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Congratulations to Our Winners

We are pleased to announce the winners of the Idea Competition for the Symposium on Imagining the Future of Undergraduate STEM Education. The 25 winners were chosen from 160 entries received. An additional 25 entries have been awarded honorable mention.

Entrants submitted a statement of video addressing some aspect of the symposium's focus: What should undergraduate STEM education look like in 2040 and beyond to meet the needs of students, science, and society? What should we do now to prepare?

Entries were evaluated based on their potential to contribute to and advance discussion at the symposium as well as originality and future orientation. Winning submissions proposed new ideas for thinking about the future of undergraduate STEM education and addressed a situation (a change in the students, faculty/instructors, technology, workforce, environment, society) that does not currently exist.

Winning submissions and honorable mentions will be featured in the Symposium taking place November 12, 13, and 19, 2020.

To view the winning submissions, click here.

Thank you to all who participated in the competition.


Winners of the Idea Competition


Kelsey Bickett, Florida State University         

Toward 2040 and a Science of Being


Eric Brechner, University of Washington, Bothell     

Educating searchers


Paul Andrew Burke, Texas A&M University  

The Democratization and Future Ubiquity of STEM Education


Sakereh Carter and Sacoby Wilson, University of Maryland, College Park  

Critical STEM for Environmental Health and Social Justice


Kai Jun Chew and Holly Matusovich, Virginia Tech   

Exam-less Engineering Education: A Provocative Thought Experiment on the Current State of Learning Assessment


Michael Dennin, University of California, Irvine       

Alexandre Gomes de Siqueira, University of Florida

Masoud Gheisari, University of Florida

Benjamin Lok, University of Florida

Eliminating Institutional Racism in Undergraduate STEM Education


Ricardo Eiris, Michigan Technological University      

CampusXR: Where Real and Virtual Education Blends


Sarah C R Elgin , Washington University in St Louis   

Laura K Reed, University of Alabama-Tuscaloosa

Sam Donovan, University of Pittsburgh

Teach science by engaging students in doing science:  Fully Realizing the Current Opportunities


Roni Ellington, Glenda Prime, Tracy Rone, and Vanessa Dodo-Seriki,

Morgan State University        

Undergraduate STEM Education Re-imagined:  Transcending Boundaries, Forwarding Inclusion, Making the Invisible Visible


Erica Hernandez, Bowie State University      

Student-parent Undergraduate Research Experience for 2040 STEM Readiness


John Jordan, Syracuse University      

Monty Alger, Pennsylvania State University

Darrell Velegol, Pennsylvania State University

James Ferri, Virginia Commonwealth University

STEM 2040 – Beyond the Industrial Paradigm


David Devraj Kumar, Florida Atlantic University       

Undergraduates STEM Education: Students Leading the Way


Eli Laird, Southern Methodist University      

Hub-Based Education


Holly Matusovich and Kai Jun Chew, Virginia Tech   

Putting Equity at the Front: A Choose Your Own Adventure Approach to Engineering Education


Jason Meyers, Krista Ingram, Ken Belanger, Sylvia Jimenez Bolanos, Michael Hay,

Ahmet Ay, Rebecca Metzler, and Jason Keith, Colgate University   

Developing an Interdisciplinary Introductory STEM Curriculum Integrating Computational and Mathematical Processes


Rebecca Nugent and Philipp Burckhardt, Carnegie Mellon  

Personalized Learning Environments for Student-Centric STEM


Luke Oaks, Texas A&M University / Bray International, Inc.

The Future Product-Offering of Higher Education: Technical Mentorship and Professional Development


Antonio Perez, Procter & Gamble     

Towards A Better Future - Improving STEM Education Through New Accreditation Standards


Bala Ram, North Carolina A&T State University

Science, Mathematics and Engineering Education in 2040


Yadilette Rivera-Colón and Gina Semprebon, Bay Path University  

Teaching in an Inclusive, Global, Digital Society


David Song, Stanford University        

The Future


Meena Thiyagarajah, Kent Crippen, and Hitomi Yamaguchi Greenslet

University of Florida  

Athena—An Adaptive Socially Conscious AI Mentor for your Future STEM Selves


Monica Van, University of California, San Diego       

AWE: Alternative Worlds Experiment


David Vaughn and Bridget Trogden, Clemson University     

STEM Education by 2040: Change the Ecosystem, Impact the World


Jessica Vitiritti, Stanford University   



Honorable Mentions


Sara Amani and Muhammad Danyal Imam, Texas A&M University 

A Humanitarian Approach to STEM Education


Ann E. Austin, Michigan State University      

The Future of Undergraduate STEM Education: Inclusive, Flexible, Collaborative, Innovative


Yu Bai, California State University, Fullerton

Yusheng (Christopher) Liu, University of Missouri-Kansas City

An AI-Driven Personalized Learning System (APLES) in Undergraduate STEM Education: Implications for Minority Students


Haider Ali Bhatti, University of California, Berkeley 

STEM research as a framework to reimagine undergraduate STEM education using the TrI Model


Matthew L. Bolton, University at Buffalo      

Humanistic Engineering:  A Transformative Agenda for a Better Future


Sheryl Burgstahler, University of Washington          

Make STEM Education Inclusive of Students with Disabilities


Christina Chong, James Dent, and Taniea Sym, Curtin University    

Opportunities in STEM in Higher Education


Ben Davies, West Virginia University

Automated Theorem Provers and the instruction of proof-based mathematics


John Estrada and Myriam Changoluisa, Purdue University Northwest        

A Futuristic Vision of STEM Education


Benjamin Fine, Ramapo College of New Jersey        

Jory Denny, University of Richmond

Reimagining a Liberal Arts Education for a STEM Future


Layal Hakim, University of Exeter      

Collaboratively Personalizing STEM Education through a Virtual Gaming Environment


Olivia Harrison , Curtin University      

Broadening STEM Education to Accommodate Employability and Job Flexibility


Paul Kim, UC Berkeley

Work Smarter: More Coding in STEM Education


Donna Llewellyn and Jillana Finnegan, Boise State University         

Ed Coyle, Kitty Vogt, and Julie Sonnenberg-Klein, Georgia Institute of Technology

Silo-free Campuses Through Vertically Integrated Projects (VIP)


Robert D. Mathieu, University of Wisconsin, Madison         

Ann Austin, Michigan State University

A Vision for the STEM Faculty of 2040


Kathryn McGill, University of Florida

Improving Diversity in STEM through Community College Partner Programs


Tatiana Melguizo and Elise Swanson, University of Southern California

To Increase Participation in STEM, Don’t Focus on STEM: Re-Imagining Undergraduate Education to Increase Racial Diversity and Student Success in STEM


Pranav Mohan, Purdue University    

Cindy Belardo, Menstrual Mates LLC

Imperative Curriculum for 2040


Derrick Nero, University of Nebraska at Omaha       

Engaging Undergraduates with STEM


Victor Piercey, Ferris State University

Catherine Buell, Fitchburg State University

Rochelle Tractenberg, Georgetown University

Integrated Ethics in Mathematics: Strengthening the STEM Curriculum with Ethical Reasoning


Vicente Talanquer, University of Arizona      

Reinventing Higher Education


John Tharakan, Charles Verharen, and George Middendorf, Howard University    

Coupling Ethical Research to Community Engagement for Responsive and Impactful UG STEM Education to 2040


David Ucko, Museums + More LLC    

Personalized Undergraduate & Lifelong Learning STEM Center


Madhvi Venkatesh, Harvard Medical School

Personalized Transdisciplinary Education


Mia Wright, Multispecies Care Coordinator 

The Hero Habitat Theory








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