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Conference Opportunities

Build Your Resume, Add to Your Application

Are you interested in either presenting or attending a conference? TRiO STEM can work with you to apply for presentation acceptance, travel grants and Student Conference Attendee Grants. 

  • Presentations can be either a poster presentation or as part of a team presentation on a topic of interest for the conference. Most of these require 4-6 months or more prior to the conference for applications. 
  • Travel grants are offered by many of the conferences to allow a more diverse group of students to attend. 

Student Conference Attendee Grants are a TRiO STEM grant that active TRiO STEM participants may apply for. The grant may cover airfare, lodging, transportation and meals. Please see the application below. 

Student Conference Attendee Grant

Click here to download the document. . 

2018 Conferences

Listed below are a list of conferences that we believe will be beneficial to our active participants. However this list is not limited to these events. If you are interested in a different conference please meet with your TRiO STEM advisor as this may be an event to offer to all our students. 

MI-CAPP Student Leadership Summit

2018 Student Leadership Summit

Feb. 23-25, 2018 
McCamly Plaza Hotel in Battle Creek, MI

This conference is for TRiO students to help see your potential and place in our society. There will be presentations regarding college life, financial literacy, etiquette, developing leadership skills, public speaking, resumes & cover letters, good citizenship, know your rights, leadership in your community and more. 

Active TRiO STEM participants are asked to present (50 minutes), become a Student Ambassador or attend the conference. 

Contact Linda Rettig at (616) 331-5430 or for more information. 

Proposal for presentations, student ambassador opportunity application and conference registration are due Jan. 31.


Biomedical Science Careers Student Conference

14th Biennial Biomedical Science Careers Student Conference

Friday, April 6 and Saturday, April 7, 2018
The Westin Copley Place in Boston, Massachusetts

Plenary Sessions, Keynote Speakers, Small Group Meetings, Panel Discussions, Science Resources, Resource Room, Networking, and more....

Application deadline to attend the conference is Feb. 5, 2018

Contact Linda Rettig at for an application to attend. 


NCORE 2018

The National Conference on Race and Ethnicity 

May 29 - June 2, 2018
Hilton New Orleans Riverside in New Orleans, Louisiana

NCORE CONFERENCE HISTORY: In 1988, The Southwest Center for Human Relations Studies launched the first Annual National Conference on Race & Ethnicity in American Higher Education (NCORE) to address the resurgence of racist incidents in higher education. Since its inception, NCORE has evolved into a vital national resource for higher education institutions, providing an annual multicultural forum that attracts Black/African Americans, American Indians, Asian/Pacific Islanders, Latino/as, and European Americans representing higher education institutions across the United States.

The NCORE conference series constitutes the leading and most comprehensive national forum on issues of race and ethnicity in American higher education. The conference focuses on the complex task of creating and sustaining comprehensive institutional change designed to improve racial and ethnic relations on campus and to expand opportunities for educational access and success by culturally diverse, traditionally underrepresented populations.

NCORE is designed to provide a significant forum for discussion, critical dialogue, and exchange of information as institutions search for effective strategies to enhance access, social development, education, positive communication, and cross-cultural understanding in culturally diverse settings.

NCORE Application Deadline is April 1.

If interested in attending please fill out a Student Conference Attendee Grant by March 15. 



2018 SACNAS Conference: Advancing Chicanos/Hispanics & Native Americans in Science

October 11-13, 2018
San Antonio, Texas

This event is a unique celebration of science, culture and community. Learn, listen, participate, gain professional development, meet with over 350 exhibitors (research, internships, careers and graduate schools) and build your network. 

Submissions for presentations and attendance are not available at this time. Check back later. 


Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students

November 14-17, 2018
Indianapolis, Indiana

When you attend the Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students (ABRCMS), you join one of the largest communities of underrepresented minorities in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Students attend this conference to present their research, explore graduate schools, and network. Research faculty and program directors play an essential role in mentoring students and strategies for facilitating student success.

During the four-day conference, over 2,000 students from over 350 colleges and universities participate in poster and oral presentations in twelve STEM disciplines. All undergraduate student presentations are judged and those receiving the highest scores in each scientific discipline will be given an award during the closing banquet. 

Submissions for presentations and attendance are not available at this time. Check back later.