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Call for Workshop Proposals

The Science and Technology Entry Program (STEP) isis comprised of 54 colleges and universities across New York State, and one of its many purposes is to introduce students to practical experience in the scientific, technical, and health-related fields, and to prepare students for the rigors of college and beyond. Over 400 students and 125 program directors/advisors regularly attend the conference. Do not miss the opportunity to share valuable information in a forum that allows access to students and staff across New York State who helped to garner the 2003 Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Mentorship (PAESMEM)! More information about this award winning program may be found on the New York State Education Department’s website at or

This year’s STEP Conference will emphasize the importance of planning ahead, being persistent, and staying focused. Suggested topics include, but are not limited to: academic achievement, preparation for college, technology etiquette (i.e., cell phone, e-mail and social networks), financial literacy, peer pressure (bullying), self-esteem, internships, student responsibility, leadership skills, communication skills, setting goals, time and stress management, and personal success. Workshops will take place on either Friday, March 23, 2018 or Saturday, March 25, 2018, with each convening for 75 minutes.

Workshop proposals should: (1) be relevant to the conference theme and student population (middle and high school students); (2) not exceed 150 words in length; (3) be submitted electronically by January 19, 2018 by 12 noon; (refer to the link listed below); and (4) be submitted as an abstract that includes the presenter’s name, co-presenter’s name, mailing address, work telephone number, home telephone number, fax number, e-mail address, business or academic affiliation, and workshop title. The Conference will provide a LCD Projector and Screen for each workshop session. Workshop presenters are responsible for bringing their own laptops or iPads. Proposals mailed, emailed or faxed to Syracuse University will not be considered for this year’s conference.

***Presenters should submit more than ONE workshop proposal for review and consideration by the 2018 STEP Statewide Student Conference Planning Committee.

To complete the registration process and to submit your workshop abstract, please copy or paste into your browser the link below and follow the instructions on the website:

2018 Workshop Proposals Link


**Selected workshop presenters will receive hotel accommodations, meals, and an honorarium.**
**Note: This does not apply to STEP Program Administrators.

PROPOSALS are due by 12 noon January 19, 2018 with electronic notification by February 16, 2018.

For more information, please contact:

Dr. Leonese Nelson, Conference Chair—Syracuse University
Phone: 315-443-9171 Email: or





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