published January 9, 2013

Present Your Work and Join Discussions on STEM Education Reform at the 2013 Washington Symposium and Capitol Hill Poster Session

By Katie M. Shade, NCSCE

Although the new semester is just beginning, the NCSCE staff is already thinking about spring! As previously announced here, we will host faculty and students from across the country at the 2013 SENCER Washington Symposium and Capitol Hill Poster Session on March 10-12, 2013. More information about the Symposium is available online.

We invite participants interested in presenting a poster about the local impacts of their SENCER work to apply here by Monday, January 28, 2013. Individual applicants or teams that apply to present a poster may be asked to present a session about the methods they employ to improve student learning and faculty development and outcomes they observed. Applicants will be notified by February 1, 2013 if they have been selected to present their poster(s) and/or a session. Poster presenters may also present their work to their congressional representatives – if you select this option on your application form, NCSCE staff will make those arrangements for you. Past participants have found these meetings to be a great way to communicate the good work they have been doing on campus and in their communities.

If you are interested in attending the Symposium but who do not wish to present a poster, you can register here as a guest.

A registration fee of $200 per participant (both poster presenters and guests) will cover meals and Symposium materials. Information about payment options will be sent to poster presenters and guests prior to the Symposium.

During Symposium sessions this year, we are particularly interested in learning from participants who believe their efforts have helped create a "tipping point" in terms of impact on learning, or civic engagement, or on matters of civic consequence. This year's program will expand upon last year's focus on the new STEM standards to feature new tools to assess student learning.

We welcome student participation, always a highlight of our DC conferences, and invite students to submit poster and program ideas reflecting their particular interests. NCSCE staff will also highlight plans for SENCER and other NCSCE initiatives.

Although the Symposium may be a few weeks too early for participants to enjoy the cherry blossoms along the Potomac, we hope that you will join us to interact with colleagues, government officials, and students and to support STEM education reform.