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Workshops & Meetings

scholars at a seminar

Through an annual travel allowance, IRACDA scholars have the opportunity to attend national conferences and meetings related to their research and to career development, such as those listed below.

HHMI BioInteractive Ambassador Academy

Participation in the Academy includes:

  • Up to 3 years of professional learning and development
  • Full travel and registration support to participate in NABT during year 1 and 2
  • Participation in a national professional network of expert life science educators
  • Full travel and registration, coaching support and $1,000 stipend to present at least once at a national and/or regional meeting in year 3.

The intent to apply window for Ambassador Academy is open until January 6, 2020; application material are due March 23, 2020.

Pedagogy Workshop: Co-creating the Future through Socially-directed Science & Technology

January 23-28, 2020, Station1, Lawrence, MA and MIT, Cambridge, MA

This three-day interactive, collaborative pedagogy workshop welcomes instructors from across   STEM disciplines, humanities, and social sciences to learn, share, reflect, and co-create pedagogy at the intersection of inclusion, inquiry, and impact.

Pedagogy Workshop

Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students (ABRCMS)

November 11-14, San Antonio, TX

ABRCMS is one of the largest communities of underrepresented minorities in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Over 2,500 students from over 350 colleges and universities attend this conference to present their research, enhance professional development skills, explore graduate schools, and network.

2020 SACNAS National Diversity in STEM Conference

October 22-24, Long Beach, CA

SACNAS is an inclusive organization dedicated to fostering the success of Chicano/Hispanic and Native American scientists, from college students to professionals, in attaining advanced degrees, careers, and positions of leadership in STEM.

ASM Grant Writing Institute Online

Dates for 2020 TBA

The program goal is to provide a broad overview of the funding landscape and familiarize participants with the process of applying for NIH and NSF grants. Through the six-part webinar series, participants will gain skills to successfully obtain grants from federal agencies and other funding sources. The program is open to all scientific disciplines and ASM non- members.

More information about the ASM Grant Writing Institute

Lilly Conferences on College & University Teaching

February 27-29, 2020, San Diego, CA May 28-30, 2020, Bethesda, MD August 3-5, 2020, Asheville, NC October 15-17, 2020. Traverse City, MI

Information about Lilly Conferences

New England Science Symposium

April 5, 2020, Harvard Medical School

This event is hosted by Harvard Medical School in collaboration with Boston area universities and provides a chance for students and postdoctoral fellows to present their research, exchange ideas about career development and expand their professional network. Participation by trainees from groups that are under-represented in science is encouraged. Pre-registration is required.

Learn more about the New England Science Symposium

New England SACNAS Conference

April 25, 2020, Location TBA

SACNAS is an inclusive organization dedicated to fostering the success of Chicano/Hispanic and Native American scientists, from college students to professionals, in attaining advanced degrees, careers, and positions of leadership in STEM.

National Effective Teaching Institute

June 19-20, 2020, Montreal Canada

Information about NETI

Note that this conference is particularly useful for those interested in teaching in the engineering field.

ASM Conference for Undergraduate Educators

July 9-12,2020, Bellevue, WA

Information about the ASM Conference

This conference provides an opportunity to learn best practices and classroom strategies, hear biology education research updates, and meet new colleagues who teach the same classes.

This conference is highly recommended by IRACDA alumni and is not just for microbiologists.

National Teaching Professor Conference

May 29-31, 2020, Atlanta, GA

  • Explore the newest ideas in teaching and learning
  • Hear the latest research
  • Discuss the state of today's changing classroom
  • Network with like-minded individuals who care about teaching and learning

Information about the National Teaching Professor Conference

ACS Postdoc to Faculty Workshop

Dates and location, TBA

This ACS workshop is for those interested in a faculty position in chemistry.

National Center for Case Study Teaching in Science

May 18-22, 2020, Buffalo, NY

This summer workshop focuses on training science faculty to teach with case studies, to write their own cases, and to assess their students’ learning with cases.

Information about Case Study Teaching

Summer Institutes on Scientific Teaching

Regional Sites Available, Dates TBA

In these workshops, participants learn practical strategies for enhancing student learning using principles of active learning, assessment, and inclusive teaching. Activities include reflective writing, planning, reading, researching, discussing teaching methods and philosophy, interactive presentations, and developing teaching materials. By the end of an institute, participants will have observed, evaluated, and collected a portfolio of innovative teaching approaches and instructional materials that are ready to be adopted and adapted to their own science teaching environments.

NOTE: IRACDA Postdoctoral Scholars are given priority status to attend a regional Summer Institute. The Summer Institutes are an excellent opportunity for IRACDA postdocs to develop their teaching skills and prepare to join the next generation of biomedical educators.

Information about the Summer Institutes

National IRACDA Conference

June 21-24, 2020, Jersey City, NJ

This meeting brings together IRADCA programs to share information related to enhancing teaching partnerships, mentoring undergraduates, curriculum, and professional development activities and workshops that will help postdocs broaden their skill set, as they work toward their career goals. This conference is hosted by the Rutgers, Einstein and Stony Brook IRACDA programs.