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Session formats for which proposals to present can be submitted include:

Concurrent Sessions
Roundtable Discussions
Poster Sessions

All proposals to present at STEMtech should feature a successful practice, program, or key issue with a strong focus on (a) science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines in general education and workforce training, or (b) the use of technology across the institution.


Concurrent Sessions are traditional one-hour breakout sessions that form the core of conference offerings. Concurrent Sessions are intended for an audience of approximately 50-75 people, and a maximum of three speakers per Concurrent Session is recommended. Presenters are expected to use active learning techniques to engage audiences, to distribute materials, and to respond to follow-up requests for more information. Lecture-only presentations are strongly discouraged.

Sample Concurrent Session Descriptions

Increasing the STEM Pipeline: Building Seamless Pathways to STEM Careers
Learn how to fund and build a system designed to increase the number and success of students aspiring to STEM careers. Discussed are strategies designed to recruit and motivate students, engage them in STEM programs, transition them from one educational institution to another, and support them along their journey.

Developmental Mathematics in a Web 2.0 World
Mathematics remains a daunting challenge to college success for traditional and adult students. How might new media, technologies, and alternative learning modalities expand upon effective practices for reaching these students? How might free web-based resources help support these efforts? Join us as we brainstorm new possibilities for the future.


Roundtable Discussions afford a personal and interactive setting for exploration of key issues related to each conference track. Roundtables are particularly well suited for exploratory topics and topics that require small group interchange. Roundtable presenters are expected to facilitate substantive discussions or small group activities and to distribute handouts. Roundtable Discussions are aimed at audiences of 10-12 and are limited to two presenters. PLEASE NOTE that neither electricity nor an internet connection will be available for Roundtable Discussions. Roundtable Discussions cannot accommodate equipment other than a presenter-provided, battery-operated laptop. Flipcharts will be available for Roundtable Discussions if requested prior to the conference.

Sample Roundtable Discussion Descriptions

Catching the BioWave: Aligning Your Curriculum to Changing Economic Conditions
Discuss how an Industrial Systems Technology Program quickly responded to changing economic conditions to provide a growing biotechnology industry with highly skilled workers. Participants explore how to incorporate cutting-edge technology into an existing program to assist displaced workers from manufacturing and agriculture sectors.

Partnering With High Schools to Fill the STEM Pipeline
Explore how one college and its high school partners launched the Running Start Academy to provide high school students with an advanced STEM education on the college’s campus to address the shortage of qualified workers STEM fields without drawing funds away from public schools.


Poster Session presentations take the form of an exhibit and are delivered primarily through the use of graphs, diagrams, pictures, data, and narrative text on bulletin boards. Presenters must arrange for their own display materials. During their assigned time periods, participants informally discuss their presentations with conference participants by making brief remarks, sharing information, and answering questions about the presentation topic. Conference participants are free to move from one presentation to another during the Poster Session. Presenters are encouraged to have ample handout materials available for participants. The conference will provide a table and two chairs for each accepted Poster Session presentation. PLEASE NOTE that neither electricity nor an internet connection will be available for Poster Sessions. Poster Sessions cannot accommodate equipment other than a presenter-provided, battery-operated laptop.

Sample Poster Session Descriptions

Ready, Set, Click!
Clickers are designed to elicit student participation in classrooms. This Poster Session, through the use of charts and graphs, demonstrates how clicker questions in a for-credit information literacy course are used to enhance class activities. In addition, the benefits and drawbacks of the personal response systems are displayed and discussed.

Use of a Scanning Electron Microscope in Teaching Physical Geology
Illustrated is how images from a scanning electron microscope were used to demonstrate the link between the macroscopic and microscopic in geology. Images of students learning to use the instrument and student testimonials are displayed. This Poster Session will interest instructors teaching undergraduate geology and earth science.



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