2016 Call for Abstracts

8th Conference on Understanding Interventions that Broaden Participation in Science Careers

Deadline: December 4th, 2015

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

Workshops will be held on Friday, February 26 during 1.5–3 hour time blocks.  Workshops (see sample list from 2015 below) 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:  a. Hands-on instructional interactive sessions (1.5 or 3 hours) and b.  Focused Seminar (1.5 hours) on a single topic followed by audience interaction.  Both types are technical in nature (e.g., evaluation strategies, computational models), with reading materials/websites provided.  Presenters may be assigned to a time slot or asked to share the workshop time with other presenters depending on submissions types and foci.

Symposia (Concurrent Presentations) will be held on Saturday, February 27, and Sunday, February 28, during 1.5 hour concurrent sessions.  Speakers are expected to present research results that address issues of broadening participation in STEM education and careers. Two types of symposia are available:  a. Traditional (see example list below) in which two or three speakers will make a 15–20 minute presentation, followed by an open question and answer discussion period; and b. Deeper Dive, in which two or three 10-minute presentations are followed by 5 minutes of Q&A to each presenter.  Then each moves to a 40-minute roundtable discussion with interested audience members.  The emphasis in both types is on a discussion of results and conclusions.  Symposium presenters are expected to provide a bibliography prior to the conference and slides at time of presentation for use in assembling the conference report.

Posters: Presentations must fit on a 4’x4’ board, highlighting the following components:

  1. Focus of the intervention—describe it; what is studied and why
  2. Outcomes of the intervention—what was found in what time frame
  3. Contextual factors—if a case study, what is adaptable; if other kinds of study, what was measured and how; what informs interpretation
  4. Study population—describe it; was there a comparison or control group
  5. Relevance to the UI community—is the motivation practical or theoretical; how does it connect the intuitive to something in the     literature; what does it spur as a next step.
  6. References—at least 3-5

The Program Committee reserves the right to move abstracts between submitted categories, e.g., traditional 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 10-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).

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