Workshops, Conferences, and Seminars

BLaST supports undergraduates, graduates, faculty, and staff by providing biomedical and One Health research opportunities as well as professional development. Please check these opportunities to help enrich your lives and your work in biomedical research!

Pedagogy Workshop – Friday, Oct 5, 2-3:30PM, IARC 401
In a world of click bait, fake news, and sponsored content, critical thinkers are needed more than ever. A student’s
awareness and regulation of his or her mental processing is vital for critical thinking. Yet these foundational
metacognitive skills are rarely explicitly taught. By discussing metacognition, instructors can enhance learning and
improve academic success as well as create an environment where students are in the mindset to learn. In this interactive
workshop, I will present the case for metacognition as a way to enhance critical thinking and present strategies for
teaching and reinforcing these skills in your students. We will practice in-class activities that require students to use
metacognitive strategies and explore creating assignments (both in and out of class) that reinforce these skills.
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Research Mentee Workshop –
Thursday, Oct 4, 1-3PM, IARC
Friday, Oct 5, 10:30AM-12:30PM, IARC 401
The Research Mentee Workshop is designed to engage students who are relatively new to the biomedical research
field. The workshop will afford the students the opportunity to:

Reflect on their own needs, the different roles that research mentors play and different types of mentoring styles
to guide their selection of a research mentor;
• Learn how to establish common goals and expectations with their research mentor using a mentor-‐mentee
• Begin to plan their career using an individual development plan;
• Learn about opportunities for mentoring support through the National Research Mentoring Network (NRMN);
• Reflect on opportunities to enhance success in their lives and careers
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Mentor Workshop – Saturday, Oct 6, 9AM-4PM, IARC 501
The Mentor Workshop is designed to provide participants with the knowledge and skills needed to mentor and advise
undergraduate students, especially those engaged in research. Ultimately, the goal is to assist mentors in developing
effective relationships with their mentees. Topics for discussion and exchange of ideas include: • Communication
• Setting goals and expectations
• Stereotype threat and bias
• Strategies for identifying and resolving challenges
• Mentor roles and responsibilities
• Mentoring philosophy
• Strategies for facilitating effective mentoring relationships
• Case studies to reflect on and put learning into practice
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NIH Regional Seminars - Grant Funding Opportunities
These regional U.S. seminars are offered by National Institutes of Health on how to apply for and learn the processes of grant funding. Dates and locations vary upon opportunities available.
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Alaska Native Health Research 5th Annual Conference
October 16, 2017 Research Ethics Training Pre-Conference Workshop
October 17-18, 2017 Main Conference - Capt. Cook Hotel, Anchorage, AK
Hosted by the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium (ANTHC) Health Research Review Committee. The conference provides a forum to share current health research projects within the Alaska Native communities. BLaST is a gold-level sponsor for this conference and will have an exhibit table present.
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Society for Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics & Native Americans in Science Conference (SACNAS) 2017
October 19-21, 2017 Salt Lake City, UT

For over 40 years SACNAS has been the leading multicultural and multidisciplinary STEM diversity organization in the country. Since its inception, our SACNAS family has grown from the number of people who can fit in to an elevator to over 25,000 SACNISTAs (members, partners, and friends).


6th Annual Alaska Interior Medical Education Summit 2017
October 21, 2017 UAF - Murie Building

Free event but registration required. For more information see website and contact Carolyn Chapin at


Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students (ABRCMS)
Nov 1-4, 2017 Phoenix, AZ
When you attend the Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students (ABRCMS), you join one of the largest communities of underrepresented minorities in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Students attend this conference to present their research, explore graduate schools, and network. Research faculty and program directors play an essential role in mentoring students and strategies for facilitating student success. 

During the four-day conference, over 1,800 students from over 350 colleges and universities participate in poster and oral presentations in twelve STEM disciplines. All undergraduate student presentations are judged and those receiving the highest scores in each scientific discipline will be given an award during the closing banquet.