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Call for Session Proposals

The call for session proposals for ABRCMS 2020 is now closed. 

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, which is currently open.
Check out the accepted sessions in the latest 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 an individual expert in a specific field, who has a breadth of knowledge to share conceptual innovations on emerging scientific concepts. (Session will be limited to 25 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)
  • Speaker photo
  • 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 (2) available options to select from during the submission process, which are as follows: 

  1. The speaker/speaker's institution will cover all expenses (e.g. registration, travel, and housing) directly. Please note that ABRCMS will not be responsible for covering any expenses. 

  2. The speaker requests ABRCMS to cover partial or full expenses for one speaker only If the session requires more than one speaker, it will be the responsibility of the speaker or institution/organization to incur the cost of all additional speakers.

Notations

  • Expenses consist of registration, housing and/or airfare, not ground transportation or meals outside of the conference.
  • While international session proposals are strongly encouraged, due to federal funding, ABRCMS is unable to support travel for international 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. 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.

Submit a Session Proposal

Have an idea for a session that you would like featured at the 2020 ABRCMS Conference in San Antonio, TX? Follow the instructions below:   

  • Click here to begin your session proposal submission.
  • Follow the instructions to generate a log-in account.
  • 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 2020 ABRCMS (Scientific) Session Proposal Submission 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 May 15.

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, 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 a face-to-face presentation at the 2020 ABRCMS conference may be recommended for a webinar presentation.

Session Types

  • Expert Lecture Format (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 of 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

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, and 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, disabilities, neurodiversity, and etc.)
  • Enhancing skills (i.e. job search strategies, time management, and etc.)
  • Evaluation and assessment (i.e. best practices, tools for evaluating program effectiveness, and etc.)
  • Graduate school preparation (i.e. finding funding, preparing personal statements, interviewing, graduate school experience, work-school-life balance, and etc.)
  • Mentoring (i.e. utilizing mentoring as a personal development strategy, navigating mentoring relationships, selecting a good mentor, and etc.)
  • Social constructivism (i.e. scientific learning influenced by social constraints, processes of belief structures, and etc.)
  • Teaching strategies (i.e. creating an inclusive classroom, evidence-based teaching, case-based learning, and 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)
  • Speaker photo
  • 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 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 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 (2) available options to select from during the submission process, which are as follows:

  1. The speaker/speaker's institution will cover all expenses (e.g. registration, travel, and housing) directly. Please note that ABRCMS will not be responsible for covering any expenses.

  2. The speaker requests ABRCMS to cover partial or full expenses for one speaker only. If the session requires more than one speaker, it will be the responsibility of the speaker or institution/organization to incur the cost of all additional speakers.

Notations

  • Expenses consist of registration, housing and/or airfare, not ground transportation or meals outside of the conference.
  • While international session proposals are strongly encouraged, due to federal funding, ABRCMS is unable to support travel for international 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.

Submit a Session Proposal

Have an idea for a session that you would like featured at the 2020 ABRCMS Conference in San Antonio, TX? Follow the instructions below:

  • Click here to begin your session proposal submission.
  • Follow the instructions to generate a log-in account.
  • 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 2020 ABRCMS (Professional Development) Session Proposal Submission 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 May 15.

Contact Us

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

 


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