NIH SciEd 2021

Updates, Sharing Best Practices & Lessons Learned, Networking

Monday, May 24 – Thursday, May 27, 2021
Virtual Conference

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NIH SciEd 2021

Conference Sessions



  • Interactive breakout sessions (60 min)
  • Themed, multi-topic sessions (20 min/presenter)
  • Themed poster sessions (5-min presentations)


Meet and network with team members from science education projects across the country

Who Should Attend

  • NIH-funded science education project personnel – PIs, staff, evaluators, trainees, teachers
  • NIH staff
  • STEM-focused federal agency staff
  • Those interested in applying for a SEPA or NCI YES grant
  • Any other individuals interested in science education

To Do List

By Sunday, April 18:

By Monday, May 17:

  • Upload your poster (coming soon)
  • Register for the conference


All times are Eastern Daylight Time (EDT)

Monday, May 24

11:00-12:00 Plenary Session
12:00-1:00 Poster Session
1:00-2:00 Break
2:00-3:00 Concurrent Breakout Sessions
3:00-4:00 Themed, Multi-topic Sessions
4:00-5:00 SEPA New PI Meeting with Tony Beck

Tuesday, May 25

11:00-12:00 Plenary Session
12:00-1:00 Poster Session
1:00-2:00 Break
2:00-3:00 Plenary Session
3:00-4:00 Concurrent Breakout Sessions
4:00-5:00 Informal Networking in Themed Rooms

Wednesday, May 26

11:00-12:00 Plenary Session
12:00-1:00 Concurrent Breakout Sessions
1:00-2:00 Break
2:00-3:00 Poster Session
3:00-4:00 Themed, Multi-topic Sessions
4:00-5:00 Mentor-Mentee Meetings for New SEPA PIs

Thursday, May 27

11:00-12:00 Plenary Session
12:00-1:00 Concurrent Breakout Sessions
1:00-2:00 Break
2:00-3:00 Concurrent Breakout Sessions
3:00-4:00 Informal Networking in Themed Rooms
4:00-5:00 To Be Announced

Strand Leaders

If you have an idea for a session and would like input and/or assistance in identifying other potential session planners, please contact the appropriate strand leaders (contact information is available via internet search).

Broadening Participation

Debra Yourick, PhD, Director, Science Education and Fellowship Programs, Walter Reed Army Institute of Research

Luke Bradley, PhD, Professor of Neuroscience, and Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry, University of Kentucky

Curriculum Development

Jeanne Chowning, PhD, Senior Director, Science Education, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center

Carla Romney, DSc, MBA, Boston University School of Medicine

Informal Science Education

Julia McQuillan, PhD, Willa Cather Professor of Sociology, University of Nebraska, Lincoln

Bonnie Sachatello-Sawyer, Executive Director, Hopa Mountain

Dina Drits-Esser, PhD, Assistant Director for Research & Evaluation, Genetic Science Learning Center, University of Utah

Interactive Multimedia

Adam Hott, PhD, Digital Applications Lead, Expanding Solutions Expert, HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology

Brinley Kantorski, MS, Director of Education and Curriculum Development, The Partnership in Education, Duquesne University

Project Administration

J. Michael Wyss, PhD, Professor and Director, Center for Community Outreach Development, University of Alabama at Birmingham

Research and Evaluation

Alana Newell, PhD, Assistant Professor, Center for Educational Outreach, Baylor college of Medicine

Loran Carleton, PhD, Associate Director, Senior Research and Evaluation Associate, Evaluation & Learning Research Center, Purdue University

Research Experiences for Students and Teachers

Gwendolyn Stovall, PhD, Assistant Professor of Natural Sciences, University of Texas at Austin

Nathan Vanderford, PhD, MBA, Assistant Professor of Toxicology and Cancer Biology, University of Kentucky

Science Teaching and Learning

Kristin Bass, PhD, Director of Research Development, Rockman et al

Renee Bayer, MHSA, Associate Director for Engagement, CREATE for STEM Institute, Michigan State University

Teacher Professional Development

Robin Fuchs-Young, PhD, Professor of Molecular and Cellular Medicine, Texas A&M University

Atom Lesiak, Director of Education Outreach, Genome Sciences, University of Washington

Virginia Stage, PhD, RDN, LDN, Assistant Professor of Nutrition Science, East Carolina University



Poster presenters are strongly encouraged to use the new poster design

see more here

and video here

example template here


Newer projects: share your project design and plans

Mature projects: share your project design and results

Funding Logo in upper right corner of right side-section

Sample Funding Acknowledgement:

This project was supported by the National Institute of General Medical Sciences, the National Institutes of Health under Award Number R25GMXXXXXX. The content is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of the National Institutes of Health.