39th Annual NSBE Convention
Dates: March 27-31, 2013
Nearly 10,000 participants will meet in the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis, Illinois. Highlights of the event include a STEM Public PolicyForum, a lecture featuring Dr. Randal Pinkett, a Pre-College Initiative (PCI) Awards Luncheon with Delano M. White, and a Speedway Tour led by the first female black drag racer, Nicole Lyons.
On Saturdays during the semester, NSBE members provide tutoring services at the Africana Center on the Tufts Medford Campus. Two to three volunteers from NSBE work with volunteers from other subject areas to ensure a well-rounded knowledge base for the local youth with which Sankofa works.
NSBE Day of Service
Date: January 21, 2013
NSBE members traveled to Central Square in Cambridge, Massachusetts to help the community in honor of Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday. Participants made emergency room kits for children, valentine’s day cards, and fleece blankets.
NSBE Alumni Dinner
Date: December 1, 2012
In the Alumni Lounge, current and previous NSBE members met and networked. The dinner provided a venue for the interaction of NSBE alums currently in the workforce or in graduate school, and marks the first of an annual occurrence.
NSBE members were asked to bring their laptops to this helpful and priceless speaker on time management. Ashley Harding discussed different methods of productivity before finals and emphasized the importance of staying organized.
Robin Kahan gave NSBE members input on their resumes during a workshop in November. She worked with them individually, readying them for the career fair at Fall Regional Conference.
Fall Regional Conference
Dates: November 15-18, 2012
Several NSBE members traveled to New Jersey in order to meet with other members from Region 1 for a weekend long convention. Some of the highlights included a building competition between school representatives and a career fair.
Speaker: Jonah Kadako
Date: November 7, 2012
Jonah Kadako is a Tufts NSBE alumni who spoke to current NSBE members about his experiences after attending Tufts. As a recent graduate, he provided a unique viewpoint for current undergraduates.
Speaker: Shannon Roberts
Date: October 24, 2012
Shannon Roberts is a graduate of MIT and current doctoral candidate at the University of Wisconsin in Madison specializing in human factors engineering. She gave NSBE members her perspective on the advantages and disadvantages of attending graduate school. She discussed the GEM fellowship and other ways of obtaining funding and gave useful advice concerning post-graduation plans.
GEM GRAD Lab
Date: October 20, 2012
The National GEM consortium promotes the participation of underrepresented minorities in graduate programs in the STEM fields and sponsors thousands of students throughout the nation. This all-day event provided a glimpse into the application process, a discussion of the importance of graduate school, and a consideration of different methods of funding graduate school.
Speaker: Travis Brown
Date: October 17, 2012
Travis Brown, the former director of the Tufts Center for Stem Diversity, spoke about the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) Pipeline. He discussed the overall decrease of interest in STEM fields in the past years and its potential detrimental effect on the US workforce. He also discussed the role of underrepresented minorities in the Pipeline.