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 March 3 to 5, 2023 at the Hyatt Regency Milwaukee, Milwaukee, WI, USA.
This application has four (4) essay questions and requires a resume/CV and has an optional upload for a transcript or 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? (250 word limit)
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? (250 word limit)
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? (350 word limit)
4. What are you short term (~3 years) and long term (5+ years) career goals?
The deadline for the application is December 9th, 11:59 Pacific Time.