Itinerary (example)

DAY 1 

3:00 – 3:45 pm

3:45 – 4:00 pm

4:00 – 5:00 pm

5:15 – 6:15 pm

6:15 – 7:00 pm

7:00 – 8:00 pm

8:00 – 9:00 pm



Sign in, get your name badge and materials


Welcome and Introductions

Meet the planning committee, and fellow MWRDC-ers


Improv in Science - How to put improv skills to work for excellent communication of your research to various audiences


Academic Panel

Curious about what it’s like to be a professor or lecturer? Hear the experiences, challenges, successes, personal strategies, and much more from our fantastic panelists from various universities.




Keynote Speaker Presentation


Speed Dating with the Panelists

Introduce yourself to our panelists and get to know them on a more personal level in this meet and greet event. Small group table discussions in an informal, easy-going atmosphere with academic, industrial, government, and non-traditional perspectives. 

DAY 2 

7:30 – 8:15 am

8:30 am – 12:30 pm

12:30 – 1:10 pm


1:10 – 1:15 pm

1:15 – 5:15 pm



5:30 – 6:30 pm



6:30 – 7:15 pm


7:30 – 9:30 pm



After hours

Breakfast and Coffee




Group Photo

Breakout Sessions & Break

Participate in two breakout sessions (1 hour each) tailored to your interests

After the sessions, take a break - go on a hike with the group or explore the outdoors at your own leisure


Industry Panel

Would you like to know what a career in industry is all about? Get the insider scoop from our diverse group of panelists from Agilent Technologies, DuPont, DOW, and Eli Lilly & Company.




Poster Session

Practice communicating your research in this informal conversational setting with panelists, speakers, and fellow retreat attendees.

Free time

Open door dorm hangout session - socialize with fellow attendees in common spaces. 


8:15 – 9:15 am

9:15 – 10:15 am

10:15 – 12:15 pm

12:15 – 12:45 pm

Breakfast and Check-Out


Government and Non-Traditional Panel

Get some insight into career paths less traditional from our panelists on the non-traditional panel


Workshop/Group Activity


Concluding Remarks