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Submit a Webinar Proposal for ABRCMS Online 2020 

Deadline: Friday, September 20, 2019

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ABRCMS has extended its mission and vision by establishing a yearlong program to continue broadening the success of student development, as they pursue higher education in the biomedical sciences. The online platform is an opportunity for ABRCMS to provide a training experience for attendees of all levels. ABRCMS Online, by virtue of the monthly format, provides a unique opportunity to promote a more balanced conference experience for attendees—as a forum through which many of the much-needed and popular professional development topics can be delivered. Furthermore, the online programming schedule can be tailored to the specific development needs of various stakeholder groups. The online programming offered by ABRCMS is not simply an addition to the conference, but it promotes conference participation and engagement by actively guiding students to submit and present high-quality work, providing targeted professional development experiences for all levels of trainees, and fostering continuation of the momentum gathered after conference participation.

ABRCMS Online offers programming that cultivates connection and continuous participation with the conference, however this online programming is also used to expand the reach of the conference by expanding training resources to scientists further along in their research careers that work with underrepresented undergraduate and post-baccalaureate students, providing a way for non-conference attendees to connect and plan future attendance, and presenting the benefits of the conference to nontraditional students who may not have exposure to ABRCMS.

Programming for ABRCMS Online is a compilation of committee-generated topics, solicited proposals, and attendee feedback. Diversity among the session leaders, panelists, topics, and varied perspectives are strongly favored. Innovative webinar sessions are strongly encouraged, and the programming is targeted to two audiences:

All session proposals must be submitted via the online portal.

Here are the ABRCMS Online Webinars for 2019:

Student Webinars

February 19, 2019
Putting Your Best Foot Forward in Graduate School Interviews
So you’ve done all of the personal statements, reference requests, transcript orders, and standardized tests. You’re awaiting the call from graduate schools. What can you do now to prepare yourself for the “dreaded” interview season? Join ABRCMS as we share experiences, pointers, and best practices when preparing for graduate school interviews.

February 26, 2019
What You Can Do Now Before Your Summer Research Experience
You’ve been inundated with opportunities for summer research experience, and you’ve probably gotten guidance on how to choose the right experience for you. But how should you prepare during this semester for something that seems so far away? Join ABRCMS as we share some practical things that you can do in the upcoming months to be prepared for your summer research program.

March 26, 2019
Tidy Up Your Science Resume/CV
It’s never a bad time to spruce up your resume or CV! Whether you’re applying for summer programs, postbac programs, or graduate/professional school, join ABRCMS to get some helpful tips for developing and refining your scientific resume or CV.

April 9, 2019
Making Decisions on Your Next Steps
You’ve likely reached the point where you have to make some decisions about this Summer, next Fall, or next year! Join a panel of ABRCMS mentors that can help you make the tough decisions about your future, whether you’re early in your career, considering graduate or professional school, or a later career student looking to advance.

May 21, 2019
So You’ve Got a Research Mentor…So What?
Having a research mentor is only the first step. What can you do to cultivate a career-long relationship with your research mentor? Participants will discuss the benefits of research mentors, practical skills for working with research mentors, communication skills, and navigating difficulties in the mentor-mentee relationship.

Week of June 17 & Week of August 5
Writing a Compelling Abstract
Doing some interesting research and thinking about submitting an abstract to ABRCMS? Learn the essential elements of an abstract, identify good examples of abstracts, discuss presentation of data, and explore ways to craft a coherent narrative in an abstract.

July 16, 2019
Networking Essentials
Networking is essential as a scientist. Learn about the different settings for networking, explore tools for networking in different settings, and discuss effective follow-up strategies after attending networking events.

August 20, 2019
Data Preparation and Presentation
Preparing and conveying scientific data is a critical skill. Explore the differences between quantitative and qualitative data, discover field-specific techniques for presenting, describing, and analyzing data, and interpret different examples of data presentation in scientific conference presentations.

September 17, 2019
Telling Your Story Through the Data
You’ve gotten all of your data together…are you ready to present? Review techniques for making a coherent story from your project, analyze examples of effective scientific presentations, and discuss the elements of presentations appropriate for poster and oral presentations.

December 10, 2019
Personal Statement Preparation
Participants will conduct peer review of personal statements, discover the most common errors and mistakes on personal statements, and review best practices with writing experts.

Faculty Webinars

May 28, 2019
Cultivating Strategic Partnerships for Promoting Diversity and Inclusion in the Biosciences
Join ABRCMS for a discussion about using strategic partnerships between various stakeholders in the biomedical research workforce to further diversity and inclusion initiatives. Participants will discover models of strategic partnerships that work for cultivating diversity, explore methods for evaluating the effectiveness of programs, and review the current state of diversity in the biosciences.

July 23, 2019
Engaging Diverse Student Populations in Undergraduate Research
Discussion will focus on best practices for targeted engagement of diverse students in undergraduate biomedical research. Review current statistics for undergraduate research among diverse students, discuss techniques for recruiting and retaining diverse students, and explore innovative approaches to fostering diversity in student research and scientific interest.

