Submit Your Session Proposal

Deadline: Mar. 1, 2020, 11:59 p.m. PT

The 2020 ASMCUE Planning Committee is soliciting proposals for pre-conference workshops and education sessions. Share your knowledge with your peers from across the country.

Authors should view the session proposal review criteria prior to submitting a proposal. Please direct questions about the submission and review process to
Submit Your Proposal Please note that all presenters are responsible for conference registration fees, travel, and hotel expenses.

Session Types

Pre-Conference Workshops | 4 hours

ASMCUE pre-conference workshops provide hands-on, active learning experiences for participants to enhance understanding of a new topic or to practice a new skill that is of current importance in the biology education community.  After introducing the concept or skill, the workshop will provide opportunities for small group or one-on-one feedback, mentoring, and instruction, allowing participants to delve more deeply into the topic while addressing their unique questions and needs. These highly interactive sessions provide opportunities for:

  • Instruction, practice, and problem solving
  • Extended time for networking, collaboration, or one-on-one consultations  
  • Professional development related to the acquisition or practice of a specific skill (e.g. case studies, active learning, TBL)

Note: Workshops are four hours and are scheduled before the opening session. Workshops need at least 20 registrants to be held.


Education Sessions | 45 minutes

Education sessions are opportunities to introduce attendees to innovative and relevant strategies for undergraduate biology education by building awareness and understanding of new vocabulary, concepts, and ways of thinking. Topics could include, but are not limited to:

(a) innovative teaching techniques or strategies;
(b) effective assessment tools or concept inventories;
(c) lecture or laboratory course reform;
(d) discipline-based educational research;
(e) metacognition and affective learning; or
(f) equity, diversity, and inclusivity in biology education.  

Some topics which are of particular interest to the ASMCUE program committee are:

  • Online courses: best practices and fostering community and engagement
  • Meeting the learning needs of Generation Z (“Digital Natives”)
  • Time tested: Learning from seasoned educators in an era of change 
  • Career development for educators
  • Working effectively within your institution and department to bring about reform
  • Supporting LGBTQIA, traditionally underrepresented minorities, first-generation students, and other equity, diversity, and inclusivity initiatives
  • Achieving an anti-racist education

Proposals must include a description of evidence and/or data that has been collected to support the effectiveness of the approach in improving student learning or achieving student learning outcomes.  In addition, all sessions require an active learning experience (e.g., discussions, group activities, clicker questions) to enhance attendee engagement and model evidence-driven learning strategies.  Presenters are able to access internet for their presentation and may distribute handouts using the Guidebook mobile app. For those interested in presenting 2 sessions around a single topic, participants should submit two proposals (i.e., Part 1 and Part 2). Sessions are scheduled throughout ASMCUE.

Submission Details

Deadline: Sunday, March 1, 2020, at 11:59 p.m. PST

Key Application Components

  • ASMCUE attendee learning outcomes and engagement plan.
  • Context of strategy, student learning outcomes, and evidence/data that supports effectiveness. 
  • Keywords and ASM Curriculum Guidelines core concepts.
  • Brief session description and lead presenter biography for Guidebook mobile app.


  • “Attendee” refers to the ASMCUE session attendee, and “student” refers to individuals that attendees teach at their home institutions/organizations. “Strategy” refers to the concept, skill, task, approach, or method to learning or instruction that is being described in the session.

  • Applicants can save progress on their application and return to complete at a later time.

Review Criteria and Guidelines

Competitive proposals are well organized, present the strategy and evidence clearly, and detail a plan to engage attendees during the session/workshop. All submissions are reviewed by the Committee according to the following criteria (see rubric):
  • Relevance & Quality 
  • Value for Attendees 
  • Strategy Context, Description & Evidence of Effectiveness
The Committee reserves the right to contact authors for more information and to transfer submissions, if warranted, to another presentation format within the Conference program.

Download the Session Proposal Review Rubric

Commercial products/services

A proposal must discuss any commercial product or service, name the product, and disclose any potential conflicts of interest. Proposals that promote a specific commercial product or service for purchase will be recommended for the ASMCUE Exhibit and Sponsorship Program.


The primary contact will receive a disposition by late March 2020.