We are looking forward to seeing you all at the annual meeting. This year there will be a special student’s retreat for graduate students and post docs during the annual meeting. Below are links to information that you will use during the annual meeting.

Student Retreat Evaluation Session Forms:

  • Climate Study Survey : Will be used to provide you with a supportive, inclusive work and learning environment.
  • Student Retreat Feedback Form: Will be used to improve student and post docs experience during the annual meeting.
  • Student Bio Template: Please save your bio to the Student-POETS>Events>2017 Annual Meeting – Howard>Student Bios folder. These bios will be sent to POETS IAB members.

Other student retreat documents:

Student Annual Meeting Agenda

Duke Ellington Grand Room, Cambria Hotel

899 O St NW, Washington, DC

Multipurpose Room, Interdisciplinary Research Building (IRB)

2201 Georgia Avenue, NW, Washington, DC


6:30 – 8:00 pm         Dinner, Cambria Suites Conference Center


Note: Student Retreat: 8:00am – 2:30pm at Cambria

8:00 – 9:00 am         Registration

8:00 – 8:30 am        Breakfast and POETS Orientation

                              New POETS Students Orientation – Sarah Garrow

 8:30 – 9:45 am         Welcome 

                              SLC Introductions + POETS and Thrust Overview

 9:45 – 10:00 am       Break

10:00 – 12:00 pm     Scientific Communication Workshop

                               Workshop Leader, Dr. Marina Damiano

 12:00 – 1:00 pm       Lunch

1:00- 2:30pm            STEM PhD Career Panel

Moderator, Dr. Jessica Perez, Associate Director of Education and Inclusivity

Panelist, Dr. Marina Damiano, Scientific Communications Consultant and Presentation Coach, Damiano Group Scientific Communications

Panelist, Dr. Mark Lewis, Director at Science and Technology Policy Institute (STPI)

Panelist, Dr. Sean Mallon, Associate Vice President for Entrepreneurship and Innovation at George Mason University

Panelist, Dr. Mark Spector, Program Officer at Office of Naval Research (ONR)

Panelist, Dr. Naomi Webber, Government Relations at Lewis-Burke Associates LLC

2:30 – 3:00 pm           Students travel to IRB, Multipurpose Room

3:00 – 4:00pm           Industry Research Opportunities for POETS

                                Industry Moderator, Michael Caruthers, Electronic Products

4:00 – 7:00 pm           POETS Innovation Showcase

                                 Moderator, Sonya Smith, Howard

4:00 – 5:00 pm            Keynote Presentation

                                 John Nairus, Chief Engineering, AFRL

 4:45pm                          Students travel to in3 for poster set-up

5:15pm – 7:00pm       POETS Innovations Reception & Student Poster Session, in3

Group 1: 5:15-6:00pm

Group 2: 6:00-6:45pm

 7:00 pm                         Student free time – The Board Room (optional outing)


8:00 – 8:30 am        Continental Breakfast for Students

8:30 – 9:30 am        Collaboration & Innovation Activity

9:30 – 9:45 am         Coffee Break

9:45 – 11:15am         Town Hall Meeting

11:15 – 11:45pm       Student Retreat Evaluation & Break

                             SLC closed door meeting

 11:45 – 12:00 pm     Closing Debriefing

12:00pm                     Student Retreat adjourns

12:00pm                    Student D.C. Outing (optional)

3:00pm                      Howard Lab Tours (only if previously signed up)