PRESENT AT ABRCMS

The Call for Session Proposals is now closed.

Share Your Expertise. 

We have reimagined the ABRCMS virtual environment and are soliciting proposals for the 2021 programming that are engaging, interactive, and thought-provoking for all ABRCMS attendees. 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. 

The conference and programmatic goals are the following:

  • To encourage undergraduates to pursue advanced training and careers in the biomedical and behavioral sciences
  • To provide faculty mentors, advisors, and program leaders with resources for facilitating student success
  • To engage, educate, inspire, and broaden participation in STEM education and careers to an interdisciplinary audience
  • To provide a forum to explore the diverse spectrum of STEM research and connect attendees with experts in the field
  • To articulate the importance of the research to a diverse audience

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.
Get inspired! Check out the ABRCMS 2020 Program.

Scientific Session Proposals

ABRCMS is comprised of 12 STEM disciplines and encourages multidisciplinary research to make transformative discoveries.

ABRCMS is soliciting cutting edge scientific research proposals for innovative STEM Flash Talks to inspire the next generation of scientists. Because the conference will be held in a virtual format, the ABRCMS Staff and Review Committee strongly encourage all submitters to ensure that each proposal captures the audience through engaging and interactive methods.

Session Type

  • Flash Talk Format: This talk is limited to one expert in a specific field, who has a breadth of knowledge to share conceptual innovations on emerging scientific concepts. Flash talks will be organized by the 12 STEM disciplines. (Session will be limited to 10 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 that includes 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

Due to the number of slots available, limited talks will be accepted to the ABRCMS 2021: The Virtual Experience. Please ensure that you submit all required information (e.g. clearly articulate the goals, benefits, and outcomes of the session to attendees), so that the Scientific Review Committee can effectively review your proposal.

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 and late-breaking research topics are highly encouraged. The proposal should also encourage rising scientists to pursue advanced training and careers in the biomedical and behavioral sciences and provide non-students with resources for facilitating student success.  

  2. Audience
    Scientific Flash Talks 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 in which they are presenting. Diverse backgrounds and experience are highly encouraged. 

Selection and Disposition Letters 

The Scientific Review Committee will carefully review all proposals. The committee reserves the right to request additional information, make recommendations, or reject a submission that is not deemed relevant nor follow the goals of the conference.

Disposition letters will be sent via email by September 20, 2021 after the Scientific Review Committee has reviewed all submissions.

Session Proposal Form

Submit your session proposal by August 10

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. Because the conference will be held in a virtual format, the ABRCMS Staff and Review Committee strongly encourage all submitters to ensure that each proposal captures the audience through engaging and interactive methods.

  • Sessions for Trainees: must focus on advancing trainees' educational and career development.
  • Sessions for 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 the following:

  • 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.

Session Types

  • Facilitated Live Chat: (30 minutes): This session allows the speaker(s) to engage the audience in an invigorating discussion, insights, and experiences through an interactive open dialog, 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 30 minutes).

  • Expert Lecture (45 minutes): This lecture will be conducted by up to two experts in a specific field, who has 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).

  • Panel Discussion Format (45 minutes): This discussion is designed for panelists to share their viewpoints and experiences on trending topics and cultivate the audiences’ awareness on inclusive subject matters. (Session will be limited to 35 minutes with 10 minutes for Q&A). 

Suggested Session Topics

Below is a list of suggested topics to address in your proposal. This is not a comprehensive list. Innovate topics and ideas are encouraged: 

  • 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, cultural competence, 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.)
  • 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 that includes 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

Please ensure that you submit all required information (e.g. clearly articulate the goals, benefits, and outcomes of the session to attendees), so that the review committee can effectively review your proposal:

  1. Significance and overall impact
    The proposal should contribute to one or more of the ABRCMS goals:
    • Encourage students toward graduate or professional education, training, and research careers
    • Provide resources for faculty, researchers, and program directors to help them succeed as scientists, advisers, educators, and leaders
    • Prepare students for the evolving and interdisciplinary nature of STEM research and careers
    • 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. Diverse backgrounds and experience are highly encouraged.

Selection and Disposition Letters

The Professional Development Review Committee will carefully review all proposals. The committee reserves the right to request additional information, make recommendations, or reject a submission that is not deemed relevant nor follow the goals of the conference.

Disposition letters will be sent via email by September 20, 2021 after the Professional Development Review Committee has reviewed all submissions.

Session Proposal Form

Submit your session proposal by August 10 

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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