NIH SciEd 2019

April 22 - 25, 2019, Washington, DC


About NIH SciEd 2019

Updates, Grant Training, Sharing Best Practices & Lessons Learned, Networking

To Do List

  1. Propose a breakout session or round table discussion by March 1
  2. Register before March 23 to avoid late fees
  3. Book your hotel room by March 31 to get the conference rate more info...
  4. Sign up to present a poster by March 31
  5. Book your flight. Delta Air Lines is pleased to offer 2% - 10% discounts for the Conference more info...

New This Year

Grant training sessions on Thursday, 8:30-noon (last day)

  • Leveraging your SEPA grant for additional funding
  • Preparing competitive grant proposals: A multi-agency perspective
  • How to develop and use a Logic Model
  • How to write a rigorous evaluation plan for a SEPA grant
  • Planning research/evaluation to collect publishable data
  • How to write the commercialization plan for a SBIR/STTR grant proposal

Plenary Session Highlights

  • Jon Lorsch, PhD, Director, NIGMS
  • Tony Beck, PhD, SEPA Program Director
  • Closing Town Hall, Thursday, 12:00-12:30pm
  • Others to be announced

Networking and Poster Sessions

Present a poster on your project

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

Concurrent Sessions

Interactive breakout sessions (75 min)

Interactive round table discussions (30 min)

Who Should Attend

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

Session Details

Breakout Sessions & Round Table Discussions

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Proposal due date: Friday, March 1

Submit proposals at:

Session Proposals

Breakout session length: 1.25 hours (75 minutes)

Round Table discussion length: 30 minutes

Session types requested by conference attendees:
    • Interactive breakout sessions with time for discussion
    • Interactive round table discussions

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).

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Conference strands
with strand leaders:

Curriculum Development

  • Barbara Hug, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Christopher Pierret, Mayo Clinic

Equity and Diversity

  • Robin Fuchs-Young, Texas A&M College of Medicine
  • Kelley Withy, University of Hawaii

Informal Science Education

  • Michelle Ezeoke, Georgia State University
  • Laurie Jo Wallace, Health Resources in Action

Project Administration

  • J. Michael Wyss, University of Alabama

Research and Evaluation

  • Karin Chang, Kansas City Area Education Research Consortium
  • Alana Newell, Baylor College of Medicine

Research Experiences

  • Jennifer Ufnar, Vanderbilt University
  • Debra Yourick, Walt Reed Military Medical Center

Science Teaching and Learning (including multimedia for STEM learning)

  • Kristin Bass, Rockman et al
  • Michael Kennedy, Northwestern University
  • Carla Romney, Boston University
  • Robert Russell, National Science Foundation

Teacher Professional Development

  • Melani Duffrin, Northern Illinois University
  • Gwendolyn Stovall, University of Texas at Austin

Sign up to present a poster

Poster Guidelines

All NIH-funded science education projects are strongly encouraged to present a poster at the conference. Other posters are welcome on a space-available basis.

Poster Boards

  • Science fair type poster boards will be provided.
  • Poster boards are 48" wide x 36" high, overall. The 2 side sections are 12" wide x 36" high. The center section is 24" wide x 36" high.
  • Binder clips and push pins will be provided for attaching posters to the poster board.
  • Posters larger than the above size or that cannot be attached to the provided poster boards cannot be displayed unless you bring your own display stand.
  • Poster boards will sit on tables with room within the poster "footprint" for materials.

Poster Suggestions

  • Newer projects: share your project design and plans
  • Mature projects: share your project design and results

Poster Components

Funding Logo in upper right corner of right side-section:

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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.

Poster Sign Up


Conference Schedule

April 22

  • Conference check-in (4:00 - 6:00 pm)
  • Reception and networking (5:00 - 7:30 pm)

April 23

  • Breakfast and poster set-up (7:15 - 8:30 am)
  • Conference check-in (continues) (7:30 - 8:30 am)
  • Keynote address and plenery sessions (8:30 am - 11:40 am)
  • Lunch (11:40 am - 1:10 pm)
  • Poster sessions and concurrent breakouts (1:10 pm - 5:35 pm)
  • Reception during 2nd poster session (4:35 pm - 5:35 pm)

April 24

  • Breakfast and new SEPA PI meeting (7:15 - 8:30 am)
  • Keynote address and concurrent breakouts (8:30 am - 12:30 pm)
  • Lunch (12:30 pm - 2:00 pm)
  • Round table discussions and concurrent breakouts (2:00 pm - 5:15 pm)

April 25

  • Breakfast and poster take-down (7:15 - 8:30 am)
  • Plenary session (8:30 am - 10:30 am)
    • Preparing Competitive Grant Proposals: A Multi-Agency Perspective
    • Leveraging Your SEPA Grant for Additional Funding
  • Grant Training concurrent breakouts (10:45 am - 11:45 am)
  • Closing Town Hall (12:00 noon - 12:30 pm)


Conference fee includes 3 breakfasts, 2 lunches, and 2 receptions

Dinner is on your own


Travel and Lodging

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Grand Hyatt Washington

This year's conference will again be held at the Grand Hyatt Washington located in the heart of Washington, DC above the Metro Center station. Click on the button below to book your room at the Conference discount rate.

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