STEM for Everyone: Stories From Students

Gain experience talking about your research!

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Annually, we invite undergraduate and graduate students to submit proposals for 5-minute presentations about a STEM topic or an existing research project, provided in language that is easily understandable by the general public.

Presentations that address inclusivity of women and other underrepresented groups will be given priority during submission reviews. Creativity is encouraged!

This is a great opportunity for students to practice presentation skills, network with others from the UB community and regional corporate sponsors, and begin to build their professional footprint.

Watch this space for upcoming opportunities to submit your proposal for STEM for Everyone.

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For STEM students and professionals alike, being able to articulate your work to a broad audience can have a tremendous impact on the discoverability of your research and the trajectory of your career. STEM for Everyone invites students to create a 5 minute video on a STEM topic to hone their communication skills.

The Spring 2021 STEM for Everyone program has concluded.

Thank you to the student participants and STEM communication coaches who made our 2021 STEM for Everyone program a success! Please enjoy the video submissions below and watch for updates for next year's initiative.

2021 Video Submissions

Student Award Winners

Congratulations to the following students who were recognized for their high scoring presentation feedback from the staff and faculty review committee.

Undergraduate Recognitions

Review Committee's Choice (Highest Rubric Score)

Laurel Kastner
Biotechnology, University at Buffalo
Identifying the Source of Immunosuppressive Capabilities in Exosomes of Epithelial Ovarian Cancer

Runners Up

Krista Beranger
Mechanical Engineering, University at Buffalo
"Taking Up" Problems in Early Engineering Courses

Anjali Bhagavatula
Biotechnology, University at Buffalo
Obesity due to Sleep Deprivation

Madisen Seastrum
Biochemistry, Daemen College
Metronidazole's Effectiveness on Varying Bacteria

Graduate Recognitions

Review Committee's Choice (Highest Rubric Score)

Xiaoxiao Zhang
Oral Biology, University at Buffalo
Preventing Bone Loss With Fewer Side Effects

Runners Up

Isabel Hall
Environmental and Water Resources Engineering, University at Buffalo
Evaluation of Natural Absorbent Materials for Menstrual Health Maintenance in Low-Resource Settings

Alyssa Reese
Medicine, University at Buffalo
Medical Cannabis: A Plausible Replacement for Current Anxiety and Depression Medications

Sreelekha Guggilam
Computational Data Science, University at Buffalo
Identifying effective Covid-19 policies using large deviations on time series databases

Program Description

Are you an undergraduate or graduate student involved in technical research or hands-on projects? Would you like to share your work with a broad audience and sharpen your communication skills? Submit your proposal to participate in STEM for Everyone! 

STEM for Everyone, presented by the UB Women in STEM Cooperative (WISC) and UB Women in Science and Engineering (WiSE), invites students to record a 5-minute video presentation about an existing research project or a STEM topic. This event provides a platform for students to communicate the significance of their work in non-technical language, an important skill for any STEM professional. Creativity is encouraged!

Participants will benefit from mentorship and constructive feedback as they are preparing their video, and will be eligible to win prizes for strong submissions.

Participation eligibility

Undergraduate and graduate students in science, technology, engineering, or math degree programs at the University at Buffalo and other Buffalo area colleges and universities may participate. Women and students of underrepresented identites are especially encouraged to participate.

Presentation topics

The focus of STEM for Everyone presentations is to deliver scientific/technical/discipline-specific content in a way that a broad audience can easily understand. Examples of presentation topics include: 

  • Faculty mentored research
  • Independent research or tinkering projects
  • Technical projects carried out in clubs or student organizations
  • Projects worked on in internships
  • Any STEM topic that interests you

Should submissions exceed the program's capacity, presentation topics that address diversity or equity in STEM will be prioritized.

Timeline

  • Proposals are due by March 5, 2021.
  • Students will receive notification of acceptance by March 12, 2021.
  • Videos must be submitted by April 11, 2021.

Mentorship

Participants will have the opportunity to sign up for a personal coaching time with a faculty or professional staff member prior to the video submission deadline on April 11, 2021. This is a great opportunity for students to practice presentation skills and benefit from the mentorship from our STEM community.

If you are interested in serving as a coach to a student, please email Chelsea Montrois at ubwise@buffalo.edu.

Prizes

While the emphasis of this opportunity is to provide a platform where students receive constructive feedback, a number of small prizes will be awarded to exceptional submissions. A faculty and staff review committee will score final submissions based on the feedback rubric provided below. Four prizes each will be offered at the undergraduate level and the graduate level.

  • (1) - First Prize, $200
  • (3) - Runner Up, $50 each

Forms and Resources for Participants

Questions? Contact Chelsea at ubwise@buffalo.edu.