The 2019 inaugural Gordon Research Seminar (GRS) on Undergraduate Biology Education Research will be a unique forum for graduate students, post-docs, and other early-career scientists to develop collaborative relationships and to share and discuss cutting-edge research. To complement the associated 2019 Gordon Research Conference (GRC), this GRS will focus specifically on research surrounding the professional development of early-career scientists. While applications to present talks and posters on professional development research are especially encouraged, we welcome applications from all areas of undergraduate biology education research. As one goal of the GRS is to strengthen the presence of early-career scientists in our community, all Seminar attendees are strongly encouraged to also attend the accompanying GRC.
We are also excited to offer attendees the opportunity to advance their own professional development by dedicating a session for experts to provide mentoring in 3 key areas: mentoring (being mentored and/or mentoring your own students), professional identities (e.g. teacher, and biology/education researcher identities), and science communication and networking (maximizing your GRS/GRC conference experience). This session is designed for participants to pick their area of greatest need and leave with actionable items.
We are working hard to make financial support available for GRS attendees, and we encourage you to reach out to the GRS conference chairs if funding is a constraining factor. We are dedicated to promoting a diverse community and especially welcome requests from participants from historically underrepresented groups, including ethnic or racial minorities, international participants, and participants from Historically Black Colleges and Universities, primarily undergraduate institutions, community colleges, and tribal colleges. Additionally, we strongly encourage participants from underrepresented minority backgrounds to apply for the Carl Storm Underrepresented Minority Fellowship.
The seminar will feature approximately 10 talks and 2 poster sessions. All attendees are expected to actively participate in the GRS, either by giving an oral presentation or presenting a poster. Therefore, all applications must include an abstract.
The seminar chair will select speakers from abstracts submitted by March 22, 2019. Those applicants who are not chosen for talks and those who apply after the deadline to be considered for an oral presentation will be expected to present a poster. In order to participate, you must submit an application by the date indicated in the Application Information section above.
Gordon Research Seminars are 2-day meetings which take place on the Saturday and Sunday just prior to the start of the associated GRC. The GRS opens with a 1-hour introductory session on Saturday afternoon, followed by a poster session, dinner and a 2-hour session in the evening. Sunday morning begins with breakfast and is followed by another 2-hour session, a second poster session, and lunch. A final 1-hour session takes place just after lunch, and the associated GRC begins later that evening.