Diversity matters. The Gutierrez group has established several initiatives aimed at increasing the number of underrepresented minorities and women in STEM fields by integrating education, research, and outreach in collaboration with local community colleges and the Alliance for Diversity in Science and Engineering (ADSE). 

ADSE

The mission of ADSE is " to increase the participation of underrepresented groups in academia, industry, and government. ADSE supports, organizes, and oversees local, graduate student-run organizations that reach out to students and scientists of all ages and backgrounds." For more information, see: https://www.allianceinscience.org/

 

Osvaldo has been involved in ADSE since his time as postdoc and founded the chapter at the University of Maryland College Park (ADSE @UMD) in Spring 2017. During this time, efforts were geared towards:  

1) Hosting a research-diversity speaker series 

2) Involved in educational outreach activities in surrounding Prince George's Community College

3) Creating professional development workshops via hosting and organizing the Young Researchers Conference

At Texas A&M, Osvaldo will continue ADSE's efforts and is involved hosting the first Young Researchers Conference at TAMU in the Fall 2021 (check for more updates).  If you are interested in participating, please email directly with subject line "YRC TAMU".

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Partnerships with local Community College

Partnerships with local Community College

Osvaldo has spearheaded efforts to establish a new partnership with the local community colleges with the overall goals to: 

1) increase research opportunities to community college (CC) students,

2) provide professional development to CC faculty, and

3) modernize organic chemistry education by implementing computational modules in undergraduate education.
 
Our goal is to forge collaborations with local Community Colleges and organic chemistry faculty to :

(a) implement new computational modules into introductory organic chemistry courses at both 4-year universities and local community colleges 

(b) organize a 2-day workshop for surrounding community college instructors designed to introduce principles of computational organic chemistry, provide basic training in computational software, and distribute and implement free-of-charge computational software for the undergraduate organic curriculum; and

(c) make all modules and tutorials available on-line for distribution to other community colleges (check website for updates).   

Organizing New Conferences

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In collaboration with Dr. Jesus Armando Lujan Montelongo (CINVESTAV-Mexico City), Dr. Liliana Quintanar Vera (CINVESTAV-Mexico City), and Dr. Jose Oscar Carlos Jimenez Halla (Universidad de Guanajuato), Osvaldo co-organized the inaugural "Breaking Barriers Through Chemistry" conference. The goal of this annual event is to bring together professors from all areas of chemistry to establish, strengthen, and promote research collaborations between institutions in Mexico, United States, and Europe. 

 

Unique to this inaugural webinar/conference is a major focus on :
1) Showcasing the academic journey of leading scientists from Latin America;
2) Providing advice and highlight research opportunities to the next generation of chemists; and
3) Establish new research collaborations among teams of scientists from diverse expertise

Overall, we expect that students from all levels will hear learn about existing programs/fellowships that supported international research opportunities and help pave the way for leading scientists to establish unique research programs. 

The first event took place (virtually) from August 2-6 2021 hosted by Texas A&M University (link to event and details can be found here: LINK). Stat tuned for more details about the in-person event in Mexico during the summer of 2022.