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Keivan Stassun: “Head in the Stars, Feet on the Ground: Building on Where You Came From to Get Where You’re Going and Make a Difference”

Tuesday, April 23, 2019, 12:00pm

University Club, Indiana Memorial Union

CAHI is delighted to present two public events with Dr. Keivan Stassun. Dr. Stassun is the Stevenson Professor of Physics and Astronomy, and Senior Associate Dean for Graduate Education and Research for College of Arts & Science at Vanderbilt University. In addition to conducting groundbreaking research on star formation and exoplanets for nearly two decades, Dr. Stassun has developed innovative mentoring initiatives that foster the development of underrepresented minority students. One such effort is the Fisk-Vanderbilt Master’s-to-Ph.D. Bridge Program, which prepares talented, underrepresented minority students for the pursuit of doctoral degrees in the physical and biomedical sciences. Through this program, Fisk has become the top producer of African American MAs in physics and Vanderbilt has become one of the nation’s top producers of underrepresented minority PhDs in the physical sciences.

Dr. Stassun will talk about his experiences with institutional diversity initiatives and opportunities for minority students at the 12pm talk (lunch provided) and then at 2pm, he will conduct an hour-long workshop for undergraduates, graduate students, and faculty interested in the Ford Foundation Fellowship Programs. The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine and the Ford Foundation annually award Predoctoral, Dissertation, and Postdoctoral fellowships with the aim of increasing the ethnic and racial diversity of U.S. colleges and universities.

Noon Lecture: “Head in the Stars, Feet on the Ground: Building on Where You Came From to Get Where You’re Going and Make a Difference”
Tuesday, April 23, 2019, 12:00pm
University Club, Indiana Memorial Union

Workshop on the Ford Foundation Fellowship Programs
Tuesday, April 23, 2019, 2:00pm
University Club, Indiana Memorial Union

Keivan Stassun is Stevenson Endowed Professor of Physics and Astronomy at Vanderbilt University, where he also directs the Vanderbilt Initiative in Data-intensive Astrophysics (VIDA), and the Center for Autism & Innovation. He is a recent recipient of the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Math, and Engineering Mentoring (2018), and an American Association for the Advancement of Science Mentor of the Year (2018).

Cosponsored by The Center for Research on Race and Ethnicity in Society, the Office of the Vice Provost for Diversity and Inclusion, and the College of Arts and Sciences.