NSEC 2018 National Conference

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This year, we will be in Columbus, Ohio for our sixth national conference on June 6-8, 2018. Don't miss out on hearing from other STEM Education Centers making impressive strides on their campus. We open the national conference with an interactive working meeting, developing strategies for communicating the value of your center. Following an intensive 1.5 days of work, we will have a day for sharing and showcasing the work of our centers, connecting it to other national initiatives through a mix of concurrent sessions, roundtables, and poster session.

  • Start Time for NSEC National Conference 2018: 2:00 pm ET - June 6, 2018
    • The conference starts with a Working Meeting. We will share and learn from other centers about how we are communicating the value of our centers.
  • End Time for NSEC National Conference 2018: 5:00 pm ET - June 8, 2018
  • Location: Hyatt Regency Hotel, Columbus, OH
  • Audience: The conference is designed for representatives from campus STEM Education Centers, Centers for Teaching and Learning that have a STEM agenda, those who work closely with these centers, and/or representatives considering implementing a center. We welcome interested faculty, staff, administrators, and colleagues from disciplinary societies, associations, and national projects that want to learn about the newest innovations in improving undergraduate STEM education.
  • Purpose: The focus is specifically on centers engaged in improving undergraduate STEM education, including teacher preparation and broader impacts in STEM. It is opportunity for center staff to learn from one another.

Keynote Speaker

Deborah Loewenberg Ball is the William H. Payne Collegiate Professor of education at the University of Michigan, an Arthur F. Thurnau Professor, and the director of TeachingWorks.

Plenary Speakers

  • Donna C. Llewellyn, Executive Director, Institute for STEM and Diversity Initiatives and Professor, College of Innovation + Design, Boise State University
  • Gwen Shusterman, Professor of Chemistry; Director of STEM Education and Equity Institute, Portland State University
  • Gabriela Weaver, Vice Provost for Faculty Development; Director, Institute for Teaching Excellence and Faculty Development; and Professor, Department of Chemistry, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

Things to Do in Columbus, Ohio

There is plenty to do in Columbus, Ohio. See dinosaurs at the Center of Science and Industry and polar bears at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium. Take in a summer game with the Major League Soccer's Columbus Crew or Triple-A Baseball's Columbus Clippers. Be inspired by the Columbus Museum of Art and the Wexner Center for the Arts. In Columbus' Theater District, find everything from ballet and opera to avant-garde plays. When you need a relaxing drink, sample one of Columbus's 30 microbreweries. And then to bring a little bit of Columbus back with you, shop at the North Market's more than 30 merchants and the Short North Arts District's galleries, boutiques and shops. For more of what is happening in Columbus, check out:

Registration for NSEC 2018 National Conference

Registration types:

  • Early Discount Registration until April 3, 2018: $385.00.
  • Regular registration until May 9, 2018: $405.00.
  • Late registration until June 6, 2018: $425.00.

Registration includes a reception on June 6, breakfast and lunch on June 7, and breakfast and lunch on June 8.


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Program Guide is Here! »

The draft agenda for the NSEC 2018 National Conference is here.

We will begin the Conference with a working meeting on sharing our communication strategies. It is a professional development opportunity being led by the SERC team and partially supported by NSF. To register for the conference, we will expect attendees to come prepared to work, share, and learn.

Hotel Reservations

Hyatt Regency Hotel in Columbus, Ohio 
350 N High St, Columbus, OH 43215
(614) 463-1234


  • You can make reservations by phone at the Hyatt Regency by calling 614-463-1234 and asking for the APLU 2018 STMI/NSEC Summer meeting group block.
  • Hotel Room Rate: Traditional King or Traditional Double Double= $155, Triple= $180, Quad= $205
  • Reservation Deadline: Wednesday, May 16, 2018
  • We have a limited number of rooms reserved in our negotiated block. Reserve soon.

Hotel Registration is Here! »

Poster Guidelines

We invite all participants to bring a poster. Submit your poster abstract by April 30.

  • Posters should be no larger than 30 inches x 40 inches. You will be provided with an easel, foam board, and binder clips to hang your poster.
  • The posters will be displayed in a non-secured space.
  • You may ship your poster to the hotel. If you choose to ship your poster, presenters will be responsible to do so to and from the Hyatt Regency Hotel.

NSEC 2018 Conference Planning Committee

Adrienne Bentz, Texas A&M University
Cynthia Ghent, Towson University
Angie Hammons, Missouri S&T
Theresa Hopkins, University of Tennessee
Sheila Jones, University System of Georgia Office
Laird Kramer, Florida International University
Donna Llewellyn, Boise State University* 
Timothy Scott, Texas A&M University* 
Gwen Shusterman, Portland State University* 
Alice Steimle, The University of Mississippi
Kacy Redd, Association of Public and Land-grant Universities* 
Noah Finkelstein, University of Colorado at Boulder* 
Cailin Huyck Orr, Science Education Resource Center at Carleton College*

*Also planning the working meeting sessions of the conference.

For questions about the conference or working meeting, contact Kacy Redd at kredd@aplu.org.

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