Watershed Moments - Newsletter Article


From the Director

Please get caught up on several brief highlights from VT EPSCoR in this autumn e-newsletter. 

After a busy field season we exchanged lots of interesting findings at the Annual Undergraduate Research Symposium.  We were fortunate to have Ted Brady, Deputy Secretary, VT Agency of Commerce and Community Development, as our key note speaker.  He delivered a great message to our students and scholarship recipients about the amazing professional opportunities available here, and encouraged everyone to consider a career in Vermont.  

This was another strong message that came across loud and clear at the National SBIR Road Tour held at the University of Vermont in September.  The day-long series of panels and discussions offered opportunities to connect entrepreneurs working on advance technologies to the country’s largest source of early stage funding – the SBIR and STTR programs.  Representatives from federal granting agencies were well represented and the turn-out from Vermont entrepreneurs was strong.  

We are busy reaching out to our area Middle and High School students through the VT Center for Workforce Development and Diversity at Saint Michael’s College (CWDD) and share with you just a few of their recent outreach visits involving our Graduate Student Assistants and Postdoctoral Associates.  

I just returned from the national NSF EPSCoR meeting held in Columbia, South Carolina where I was able to present a lightning talk on our research efforts.  The audience was composed of fellow EPSCoR states and jurisdictions from around the country including representatives from the National Science Foundation.   

I look forward to hearing from you and thank you for the vital role that you have in the success of this important work!

Arne Bomblies, Ph.D. P.E. 
Vermont State EPSCoR Director