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Tennessee STEM Education Research Conference

January 16 & 17, 2020

 The 14th Annual Tennessee STEM Education Research Conference brings together researchers and educators to discuss STEM education studies and how they are applied in K-20 learning environments. The goals of this conference include: 

  • Share methods, data, and current research questions within disciplinary and interdisciplinary STEM contexts
  • Promote discussions between researchers and educators 
  • Encourage local, state and national STEM education collaboration and partnerships
  • Create enhanced teaching methods for STEM topics
  • Produce networking opportunities across stakeholder communities 

This conference will include addresses from national leaders in STEM education research, visual and oral presentations, and informal sessions to support collaborations. We encourage submissions across all STEM education research areas, both traditional and emerging, as well as at any educational level. 

 We are very excited to introduce our Keynote Speaker for this year's conference.

Paula Lemons

Paula Lemons is an Associate Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at the University of Georgia (UGA). She has a PhD in biochemistry from the PaulaUniversity of Kentucky and completed postdoctoral work at Duke University in the  Department of Biology.  Paula became an Assistant Professor at the UGA in 2009. During her time at Georgia, Paula has developed a vibrant discipline-based education research group funded by multiple grants from the National Science Foundation. Her group investigates the thinking and practices of college biology instructors who engage in professional development, seeking to determine better ways to support their use of evidence-based educational practices. Paula's group also investigates biochemistry learning, focusing on learning and instruction about noncovalent interactions and metabolic pathway dynamics. Paula's work has been published in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Education, CBE-Life Science Education, BioScience, and the Journal of Computer Assisted Learning. She teaches Introductory Biochemistry for science and engineering majors. Paula promotes discipline-based education research and its applications through her leadership of the Scientists Engaged in Education Research Center and the Department and Leadership Teams for Action institutional transformation project, both at UGA.

 The research conference will take place in the Roaden University Center and Bell Hall. Our TN Tech interactive campus map may be helpful. Below will be additional directions as well as hotel recommendations. 

  • Submit a Proposal

    Guidelines for Proposal Submission 

    Abstract Submission Instructions

    Abstracts should be limited to two single spaced pages, not including references. Include in the abstract a brief overview of the background literature, the significance of the research, the research question(s), data analysis procedures, and summary of findings.

    Please use the format below to create a PDF document of your abstract submission and upload it at  (Scroll down and select the “Speaker Information” Menu bar.) 


    Interested in speaking? Follow our speaker proposal button below.SPEAKER PROPOSAL

    Poster Presentation Guidelines

    The poster size should be 30” x 40” and can be displayed landscape or portrait. Posters should NOT be trifold. Posters will be displayed on tripods, which will be provided. 

    Information from the submitted abstracts should be used to guide the content of the poster. Posters should include the research question, data, findings, and other information needed to convey research to others. Abstracts on the poster should be 100-200 words in length. Poster text should be legible from a few feet away. 


    We encourage individuals presenting posters to stand at or near their poster for 60 cumulative minutes during the poster session to facilitate discussion and questions. Posters should convey the research clearly during times the presenter is away.  

    Posters will be presented Thursday evening, January 16, 2020
    at Tennessee Technological University in the Roaden University Center.  Poster setup is from 2:00 – 5:00pm and the Poster Session will be from 5:00 – 6:30pm.


    Instructions for Proposal Submission

    Disclaimer: Registering on this website does NOT register you for attendance at the Tennessee STEM Education Research Conference 2020. This is only registering for proposal submission.


    1. Go to

    2. To submit your proposal, you must register on the website by entering your information in the middle fields as shown below. Your email and password will be used to log back into the site.



    3. After you have filled out all of the required fields, you will be taken to a portion of the site that looks like this:



    • The first thing that you will notice is that at the top of the screen, there is a list of dates for different events.
    • Underneath you will see a notification that looks like this:



    You MUST go into your email and click on the verification email to continue registering


    • The email that will be sent to you will look like this:


    You will need to click on the link that is in the email and it will take you back to the website. Your account is now verified.


    4. Once you have arrived back to the website, you will now have access to start your official proposal submission application.


    Here you will use the drop down tab under “Event” and select the Tennessee STEM Education Research Conference 2020. Enter your name and click “Save + Next.”

    As you fill out the application, each time you click “Save + next,” your work to that point is saved to your account. You may begin your application and come back later to complete it without starting over again. Simply log back into your account using the email and password you created at the beginning.


    5. After providing all required information and attaching your proposal as a PDF, complete the process by clicking the “Submit Application” button on the “Attachments” tab.



    You have now successfully completed the submission process for the Tennessee STEM Education Research Conference 2020 and will be notified when judging is finalized. If you have any questions or problems, please contact the Tennessee STEM Education Center at MTSU at or call (615) 898-5762.

