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Women in STEAM Conference Call for Proposals

    2nd Annual Women in STEAM
    Call for Proposals

    Standing Out and Speaking Up: Skills for Taking Center Stage

    Presented by Saint Leo University Academic Affairs
    March 6-7, 2020
    8:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M.
    Saint Leo University, Saint Leo, Florida

    CALL FOR PROPOSALS OPEN: August 12, 2019 - December 20, 2019

    Submit proposals here.

    Conference Theme

    The Women in STEAM conference aims to broaden the impact and exposure of women in STEAM fields by creating a community that educates, empowers, and inspires. This conference is unique in that it is not solely focused on exploring technical know-how, but it also examines the myriad ways in which women can support one another to increase representation in historically male-dominated fields. The conference is now two days. The first day will be a traditional adult-oriented conference. The second day is dedicated to inspiring girls (ages 8 to 18) to explore STEAM careers. Through interactive workshops, we will show girls that they belong everywhere; there is nothing they cannot do or explore.

    The second annual interdisciplinary conference emphasizes building and practicing new skills for success in school, work, and life. Succeeding in STEAM requires more than technical knowledge to complete your daily tasks; you must also possess the power-skills essential for landing the job, navigating workplace culture, and advocating for yourself. In fields where women are underrepresented, balancing technical acumen with interpersonal skills and self-confidence is vital to eliminating gendered barriers to workplace excellence. The conference is devoted to showcasing intersectional approaches to the theme.

    The Women in STEAM Conference is invested in innovative approaches to increasing representation and cultivating a community of support. To that end, we are open to a variety of methodologies and topical foci. Proposals from all academic disciplines and non-academic industries are welcome and will be peer reviewed. Conference proposals should explore the skills required for women and girls to succeed in STEAM.

    Proposal examples may include, but are not limited to: 

    • Building girls' confidence in STEAM
    • Coding basics every person should know
    • Creating a culture of diversity
    • Data visualization best practices
    • Disrupting the myth of the nice girl
    • Girls can build bridges/computers/robots
    • Negotiating raises and/or promotions
    • Speaking up in a conference room
    • Statistical analysis software: what to use and when

    The following must be included on your submission form:

    • Title: Your title should reflect the theme of your workshop.
    • Abstract: Submit a 250-word max. description of your workshop that reflects the conference theme and select one of the methods below. 
    • Method: If you propose multiple facilitators, information for each much be provided on the submission form. Select among the following.
      • 1. Adult Workshop
      • 2. Youth Workshop
    • Age Group: If you are proposing a youth workshop, you must select the appropriate age group(s) for which the workshop is designed. 
    • Length of workshop: Please specify the length of the proposed workshop. Time must be given in one-hour increments; half or quarter hours will not be permitted. 
    • Facilitator Information: Please include your full name, your academic or professional affiliation(s), and rank (graduate student, professor, artist, etc.).
    • Keywords: Provide three key words that characterize your workshop. 
    • Learning Objectives: List 3 to 5 learning objectives for your workshop (i.e., at the end of this workshop, participants will...)

    Submit a Proposal

    To submit a proposal, complete the proposal submission form. Click on the previous link or copy and paste the following web address in to your browser:

    Proposal deadline is Friday, December 20, 2019.

    Presenters are required to register for the conference. 



    Women in STEAM Conference


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