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Pathways to Success Workshop

Pathways to Success Workshop: exploring challenges and identifying resources to help students, faculty, and professionals create a vision of success 

Dr. Leung has been to a variety of venues to present her signature workshop aimed at encouraging students, faculty, and professionals to find and pursue their passion in science. This workshop provides insights and concrete approaches for navigating pathways to science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) career success.  Incorporating individual reflection and discussion, the workshop helps participants develop fundamental representations and critical assessments of pathways through academia and towards fulfilling their aspirations in today’s technology-driven world.   Participants visualize their pathways from the past through the present and into their future.  They identify ways to find and recognize obstacles and techniques and resources to overcome them.  This workshop is ideal for students seeking inspiration and guidance for achieving their dreams.  Dr. Leung has presented this workshop at the Tapia Celebration in Computing conference, the SC09 Broader Engagement program, at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, SIAM CSE15 Broader Engagement program, and most recently at the SIAM CSE17 Broader Engagement Program.

At SIAM CSE17, a new workshop was created to complement the Pathways to Success Workshop. The Paving the Road Ahead workshop, presented by Melissa Romanus-Abdelbaky, expands the concepts from the Pathways to Success workshop and focuses on the future. Centering on the concept of the journey of lifelong learning, this workshop helps participants create a vision for the future. This workshop helps participants identify why goals alone sometimes don’t get them where they want to go, and provides advice on how to adjust when unanticipated obstacles come up along the way. More information about the Paving the Road Ahead Workshop can be found here.

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Pathways to Success Testimonial: Janette Garcia

The “Pathways to Success” workshop made me realized that there are many people that have overcome difficult situations in life, and even though their lives were not easy, they never gave up. Something common that all of us had was our persistence to keep moving forward no matter what. Some of us were just starting our path to success, and other ones were almost at the point of reaching their goals. During the workshop, I also realized how incredible my life was, coming from a very low income family, and now having the opportunity to improve our way of life by being the first one in my fami[Read more]

Pathways to Success Testimonial: Grace Rodriguez

Grace Rodriguez Gomez (University of Puerto Rico) had a BE epiphany. “When I was in high school, I wanted to major in Art at a community college. When friends and family told me I couldn’t earn a living with an Art degree, I enrolled in a Computer Engineering program,” she said. When her creativity wasn’t exercised, her grade point average suffered. She then switched to Computer Science, and her grades improved when she realized artistic aptitude enabled her to design more attractive and functional computer user interfaces. Because she switched majors, she’s a few years older than he[Read more]

Pathways to Success Testimonal: Melissa Romanus

The Pathways to Success workshop was extremely beneficial to me, as well as emotional. When I came to BE SIAM I was feeling horrible about having to switch research groups and essentially ‘start over.’ When I heard the stories of the different paths everyone had been on, the struggles they had overcome, and how successful they had become in their fields, it was extremely inspiring to me. After drawing my own pathway, I was inspired to get up and share with the group. There is a large stigma against switching advisors. Although it’s a personal situation that is difficult to talk about, I [Read more]

Yashema Mack

I was first introduced to High Performance Computing (HPC) and Mary Ann Leung at the Richard Tapia conference in 2009, where she gave a presentation in the doctoral showcase. Her presentation was so profound that I, merely a student in Computer Science trying to find my niche and how I would advance in the field, wanted to know more about what HPC was and how I could get involved. I was amazed to see a women of Mary Ann’s caliber - distinguished, refined, and incredibly intelligent, explain who she was and how she got to that point in her life with such confidence and grace. It blew me awa[Read more]