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April 28 deadline to submit ideas for November STEM Summit

The organizers of the Massachusetts STEM Summit are pleased to announce the launch of the 2017 Call for Sessions and Exhibits.

The theme for this year's Summit - Progress Through Partnership - celebrates the rich tradition of creative collaboration that has been the hallmark of the Commonwealth's powerful STEM movement since its earliest inception. Over the years, the Summit has presented countless examples of initiatives in which partners from diverse sectors have come together to leverage each others' complementary strengths, expertise, and resources. These cooperative efforts have yielded innovative, dynamic, and effective STEM programs for in-school and out-of-school education, and workforce development.

Both sessions and exhibit proposals are encouraged to highlight these cooperative efforts. Whether large or small, statewide or local, public or private, partnerships of diverse stakeholders remain crucial to the state's continued STEM success. Throughout this year's Summit - through talks, presentations and exhibits - we look to showcase many more of these unique partnerships and their exciting, cutting-edge programs and collaborations.

However, please note that this is not at all a requirement; proposals on topics not involving partnerships are equally encouraged.

Proposals for Breakout Sessions and Resource Exhibits may address any of the Summit's topical strands:  

  • Early Education
  • Higher Education
  • K-12 Education
  • Workforce and Business

Guidelines for the preparation and submission of proposals, as well as the proposal forms, can be downloaded from the Summit website.

Proposals received in response to the Call will be reviewed by the relevant Strand review committees, which will select the sessions and exhibits to be included as part of the 2017 Summit program. Strand review committees consist of volunteers from the Commonwealth's greater STEM community. A recruitment announcement and instructions for volunteering will be forthcoming in a future email, and will also be posted on the Summit website.

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