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 Tucson 2014
How to Be a PI: Project Management & Leadership
Sunday, November 6 2:30-4:30 p.m.
Tucson Ballroom J, JW Marriott Star Pass
Organizer: Karly Pitman
This two-hour workshop, hosted by the DPS Professional Development subcommittee, will inform and train participants in aspects of project management and leadership, with content tailored specifically for planetary scientists. Workshop is open to all levels: students through professionals. Participants will learn the roles and responsibilities of different categories of principal investigators and project scientists. Topics including fiscal and resource management, personnel supervision and effective leadership, and time management for maximizing science return will be discussed.
Confirmed speakers and panelists include
Curt Niebur (NASA HQ)
Christina Richey (NASA HQ)
Jonathan Rall (NASA HQ)
Tom Prettyman (Planetary Science Institute)
Faith Vilas (Planetary Science Institute)
Join us for the DPS Student & Postdoc Reception, held immediately prior to the meeting reception, for networking with students from different universities and members of DPS leadership. Event is free to attend; pre-registration on the DPS meeting website is encouraged.
Join us for the annual DPS Women in Planetary Science discussion over lunch. This year's program is a dual presentation on "Powerful Communication" and "How To Be An Ally." Please feel free to bring any information/announcements related to women in astronomy and planetary science to share. Due to the generosity of the DPS Committee, we will be able to provide lunch for pre-registered attendees this year. All are welcome! Pre-registration at http://bit.ly/DPS_WIPS_2014 is required due to space limitations.
In 2014, 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.