DPS Dependent Care Grants
In 2011, the DPS began a pilot program to help parents of small children attend the DPS meeting. After surveying the DPS membership (see 2011 Childcare Survey spreadsheet), it was clear that the economic burden of child, elder, and disabled dependent care affects a small fraction of our membership, but the impact is so great that it can often prevent attendance at meetings, especially for early career scientists or those with limited funding. Therefore, members may apply to subsidize dependent care services during the DPS conference week, for use either at the DPS meeting location or at home.
These grants are intended to reimburse the following categories of expenses:
- Airfare for a caregiver (e.g., au pair, nanny, sitter) to fly to the meeting location to assist with dependent care for child(ren) under age 18, elderly, ill, or disabled family members able to travel.
- Airfare for child(ren) under age 18, elderly, ill, or disabled family members, or a family member caregiver traveling to the meeting.
- Costs for dependent care at the meeting (e.g., onsite babysitting, daycare or elder care service local to the meeting venue; local custodial child care, elder care, and/or expenses for care for elderly or other family members that the applicant usually provides; or paying for a nanny or other caregiver's labor).
- Costs for additional dependent care at home incurred due to member's absence during the DPS meeting (e.g., caregiver's labor, before and after school or extended day programs, late pick-up fees, day camps that are custodial in nature and not educational, daycare centers, sick-child care center not for medical services, custodial childcare / elder care, or expenses for care for elderly or other family members that the applicant usually provides).
- Other justifiable expenses related to the intent of the grant, as approved by DPS governance and AAS accounting.
All expenses should be justified with a receipt to claim the award. Full, associate, or junior DPS or AAS membership at the time of award selection is required.
The DPS Susan Niebur Professional Development Fund provides financial assistance to qualifying members in order to facilitate their meeting attendance by offsetting dependent care costs at the meeting location or at home during the DPS conference week. Online applications are solicited no later than 1 month prior to the DPS meeting:
For questions, please contact the DPS Professional Development subcommittee.
Professional Development Events at DPS National Harbor 2015
Working Through Adversity: Strategies For Success
Sunday, November 8 1:00-3:00 p.m.
Woodrow Wilson C, Gaylord National Harbor Resort & Convention Center
Organizer: Karly Pitman
A successful career in planetary science can span many decades; however, over a lifetime, scientists often encounter both professional and personal situations that could temporarily or permanently derail work. With that in mind, this two-hour workshop is intended to provide a forum for community discussion and resources to help participants better develop the professional resilience and ethics needed to keep focus and keep working through any perturbation effects between "Real World" and "Science World." Workshop is open to all levels: students through professionals. Topics relating to working through or supporting others going through work-life issues, physical or mental health conditions, disability, etc. may be discussed. Participants are encouraged to anonymously submit any specific problems that they would like to see solutions for at this website: http://bit.ly/ProfDev_2015.
Please join us for the AAS DPS Student & Postdoc Reception, held immediately prior to the meeting reception. Attendees will be introduced to other students and postdocs who work on similar topics and encouraged to participate in peer-to-peer mentoring, brainstorming conversations, and joint projects. The goal is to get familiar with one another on the first day of the meeting and use the rest of the meeting to enhance those connections and get involved with other activities.
Event is free to attend; appetizers will be served. Pre-registration on the DPS meeting website is encouraged.
Women in Planetary Science Discussion Lunch
Tuesday, November 10 12:00-1:30 p.m.
Baltimore 3, Gaylord National Harbor Resort & Convention Center
Organizer: Kelsi Singer
Please join us for the annual DPS Women in Planetary Science event over lunch. Amy Simon will give a keynote address titled “Navigating Hurdles Throughout Your Career” and discussion will be formulated around the various topics that arise.
Please feel free to bring any information/announcements related to women in astronomy andplanetary science to share. Due to the generosity of the DPS committee, we will be able to provide lunch this year. All are welcome! Pre-registration at http://bit.ly/DPS_WIPS_2015 is required due to space limitations.
AAS DPS has partnered with MentorNet, a national virtual mentoring platform providing access to planetary science and general STEM career advice, as well as training modules on how to be a mentor. Special features are also available for members of underrepresented groups in STEM (women, minorities, 1st generation college attendees). Please contact us for more information and join as a mentor or mentee today!
Professional Development Social Networks, Forum, and Wiki
You can hear more DPS Professional Development Subcommittee News and discuss planetary science careers on Twitter, Facebook, our AAS forum and wiki. Follow the Twitter feed for information about fellowships, jobs, and career advice, or join the Facebook group to be part of the active discussion.