History of the Peer-Led Workshops

The 1st Peer-Led Workshop

In 2018, Dr. Kali A. Miller, at the time a graduate researcher at the University of Illinois-Urbana Champaign and involved in the laboratory safety team there, developed a workshop called “Developing Graduate Student Leadership Skills in Laboratory Safety.” Initially supported by the ACS Committee on Chemical Safety, ACS Division of Chemical Health and Safety, ACS Safety Programs, and the ACS Office of Graduate Education, the workshop was first held at the ACS National Meeting in Spring 2018. A paper was published describing this pilot workshop and initial survey analysis that can be found here. The workshop continued to be held at ACS National Meetings with different graduate researcher facilitators.

Jessica A. Martin began working closely with Dr. Miller to coordinate, and eventually take over general management of the workshop. They also interviewed graduate researcher leaders of LST teams as a means of learning more about the movement and improving the offerings of the workshop. This resulted in a publication about LSTs that can be found here.

As 2020 approached, the COVID-19 pandemic necessitated a rapid shift to a virtual world. Starting with the Spring 2020 ACS National Meeting, Jessica worked with the Facilitators for that workshop to rapidly convert the workshop to a virtual format. Additionally, graduate researchers representing 12 different LSTs came together to write another peer-reviewed publication that can be found here discussing how the teams have survived the stress test introduced by the COVID-19 pandemic. 

As interest in the workshop continued to blossom in the academic community, it was recognized that the virtual version could reach a wider audience and be held independent of conferences. Jessica recruited known and active advocates in the ACS safety community to constitute a Mentorship Team to continue to improve the workshop. Graduate researchers involved in the LST leadership at their own institutions were also regularly recruited to serve as Facilitators and Moderators to share their experiences and improve their own professional skills. The workshop was renamed “Empowering Academic Researchers to Strengthen Safety Culture” in recognition of the changes made to it.

The 2nd Peer-Led Workshop

In 2021, Taysir BaderCatherine WilhelmKerry BetzWhitney HessHaim Weizman, and Ralph Stuartdeveloped a second workshop called “RAMP Risk Management in the Research Lab”. with funding from an ACS Innovative Project Grant.  The goal of the grant was to identify how to use the RAMP paradigm as both an educational and operational tool for chemists in higher education.

The workshop used the same peer-led structure developed in the first workshop, recruiting graduate researchers to help run the workshops as Workshop Leaders, Facilitators, and Moderators. This workshop is also supported by the Mentorship Team. This workshop has been successfully delivered virtually and in-person to both general audiences and specific universities. 

2023 Peer-Led Workshops

For 2022 and 2023, Monica Nyansa of the Michigan Technological University is serving as the Workshop Leader for “Empowering Academic Researchers to Strengthen Safety Culture”. She has described her experience with the workshop as part of her professional development in a posting for the ACS Chemistry Grad and Postdoc blog. 

For 2022 and 2023, Brady Bresnahan of the University of Minnesota is serving as the Workshop Leader for “RAMP Risk Management in the Research Lab”

Listed below are all of the individuals who have helped run the workshops as Workshop Leaders, Facilitators, and Moderators. Below that is a list of the fantastic Mentorship Team members!

Please check our workshop schedule for information and registration for the latest workshops!

