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About the Program

The CyberAmbassador program offers free professional skills training in Communications, Teamwork, and Leadership. The curriculum was developed with support from the National Science Foundation (Award #1730137) and includes more than 20 hours of curriculum materials that can be adapted to different audiences and formats. Since 2018, more than 5,300 participants across more than 150 workshops have been trained using this curriculum, which is also offered through the Engineering Futures program of Tau Beta Pi.

Facilitator Training

CyberAmbassador Facilitators are trained volunteers who organize and conduct workshops for their employers, universities, professional organizations, community groups, and other interested audiences. Facilitator Training is funded (travel, housing and food) in-person, 2-day experience at Michigan State University that will be offered 3 different times during summer 2022 (July 23-24, August 12-13, or August 18-19). Accepted volunteers who complete the program will be recognized as Trained Facilitators and have the opportunity to seek Certified Facilitator status by organizing and conducting workshops using the CyberAmbassador curriculum. Training is free and meals are included; for non-MSU participants who live more than 1 hour away, most travel and lodging expenses are also covered.

Facilitator Expectations

Preparing. Volunteers are expected to engage with the CyberAmbassadors curriculum as a participant prior to attending facilitator training, and there are several remote participant trainings during Summer 2022. Volunteers may simultaneously register for participant training and apply for facilitator training. Training. Accepted volunteers must attend (in person) a facilitator training workshop at Michigan State University during Summer 2022. Completing this training earns recognition as a Trained Facilitator. Facilitating. Accepted volunteers must agree to schedule, organize and facilitate a minimum of 4 hours of training per year using the CyberAmbassador curriculum and feedback mechanisms. Volunteers may fulfill this expectation in many ways, such as organizing a workshop for their employer; offering training at a conference or meeting; or providing online seminars for professional groups. Trained Facilitators will receive ongoing advice and support from the CyberAmbassador community, and have opportunities to earn recognition as a Certified Facilitator as they build experience with the program.

Apply by June 1, 2022 for full consideration!

Applicants must have an earned, 4-year college degree and must submit all of the following application materials:

  • A one-page letter describing: (1) why you want to be a CyberAmbassador Facilitator; (2) what you hope to contribute to the program; and (3) your plans for organizing and facilitating a minimum of 4 hours of training per year, including expected context, audience, location, and general timeframe
  • Your current resume or CV

Submit these documents as part of the completed application form: https://tinyurl.com/CAtttUS22

Applications received by June 1 will be considered for all training dates, and initial decisions will be announced by June 3. Additional applications will be accepted through July 1 or until the August trainings reach capacity. For more information please contact Dr. Dirk Colbry (colbrydi@msu.edu)


Summer 2022 Become a Certified CyberAmbassador!

Sat 14 May 2022 by Dirk Colbry

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About the Program

The NSF-funded CyberAmbassador program offers training in communication, teamwork and leadership skills for CyberInfrastructure (CI) Professionals. The training is free and will be offered virtually during Summer 2022. The training offers opportunities to practice professional skills in the context of multidisciplinary research, and is appropriate for college …

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CyberAmbassador Curriculum Used in CMSE Data Science Capstone

Wed 27 April 2022 by Dirk Colbry

Panorama image of the Capstone Showcase

We just finished up the first ever MSU Data Science Capstone course. A key component of the curriculum was an adaptation of the CyberAmbassador content to a weekly classroom format. With students working in teams, interacting with project sponsors and giving lots of presentations he curriculum works well in this …

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PEARC21 Virtual Residency Presentation

Wed 21 July 2021 by Dirk Colbry

Title slide from Dr. Henry Neeman's talk on the 2020 virtual residency program

Here is a video of Henry Neeman's talk about our resent Virtual Residency Workshop paper published as part of PEARC'21 "Evaluation of Virtual Residency Workshop Intmd/Adv 2020" Neeman et al

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Become a Certified CyberAmbassador!

Mon 07 June 2021 by Dirk Colbry

CyberAmbassador Graphic Element: Two individuals shaking hands. One is a scientist the other is a CI professional. Their handshake forms a kind of smile.

About the Program

The NSF-funded CyberAmbassador program offers training in communication, teamwork and leadership skills for CyberInfrastructure (CI) Professionals. The training is free and will be offered virtually during Summer 2021. The training offers opportunities to practice professional skills in the context of multidisciplinary research, and is appropriate for college …

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New Teaming-Up Effective Groups and Meetings

Thu 12 November 2020 by Dirk Colbry

Mark and David headshots Assigning individuals to work in a group does not automatically create a well-functioning team. The “Teaming Up” session focuses on understanding the conditions necessary for groups to develop into effective teams and offers participants practical tools for encouraging team growth. This session also explores ways to make meetings more effective …

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Michigan State University Research Support Network

Fri 31 July 2020 by Dirk Colbry

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Michigan State University is starting up a network of research facilitators from many units across campus. They hosted a 3 afternoon virtual workshop on July 29-31st to bring this team together. As part of the workshop the CyberAmbassadors conducted 7 out of the 9 CyberAmbassador modules with a team of …

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PEARC 2020 Best Paper Award

Wed 01 July 2020 by Dirk Colbry

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We are pleased to share that our most recent paper entitled "CyberAmbassadors: Results from Pilot Testing a New Professional Skills Curriculum" By Astri Briliyanti, Julie Wilson Rojewski, Katy Luchini-Colbry, and Dirk Colbry was given the best paper award in the PEARC 2020 “People involved in research computing – workforce development, diversity …

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Online Equity, Inclusion and Ethics Module for Virtual Residency

Wed 10 June 2020 by Dirk Colbry

Picture of the scales of justice with the word ethics on one side

Last week we had about 120 people attend a CyberAmbassador session during the week long Virtual Residency. This is our fourth Virtual Residency and even though it was entire online I still think it was an outstanding workshop. Henry Neeman does such a wonderful job organizing and hosting the event …

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Great Plains Network On-line Trainings

Tue 19 May 2020 by Dirk Colbry

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The Great Plains Network (GPN), a non-profit consortium aggregating networks through GigaPoP connections while advocating collaboration and cyberinfrastructure research on behalf of universities and community innovators across the Midwest and Great Plains, hosted a three day CyberAmbassador workshop at the end of May 2020. Although initially scheduled as an in-person …

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