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Call for Session Proposals

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Submit a Session Proposal for ABRCMS 2019 

Deadline: May 15

ABRCMS conference and programmatic goals are to 1) encourage undergraduates to pursue advanced training and careers in the biomedical and behavioral sciences, 2), provide 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, and 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.
Check out the 2018 ABRCMS Final Program.

Scientific Session Proposals

ABRCMS is soliciting cutting-edge scientific research 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. 

Session Type

  • Expert Lecture Format (30 minutes): This lecture will be conducted by up to two experts in one of the 12 Scientific Disciplines, who has a breadth of knowledge to share conceptual innovations on emerging scientific concepts. (Session will be limited to 20 minutes with 10 minutes for Q&A.)

Scientific Disciplines

  • Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
  • Cancer Biology
  • Cell Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Computational and Systems Biology
  • Developmental Biology and Genetics
  • Engineering, Physics and Mathematics
  • Immunology
  • Microbiology
  • Neuroscience
  • Physiology and Toxicology
  • Social and Behavioral Sciences and Public Health 

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)
  • Speaker photo
  • Funding request
  • A/V request
  • Preferred room set-up (banquet/crescent rounds, classroom, or theatre) 

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 member to ensure that they articulate the goals, benefits and outcomes of the session to attendees. Please note that poorly written proposals will be rejected.

Submit Session Proposal

Click here to submit your session proposal form. 
Deadline to submit is May 15. 

Note: All session proposals must be submitted via the online portal. 

Contact Us

Tiffani Fonseca
202-942-9283
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Professional Development Session Proposals

ABRCMS is soliciting Professional Development proposals to encourage undergraduates 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 trainees must focus on advancing trainees educational and career development. Sessions geared toward 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.

Due to the limited slots available, sessions that are not accepted for a face-to-face presentation at the 2019 ABRCMS conference may be recommended for a webinar presentation.

Session Types

  • Expert Lecture (45 minutes): 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 Format (1 hour): Session allows the speaker(s) to engage the audience in an invigorating discussion through active demonstrations such as: role-playing, break-out groups, 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 50 minutes with 10 minutes for Q&A).

  • Panel Discussion Format (1 hour): Discussion is designed for panelists to share their viewpoints and experiences on trending topics and to cultivate the audiences’ awareness on inclusive subject matters. (Session will be limited to 50 minutes with 10 minutes for Q&A.)

  • Workshop Format (up to 4 hours): Workshop allows facilitators to engage the audience through break-out groups to increase their knowledge through case-based learning and how to employ such methodologies and strategies in the field of STEM. (Workshops may proceed up to 4 hours, which will be up to the discretion of the ABRCMS programming team.)

Suggested Session Topics

  • Career Pathways (i.e. industry, science policy, entrepreneurship, research, government, etc.) 
  • Curriculum development (i.e. innovative pedagogy, CURE, SEA-PHAGES)
  • Diversity, inclusion and equity (i.e. overcoming imposter syndrome, strategies for increasing diversity in higher education, etc.)
  • Enhancing skills (i.e. job search strategies, time management, etc.)
  • Evaluation and assessment (i.e. best practices, tools for evaluating program effectiveness, etc.) 
  • Graduate school preparation (i.e. finding funding, preparing personal statements, interviewing, 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 constrains, 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, etc.) 

Requirements

  • Session title: title should be short, but descriptive
  • Session description: in 100 words or less, describe the session to potential attendees, as it should appear in conference programming
  • Session goals: express the intended outcomes and learning goals of the session
  • Intended audience: indicate the target audience for the session
  • Session speakers: provide background and contact information for each speaker, including relevant past presentations and a short speaker biography
  • Speaker diversity: every attempt should be made to include speakers of diverse backgrounds, including gender, ethnicity and scientific disciplines
  • Funding request: plans for funding the session

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

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 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 background and experience are highly encouraged.

All session proposals will be reviewed by a Committee member 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. 

Submit Session Proposal

Click here to submit your session proposal form. 
Deadline to submit is May 15.

Note: All session proposals must be submitted via the online portal. 

Contact Us

Tiffani Fonseca
202-942-9283
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.   

 


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