2017 Call for Abstracts

9th Conference on Understanding Interventions that Broaden Participation in Science Careers

“Advancing Local Interventions Towards Systemic Change”

Abstract Submission Deadline: December 16, 2016

Proposals are welcomed for presentation in Workshops, concurrent Symposia, Deeper Dives, and Posters on research projects and best practices highlighting all pathways to STEM careers.  Abstract submissions should not exceed 3,500 characters. Please indicate your first choice of format for presentation from the following:

Workshops will be held on Friday, March 3 during 1.5–3 hour time blocks.  Workshops are designed to provide attendees with models, methods, and hands-on tools that can be adapted to other campuses, programs, and populations. Two types of workshops are available:

  • Hands-on instructional interactive sessions (1.5 or 3 hours)
  • Focused Seminar (1.5 hours) on a single topic with audience interaction.

Both types are technical in nature (e.g., evaluation strategies, computational models), with reading materials/websites provided on-site.  Workshop abstracts should include learning objectives for participants and relevant experience of the presenter(s).

Symposia will be held on Saturday, March 4, and Sunday, March 5, 2017 during concurrent sessions. Symposia speakers are expected to make a 15-20 minute presentation, each followed by a short (10-15 minute) open question and answer discussion period. Each speaker is allowed 30 minutes total for presentation, and each concurrent session can have 2-3 presentations. Abstracts submitted for symposia presentations should present research results and/or program outcomes that address issues of broadening participation in STEM education and careers.

We accept complete symposia proposals with multiple abstracts around a particular title, institutional alliance, or common objective. A parent abstract discussing the overall objective, or describing the interrelation of the component abstracts, should be submitted with the first authors of each of the component abstracts listed in the author block. Titles of the component abstracts should be mentioned in the abstract body of the symposium’s parent abstract. Component abstracts should then be submitted for each presentation in the complete symposium. Each component abstract should indicate its relationship to the parent abstract.

Deeper Dives will be held on Saturday, March 4, and Sunday, March 5, 2017, during concurrent sessions. In contrast to Symposia, Deeper Dives facilitate more focused discussions. Each speaker will conduct a 15-minute presentation, after which the audience participates in separate (and concurrent) 30 minute roundtable discussions, each led by a speaker. Abstracts submitted for Deeper Dive presentations should be overviews that describe (a) the focus of study and (b) the methodology used, followed by illustrative questions/issues to be discussed in the open-ended roundtable.

Symposium and Deeper Dive presenters are expected to provide a bibliography (minimum 3 articles) and presentation slides at least one week prior to the conference. Information gleaned from the slides and presentation will be used for the conference report.

Posters: Presentations must fit on a 4’x4’ poster board. Abstracts for poster presentation should highlight the following components:

  • Significance to the UI community—how does the study advance theory and/or practice as described in the literature; what does it suggest as a next step.
  •  Study population—identify the educational level (K-12, community college, undergraduate, graduate, postdoc, young professional, other career stage), and any other characteristic for the study population, and if relevant, comparison/control group(s).
  • Contextual and other factors—if a case study, what is adaptable; if another kind of study, what major variables were measured and how; identify any limits to generalizing the findings.
  • Outcomes of the Intervention—state findings in relation to timeframe, data analysis, and design/methodology used
  • References—at least 3-5

The Program Committee reserves the right to move abstracts between presentation categories, e.g., Symposium to Deeper Dive, Symposium to Poster.

  • Plenary sessions are organized by the Co-chairs, typically involving invited speakers.
  • Symposia can be proposed as single presentations or complete (3- person) presentations (1.5-2 hours total). Each abstract of a complete symposium will be reviewed separately.
  • A new category of symposium is the Deeper Dive. This is a 15-minute presentation followed by 5 minutes of Q&A. A maximum of three are presented. Then each speaker moves to a roundtable discussion with interested audience members for another 40+ minutes of intense interaction (1.5 hour total).
  • Workshops are of two types—hands-on instructional interactive sessions (1.5 or 3 hours) or a Focused Seminar where attendees will be provided in advance with reading materials to prepare for a presentation on a single topic followed by audience interaction (1.5 hours).
Submit Abstracts

Abstract submissions should not exceed 3,500 characters.  Please indicate your first choice of format for presentation.