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Deadline to Register: Monday, January 25 @5:00 PM

Alliance for Diversity in Science and Engineering

Young Researchers Conference:

January 28th - 30th, 2021

Deadline to Register: Monday, January 25 @5:00 PM

ADSE is creating an equitable, diverse, and inclusive research workforce drawn from a national fabric of students and researchers from community college through graduate school.

This year, as part of its new mission, ADSE will also be hosting a virtual panel of diverse scientists who started their paths in STEM at community/junior colleges. They will be addressing questions about how students from these institutions can further their education, and offer tips on how to navigate academia through the lens of a community/junior college student.

Meet our Keynote Speakers


Camilo Franco, PhD

ADSE YRC Keynote Speaker

Assistant Professor of Engineering

National University of Colombia

Thursday, January 28th

12 pm - 12:45 pm

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Bushra Anjum, PhD

ADSE YRC Keynote Speaker

Health IT Data Specialist/Data Program Manager: Doximity

Thursday, January 28th

3 pm - 4 pm


Joslynn Lee, PhD

ADSE YRC Keynote Speaker

Assistant Professor of Biochemistry

Fort Lewis College

Friday, January 29th

12 pm - 12:45 pm

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Stephany Santos, PhD

ADSE YRC Keynote Speaker

Assistant Professor in Residence of Biomedical Engineering, UConn

Friday, January 29th

3 pm - 4 pm

Explore the Conference

The Alliance for Diversity in Science and Engineering (ADSE) is hosting its 9th Young Researcher Conference (YRC) January 28-30, 2021. The intention of these conferences is to provide an opportunity for young researchers to present their work, receive career advice from other scientists and engineers, and network with established professionals with similar backgrounds. The first two days of the conference will include a total of four keynote speakers and twelve student speakers. 

Thursday, January 28th:

12:00 PM - 12:45 PM EST
| Morning Keynote Speaker Camilo A. Franco
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM EST
| Student Talks and Presentations 
Cephas Amoah “A new class of fluorescent compounds”
Rachel Stein “Theoretical Study of Photochemical Reaction Towards Bicyclobutane”

Yuchen Qiao “Functionalization of Protein C-termini Using Activated-Cysteine Directed Protein Ligation”

3:00 PM - 4:00 PM EST
| Afternoon Keynote Speaker Bushra Anjum
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM EST
| Student Talks and Presentations
Supreeth Prasad “Influence of the Chemical Environment: Solvation Effects on Halogen Bonding”
Mekhola Sinha “Systematic Defect Designing: My Journey towards Materials Discovery for Quantum Applications”
Daniel Dempe “Guaianolide Analogs with a Tunable Lactam Warhead as a Strategy for Covalent Drug Development”
5:00 PM - 5:30 PM EST
| Final Announcements
Daily Schedule:


Community College Panelists

Community College Panel

Join us on Saturday, January 30th @ 7 pm for a conversation with these former community college students as they discuss their unique paths to success in their fields.

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Raven Baxter


Science Communicator

Molecular Biology

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Azin Saebi


PhD student, MIT


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Brenda Andrade, PhD


Post-doc reseacher, UC San Diego


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Brittany Graeteak


MD/PhD Student, UArizona


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Ryan Hulett


PhD student, Harvard

Organismal and Evolutionary Biology

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Lane Carasik, PhD  


Assistant Professor, Virginia Commonwealth Univeristy | Mechanical/Nuclear Engineering


Shandee Dixon, PhD


Staff Scientist, CEDAR, OHSU

Microbiology / Immunology 

Register now for Alliance for Diversity in Science and Engineering's:

Young Researchers Conference:

Join the conversation with other STEM professionals and students on January 28th - 30th, 2021

Deadline to Register: Monday, January 25 @5:00 PM

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