Workshop date (year, month)RoleNameInstitutionTeam name
2022. 11 (Virtual) RAMPLeaderBrady BresnahanUniversity of MinnesotaChemistry and CEMS Joint Safety Team
2022. 11 (Virtual) RAMPFacilitatorHossain ShadmanThe University of MemphisUniversity of Memphis Joint Safety Team
2022. 11 (Virtual) RAMPFacilitatorKris ElbeinUniversity of MinnesotaChemistry and CEMS Joint Safety Team
2022. 11 (Virtual) RAMPModeratorMurphi WilliamsUniversity of MinnesotaChemistry and CEMS Joint Safety Team
2022. 11 (Virtual) RAMPModeratorRain TalosigUniversity of California, IrvineGraduate Safety Team
2022. 11 (Virtual) RAMPModeratorCalla McCulleyMentorship Team Member
2022. 11 (Virtual) RAMPModeratorAmanda ChungMentorship Team Member
2022. 11 (Virtual) RAMPModeratorRalph StuartMentorship Team Member
2022. 11 (Virtual) RAMPModeratorSamuella SigmannMentorship Team Member
2022. 10 (Virtual) LSTLeaderMonica NyansaMichigan Technological UniversityMTU Chemistry Graduate Safety Committee (MTU CGSC)
2022. 10 (Virtual) LSTFacilitatorOmar Leon RuizUniversity of California, Los AngelesJoint Research Safety Initiative (JRSI)
2022. 10 (Virtual) LSTFacilitatorAdelina OronovaMichigan Technological UniversityMTU Chemistry Graduate Safety Committee (MTU CGSC)
2022. 10 (Virtual) LSTModeratorSaghar GomrokThe University of MemphisUniversity of Memphis Joint Safety Team
2022. 10 (Virtual) LSTModeratorJamiu OyetoroUniversity of Ibadan
2022. 10 (Virtual) LSTModeratorPopoola Olamilekan EmmanuelUniversity of Ibadan
2022. 10 (Virtual) LSTModeratorChristy DyerThe University of MemphisUniversity of Memphis Joint Safety Team
2022. 10 (Virtual) LSTModeratorSrijana PandeyOhio University
2022. 10 (Virtual) LSTModeratorBabatunde ObadawoThe University of ToledoENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH AND RADIATION SAFETY
2022. 07 (In Person) RAMPFacilitatorTaysir BaderUniversity of MinnesotaChemistry and CEMS Joint Safety Team
2022. 07 (In Person) RAMPFacilitatorBrady BresnahanUniversity of MinnesotaChemistry and CEMS Joint Safety Team
2022. 06 (Virtual) LSTLeaderMonica NyansaMichigan Technological University
2022. 06 (Virtual) LSTFacilitatorHossain ShadmanThe University of MemphisUniversity of Memphis Joint Safety Team
2022. 06 (Virtual) LSTFacilitatorAmanda ChungUniversity of California, IrvineGraduate Safety Team
2022. 06 (Virtual) LSTModeratorDinesh GautamOhio University
2022. 06 (Virtual) LSTModeratorChristy DyerThe University of MemphisUniversity of Memphis Joint Safety Team
2022. 06 (Virtual) LSTModeratorBrady BresnahanUniversity of MinnesotaChemistry and CEMS Joint Safety Team
2022. 06 (Virtual) LSTModeratorAshan WettasingheUniversity of Texas at Dallas
2022. 06 (Virtual) LSTModeratorMelissa AlfonsoThe University of MemphisUniversity of Memphis Joint Safety Team
2022. 06 (Virtual) LSTModeratorAdelina OronovaMichigan Technological UniversityMTU Chemistry Graduate Safety Committee (MTU CGSC)
2022. 03 (Virtual) LSTLeaderMonica NyansaMichigan Technological UniversityMTU Chemistry Graduate Safety Committee (MTU CGSC)
2022. 03 (Virtual) LSTFacilitatorRachel WileyThe University of MemphisUniversity of Memphis Joint Safety Team
2022. 03 (Virtual) LSTFacilitatorOmar Leon RuizUniversity of California, Los AngelesJoint Research Safety Initiative (JRSI)
2022. 03 (Virtual) LSTModeratorHossain ShadmanThe University of MemphisUniversity of Memphis Joint Safety Team
2022. 03 (Virtual) LSTModeratorAmanda ChungUniversity of California, IrvineGraduate Safety Team
2022. 03 (Virtual) LSTModeratorAbhijeet PatilMichigan Technological UniversityMTU Chemistry Graduate Safety Committee (MTU CGSC)
2022. 03 (Virtual) LSTModeratorSaghar GomrokThe University of MemphisUniversity of Memphis Joint Safety Team
2022. 03 (Virtual) LSTModeratorHemanta TimsinaUniversity of ArkansasEngineering Safety Club
2022. 03 (Virtual) LSTModeratorFarouq BusariUniversity of Ibadan (Nigeria)
2022. 03 (Virtual) LSTModeratorJessica MartinMentorship Team Member
2022. 03 (Virtual) LSTModeratorTammy Lutz-RechtinMentorship Team Member
2022. 01 (In Person) RAMPFacilitatorTaysir BaderUniversity of MinnesotaChemistry and CEMS Joint Safety Team
2022. 01 (In Person) RAMPFacilitatorCatherine WilhelmUniversity of Michigan
2021. 11 (Virtual) RAMPFacilitatorTaysir BaderUniversity of MinnesotaChemistry and CEMS Joint Safety Team
2021. 11 (Virtual) RAMPFacilitatorCatherine WilhelmUniversity of Michigan
2021. 10 (Virtual) LSTLeaderJessica MartinUniversity of ConnecticutJoint Safety Team
2021. 10 (Virtual) LSTFacilitatorMonica NyansaMichigan Technological UniversityMTU Chemistry Graduate Safety Committee (MTU CGSC)
2021. 10 (Virtual) LSTFacilitatorCalla McCulleyUniversity of Texas at AustinChemistry Student Safety Organization (CSSO)
2021. 10 (Virtual) LSTModeratorAustin MoyleWashington University in St. LouisChemistry Peer Review Safety Group (CPRSG)
2021. 10 (Virtual) LSTModeratorAbhijeet PatilMichigan Technological UniversityMTU Chemistry Graduate Safety Committee (MTU CGSC)
2021. 10 (Virtual) LSTModeratorRachel WileyThe University of MemphisUniversity of Memphis Joint Safety Team
2021. 10 (Virtual) LSTModeratorMaggi Braasch-TuriColorado State University
2021. 10 (Virtual) LSTModeratorMelissa AlfonsoThe University of MemphisUniversity of Memphis Joint Safety Team
2021. 10 (Virtual) LSTModeratorHemanta TimsinaUniversity of ArkansasEngineering Safety Club
2021. 10 (Virtual) LSTModeratorAdelina OronovaMichigan Technological UniversityMTU Chemistry Graduate Safety Committee (MTU CGSC)
