Call for Abstracts


We welcome proposals for workshops, presentations in (concurrent) symposia, and posters on research projects and best practices highlighting all pathways to STEM research careers. The deadline for abstracts is Monday March 3, 2014. Abstract submissions should not exceed 3,500 characters.

Workshops will be held on Friday May 16 during 1.5 – 4 hour time blocks. Workshops (see sample list from 2011 below) are designed to provide attendees with models, methods, and hands-on tools that can be adapted to other campuses, programs, and populations. Workshops may also be technical in nature (i.e., evaluation strategies, computational models). Presenters may be assigned to a time slot or asked to share the workshop time with other presenters with similar programs depending on submissions. Handouts are expected, as are a list of relevant websites.

Symposia (Concurrent Presentations) will be held on Saturday during two 90 minute concurrent sessions and on Sunday AM. Speakers are expected to present research results that address issues of broadening participation in STEM research careers. Symposia (see preliminary list below) may involve quantitative, qualitative, or mixed-methods approaches. Two or three speakers will be assigned to a moderated concurrent session and each will have 15 – 20 minutes for their presentation, followed by an open question and answer discussion period. Presenters are encouraged to use their allotted time to present results and conclusions and will be expected to provide a bibliography prior to the conference to be compiled and shared with attendees.

Posters will be presented on Friday evening and should focus on program best practices and effective strategies, evaluation design, as well as empirical research project results. Research posters on intervention research are strongly encouraged, especially by graduate students. Program directors may wish to prepare a poster describing a successful component of their intervention or initiative to encourage networking and sharing of best practices. The poster session is not designed to showcase the science projects of students participating in intervention programs.

NOTE: The maximum size allocated for each poster is 4′ x 4′. The poster boards will hold two posters on each side. Posters may be located in several rooms and will be organized by category.

Workshop topics (2011):

    • Institutional Leadership (for Deans and chairs, etc.)
    • Computational Modeling – An Introduction
    • Science of Broadening Participation
    • Statistical methodology for Studying Interventions
    • Grantsmanship Technical assistance workshop (NIH, etc.)
    • Evaluation Strategies
    • Publishing Interventions research (with editors, etc.)
    • Focus Group on Diversity and the Law (AAAS-hosted)

Symposia (concurrent presentations) will be grouped by theme. Preliminary themes include:

    • What Else a Program Director Needs to Know
    • More Gatekeeping – The Research Agenda/Implementation Strategies
    • Institutional Partnerships – Majority and MSIs
    • Combating Stereotype Threat Undergraduate – Research and Pedagogy
    • Graduate – Process and Transitions
    • Professional Roles (IRACDA)
    • Disability (Pathfinder and AAAS)
    • K-12
    • Humanities – Mellon-Mays
    • Engineering
    • POSSE Program
    • Interdisciplinary Pathways to Interventions

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