Call for Proposals: Virtual Workshops

Submit your work to present at the 2024 Virtual Workshop series. The deadline for submissions is December 11, 2023, at 11:59pm PT.

The Improving Undergraduate STEM Education (IUSE) workshops serve as a space to learn, meet, and collaborate with faculty, researchers, and professionals working to improve undergraduate STEM education. Furthermore, these workshops aim to encourage and empower participants to take action toward improving undergraduate STEM education. Virtual workshops are scheduled March, April, May, August, September, and October 2024. All workshops take place online using a webinar/meetings platform and run 90 minutes in duration.

Two to three speakers will be chosen by AAAS staff for each workshop and will give their 20- to 25-minute presentations separately. Following presentations, there will be Q&A/breakout room discussions. Speakers are expected to answer questions/lead breakout discussions following their presentations. Speakers will be asked to invite 1-2 colleagues to also serve as breakout room facilitators if desired.


Below is a list of workshop topics with example presentation foci, including the opportunity to submit on a topic related to improving undergraduate STEM education beyond those listed. We are looking for speakers to present for 20-25 minutes and speak about institutional and community transformation or engaged student learning. While speakers should address one of the topics below, they should also focus their presentation on action steps that can be taken based off information presented. 


For example, using data to measure the effectiveness of equitable and inclusive teaching practices, recruiting and retaining typically underrepresented students in STEM, supporting individual identities, etc.

For example, scaling up experiential learning, novel approaches to assessment, creating community-based courses, developing high-quality STEM internship or co-op programs, project-based learning, supporting partnerships and projects with businesses or community groups, etc.

For example, supporting faculty professional development, fostering community through Communities of Practice or other networks, etc.

For example, increasing uptake of new instructional best practices by faculty and teachers, a workshop on curriculum development, culturally responsive teaching pedagogy, etc.

For example, governance models or institutional structures that support innovation and inclusion, case studies and takeaways from successful transfer programs between community colleges and universities, etc.

For example, integrating AI and other tools to create effective learning experiences.

For example, STEM projects that have applications/impacts at a student’s home, community, and broader society. Using real world contexts to appeal to and motivate students.


Who Can Submit a Proposal?

  • IUSE program PIs & Co-PIs
  • Educators, researchers, evaluators, and representatives of academic institutions
  • Representatives from non-profits, STEM centers, STEM discipline societies, funders, or government entities with a focus on undergraduate STEM education
  • Experts in the field of undergraduate STEM education with a special invitation to those from Historically Black College and Universities (HBCUs), Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs), Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander-Serving Institutions (AANAPISIs) Predominantly Black Institutions (PBIs), Alaskan Native and Native Hawaiian-Serving Institutions (ANNHs), Native American-Serving Nontribal Institutions (NASNTIs), and Tribal Colleges and Universities (TCUs).

Evaluation Criteria

Speakers will be chosen based on the following criteria:

  1. Relevancy of topic for audience interested in improving undergraduate STEM education
  2. Relation to other submissions, to ensure complimentary presentations
  3. Representation from different IUSE grant focus areas: Engaged Student Learning or Institutional and Community Transformation
  4. Demographic representation to ensure diversity of disciplines, institution types, and geographic location

Submission Guidelines

Please be prepared to submit the following:

  • Personal information such as name, affiliation, email address, discipline, and demographic information
  • Choose the topic that best aligns with your presentation focus
  • Title of your presentation
  • Up to 300 words describing your presentation, including discipline, topics and issues that will be addressed and how they relate to the overarching topic
  • Up to 250 words describing goals, expected outcomes, and key takeaways
  • Intended audience for presentation
  • Related past presentations (title of presentation, event where presentation was given, and a link to the recording if applicable)
  • Related work on topic
  • Resources or discussion questions to share with audience
  • Biography (up to 250-words or a link to your biography)
  • Headshot link or upload (Please note, if chosen to present, this image will be used in advertising and promotional materials)
  • Your speaking availability from a list of possible dates and times


Please contact the AAAS-IUSE team at


Please submit your proposal via the link below by December 11, 2023, at 11:59pm PT.
You can expect to hear back from AAAS-IUSE by February 5, 2023 at the latest.