2021. 10 (Virtual) LSTModeratorFarouq BusariUniversity of Ibadan (Nigeria)
2021. 06 (Virtual) LSTLeaderJessica MartinUniversity of ConnecticutJoint Safety Team
2021. 06 (Virtual) LSTFacilitatorLindsey ApplegateUniversity of IowaChemical Safety and Responsibility Stewards (CSARS)
2021. 06 (Virtual) LSTFacilitatorJessica DeYoungUniversity of IowaChemical Safety and Responsibility Stewards (CSARS)
2021. 06 (Virtual) LSTModeratorTaysir BaderUniversity of MinnesotaJoint Safety Team
2021. 06 (Virtual) LSTModeratorAbhijeet PatilMichigan Technological UniversityMTU Chemistry Graduate Safety Committee (MTU CGSC)
2021. 06 (Virtual) LSTModeratorMonica NyansaMichigan Technological UniversityMTU Chemistry Graduate Safety Committee (MTU CGSC)
2021. 06 (Virtual) LSTModeratorCalla McCulleyUniversity of Texas at AustinChemistry Student Safety Organization (CSSO)
2021. 06 (Virtual) LSTModeratorRachel WileyThe University of MemphisUniversity of Memphis Graduate Safety Team
2021. 06 (Virtual) LSTModeratorAustin MoyleWashington University in St. LouisChemistry Peer Review Safety Group (CPRSG)
2021. 06 (Virtual) LSTModeratorMaggi Braasch-TuriColorado State University
2021. 02 (Virtual) LSTLeaderJessica MartinUniversity of ConnecticutJoint Safety Team
2021. 02 (Virtual) LSTFacilitatorOmar Leon RuizUCLAJoint Research Safety Initiative
2021. 02 (Virtual) LSTFacilitatorDagen HughesUniversity of IowaChemical Safety and Responsibility Stewards (CSARS)
2021. 02 (Virtual) LSTModeratorLindsey ApplegateUniversity of IowaChemical Safety and Responsibility Stewards (CSARS)
2021. 02 (Virtual) LSTModeratorJessica DeYoungUniversity of IowaChemical Safety and Responsibility Stewards (CSARS)
2021. 02 (Virtual) LSTModeratorCristian Aviles-MartinUniversity of ConnecticutJoint Safety Team
2021. 02 (Virtual) LSTModeratorTaysir BaderUniversity of MinnesotaJoint Safety Team
2021. 02 (Virtual) LSTModeratorMelissa AlfonsoUniversity of MemphisUniversity of Memphis Joint Safety Team
2021. 02 (Virtual) LSTModeratorAbhijeet PatilMichigan Technological UniversityMTU Chemistry Graduate Safety Committee (MTU CGSC)
2021. 02 (Virtual) LSTModeratorMonica NyansaMichigan Technological UniversityMTU Chemistry Graduate Safety Committee (MTU CGSC)
2021. 02 (Virtual) LSTModeratorCalla McCulleyUniversity of Texas at AustinChemistry Student Safety Organization (CSSO)
2020. 11 (Virtual) LSTLeaderJessica MartinUniversity of ConnecticutJoint Safety Team
2020. 11 (Virtual) LSTFacilitatorSarah ZinnUniversity of ChicagoThe Joint Research Safety Initiative
2020. 11 (Virtual) LSTFacilitatorJessica DeYoungUniversity of IowaChemical Safety and Responsibility Stewards (CSARS)
2020. 11 (Virtual) LSTModeratorMarta GmurczykMentorship Team Member
2020. 11 (Virtual) LSTModeratorMary Beth KozaMentorship Team Member
2020. 11 (Virtual) LSTModeratorLindsey ApplegateUniversity of IowaChemical Safety and Responsibility Stewards (CSARS)
2020. 11 (Virtual) LSTModeratorDagen HughesUniversity of IowaChemical Safety and Responsibility Stewards (CSARS)
2020. 11 (Virtual) LSTModeratorKali MillerMentorship Team Member
2020. 11 (Virtual) LSTModeratorDavid FinsterMentorship Team Member
2020. 11 (Virtual) LSTModeratorCristian Aviles-MartinUniversity of ConnecticutJoint Safety Team
2020. 11 (Virtual) LSTModeratorOmar Leon RuizUCLAJoint Research Safety Initiative
2020. 08 (Virtual) LSTLeaderJessica MartinUniversity of ConnecticutJoint Safety Team
2020. 08 (Virtual) LSTFacilitatorCristian Aviles-MartinUniversity of ConnecticutJoint Safety Team
2020. 08 (Virtual) LSTFacilitatorOmar Leon RuizUCLAJoint Research Safety Initiative
2020. 08 (Virtual) LSTModeratorSarah ZinnUniversity of ChicagoThe Joint Research Safety Initiative
2020. 08 (Virtual) LSTModeratorJessica DeYoungUniversity of IowaChemical Safety and Responsibility Stewards (CSARS)
2020. 08 (Virtual) LSTModeratorKali MillerMentorship Team Member
2020. 08 (Virtual) LSTModeratorMarta GmurczykMentorship Team Member
2020. 08 (Virtual) LSTModeratorSammye SigmannMentorship Team Member
2020. 08 (Virtual) LSTModeratorDavid FinsterMentorship Team Member
2020. 08 (Virtual) LSTModeratorRalph StuartMentorship Team Member
2020. 03 (Virtual) LSTLeaderJessica MartinUniversity of ConnecticutJoint Safety Team
2020. 03 (Virtual) LSTFacilitatorVictor BeaumontYale UniversityChemistry Joint Safety Team
2020. 03 (Virtual) LSTFacilitatorVeronica HayesUniversity of ConnecticutJoint Safety Team
2019. 08 (In Person) LSTLeaderKali MillerUniversity of Illinois Urbana-ChampaignChemistry Joint Safety Team
2019. 08 (In Person) LSTFacilitatorJessica MartinUniversity of ConnecticutJoint Safety Team
2019. 08 (In Person) LSTFacilitatorChandra KarkiThe University of South Dakota
2019. 06 (In Person) LSTLeaderKali MillerUniversity of Illinois Urbana-ChampaignChemistry Joint Safety Team
2019. 06 (In Person) LSTFacilitatorJessica MartinUniversity of ConnecticutJoint Safety Team
2019. 06 (In Person) LSTFacilitatorDavid FinsterMentorship Team Member
2019. 03 (In Person) LSTLeaderKali MillerUniversity of Illinois Urbana-ChampaignChemistry Joint Safety Team
2019. 03 (In Person) LSTFacilitatorKendra DenlingerXavier University
2018. 08 (In Person) LSTLeaderKali MillerUniversity of Illinois Urbana-ChampaignChemistry Joint Safety Team
2018. 08 (In Person) LSTFacilitatorKaitlin TylerUniversity of Illinois Urbana-ChampaignChemistry Joint Safety Team
2018. 03 (In Person) LSTLeaderKali MillerUniversity of Illinois Urbana-ChampaignChemistry Joint Safety Team
2018. 03 (In Person) LSTFacilitatorMichail VlysidisUniversity of MinnesotaJoint Safety Team

