Wednesday, September 1, 2010

IU Represented at NASA Education Stakeholders' Summit

Assistant Dean for the University Graduate School, Dr. Yolanda Treviño, will be representing IU as a panelist and a regional specialist at the NASA Education Stakeholders' Summit, “An Innovative Solution To Support the STEM Workforce of Tomorrow,” Sept 13-15, 2010, in Chantilly, VA.

She is one of four speakers on the Institutional Solutions: Maximizing Access to Available Human and Fiscal Resources Panel. This panel will present perspectives from NASA, other Federal Agencies, Industry, Non-Profits and Academia on strategies to maximize access to human and fiscal resources to attract, retain and prepare STEM Talent from college to career. The other three panelists are from the National Science Foundation, MIT and Southern Florida.

She is a Regional Specialist for the Institute for Broadening Participation "Building the STEM Workforce: Pathways for Recruitment, Retention, and Career Development" project supports NASA's OSSI initiative. Through this project, IBP leads a series of recruitment and retention efforts with a national network of colleges and universities along with three additional organizations with similar projects. The OSSI initiative involves streamlining the application and selection process for NASA funded educational opportunities such as scholarships, internships, and fellowships, with an overall goal of strengthening the STEM workforce and increasing the number of students successfully pursuing degrees and careers in the sciences. For more information, visit:

She is the director for the IU Midwest Crossroads Alliance for Graduate Education and the Professoriate (a National Science Foundation grant program which develops and implements innovative programs that promote the academic success of graduate students, with a special interest in activities designed to advance under-represented minority students in science, technology, engineering and mathematics degree programs); is responsible for diversity-building fellowships; and, serves as the ombudsperson for the Graduate and Professional Student Organization, the official graduate student government for IU.