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The Dartmouth Aerospace Engineering Club at the First Annual Ivy Space Conference

The Dartmouth Aerospace Engineering Club helped organize the First Annual Ivy Space Conference that took place on April 7th at Yale University. Henry Burns​ '19 shares his experience attending the conference alongside 20 other Dartmouth students. 

The conference featured a full day of guest speakers from many different sectors of the aerospace industry. The keynote speaker was Dr. Fuk Li from NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory who discussed the Mars 2020 mission which will send a new rover to research the planet and search for signs of life. We heard from many other notable industry leaders from both the private and public sector. These included Dr. Jonathan Arenberg, the program manager and chief engineer respectively of the James Webb Space Telescope. The JWST will launch in 2020 and is designed to help answer many important questions about our universe; it will be able to observe light from the beginning of time and search for distant exoplanets that may have atmospheres suitable for life.

Todd Huang '19 Attends the Association for Asian American Studies Conference

Todd Huang '19 shares his experience after attending the Association for Asian American Studies Conference in San Francisco.

I was able to interact with academics from across the nation specializing in work that can be described as Asian Americanist. I was exposed to a wide variety of disciplines within the broad field of Asian American studies; academics specialized in cultural studies, literature, film studies, sociology, geography, political science, and history using theories like feminist theory, queer theory, disability theory, postcolonial theory, Marxist theory among others.

Asian American studies is a fundamentally interdisciplinary field that investigates anything from the construction of the human to immigration policy using an Asian American lens. The topic being studied is investigated using the Asian American as an intellectual framework. This conference allowed me to be exposed to the robustness of this framework, where scholars from the United States and Canada came together to showcase their research and learn from their peers.

Serena Zhu '19 Conquers Her Fear of Public Speaking and Presents Her Work As a UGA

Serena Zhu '19 shares her experience after attending the Annual NASPA Conference in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

This past Winter term, I had the extreme pleasure of presenting my work as an Undergraduate Advisor (UGA) for the Thought Project Living Learning Community at the 100th year anniversary of the Annual NASPA Conference. (The Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education was previously known as the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators.) This opportunity was made possible, in part, through generous funding from the Rockefeller Center. My experience at the conference was immensely beneficial to my personal growth as an individual because it provided me the opportunity to conquer my fear of public speaking.

Rik Abels '21 Attend the 2018 Winter United Nations Youth Assembly

Rik Abels '21 shares his experience after attending the 2018 Winter Youth Assembly at the United Nations Headquaters in New York.

This was an incredible experience that not only gave me an incredible look into the United Nations’ efforts to combat our world’s biggest problems, but also allowed me to meet incredible people from almost a hundred countries all around the world.

The Dynamic Women in Business conference at Harvard Business School

Cindy Li '18, attended the Dynamic Women in Business conference at Harvard Business School, and shares her experience here. 

The Dynamic Women in Business conference at Harvard Business School was an empowering experience. My friend Briana Tang '19 and I were lucky enough to have received funding from Rocky and the Division of Student Affairs in order to attend this year’s conference. As a senior at Dartmouth with plans to go into management consulting in San Francisco next year, I hoped to learn more about different career paths for women in business.

The conference was a one-day event. I attended three keynote speeches and several amazing panels led by women from various walks of life that all lead tremendous careers. Each session was short, but powerful – leaving me with the eagerness to learn more and room to investigate further.

The first keynote speaker was Alison Wagonfeld, VP Marketing & CMO of Google Cloud. She talked about the blessings of having a non-linear career path, in which she was able to gain invaluable experience from the different roles she’s held – in marketing, technology, education, and as a mother.

Dartmouth's Chapter of GlobeMed Hosts Its 6th Annual Benefit Dinner

Lauren Mitchell '18 shares her passion for exploring health inquity by sharing her experience organizing GlobeMed’s 6th Annual Benefit Dinner.

UN Youth Assembly on Innovation and Collaboration

Colleen O'Connor '19, attended the 2018 United Nations Youth Assembly on Innovation and Collaboration for a Sustainable Future, and shares her experience here. 

The 2018 United Nations Youth Assembly on Innovation and Collaboration for a Sustainable Future allowed me to engage with student delegates from over 100 countries who all share one common interest: to make the world a better place. The three-day conference, held at the United Nations headquarters in New York City, welcomed students and esteemed guests for a whirlwind weekend of workshops, panels, keynote speeches, and networking.

Melissa Dunham '17 Attends the American Geophysical Union’s 2017 Fall Meeting

Attending the American Geophysical Union’s (AGU) 2017 Fall Meeting as an undergraduate was a priceless, unique, and inspiring experience that I will take with me through my journey as a geoscientist. There were ample poster sessions, enlightning talks, technical presentations, and keynote lectures, including one entitled “How Geoscientists Can Change the World”.

With the over 20,000 scientists that attended AGU’s 2017 Fall Meeting, there were no limitations to learning and networking. Not only was I able to present my ongoing senior thesis research to geoscientists from all reaches of the globe, but I was also exposed to how the global scientific community interacts, communicates, shares, and expands knowledge first hand.

In addition, I was also able to network further with fellow undergraduate and graduate students as well as with professionals from organizations such as NASA, USGS, NOAA, and the US Naval Academy in an exhibition hall setting. As a result of attending AGU’s 2017 Fall Meeting, I truly feel a part of the greater scientific community and understand how my research can directly contribute to future scientific discoveries.

Vibhor Khanna​ '19 Attends Techcrunch Disrupt Berlin

At Techcrunch Disrupt Berlin, a conference that brings together revolutionary startups and entrepreneurs, I was able to learn from experts in the fields of artificial intelligence, machine learning, autonomous vehicles, cryptocurrencies, financial technology, and robotics. Such insight taught me more about their respective industries and how these innovative technologies will develop in the future, as well as new applications of these technologies. As an example, I was able to hear from Alexander Zosel, the founder of Volocopter, a prominent German startup creating the first electric air taxis, about his vision for the future of mobility. Hearing directly from the people who are driving change in the world is incredibly inspiring, but was also a reminder of the amount of hard work that goes behind making these startups successful.

Ursula Jongebloed '18 Presents Her Research at the American Geophysical Union (AGU) Fall Meeting

This December, I attended the American Geophysical Union (AGU) Fall Meeting in New Orleans, Louisiana. The AGU Fall meeting is a fantastic opportunity for undergraduate and graduate students to present their research as well as learn about the vast amount of research being performed at other institutions.

I presented the preliminary findings of my undergraduate thesis research in the form of a poster at the conference. My thesis explores how the elevation and location of where ice cores are collected affects the concentration of heavy metal pollution in the ice core samples. Ice cores can serve as an indicator for atmospheric processes, such as pollution, so the concentrations of metals in ice cores can reflect the relative amount of atmospheric metal pollution at a site.


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