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STEMCon 2021 will take place virtually on March 10th and 11th, 2021.

This year's conference will feature a resource fair connecting students to STEM-related student organizations and university resources. Additionally, attendees can expect workshops and panel discussions coverings topics such as career planning in STEM, preparation for graduate school, research as an undergraduate, pathways to careers in healthcare and more.

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2021 Conference Schedule

Day One: Right Now
March 10th, 1:00 - 5:00 pm

Day Two: Next Steps
March 11th, 1:00 - 5:00 pm

  • Developing a Game Plan: Learning about Grad School NOW (1:00 - 1:50 pm)
    Planning for graduate school can encompass preparing for and timing entrance exams, completing prerequisite courses if applicable, research lab experience and more. Representatives from various graduate programs will discuss entrance requirements and best practices for applying to graduate programs in STEM.
    Rebeca ArochaComputing & Information Sciences Graduate Programs
    Jose CandelariaRobert Stempel College of Public Health & Social Work
    Krish JayachandranGraduate Earth & Environment Programs
    Sara Michelle-LemusGraduate Engineering Programs
    Julian OspinaPhD Nursing Programs
    Joshua PrunaCollege of Business
    Kathleen ReinGraduate Chemistry Programs
    Nanett RojasGraduate Admissions
    Nancy VieraGraduate Nursing

     Did you miss this session? Watch the recording here: Learning About Grad School NOW

