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Submit a Session Proposal for ABRCMS 2018
Deadline: June 15

ABRCMS programming is a mix of Committee generated topics, solicited proposals and attendee suggested topics. Individuals can choose to submit a scientific and/or professional development session.

Examples of accepted sessions can be found in the 2017 ABRCMS Preliminary Program

Scientific Session Proposals

ABRCMS is soliciting proposals for innovative and engaging STEM talks to inspire the next generation of scientists. ABRCMS is comprised of 12 STEM disciplines and encourages multidisciplinary research to make transformative discoveries. A scientific session at ABRCMS will provide the audience with an inside scope into the latest cutting-edge research.

Goals

  • Provide a forum to explore the diverse spectrum of STEM research and connect attendees with experts in the field.
  • Articulate the importance of the research to a diverse audience
  • Serve as role models in presenting, communicating, and succeeding in STEM
  • Network with conference attendees

Requirements

The following information will be required in your proposal:
  • Session title (should be short and catchy to draw a crowd)
  • Description (150 words or less)
  • Scientific discipline
  • Learning objectives (up to three)
  • Speaker(s)
  • Speaker diversity
  • Speaker bio (150 words or less)
  • Speaker photo
  • Funding request
  • Why session is a good fit for ABRCMS

Proposals should be well-written and clearly articulate the benefits of the session to the attendees. Poorly written proposals will be automatically rejected. Innovate sessions are strongly encouraged. 

Individuals who submit proposals that specifically promote organizations or institutions will not be considered through the regular proposal process, but instead will be referred to the ABRCMS Exhibits Programs to purchase a booth. 

Review Criteria

ABRCMS seeks to provide a forum to explore the diverse spectrum of STEM research and connect attendees with experts in the field. Scientific session proposals will be rated on the following components:
  • Significance and overall impact 
    • Topic should focus on one or more of the 12 scientific disciplines. Areas of unique research topics are highly encouraged.
  • Audience 
    • Topic should be appealing to all ABRCMS attendee types.
  • Speakers
    • Speakers should have expertise in the content area.

Session Proposal Form

Click here to submit your session proposal form. The deadline to submit is June 15.

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Irene Hulede
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Professional Development Session Proposals

The goal is to promote professional and skillset development for students and non-students. Sessions geared towards trainees must focus on advancing trainees educational and career development. Sessions geared towards non students must focus on facilitating student success or help to advance attendees career growth. ABRCMS seeks to provide a balanced program that provides opportunities to engage in meaningful conversations that feature diverse speakers on a wide range of topics. Professional development sessions can be geared toward a general audience or specific groups, including:

  • Community college, undergraduate, and postbaccalaureate students
  • Graduate students
  • Postdocs, faculty, program directors, and exhibitors/administrators

Possible Topics
Below are list of possible topics to address in your proposal. This is not a comprehensive list and innovate topics and ideas are encouraged.

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

All professional development sessions must add to the ongoing discussions of the larger conference themes and goals. Attendees should have actionable takeaways that will further their career development and skillset.

Requirements

The following information will be required in your proposal:

  • Session title (should be short and catchy to draw a crowd)
  • Session description (150 words or less)
  • Learning objectives (up to three)
  • Speaker(s)
  • Speaker diversity
  • Speaker bio (150 words or less)
  • Speaker photo
  • Funding request
  • Why session is a good fit for ABRCMS
  • Preferred room set-up (banquet rounds, theatre, etc.)

The format of sessions can vary based on audience and talk. Types of formats include panel discussions, lectures or small group discussions.

Proposals should be well-written and clearly articulate the benefits to the attendees. Poorly written proposals will be automatically rejected. Innovative sessions are strongly encouraged. Individuals who submit proposals that specifically promote organizations or institutions will not be considered through the regular proposal process, but instead will be referred to the ABRCMS Exhibits Programs to purchase a booth.

Due to the limited slots available, sessions that are not accepted for a face to face presentation at the 2018 may be recommended for presentation as a pre or post conference activities in a webinar format.

Review Criteria

The ABRCMS Session Proposal Committee seeks to provide attendees with a balanced program that provides opportunities to engage in meaningful conversations from informative and thought provoking sessions that feature diverse speakers on a wide range of topics. Proposals will be rated on the following components:
  • 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.
  • Audience
    • Professional development sessions can target one or multiple target audiences, including:
      • Community college, undergraduate, and postbaccalaureate students,
      • Graduate students,
      • Faculty, program directors, exhibitors
  • Speakers
    • Speakers should have expertise in the content area they are presenting on. Speakers from diverse background and experience are highly encouraged.

Session Proposal Form

Cick here to submit your session proposal. The deadline to submit is June 15.

Contact Us

Irene Hulede
202-942-9295
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 


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