Research Teachers Conference Registration

Welcome to the Participant Registration System for the Middle School and High School Research Teachers Conferences, programs of Society for Science. We are thrilled you are interested in joining us at one or both conferences! These peer-led conferences bring together teachers who have an interest in supporting students in STEM research at an early age. Teachers at all levels of experience with student research are welcome to attend. We are excited to hear your strategies, questions, and advice for each other!

Cost: Both conferences are FREE to all attendees.

Eligibility: All attendees must be employed by a school serving 6th – 12th grade. Members of “The Crew” (additional information below) must be full-time teachers working directly with students in the appropriate grade level.

Middle School Research Teachers Conference:

The Middle School Research Teachers Conference, supported by DoD STEM through its Defense STEM Education Consortium, took place August 2-4, 2021. We encourage you to sign up on our webpage to be notified when the 2022 conference registration opens.

The conference will include:

  • Plenary Sessions – Learn more about the Society, our programs, and our sponsors.
  • Teacher-to-teacher Sessions – Participate in workshops, view presentations, and hear panel discussions led by fellow teachers.
  • The Crew – 75 middle school teachers will be selected via lottery to receive additional programming, swag, and invitations to special virtual social events. This group will also receive a $250 tech kit (yours to keep) to ensure a full conference experience.
  • STEM Research Kits – 75 teachers will be selected to receive $725 in take-home STEM equipment for students, including Arduinos, camera traps, and PocketLabs.
  • Fireside Chats – Gather in small groups to chat in detail on specific topics or with teachers in similar settings.
  • Participant Exhibit Hall – Create your own exhibit booth to share stories, advice, and resources, or wander the hall connecting with peers, meeting our sponsor, and collecting ideas.
  • Social Events – Join us for a happy hour merry-go-round, game night, and more!

High School Research Teachers Conference:

This conference, sponsored by Regeneron, will take place regionally in-person, in Washington, DC, and nationally via a virtual avatar world, October 1-3, 2021.

In-Person Component:

Up to 120 teachers maximum will be selected via lottery to attend the all-expenses-paid, in-person portion of the event. These teachers must live or work no more than 3 hours driving distance from Washington, DC. Vaccination is required to attend the in-person conference and attendees must agree to adhere to any COVID-19 safety precautions the Society puts in place. These may include mask-wearing, social distancing, and COVID-19 testing. These rules will be set closer to the conference date.

Virtual Component:

This portion of the conference will take place in a virtual avatar world and convention center called The Echo. Attendees can create avatars, walk autonomously through the conference, talk to other attendees live, watch plenary sessions in a virtual auditorium, gather in small groups, and even go for a spin in a virtual speedboat! Participants may also join many sessions via Zoom.

The conference will include:

  • Plenary Sessions Learn more about the Society, our programs, and our sponsors.
  • Teacher-to-teacher Sessions Participate in workshops, view presentations, and hear panel discussions led by fellow teachers.
  • Hands-on Research Cohorts of teachers will participate in hands-on research experiences to model student research projects
  • Social EventsJoin in on a wellness challenge and a night out in DC.
  • Swag and Giveaways participate in social events for a chance at lab equipment giveaways.

To attend this conference, begin by clicking "Create an Account" button on the right side of this page. If you have already created an account, click “Login” to start or to return to your Participant Registration Forms.

If you have any questions with these forms or the event, please contact teachers@societyforscience.org.

Society for Science

Society for Science, is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) membership organization focused on promoting the understanding and appreciation of science and the vital role it plays in human advancement: to inform, educate, and inspire. We do so though our science research competition – the International Science and Engineering Fair, Regeneron Science Talent Search, and Broadcom MASTERS – and through our award-winning journalism – Science News and Science News for Students. In recent years, our Outreach and Equity programs have quickly expanded to include Science News in High Schools, the Advocate Program, STEM Action and Research Grants, and the Research Teachers Conferences.

Sponsors

The Middle School Research Teachers Conference is supported by the Department of Defense through its Defense STEM Education Consortium (DSEC). https://dodstem.us/

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The High School Research Teachers Conference is made possible through the generous support of Regeneron. https://www.regeneron.com/

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Process

1. Open an Account

Click on the "Open an Account" link on the right side of this webpage and complete the form. After you submit, an email will be sent to your email address confirming your account.

2. Login

Login to the Research Teachers Conference Attendee Information System, using your email address as your username and the password you chose when you opened the account.

3. Create

Create your "Registration Form" by selecting it from the drop-down menu and select "Create."

4. Save

During the form collection period, your form can be saved as DRAFT until all the required information is completed. As each section is complete, you will see a appear in the category tab when the form is saved. At any time, you can download and print your form by clicking on the icon in the Form Summary section.

5. Submit

On completion, save your form as FINAL. Download and print a copy of your form for your records by clicking on the icon in the Form Summary section in the right column. Note: If an update is required prior to the end of the collection period, you can make the update and resave as FINAL.

If you require assistance or additional information, please contact teachers@societyforscience.org.

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Washington, D.C. 20036
Phone: 202.785.2255
Email:   teachers@societyforscience.org
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