  • XP: Recruiters Speak on What They're Looking For (2:00 - 2:50 pm)
    Panelists of recruiters will discuss industry trends and what they look for when hiring recent grads. Gain experience points by hearing straight from the source. Attendees are encouraged to come equipped with questions.
    Margaret Christian
    Lockheed Martin
    Headquartered in Bethesda, Maryland, Lockheed Martin is a global security and aerospace company that employs approximately 110,000 people worldwide and is principally engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture, integration and sustainment of advanced technology systems, products and services.
    Taylor Majher
    Peace Corps
    The Peace Corps is a service opportunity for motivated changemakers to immerse themselves in a community abroad, working side by side with local leaders to tackle the most pressing challenges of our generation.
    Angie Morris
    Mitre Corporation
    At MITRE, we solve problems for a safer world. Through our federally funded R&D centers and public-private partnerships, we work across government to tackle challenges to the safety, stability, and well-being of our nation.
    Maria Villalobos - Moderator
    Coordinator Career Services
    Maria Villalobos is a Career Services Coordinator for the College of Arts, Sciences and Education. She is currently working with the college’s alumni population in helping them gain career development skills, and connecting them to employers recruiting at FIU. Maria helps recent graduates find opportunities that will launch their professional careers, and fit with their overall career goals.
    Ashley Wodarek
    BNY Mellon
    Ashley Wodarek is a Lead Campus Recruiter, Technology in Pittsburgh, PA. Ashley joined BNY Mellon in March 2020 and is working on closing out our 2021 Technology Campus Recruiting, as well as identifying a diverse pipeline for our 2022 hiring. She joined the team from Highmark Health most recently. Ashley is passionate about working with students and being back in the campus recruiting space.
    Tiffany Yan
    ManTech was founded in 1968 to provide advanced technological services to the U.S. Government. We began with a single Navy contract to develop war-gaming models for the submarine community. Over the years, our government's technology needs have increased dramatically in scope and sophistication, and we have grown to meet that challenge.
    Did you miss this session? Watch the recording here: Recruiters Speak
  • Ultimate Hacks: Alumni Panel on Careers in STEM (3:00 - 3:50 pm)
    FIU alumni with careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math will share their experiences in the world of work. Learn about best practices at the University and when entering the workforce. The panel discussion will close with opportunities for Q&A.
    Alumni Panelists
    Jorge Alsina
    Jorge Alsina earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Biological Sciences at FIU and was active in teaching, research and peer-led team-learning.  He is now in his fourth year at the Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine at FIU.
    Cesia Bulness Abraham
    Cesia Bulnes is an FIU alumna, class of 2019, from the College of Engineering and Computing, BS in Computer Science. During her undergrad, Cesia was involved as an Honors College Student in multiple clubs and organizations such as ACM (Association of Computing Machinery), WiCS (Women in Computer Sciences) and Mangohacks, which she directed in 2018. Cesia graduated Cum Laude and was an FIU World's Ahead graduate for her academic excellence and her leadership in FIU in the deferred action/undocumented community. Cesia is currently a product manager for Microsoft, working on the hottest new office app Microsoft Teams. She is also pursuing her masters' degree at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, ranked top 5 for Computer Science graduate studies in the nation.
    Jill Fetscher
    Hello! My name is Jill Fetscher and I graduated with a Chemistry degree from FIU in 2010. I then became the lab manager and coordinator of research programs for the Forensic DNA Profiling Facility under the International Forensic Research Institute for Dr. Mills. Shortly after graduation, I moved into IT. I am currently the Principal Solutions Architect for cloud innovation at Citrix Systems, Inc.
    Adam Hernandez
    I was born and raised in Miami to Cuban immigrant parents. As a childhood fan of Steve Irwin, I set myself at a young age on a STEM path focusing on animals and ecology. My favorite animal (mammal category) are cetaceans, particularly large whales. I would swear as a kid, and still do, that if I ever got to see a wild one alive, I'd cry. As I progressed through k-12 and undergrad I dealt with many struggles that I am sure many of the students participating in this conference can relate to: Family disturbances, and mental health name a couple.  It was at FIU as an undergrad where I first got some of the help I needed at CAPS. I can't thank the people over at CAPS enough for the service they provide.  In the end with support from CAPS, Family, and friends I managed to bring renewed focus to my studies and graduate with a decent GPA. After undergrad I spent a few years as an adjunct in the Gen Bio labs at FIU before I applied to vet schools only being accepted by one of the 4 that I applied to. And on a "prep" program to boot. But. I made it. I am currently in the second semester of my first year in Veterinary school at CSU. I am trying to work the networks so that I can do wildlife epidemiology work with a partner lab in Alaska that may be able to put me on some work with wild whales, just as little Adam wanted years ago watching The Crocodile Hunter on animal planet.  As you all grow through your undergrad, think about why you're here and don't let yourself lose track of what you're trying to accomplish. Search for opportunities and try to learn new skills and new concepts, even outside of the classroom or lecture hall. Focus on how you could use these skills and concepts in what you plan to accomplish. Struggle will come, but there is help. And in struggle is where we find the greatest opportunities for growth.
    Alexandria Segovia
    Ali is a Navy veteran and FIU graduate with a Bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering and a Bachelor's degree in the new and fully online Internet of Things program.  She now works as a cybersecurity engineer at a South Florida based company conducting ethical hacking assessments and best practice audits on client IT infrastructures. Ali is also currently a Master of Science student of Cybersecurity at Georgia Institude of Technology.
    Wendy Villavicencio
    My name is Wendy Villavicencio and I moved to Colorado in 2019 right after marrying my husband, Adam Hernandez. At FIU, I was involved with the Biology department as an adjunct lab instructor and head TA. I wrote lab exercises that are currently in the General Biology II and Introduction to Botany lab manual. I was also a PLTL leader and GD leader for many subjects. I currently work as a surgical technician at an orthopedic research facility with Colorado State University and am pursuing a Horticulture degree. My future career goal is to work in higher education with plants!
    Did you miss this session? Watch the recording here: Alumni Panel
  • Level Up: How to get Hired (4:00 - 5:00 pm)
    This session will touch on all the steps you can take to get hired and the resources to help you every step of the way. From polishing your resume, to offering mock interviews, FIU's Career & Talent Development is dedicated to helping you achieve success. 
    Andrea Cuadra
    Career Counselor, College of Arts, Sciences & Education
    Andrea earned both her BA degree in Spanish and MEd & EdS degrees in Mental Health Counseling at the University of Florida. Her previous experience as a mental health counselor informs her outlook on being trauma-informed, strengths-based, and using mindfulness-based practices. Andrea joined FIU in 2018 as a Psychology academic advisor within the College of Arts, Sciences & Education and loves to help students dare greatly in their college journey and beyond.
    Did you miss this session? Watch the recording here: How to Get Hired