Finding Your Fit as an emerging STEM Researcher and Scholar of Color in Higher Education Webinar

This FREE 1-hr webinar is presented to offer information and resources to forge personal and professional development as a STEM researcher and scholar in higher education. Aligned with the McKnight Doctoral Fellowship Program’s mission to address the underrepresentation of African American and Hispanic faculty at colleges and universities by increasing the pool of citizens qualified with Ph.D. degrees to teach at the college and university levels, this presentation focuses on the importance of actively engaging in culturally sustaining MentoringNetworking, and Branding within the STEM pipeline. Guest speaker, Dr. Kristina Henry Collins will share some strategies that work and her experiences with at various levels and in diverse spaces, including the academy and STEM profession.

The McKnight doctoral and TRISH’s post-doctoral fellows’ programs are featured along select NASA funding sources and opportunities. Participants will also learn more about LBJ institute, its potential collaboration opportunities, and the growing “ambassadors” program.

Hosted by: NASA EPDC and LBJ Institute for STEM Education & Research
Presented by: [In Collaboration with] TRISH’s LBJ SHIP & FEF’s McKnight Doctoral Fellows Program
Target Audience: USA-based Underrepresented Doctoral Students, Post-docs, and Early-career STEM & Business Research Professionals

When: December 19, 2022 @ 7PM EST
Where: Virtual Webinar
Register Here to Attend:

Lisa Hanson, Program Manager, LBJ Space Health Inclusion Program (LBJ SHIP) 
Dr. Kristina Henry Collins, Associate Director for LBJ Institute for STEM Education and Research

*Registrants will immediately receive a registration confirmation email. An event reminder with link to attend session closer to the date. (Recorded Webinar may be available to registrants and attendees). Certificates of completion for professional development that may be used toward PD or CEU credentials will be provided to attendees.   

Presenters’ Bio

Lisa Hanson, M.S., has degrees in Biology, Accounting and Education. She is currently a doctoral candidate in Mathematics and Science Education, with a research focus on mentoring Black women doctoral students in STEM. She has served as a science educator in K-16 for over a decade. She is an alumna of Texas State University and serves as the LBJ Space Health Inclusion Partnership program manager.

Kristina Henry Collins, Ph.D., boasts over 30 years of experience in STEM research, education, and career work.  She serves as the Associate Director for the LBJ Institute for STEM Education and Associate Professor of Talent Development at Texas State University. Dr. Collins developed and facilitates an award-winning graduate-level multicultural, multi-perspective, and service-learning designated course on Mentoring Across the Lifespan, which also integrates a university-wide informal hybrid STEM mentoring program and workforce development training for university faculty, PK-12 educators, industry partners, and post-secondary students (UG, Master’s and Doctoral levels). Dr. Collins’ leading role in currently funded work includes Co-I for (1) NASA’s EPDC collaborative and (2) NASA’s M-STTR (MUREP-Small-business Technology Transfer planning grant; PI for (3) LBJ Space Health Inclusion Project (LBJ SHIP) and (4) FAMA 3: HS IDEAS project; and senior personnel, collaborator, and/or advisor for (5) other funded projects.

The LBJ Institute serves an Official NASA MAA (MUREP Aerospace Academy) site, providing NASA OSTEM support and regional NASA-relevant outreach to schools and community.