Webinar Series: Helping STEM Students Thrive

Supporting Women in STEM in 2020

Women in STEM Webinar photo.

The UB Women in STEM Cooperative is proud to offer the Helping STEM Students Thrive series, a webinar series collaboration between Harvard University and the University at Buffalo featuring the perspectives of national thought leaders and institutional representatives about expanding the participation of women in undergraduate STEM education at different scales as informed through the lens of higher education trends, institutional practices, learning spaces and introductory undergraduate courses in STEM.

This year’s theme is Supporting Women in STEM in 2020.  The result of the onset of the COVID-19 virus has affected us in many different ways.  We will explore these topics and ways to support, encourage and build community to move forward.

Join us as we explore the following topics:

Spring 2021

Research and Publication in COVID Times

March 18, 2021 | 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm EST

Please join us for a lively conversation regarding the challenges and solutions our community and Higher Ed in general have experienced over the last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We will provide time for our members to contribute their individual experiences and solutions.


  • Haley Olson, PhD Student, Earth and Planetary Sciences, Harvard University

  • Glenna Bett, Deputy Director, UB Institute for Research & Education on Women and Gender, Associate Professor, UB Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Vice Chair for Research, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Director of Resident Research, UB Obstetrics and Gynecology, Associate Director, UB Center for Cellular and Systems Electrophysiology, President, American Heart Association, Buffalo Niagara Region

  • Attendees from our Women in STEM Cooperative community will be invited to share their experience.

Burnout and Wellness in 2020

October 22, 2020  | 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm EST


  • Tanya Joosten, Ph.D. Senior Scientist, the Director of Digital Learning Research and Development, co-PI and co-Director of the National Research Center for Distance Education and Technological Advancements (DETA), and advisor to the Provost for innovation projects at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
  • Catherine Cook-Cottone, Ph.D. Professor Counseling, School and Educational Psychology, and Director, Advanced Certificate in Mindful Counseling, University at Buffalo
  • Lauren M. Hay, PhD Student, Physics, UB

Recruitment, advisement and creating community - How it has changed in 2020

November 19, 2020 | 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm EST


  • Nancy Campos, Ph.D. Director of LSAMP, SUNY Newpaltz
  • Simone Ragland, LCSW, Executive Director, WNY STEM HUB
  • Elizabeth "Betsy" Rodriguez, LCSW, Director, Educational Opportunity Program, University at Buffalo
  • Alexis Stokes, LCSW, Director of Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging, Harvard Paulson School of Engineering, Harvard University

Persisting During COVID-19

February 18, 2021 | 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm EST

Dr. Patrice Prusko, Harvard
Dr. Prusko is the Associate Director, Learning Design, Teaching and Learning Lab at the Harvard University Graduate School of Education.  She will present her related research on this topic.
This will be followed by an interactive session with questions to explore individual experiences.
Overall themes and solutions will be formulated from these experiences.


The Details
  • Time: All sessions are scheduled from 12 to 1:30 p.m. EST
  • Intended audience: Faculty, students and administrators
  • Why attend: Discover inclusive STEM teaching practices and culturally-sensitive pedagogies that can easily be incorporated into your curriculum to improve underrepresented student learning.
  • Format: Online Video Conference (Note: Internet access and a web browser are required. Video conference setup details will be provided upon registration.)
  • Cost: Free