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CSIIP Webcast Series

The Virginia Space Grant Consortium (VSGC), in collaboration with the Institute for Advanced Learning and Research (IALR), has created a series of webcasts. 

Our newest additions to the CSIIP Webcasts are the Five-Video Cybersecurity Series developed in partnership with the Hampton Roads Cybersecurity Education, Workforce and Economic Development Alliance and Reminiscences with Katherine Johnson, the movie Hidden Figures main character, recognizing one of NASA's first female human computers whose contributions were vital to the Agency's Space Mission.

Participants are encouraged to complete a brief survey.  Participants who complete the survey will be included in a drawing to win one $50 Amazon gift card to be awarded in December of each year.

CSIIP Webcast Series:

Breaking the Code on a Career in Cybersecurity - A Five Video Series

This video series was developed by the Virginia Space Grant Consortium and funded through a grant from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) on behalf of the National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE) as part of the Hampton Roads Cyber Alliance project led by Old Dominion University.

As the Internet, computers and smart devices become increasingly integral to our lives, the need for ensuring the sercurity of our networks, devices and data has become more critical and the demand for cyber workers more pressing.  The cybersecurity field offers high paying, high demand jobs with high worker satisfaction.  A shortage of more than 1.5 million cybersecurity workers globally is predicted by the year 2020. (Global Information Security Workforce Study, 2015).

These five short videos provide background on the importance of cybersecurity in our computer and data-driven world.  Practicing cyber professionals across many disciplines talk about their work and their career paths, offering tips on how to prepare for a cybersecurity career.  Links to other key resources are also noted.  The programs showcase the wide range of cybersecurity jobs that involve the protection of our vulnerable systems from hackers.

Reminiscences with Katherine Johnson

Produced by the Virginia Space Grant Consortium, Hidden Figures main character, Katherine Johnson shares memories after receiving the National Space Grant Distinguished Service Award.  Katherine is an American hero, a wonderful role model for females and women of color, and a mathematician known as a "human computer" who provided calculations for NACA and NASA's space missions.

                      STEM Careers – Important to Virginia’s Economy

Debbie Murray, Virginia Space Grant Consortium Program Manager, Internships and Research Experiences, hosts guest speaker Maurice Jones, Virginia’s Secretary of Commerce and Trade, in a discussion about the importance of STEM careers to the Virginia economy. Secretary Jones received a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Hampden-Sydney College and attended Oxford University in England on a Rhodes scholarship, where he received a Master of Philosophy in International Relations.  He later received a Juris Doctor from the University of Virginia. He has served in both the public and private sectors throughout his career.  Secretary Jones was publisher of the Virginian-Pilot newspaper in Norfolk, Commissioner of the Virginia Dept. of Social Services, Deputy Chief of Staff under Gov. Mark Warner, a Treasury Dept. Official under President Bill Clinton, a lawyer and a philanthropist.

Networking: Why is it so important?

Debbie Murray, Virginia Space Grant Consortium Program Manager, Internships and Research Experiences, hosts guest speaker Dr. Angeline Godwin, President, Patrick Henry Community College, in their discussion about networking and its impact on career development. Dr. Godwin holds a law degree from Thomas M. Cooley Law School in Lansing, Mich., and a Ph.D. in English from Florida State University. In addition, she earned a master’s degree from the University of Alabama, and a master’s degree from Florida State University. She joined the Patrick Henry Community College in 2012, where she currently serves as its third president. Dr. Godwin has been named among the class of 2015 of Influential Women of Virginia.


Making A Good First Impression: The Impact of Social Media

Michael Duncan, Director of Research and Commercialization, Institute for Advanced Learning and Research, interviews guest speaker Claire Jacobs, Internship Coordinator, Christopher Newport University, who discusses the impact of social media on career development, and its applications in job hunting and recruiting. Jacobs has a Ph.D. in Communication Studies and more than 25 years of experience counseling and advising students, employees, and employers on developing effective communication skills — written, verbal, and interpersonal.


Biotechnology Business and Career Opportunities in Virginia

Michael Duncan, Director of Research and Commercialization, Institute for Advanced Learning and Research, interviews guest speaker Jeff Gallagher, CEO of The Virginia Biotechnology Association, also known as Virginia Bio. Virginia Bio is the premier statewide non-profit trade association representing the life sciences industry in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Prior to becoming CEO of Virginia Bio in 2012, Gallagher had many years of experience as leader of biotech companies and also practiced corporate law in Richmond, focusing on new technology company formation, international business and intellectual property transactions. Gallagher offers valuable industry information and advice regarding the best paths to follow if interested in biotechnology in the Commonwealth.

Pursuing STEM Careers: Transitioning from College to the Workforce

Now that you have your STEM degree, how can you find a job that uses your education and expands your experience?
Watch this webcast to gain inside knowledge from industry professionals.


Interviewing and Sealing the Deal

You never get a second chance at making a first impression. Learn from industry professionals how to present yourself in the interview, and how to negotiate the details of your final offer.  


Advanced Science and Technology Careers

Guest speaker Alice Scott, Vice President of the Virginia Manufacturers Association, outlines the benefits of Dream It. Do It., which provides a clear vision to what modern manufacturing is—an advanced sector driven by technology and innovation. Watch this webcast to learn more about STEM opportunities in the manufacturing industry. It’s more than you think! 


NASA and Aerospace in Virginia

NASA offers far-reaching career opportunities through its internships and coop programs that can help students create a pathway to NASA or aerospace industry employment. This webcast will offer information on student enrichment and internship opportunities that are available to Virginia students.


Pathways to Success:  Your Guide to Virginia Space Grant Consortium Scholarships, Internships, and More

The Virginia Space Grant Consortium (VSGC) is a coalition of five Virginia colleges and universities, NASA, state educational agencies, Virginia’s Center for Innovative Technology and other institutions representing diverse science, technology and aerospace interests.  Learn about the STEM learning and career opportunities,  including scholarship, fellowship and internship opportunities, available through VSGC programs designed for students of all ages.


Linking Your Future to Virginia's Emerging Economic Sectors

Guest speaker Jim Cheng, Virginia’s Secretary of Commerce and Trade, maps out the future of STEM-related careers in Virginia, and what STEM students can expect in the coming years.Guest speaker Jim Cheng, Virginia’s Secretary of Commerce and Trade, maps out the future of STEM-related careers in Virginia, and what STEM students can expect in the coming years.