Invitation for Postdoc Mentors

The  African American Black Club (AABC) invites Argonne Postdocs and Fellows to join the 2014-2015 Mentoring Team for the DuPage County ACT-SO (Afro-Academic, Cultural, Technological and Scientific Olympics. Please see the letter of invitation below from the steering committee and the flyer attached here for how to get involved.

The African American Black Club (AABC) at Argonne National Lab is entering its second year in a partnership with DuPage County ACT-SO (Afro-Academic, Cultural, Technological and Scientific Olympics) mentoring talented high school students from an African American background in the STEM fields. We had a successful pilot program last year sending five of our fifteen students to the national competition in Las Vegas, NV. Our gold medalist, Bryce Smith, won gold demonstrating group theory as a method to solve the rubric cube. We received leadership and financial support from Argonne National Lab and are looking to expand the program this year with more mentors and projects. With 15K in funding and the support of Argonne’s Director Peter Littlewood, we are bringing ACT-SO students together with mentor pairings from Argonne, University of Chicago, Fermi Lab, and other local businesses.

Our goal is to partner our students with PhD students, post-docs and interested principle investigators that are willing to share their research. Our hopes are to utilize ACT-SO not only to advance student readiness in STEM, but we hope to utilize ACT-SO to facilitate the initiation of pilot studies and publications.

[On a personal note, I want ACT-SO to serve as a platform to investigate projects that have been in developmental phase. Reciprocally, students can benefit by producing publication-worthy research prior to entering college, which in turn helps PhD student being a senior/corresponding author if published.]

We would like to ask for your help identifying and recruiting mentors from your organization. Please have interested mentors contact our leadership team before September 20th. Please provide area of research and projects if available. Thank you for your time.

Please feel free to contact if you have any questions.

Best Regards
Jarrad Hampton-Marcell
Technical Director
Gilbert Lab
Argonne National Laboratory

About Kristene Henne

Kristene “Tina” Henne is Argonne’s Postdoctoral Program Lead for the Argonne Leadership Institute. In this role, she facilitates the postdoc appointment process, postdoc career development, mentoring, advises the Postdoctoral Society of Argonne and serves as a navigator for postdoctoral issues. Henne has a Ph.D. in biological sciences from Purdue University, a B.S. in biology from Governors State University, and an A.A.S. in radiography from Kankakee Community College. She came to Argonne as a postdoctoral researcher in the Biosciences Division in 2009 and became a program coordinator in 2011.
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