published December 5, 2012

2013 Washington Symposium and Poster Session to Focus on The Tipping Point and New Initiatives

The 2013 Washington Symposium and Capitol Hill Poster Session will be hosted in Washington, DC from March 10-12. The Washington Symposium provides NCSCE an opportunity to recognize the great work being done by educators and students to improve STEM education on campus and nationally, as well as opportunity to meet with leaders from around the country.


Participants take part in discussion sessions on improving education, new initiatives, and public policy, such as the new standards, that affect the curricula. Special attention in the program is given to topics of particular interest to our student leaders. Past speakers have included the director of the Board on Science Education, the hosts of NPR's Science Friday, and officials from the National Science Foundation, the Department of Education, and the Department of Labor. The Symposium program also traditionally features selected sessions by participants. Participants invited to present posters also have the option of meeting with members of their congressional delegations to discuss how they are working to improve education for their students and for the nation.

This year, the Symposium program will especially focus on the theme of a 'tipping point,' and will highlight plans for the next four years of SENCER and new initiatives. The program will also include sessions that present evidence of what is working in communities to connect science and civic engagement and an exploration of connecting new assessment programs with the theme of last year's symposium – the emergence of the new standards.

We invite you to submit an application to present a poster on your work. From these applications, we will also select teams and individuals to present sessions on their methods and achievements in improving student learning and faculty development. We are especially interested in posters that illustrate the local impacts of SENCER work and initiatives. Please click here to submit an application. Applications to present a poster must be submitted by January 28, and applicants will be notified on February 1 if their poster(s) is selected for presentation on Capitol Hill. The registration fee of $200 per person covers all meals during the symposium and materials.


If you are interested in simply taking part in the Symposium, but are not interested in submitting an application to present a poster, you may register for the meeting as a guest here. The same registration fee, of $200 to cover food and materials, applies. Information on how to submit payment details will be sent to individuals closer to the meeting.