2020 Capital PKAL Regional Network Conference

Diverse Tools for Diverse Students: Interdisciplinary STEM Education to Increase Accessibility, Inclusion, and Success

March 20, 2020
University of Maryland, Baltimore County
University Center
1000 Hiltop Circle
Baltimore, MD 21250

Due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, this event has been postponed.  This event will be rescheduled for the 2020-2021 academic year. Updates will be provided as they become available.  

Project Kaleidoscope and University of Maryland, Baltimore County are pleased to announce the 2020 meeting of the Capital PKAL Regional Network: “Diverse Tools for Diverse Students: Interdisciplinary STEM Education to Increase Accessibility, Inclusion, and Success.”

sivanathan.jpgDr. Viknesh (Vic) Sivanathan, Program Officer at Howard Hughes Medical Institute’s Science Education Alliance will deliver the keynote, "Collaborating with Undergraduates for an Engaging Education."  Dr. Sivanathan is a member of the Science Education Department at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI), the largest private funder of undergraduate science education reform in the US. At HHMI, Dr. Sivanathan manages the Science Education Alliance (SEA). The SEA supports a nationwide community of 2-year and 4-year college and university faculty members to integrate research as an integral component of early undergraduate science curricula and to develop their undergraduate students as contributors of scientific discoveries. By doing so, the SEA aims to offer undergraduate students an engaging science education that promotes their persistence in the sciences. Dr. Sivanathan will discuss incorporating research directly in classroom settings.

Conference Themes

Oral presentations, workshops, panel discussions, and poster sessions will explore new ideas  on the following themes:

  1. Integrating STEM disciplines to promote outcomes for diverse student populations.
  2. Infusion of art and humanities into STEAM curricula.
  3. Co-curricular interventions to foster inclusion and promote student success in STEM.
  4. Best practices for accessibility in STEM education.

Click HERE for the event's schedule. 

Registration - Deadline: March 5, 2020

To register, click HERE.  The general registration fee is $75 per person; $30 for graduate students; and includes lunch. All presenters are responsible for conference registration, travel and hotel expenses.  

Non-tenure-track STEM faculty are encouraged to attend and are eligible to receive a registration fee waiver. Waivers are limited. First-come, first served. The waiver is contingent on participation in a one-hour listening session for non-tenure track STEM faculty attendees and the PKAL executive office. This listening session will serve to inform the future ways in which PKAL is able to ensure that the professional development needs of our non-tenure track colleagues are met.

Conference Host

The University of Maryland, Baltimore County’s commitment to innovative teaching, relevant research, and supportive community empowers and inspires inquisitive minds. UMBC combines the learning opportunities of a liberal arts college with the creative intensity of a leading research university, and is known globally for inclusive excellence. Retrievers come to UMBC from around the world to explore every angle of today’s pressing questions, to reach together toward big breakthroughs, to claim their futures, and to extend beyond their comfort zones to have a far-reaching impact.


For additional information about the 2020 Capital PKAL Regional Conference, please contact:

Conference Chair
Laura E. Ott, PhD
University of Maryland, Baltimore County