PRESENT AT ABRCMS

Call for Session Proposals

Contribute to the Future of STEM 

Important Dates

  • Session Proposals Open: April 1
  • Session Proposals Close: July 29 
  • Review Cycle: July-August 2022
  • Disposition Letters Sent: August 26
  • Speaker Acceptance & Release Form: September 8
  • Speaker Registration Deadline: October 1

Contact Us:

Tiffani Fonseca, Senior Specialist
202-942-9283
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In 2021, ABRCMS brought together more than 4,000 of the best and brightest underrepresented scientists for five days of innovative scientific content, informative professional development sessions and meaningful networking opportunities. As we return to an in-person conference in 2022, we need you to join us and share your expertise.

Submit a Session Proposal 

Deadline: Friday, July 29, 11:59 p.m. PDT

The ABRCMS conference and programmatic goals are to: 

  1. Encourage students from the community college to graduate levels to pursue advanced training and careers in the biomedical and behavioral sciences.
  2. Provide postdoctoral scientists, faculty mentors, advisors, and program leaders with resources for facilitating student success.
  3. Engage, educate, inspire, and broaden participation in STEM education and careers to an interdisciplinary audience.
  4. Provide a forum to explore the diverse spectrum of STEM research and connect attendees with experts in the field.
  5. Articulate the importance of the research to a diverse audience.

ABRCMS programming 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, as this will ensure a stronger program. 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. Innovative sessions are strongly encouraged.

Note: 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.

All session proposals must be submitted via the online portal, which is open.

Scientific Session Proposals

ABRCMS is soliciting cutting-edge scientific research proposals in all 12 Scientific disciplines for innovative and engaging STEM talks to inspire the next generation of scientists. ABRCMS encourages multidisciplinary research to make transformative discoveries. 

Session Type

  • Expert Lecture (30 minutes): This lecture will be conducted by up to two (2) experts in a specific field, who has a breadth of knowledge to share conceptual innovations on emerging scientific concepts. The session will be limited to 25 minutes with 5 minutes for Q&A.

  • Flash Talk (15 minutes): This talk is in the format of a TED-style talk, which will be conducted by an individual expert in a specific field to share new ideas and conceptual innovations on emerging scientific concepts. The session will be limited to 10 minutes with 5 minutes for Q&A. 

Requirements

The following information will be required in your proposal:

  • Session title (should be short and catchy to draw a crowd)
  • Description, to include up to three learning objectives (150 words or less) 
  • Scientific discipline
  • Speaker(s)
  • Speaker diversity
  • Speaker bio (150 words or less)
  • Funding request

Review Criteria

Scientific session proposals will be rated on the following components:

  1. Significance and overall impact
    Topic should focus on one or more of the 12 scientific disciplines. Areas of unique research topics include are highly encouraged. 

  2. Audience
    Topic should be appealing to all ABRCMS attendee types. 

  3. Speakers
    Speakers should have expertise in the content area.

All session proposals will be reviewed by a Committee 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.

How will my session be funded? 

There are three (3) available options to select from during the submission process: 

  1. Sponsored Session – The sponsoring organization/institution will provide ABRCMS with $2,500 and will be recognized in the mobile app and final program. 

  2. Funding by Speaker/Speaker's Institution – The speaker/speaker's institution will cover all expenses (e.g., registration, travel, and lodging) directly. Please note that ABRCMS will not be responsible for covering any expenses.

  3. Requesting funding from ABRCMS – The submitter recommends ABRCMS to cover all expenses (registration, travel and lodging) for one speaker.

May I submit more than one proposal? 

Yes. You may submit more than one proposal, but there must be an individual submission for each proposal. Speakers of diverse backgrounds and institutions are strongly recommended. Each submission will be reviewed independently, and all the fields must be completed in each proposal.

How to Submit a Proposal

Have an idea for a session that you would like featured at ABRCMS 2022 in Anaheim, CA? Use the steps below to get started:    

  • Click here to begin your session proposal submission.
  • Follow the instructions to generate a user account in the 'Create New Account' window. If you have previously logged into the portal, you may use your established credentials.
  • Step 1: Click "Start Here" to create a profile. (Note: It is critical that you indicate your "educational/professional" status in this step, as it will populate all programs that you are eligible to submit).
  • Step 2: Select 2022 ABRCMS (Scientific) Session Proposal Site in the dropdown and click Continue.
  • Step 3: Proceed to complete the required fields in the submission portal.

Questions? Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

NOTE: Only complete submissions will be considered by the Review Panel.

Deadline to submit is Friday, July 29, 11:59 p.m. EDT. 

Professional Development Session Proposals

ABRCMS is soliciting Professional Development proposals to encourage students from the community college to graduate levels to pursue advanced training and careers in the biomedical and behavioral sciences and to promote professional and skillset development for students and non-students.

Sessions geared toward students must focus on advancing their educational and career development. Sessions geared toward postdoctoral scientists and non-students must focus on facilitating student success or help to advance attendees' career growth.

