Inaugural STEM Forward Conference: Shattering the STEM Ceiling 

The full program can be found here:  STEM Forward Conference Program


7:30-9:00 am


* Free Professional Headshots offered at this time 

9:00-9:45 am

Welcome and Opening Remarks

Dr. Patricia Sobecky, Associate Provost for Academic Affairs,
The University of Alabama

Dr. Kevin Whitaker, Executive Vice President and Provost
The University of Alabama

Dr. Christine Taylor, VP and Associate, Provost for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
The University of Alabama

9:45-10:00 am

Networking Break

10:00-10:30 am

Student Tenacity and Leadership

T. Nicole Jackson, M.Ed, Assistant Director
Greek Life
The University of Alabama



Learning through Experiences

Pamela Derrick, M.Ed, Director
Experiential Learning
The University of Alabama





Haley Harville-York, LIST Scholarship Coordinator
National Science Foundation

Krystal Flantroy, M.Ed, Noyce Scholarship Internship Coordinator
The University of Alabama  


10:30-10:40 am


10:40-11:10 am

Student Wellness

Lee Keyes,PhD, Executive Director
Counseling Center
The University of Alabama


Salary Negotiations

Mary Loyd Lowrey, MA, Director
Career Education and Development
The University of Alabama


Getting to Know You:  The University of Alabama  Research Institute Directors

John Higginbotham, PhD, Interim VP of Research and Development

John Lockman, PhD, Interim Director, Alabama Life Research Institute

Shashi Nambisan, PhD, Executive Director, Alabama Transportation Institute

Winne Callahan, PhD, Director of Academic Programs, UA Cyber Institute

Patricia Sobecky, PhD, Director of Alabama Water Institute






11:10-11:20 am


11:20-11:50 am

Cracking the Codes--Navigating Higher Level STEM Courses

Silas Blackstock, PhD, Professor
Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
The University of Alabama

David Cruz-Uribe, PhD, Professor
Department of Mathematics
The University of Alabama



Developing your Brand in STEM

Robert Martinez, PhD, Research Scientist

Ben Bickerstaff, MBA, Licensing Associate
The Office of Technical Transfer
The University of Alabama



12:00-2:00 pm      

Lunch Keynote Speaker

Hadiyah-Nicole Green, PhD, Morehouse College of Medicine
Principal Investigator, NanoBioPhotonics and Targeted Cancer Therapeutics Laboratory
Founder, Ora Lee Smith Cancer Research Foundation

2:00-4:00 pm

STEM Fair and Closing Remarks