Professional Development Summit


oSTEM's Professional Development Summit is an all-expense-paid intimate career retreat weekend, aimed to empower early career LGBTQ+ professionals in STEM through introspective workshops, authentic mentorship, and supportive community. Attendees will have the opportunity to clarify their career goals, define their vision of success, and extend their networks of peers and mentors graciously provided by our Organizational Advisory Council.

Successful applicants will be LGBTQ+ students nearing graduation or early career professionals who demonstrate a proven track-record in a STEM career via education, research or work experience. Students will be expected to have completed an internship, REU, or equivalent work experience. Preference will be given to oSTEM members or alumni.

The Professional Development Summit will take place over the weekend of November 19 to 21, 2021 at the Atlanta Marriott Marquis, Atlanta, GA, USA.

oSTEM, as part of the all-expenses-paid, will cover flights, accommodation, meals, and airport-hotel transportation in Atlanta.

Application Details

This application has four (4) essay questions and requires a resume/CV, transcript and has an optional letter of reference from a direct supervisor. The essay questions are as follows:

  1. What are you hoping to gain by attending the oSTEM Professional Development Summit?
  2. PDS attendees will be sorted into cohorts to create opportunities for mentoring and network building. What unique perspective will you bring to your cohort?
  3. What's one moment or accomplishment that made you feel really confident? What were you doing, and what part of it brought you the most joy?
  4. What are you short term (~3 years) and long term (5+ years) career goals?

General Details

  • Application Opens: Open Now!
  • Application Closes: September 10th, 11:59PM Pacific Time
  • Format: Professional Retreat, In-Person, Atlanta, GA
  • Dates: Friday, November 19 - Sunday, November 21, 2021

Applications for 2021 are now OPEN!

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