Professional development sessions can be geared toward a general audience or specific groups, including:

  • Community college and nontraditional students
  • Undergraduate and postbaccalaureate students
  • Graduate students and postdoctoral scientists
  • Faculty, program directors, and exhibitors

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.

Note: The ABRCMS programming team may contact a few session leads to integrate their session with other speakers, who have similar topics. Also, sessions that are not accepted for an in-person presentation at the ABRCMS 2022 conference may be recommended for a webinar presentation throughout the year.

Session Types

  • Expert Lecture (45 minutes): This lecture will be conducted by up to two 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 35 minutes with 10 minutes for Q&A.

  • Interactive/Skill-Building Session (45 minutes): This session allows the speaker(s) to engage the audience in an invigorating discussion through active demonstrations such as role-playing and/or strategic games to increase the audiences’ conceptual knowledge on the content presented and how to employ such techniques and strategies as they  matriculate in the STEM field. Session will be limited to 35 minutes with 10 minutes for Q&A.

  • Panel Discussion (45 minutes): This discussion is designed for panelists to share their viewpoints and experiences on trending topics and to cultivate the audiences’ awareness of inclusive subject matters. Session will be limited to 35 minutes with 10 minutes for Q&A.

  • Workshop (up to 3 hours): Workshop allows facilitators to engage the audience via break-out groups to increase their knowledge through case-based learning and develop their understanding on how to employ such methodologies and strategies in the field of STEM. Workshops may proceed up to 3 hours, at the discretion of the ABRCMS programming team.

Suggested Session Topics

Innovative topics and ideas are encouraged. Below is a list of suggested topics to address in your proposal, but not limited to: 

  • Career pathways (i.e. industry, science policy, entrepreneurship, research, government, etc.)
  • Curriculum development (i.e. innovative pedagogy, CURE, SEA-PHAGES, engagement and retention of students in STEM, etc.)
  • Diversity, inclusion, and equity (i.e. cultural awarenewss, mentorship, accessibility, unconcious and implicit bias, reducing prejudice, strategies for increasing diversity in higher education, disabilities, neurodiversity, socio-economic sensitivity, etc.)
  • Enhancing skills (i.e. job search strategies, time management, self advocacy, problem solving and strategic thinking, etc.)
  • Evaluation and assessment (i.e. best practices, tools for evaluating program effectiveness, analyzing evaluation findings in STEM activities, etc.)
  • Graduate school preparation (i.e. finding funding, preparing personal statements, interviewing, graduate school experience, work-school-life balance, 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 constraints, 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, and etc.)

Requirements

The following information will be required in your proposal:

  • Session type
  • Session title (should be short and catchy to draw a crowd)
  • Description, to include up to three Learning objectives (150 words or less)
  • Targeted audience
  • Speaker(s)
  • Speaker diversity
  • Speaker bio (150 words or less)
  • Funding request

Review Criteria

Professional development session 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 to move 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
    • Professional development sessions should target the following audiences:
      • Community college and nontraditional students
      • Undergraduate and postbaccalaureate students
      • Graduate students and postdoctoral scientists
      • Faculty, program directors, and exhibitors

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

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

How will my session be funded?

There are thre (3) available options to select from during the submission process: 

  1. Sponsored Session – The sponsoring organization/institution will provide ABRCMS with $2,500 and will be recognized in the mobile app and final program.

  2. Funding by Speaker/Speaker’s Institution – The speaker/speaker's institution will cover all expenses (e.g., registration, travel, and lodging) directly. Please note that ABRCMS will not be responsible for covering any expenses.

  3. Requesting funding from ABRCMS – The submitter may recommend up to four speakers; however, ABRCMS will cover all expenses (registration, travel and lodging) for up to two speakers only. Note: If the session requires more than two speakers, it will be the responsibility of the speaker or institution/organization to incur the cost of all additional speakers.

May I submit more than one proposal?

Yes. You may submit more than one proposal, but there must be an individual submission for each proposal. Diverse backgrounds speakers and institutions are strongly recommended. Each submission will be reviewed independently and all the fields must complete in each proposal.

How to Submit a Session Proposal

Have an idea for a session that you would like featured at ABRCMS 2022 in Anaheim, CA? Follow the instructions below:

  • Click here to begin your session proposal submission.
  • Follow the instructions to generate a user account in the 'Create New Account' window. If you have previously logged into the portal, you may use your established credentials.
  • Step 1: Click “Start Here” to create a profile. (Note: It is critical that you indicate your “educational/ professional” status in this step, as it will populate all programs that you are eligible to submit).
  • Step 2: Select 2022 ABRCMS (Professional Development) Session Proposal Site in the dropdown and click Continue.
  • Step 3: Proceed to complete the requirements in the submission.

Questions? Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Note: Only complete submissions will be considered by the Review Panel.
Deadline to submit is Friday, July 29, 11:59 p.m. PDT

 


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