Call for Proposals

January 11, 2017
Worcester State University
Ghosh Science and Technology Center, Worcester, MA 01602


Call for Proposals (CLOSED)

STEM faculty members and administrators from both public and private 2-year and 4-year higher education institutions are invited to submit proposals to present innovative pedagogical methods to teach and assess STEM at the undergraduate level with a focus on exploring creative means for integrating undergraduates into research. Presentation style may be individual speaker or a panel format; we hope student perspectives are shared during panel discussions. We encourage abstracts from the STEM Starter Academies and 2-year institutions.

Proposals may include (but are not limited to):

Undergraduate Research in the STEM

  • Integration of research into STEM courses (e.g. inquiry-based learning, research methods)
  • Maximizing and/or assessing learning impact from an undergraduate research experience
  • Funding mechanisms integrating undergraduates in research program; proposals including an interdisciplinary approach are highly encouraged
  • Campus-wide initiatives to promote undergraduate research in STEM (e.g. support for faculty development, additional courses and programs, cross-discipline collaboration)

Connecting 2-year and 4-year Institutions

  • Collaborative project learning and research efforts between 2-year and 4-year institutions
  • Smoothing the transition from 2-year to 4-year institutions for STEM majors
  • Exploring pathways between STEM Starter Academies and STEM majors at 4-year institutions
  • Initiatives promoting greater success in recruiting, retaining, and graduating more students along the STEM Starter Academies and 4-year institution pathway

Pedagogical Approaches

  • Engaging non-science majors in STEM initiatives (e.g. STEM-related core courses, guest speakers)
  • Professional development opportunities for STEM faculty (e.g. lessons learned from conferences, workshops)
  • Student-centered learning in STEM courses (e.g. flipped classrooms, active learning, peer instruction)
  • Enhancing student readiness in STEM through project based learning

Proposal submission

If you would like to submit a proposal, please include the following no later than November 11, 2016:

  • Title of submission
  • Name of author(s)
  • Abstract (no more than 250 words)
  • Contact information (institution name, email address, phone number)
  • A brief description of your presentation preference (oral presentation, panel and discussion, hands-on session) and needed equipment (including media and table space). 

Please submit the proposal online.