applying for internships, research, graduate school or jobs. In this one-hour session, you will have the opportunity to develop your résumé and practice writing a cover letter.  Bring your laptop or tablet. 



Mt. Auburn 
Effective Strategies to Expand your Cultural Intelligence
Steve Brady, Extension Educator, OSU Extension, College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, The Ohio State University
Chris Igodan. Leader of International Extension Programs, College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, The Ohio State University

Demographics are changing across Ohio and the entire United States. In order to increase organizational and individual effectiveness there must be an increased ability to interact effectively and respectfully with diverse individuals. Unlike previous generations in our country, today’s educators and professionals at every level of an organization and in every location, interact with more individuals and groups whose cultural backgrounds differ from their own. In these situations, some professionals may feel ill equipped to function effectively. Cultural intelligence (CQ) is the term denoting one's capability to function effectively in situations characterized by cultural diversity. Organizational and individual effectiveness is increasingly dependent on people who can be effective and respectful in a variety of cultural situations.  This interactive session is designed to provide attendees with information to help them increase their CQ.   Activities will provide attendees with information about CQ drive, CA strategy, CQ knowledge, and CQ action--essential skills for improving one's Cultural Intelligence.



Saturday, April 1

9:00 – 9:45 Session I

Strategies for Writing a Successful Scientific Abstract
Jeff Hattey
Amphitheater 1

It is only 250 words long, how hard can it be to write a scientific abstract about your research? Often short in length, the scientific abstract is an important part of your research. Not all abstracts are created equal but they have a common purpose. Learn the purpose of an abstract, how to successful construct a scientific abstract, what to include or not include, and what to look for when you read an abstract.


Crafting a Competitive Application
La’Tonia Stiner-Jones
Mt. Auburn

Crafting a Competitive Application- In this session you will learn what to include in your statement of purpose, have your recommenders include in their letters, what review committees are looking for and how applications are evaluated.  This session is designed to help you prepare your application and differentiate yourself from other applicants.


How to Prepare for and Apply to Graduate School:  Crafting a Competitive Application
Valerie Robinson
Mt. Echo

“So where do I start? I know I want to go to graduate school and my advisor has recommended several programs, but I really have no idea where to start.” If this is where you are, this session is the one for you!  We will start from the first step of deciding on graduate programs, reviewing application materials and walk through what to expect – from electronic letters of recommendation, to your personal statement, resume and test scores.  We will review the application components and how to reach out to faculty whose research is similar to yours.  Finally, we will present a mechanism to keep you on track with all the application materials, deadlines, and finally, offers of admission. This session starts with the idea of graduate school and ends with you in a graduate program! 


10:00 – 10:45 Session II

Study smart, not hard: The importance of active learning in college
Anna Brady
Amphitheater 1

College often requires a deeper, more lasting type of learning than high school. Whether you never had to study in high school or all of your studying seems to be making little difference in college, active learning strategies can help you get more out of your study time. In this session, you’ll learn what active learning is and how to apply it to your classes. Come with an open mind about how you approach learning: Your studying is about to get a lot smarter.


Graduate Student Panel
Scott Hartley
Mt. Auburn

Dr. Scott Hartley will moderate a STEM Graduate Student Panel that will include students working on degrees in chemistry, chemical engineering, earth science and neuroscience.  You will learning about how they decided to pursue graduate degrees, experiences that shaped their career paths, funding of graduate studies, and life as a graduate student.  There will be ample opportunity for you to ask your own questions and benefit from their advice.  Prepare to be inspired to pursue a graduate degree.


Resume Building: Transforming Leadership Experience from a Bullet Point to an Interview
Kaitlyn Murray
Mt. Echo

Leadership experience is often a formative part of the undergraduate experience, yet it is frequently relegated to a bullet point list at the end of a student’s resume. In this interactive session students will use current job postings to create career development plans and write tailored resume materials. As a result of this session, attendees will be able to communicate the benefits of peer leader roles in their resume, write impactful bullet points that illustrate the breadth of their accomplishments, and strategically pursue opportunities that will strengthen their career development.


11:00 – 11:45 Session III

Want to Have a Career in STEM?  Explore How Graduate School Can Get You There
Marcela Hernandez
Amphitheater 1

Information about why graduate school is the next step for those interested in research and leading a research enterprise in the future. The characteristics of graduate programs and how to prepare will be discussed.


Graduate School or Professional School:  How Do I Decide and How Do I Prepare?
La’Tonia Stiner-Jones
Mt. Auburn

This session is designed to provide you with information to help you decide which career path is best for you and how to prepare for graduate, law, medical or dental school.


Financial Wellness Jeopardy
Aisha Powell
Mt. Echo

Play Jeopardy and learn about managing your personal finances.


1:30 – 2:15 Session IV

Choosing data visualizations and telling the story of your data (using graphics in presentations and in print)
Mary Faure
Amphitheater 1

This presentation provides insights into how to choose the best graphical form for presenting different messages with data.  After the presentation, participants will examine sample data and text and design simple visualizations with a message that tells unique stories about the meaning of the provided data.


How choosing the right advisor is crucial for success
Marcela Hernandez
Mr. Auburn

This session is for undergraduate students who are planning to attend graduate school. Information about how to pick a good graduate advisor/mentor will be given by comparing good and bad mentorship experiences. Students will learn strategies for making better informed advisor/mentor choices. Session goals: the goals of this session are: 1) to inform students what are important characteristics of a good mentor 2) to give students examples of red flags and how to recognize them when evaluating possible advisors/mentors 3) to suggest strategies to evaluate advisors/mentors and 4) to provide students with additional resources to guide them in choosing a mentor. The speaker will analyze in depth two contrasting mentoring experiences and explain what the determining factors for success were.


Wellness 101
Aisha Powell
Mt. Echo

From nutrition to sexual health to stress and more, learn how to stay healthy and happy during your college experience.


2:30 - 3:15 Session V

Building Your Transfer Plan
Mark Cortez
Amphitheater 1

Are you ready to transfer from your community college to a four year school?  In this session we’ll have an interactive discussion around how you can begin building your transfer plan to have a successful transition between schools.  Pre-advising, application deadlines, program requirements, transfer credit, student services, and financial aid are areas that a representatives from The Ohio State University will guide you through.


STEM Panel
Mt. Auburn


Time Management and Test Taking
William Neater
Mt. Echo