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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.  

Students have already begun submitting their own videos describing how they intend to move their science forward:

Jonathan He, a high school student from Virginia Beach Virginia, explains how

machine learning algorithms could be used to detect computer malware,

which represents a growing threat to the world's cyber infrastructure.

 

 

Kalynn Alexander, a senior undergraduate at Boise State University,

considers how super ionized gas could provide a new way to combat microbial diseases

with significant impact on human health.

 

We would love to hear about your passion and your vision!! 

 JUNE 30th is the DEADLINE for STUDENT APPLICATIONS 

Once your application is reviewed, the deadline to submit your video is July 12th.

  • Click here for more information on the Student Forum, or
  • Click here if you are ready to submit your Forum application.

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.


FORUM FOR SCIENCE EDUCATORS
K-12 and Informal Educator One Hour Meetup, Saturday June 24, 1 PM PDT
Teaching STEM is always challenging. This year of remote learning has required K-12 teachers and informal educators to pull out the creative stops. It has become clear to us that our audience would best be served to just have a one-hour focus group to see how AAAS Pacific Division can best serve you going forward. It will be at 1 PM Pacific Time on Saturday, June 24. We'll also talk about the 2022 meeting in-person in Boise, Idaho, and perhaps start thinking about what sessions to organize there. We'll set aside some time for you to compare notes with  your colleagues, too!
To get the Zoom link, please register  here. (No registration fee.) Sign up no later than July 22.