August 27, 2019
Creating a Diverse and Inclusive Campus: Strategies for Helping Nontraditional Students Succeed
Participants will review techniques for gauging the effectiveness of initiatives targeting nontraditional students in biomedical sciences, engage in discussion about the unique needs and explore techniques for working with nontraditional students.

December 3, 2019
Evidence-Based Strategies to Improve Nontraditional Student Performance in STEM
Participants will review scholarly literature concerning nontraditional student performance in STEM, discuss potential applications of evidence-based strategies on different types of campuses, identify metrics for analyzing nontraditional student performance in STEM, and explore the barriers and solutions for incorporating programs.

Webinar Proposals

Webinars geared toward trainees must focus on advancing trainees educational and career development. Webinars geared toward non students must focus on facilitating student success or helping to advance career growth. Webinar proposals should be developed for one of two groups:

  • Students and Trainees: Community college and nontraditional students, undergraduate and postbaccalaureate students, graduate students and postdoctoral scientists
  • Faculty: Faculty, program directors, and admininstrators

Participants should have actionable takeaways that will further their career development and skillset.

Webinar Types

  • Expert Lecture Format (1 hour): Lecture will be conducted by up to four experts in a specific field, who have a breadth of knowledge to share conceptual innovations on trending professional development topics. (Session will be limited to 45 minutes with 15 minutes for live Q&A.)

  • Panel Discussion Format (1 hour): Discussion is designed for panelists to share their viewpoints and experiences on trending topics and to cultivate the audiences’ awareness on inclusive subject matters. Webinar registrants will pre-submit questions, which will be used as the basis for the panel discussion. (Session will be limited to 45 minutes with 15 minutes for additional live Q&A.)

  • Interactive/Skill-Building Format (1 hour): Session allows the speaker(s) to engage the audience in an invigorating discussion through virtual break-out groups to increase the audiences’ conceptual knowledge on the content presented and how to employ the techniques and strategies. (Session will be limited to 15 minutes introduction, 35 minutes break-out activity, and 10 minutes for live Q&A).

Suggested Session Topics

  • Career Pathways (i.e. industry, science policy, entrepreneurship, research, government, etc.) 
  • Curriculum development (i.e. innovative pedagogy, CURE, SEA-PHAGES)
  • Diversity, inclusion and equity (i.e. overcoming imposter syndrome, strategies for increasing diversity in higher education, etc.)
  • Enhancing skills (i.e. job search strategies, time management, etc.)
  • Evaluation and assessment (i.e. best practices, tools for evaluating program effectiveness, etc.) 
  • Graduate school preparation (i.e. finding funding, preparing personal statements, interviewing, etc.)
  • Mentoring (i.e. utilizing mentoring as a personal development strategy, navigating mentoring relationships, selecting a good mentor, etc.)
  • Social constructivism (i.e. scientific learning influenced by social constrains, processes of belief structures, etc.) 
  • Teaching strategies (i.e. creating an inclusive classroom, evidence-based teaching, case-based learning, etc.)
  • Other (i.e. ethics, applying for grants, etc.) 


  • Webinar title: title should be short, but descriptive
  • Webinar description: in 150 words or less, describe the webinar to potential attendees, as it should appear on the website
  • Proposed date range(s): indicate a general time frame (what months) you would be available to present the webinar
  • Learning outcomes: express the intended outcomes and learning goals of the webinar
  • Intended audience: indicate the target audience for the session
  • Webinar type: indicate the proposed format of the webinar as listed above (expert lecture, panel discussion, or interactive/skill-building)
  • Session speakers: provide background and contact information for each speaker, including relevant past presentations and a short speaker biography

Review Criteria 

Webinar proposals will be rated on the following components:

  1. Significance and overall impact

    The proposal should contribute to one or more of ABRCMS goals: (i) encourage students toward graduate or professional education, training, and research careers, (ii) provide resources for faculty, researchers, and program directors to help them succeed as scientists, advisers, educators, and leaders, (iii) prepare students for the evolving and interdisciplinary nature of STEM research and careers, and (iv) provide resources to help underrepresented minorities succeed in STEM.

  2. Audience

    Webinar proposals should be developed for one of two groups:

    • Students and Trainees: Community college and nontraditional students, undergraduate and postbaccalaureate students, graduate students and postdoctoral scientists
    • Faculty: Faculty, program directors, and admininstrators
  3. Speakers

    Speakers should have expertise in the content area they are presenting on. Speakers from diverse background and experience are highly encouraged.

All session proposals will be reviewed by the ABRCMS programming team to ensure that they clearly articulate the goals, benefits, and outcomes of the session to attendees. Please note that poorly written proposals will be rejected. 

Submit Webinar Proposal

Click here to submit a webinar proposal.

Deadline to submit is Friday, September 20, 2019 by 11:59 p.m. P.T.

Note: All session proposals must be submitted via the online portal. 

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Christopher Skipwith, Ph.D.
Education Specialist
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