January 30-31, 2020 | Washington D.C.

Catalyzing Advances and Generating Knowledge

NSF Innovations in Graduate Education 2020 PI Meeting

  Thursday - Friday, January 30-31, 2020

  American Chemical Society
1155 16th Street NW, Washington, DC 20036

Catalyzing Advances and Generating Knowledge, the inaugural principal investigator meeting for the National Science Foundation Innovations in Graduate Education (IGE) Program, will be held January 30-31, 2020 in Washington D.C.  The meeting will bring together the IGE community to share outcomes and discuss pathways forward for graduate education, fulfilling a series of five objectives: 

  • Share highlights of progress
  • Hold candid discussions regarding changes in graduate education
  • Identify common issues and strategize approaches for
    • advancing the knowledge base,
    • preparing STEM workforce, and
    • catalyzing innovations
  • Inform next steps of IGE projects and the IGE program
  • Build community to amplify the impact of innovations in graduate education

Pre-meeting workshops will allow more in-depth discussions and training on topics of interest to PIs.  Each project will be expected to provide a poster for the project showcase.

The Innovations in Graduate Education (IGE) program is designed to encourage the development and implementation of bold, new, and potentially transformative approaches to STEM graduate education training. The program seeks proposals that explore ways for graduate students in research-based master’s and doctoral degree programs to develop the skills, knowledge, and competencies needed to pursue a range of STEM careers.

Visit the IGE Program Webpage for more information.

Meeting Files

For more information about the NSF IGE 2020 PI Meeting, contact Jodi Wesemann at j_wesemann@acs.org.

Meeting Program:

The NSF IGE 2020 PI Meeting will be held at the American Chemical Society, 1155 Sixteenth St. NW, Washington DC, 20036 and The Darcy Hotel at 1515 Rhode Island Ave. NW, Washington DC, 20005.

Thursday, January 30 (The Darcy Hotel)
Noon – 4:00 PMOptional Workshops
4:00 PM – 8:00 PMRegistration
4:00 PM – 4:30 PMProject set-up
4:30 PM –6:00 PMProject showcase & networking reception            
Heavy appetizers will be served
6:00 PM – 6:15 PM


6:30 PM – 8:00 PMWelcome and opening session: The role of the NSF IGE program in advancing graduate education
8:00 PM – 9:00 PMNetworking reception
9:00 PM – 9:15 PM  Poster take-down
Friday, January 31 (American Chemical Society)
8:00 AM – 9:00 AMNetworking breakfast
9:00 AM – 9:30 AMWelcome and introductions
9:30 AM – 11:45 AMAdvancing the knowledge base 
11:45 AM  – 1:00 PMLunch & Open Space discussions 
1:00 PM – 2:15 PMPreparing the STEM workforce for the 21st Century
2:15 PM – 2:30 PMBreak
2:30 PM – 4:30 PMCatalyzing innovation 
4:30 PM – 5:00 PMNext steps and closing remarks    

Project Showcase

Each project will be expected to provide a poster for the project showcase. Poster boards will be horizontal, measuring 4 feet high x 6 feet wide.


Meeting Logistics

Pre-meeting Workshop Information

Two optional workshops will be held concurrently from noon-4 pm on Thursday, January 30:

Advancing the Knowledge Base

Small groups will discuss the intersections of graduate education with emerging areas of research:

  • Transformative teaching, learning, and assessment
  • Research and practice across disciplines
  • Digital learning
  • Inclusiveness and adaptivity
  • Professional development

Open Space Discussions

Lunch discussions on January 31 will focus on topics from the IGE community.  Send your suggestions to j_wesemann@acs.org.  


The Washington DC metropolitan area has three major airports and Amtrak service. Washington Reagan National Airport (DCA), which is accessible by the Washington Metrorail System, is the closest airport to the meeting. Other area airports include Baltimore-Washington International (BWI) or Washington Dulles International (IAD).

Travel Support

Starting in October 2018, all project budgets included funding to attend the annual PI meeting.  The PI (or designee) of projects predating solicitation NSF 17-585 will be offered financial support to help offset meeting expenses.  During the registration process, those eligible for support reserved hotel rooms that will be direct billed to ACS.  Links for requesting airline or train tickets via the ACS travel system have been sent to those eligible for support.  Other travel expenses will be reimbursed upon submission of receipts after the meeting.



Program Planning Committee

Fengfeng Ke, Florida State University
Mixed Reality Integrated Teaching Training for STEM Graduate
Teaching Assistants

Michael Keller, University of Tulsa
Workplace Inspired Approaches for Improving Graduate Student

Deana Pennington, University of Texas – El Paso
Collaborative Research: NRT-IGE: Employing Model-Based Reasoning in Environmental Science (EMBeRS)

Jodi Wesemann, American Chemical Society
IGE: Impact Indicators and Instruments for Individual Development Plans

Learn More

The NSF IGE PI meeting is supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. 1806607 and hosted by the American Chemical Society.

Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation or the American Chemical Society.