Description of Roles:

Leader: Recruits and trains Facilitators and Moderators; manages updates to workshop content; organizes logistics; communicates with participants before and after workshop as needed; manages technology during the workshop; leads pre-workshop practice and post-workshop review sessions for Facilitators with the Mentorship Team

Facilitator: Student researchers who have previously attended the workshop and served as Moderators, participate in updates to workshop content through pre-workshop practice and post-workshop review sessions with the Leader and Mentorship Team; delivers workshop content to live audience; facilitates small group and large group activities and discussion during the workshop.

Moderator (Position created for virtual workshops): Student researchers who have previously attended the workshop who now serve in the practice audience for pre-workshop practice sessions and participate in post-workshop review sessions; contribute to updates to workshop content; monitor Breakout Room activities during the workshop.

Mentorship Team: This team is a group of senior CHAS members and other safety professionals who support the workshop leaders with content review and advice and who also serve as back-up moderators for virtual workshops.

2021 Mentorship Team

  • Kali A. Miller
  • David Finster
  • Marta Gmurczyk
  • Mary Beth Koza
  • Ralph Stuart 
  • Samuella Sigmann

2023 Mentorship Team

  • Amanda Chung
  • Calla McCulley
  • Catherine Wilhelm
  • Dwayne Henry
  • Jessica Martin
  • Kali Miller
  • Marta Gmurczyk
  • Mary Beth Koza
  • Sammye Sigmann
  • Sara Johnson
  • Sarah Zinn
  • Tammy Lutz-Rechtin
  • Taysir Bader
  • Tilak Chandra
  • Ken Kretchman

Please check our workshop schedule for information and registration for the latest workshop!

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