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AAAS PACIFIC DIVISION AND SIGMA XI PRESENT

MOVING FORWARD FROM COVID-19: A STUDENT AND EDUCATOR VIRTUAL FORUM

July 24-25, 2021

The COVID-19 pandemic has been a challenge for science educators and students alike. 

The Pacific Division of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) in collaboration with Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Honor Society, has organized a MOVING FORWARD FROM COVID-19 virtual forum to be held online July 24-25th, 2021. This event will be focused on students and educators, two highly-impacted groups in this tumultuous year, addressing both the consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as how we MOVE FORWARD from here. This virtual event will have two component parts:

FORUM FOR SCIENCE STUDENTS

Traditionally, scientific societies ask students to present the research they have already done RETROSPECTIVELY at their meetings.  However,  this event is specifically focused on the science learning and scientific research you now intend to pursue PROSPECTIVELY.  Jointly organized with the scientific research honor society SIGMA Xi, this interactive on-line event seeks participation from students at all levels (high school to post-graduate and beyond) exploring and supporting your future educational and research plans and goals. Knowing that many students have been frustrated by COVID-19 restrictions, we specifically seek to engage all students of science in an interactive conversation about their future research, career plans and objectives.  

Participants will present those plans through a 1-3 minute descriptive video of their own creation.  

To participate in the Student Forum, you should first submit an abstract describing your scientific interests and motivations. Once your abstract has been reviewed,  you will receive a link to upload your own 1-3 minute video describing your plans.  Here are a few student videos to give you an idea of what we are looking for, but your creativity is encouraged:  

All videos will be available for viewing online starting July 16th. Then, the interactive days of the forum, July 24th and 25th, will be devoted to virtual real-time collaborative mentoring sessions with fellow students, science experts, and representatives of scientific research institutions and organizations.  Awards and prizes including travel grants to next years's meeting of the Pacific Division of AAAS will be given in a number of different categories, and all presenters will receive a Certificate of Participation.

STUDENT APPLICATIONS TO PRESENT DUE BY JUNE 22, 2021!
  • Click here for more information on the Student Forum, or
  • Click here if you are ready to submit your Forum application.

FORUM FOR SCIENCE EDUCATORS

The second online event to be held as part the 2021 online forum is a virtual, real-time, interactive workshop where K-12 science teachers, informal educators and others can discuss and share lessons learned from hybrid and online learning over the last year. The workshop will especially emphasize those aspects of this year's experience that are likely to change and benefit science learning moving forward.

The format will be highly interactive online discussion groups, with one or two 5-minute presentations kicking off one-hour roundtable sessions. We are not doing any formal speaker presentations in the educator forum since we feel discussion is more valuable for most participants. Come with your ideas!

Click here for more detailed information on the K-12 and informal educators workshop, and to express your interest in participating. Educators can sign up until a few days before the meeting, but we appreciate early registration for our planning.