     You can submit your proposal here:


  • Registration

    See Registration Fees Below:

    Attendee                     $60

    Student                       $30

    Banquet Guest            $20

    *Banquet guest price is for a guest of an attendee during the banquet ONLY. Banquet guests do not attend the conference.  





    $350.00 + Door Prize Donation $250.00 + Door Prize Donation $150.00 + Door Prize Donation


    • Acknowledgment at snack/ registration sites
    • Acknowledgment at banquet
    • Acknowledgment in conference notes
    • Two 6' tables & two chairs
    • Two banquet tickets


    • Acknowledgment at banquet
    • Acknowledgment in conference notes
    • Two 6' tables & two chairs
    • Two banquet tickets


    • Acknowledgment in conference notes
    • Two 6' tables & two chairs
    • Two banquet tickets


    Registration FAQ

    How do I register?

    Just click the yellow "register" button above to fill out your registration form.

    What do I register under?
    If you are attending the conference or are a student please register as such. Banquet guests may be added on to a registration. Banquet guests can only attend the banquet but not the conference. Vendors must specify what level they want to register under according to the level of acknowledgment they want. 

    What does my registration include?
    Your registration includes access to everything listed in the agenda above. This includes all content sessions, poster presentations, and keynote speakers. Breakfast, lunch, and a banquet ticket are provided. 

    What forms of payment do you accept?
    We accept American Express, Discover, DinaCard, BC Cart, Visa, and Master Card. 

    Can I obtain a receipt for my registration?
    Yes, you will receive a receipt via email when you register. 

    Can I obtain a certificate of participation?
    Yes, just notify us at the conference and a certificate will be provided. 

  • 2020 Conference Agenda

    The STEM Education Research Conference will be held in both the Roaden University Center and Bell Hall on Tennessee Tech's campus.

    Thursday, January 16, 2020

    1:30pm-6:30pm      Registration at Roaden University Center

    2:00pm-5:00pm      Poster Set up 

    3:30pm-4:30pm      Content Session #1 (Room TBD)

    4:45pm-6:15pm      Poster Session

    6:30pm-8:30pm      Dinner Banquet & Keynote Speaker 

    Friday, January 17, 2020

    8:30am-9:00am         Continental Breakfast at Bell Hall

    9:15am-10:15am       Content Session #2 (Room TBD)

    10:15am-10:45am     Coffee/ Tea & Snacks Served    

    10:45am-11:45pm     Content Session #3 (Room TBD)

    12:00pm-1:30pm       Lunch and Dine & Dialogue Breakout Sessions

    1:45pm-2:45pm       Content Session #4 (Room TBD)

    Comprehensive Conference Schedule

    * Printed comprehensive schedules will not be available during the conference. If you would like a comprehensive schedule please download and print using the button above.

  • Hotel Information


    Click the "Book Hotel Here" button below to get a discount of $99 per room at the following hotels:

    TownPlace Suites

    1250 Sams St, Cookeville, TN 38506


    Fairfield Inn & Suites

    1200 Sams St, Cookeville, TN 38506


    Event Summary & Details:

    STEM Education Research Conference

    Start Date: Thursday,  January 16, 2020

    End Date: Friday,  January 17, 2020

    Last Day to Book: Thursday, December 26, 2019

    Hotel(s) offering you special group rates:

    Fairfield Inn & Suites Cookeville for $99 per night
    TownePlace Suites Cookeville for $99 per night

  • Directions  

    From Nashville

    Take Interstate 40 East to exit 286. Turn left onto S Willow Ave. Continue on S Willow Ave for 3 miles. Turn right onto University Drive. Continue straight until you reach Roaden University Center. 

    From Knoxville 

    Take Interstate 40 West to Exit 290. Turn right onto E Spring Street into Cookeville. Continue on E Spring Street for 3 miles. Keep right onto E Broad Street when the road splits. Continue on E Broad Street for half a mile. Turn right onto N Dixie Ave. Continue on N Dixie Ave for one mile. Roaden University Center is on the left across from multiple dorms. 

    From Chattanooga

    Follow US-27 N and TN-111 N towards Cookeville. Take the Cookeville/ Monterey exit off TN-111 N.  Turn left onto E Spring Street. Continue 1.3 miles on E Spring Street. Keep right onto E Broad Street when the road splits. Continue on E Broad Street for half a mile. Turn right onto N Dixie Ave. Continue on N Dixie Ave for one mile. Roaden University Center is on the left across from multiple dorms. 


    Tennessee Tech University

    1 William L Jones Dr, Cookeville, TN 38505

    Roaden University Center

    1000 N Dixie Ave, Cookeville, TN 38505

    Robert & Gloria Bell Hall

    W 7th Street, Cookeville, TN 38505

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