Partner Call for Participation

The call for contributions for STARS Celebration 2016 targets specific topics that include former favorites and new content that aligns with our goals for the future as a community of practice. STARS members and partners are encouraged to review the Partnership topics below and sign up to lead a session by completing the Partner Request to Participate form by May 20, 2016. Abstracts for sessions in the final schedule will be due May 28.

Partnership Tracks and Session Topics

  • Partnerships and Stories of Success
  • Higher Ed and K-12 Partnerships
  • Higher Ed and Industry Partnerships
  • Higher Ed and Community Partnerships
  • Higher Ed and Partnerships with all of the above

Student Tracks and Session Topics

  • Leadership
    • STARS Leadership Affects Resumes
    • Maximizing LinkedIn
    • Advice from a Recruiter
    • Resumes and Interviewing
    • Graduate School Ins and Outs
    • Professional Communication Skills
    • Setting Goals
    • Learning from failure
    • Communicating difficult concepts
  • Technical Excellence
    • Android App workshop
    • Robotics/Legos workshop
    • Security 101
    • eTextiles using Arduino
    • What is Big Data?
    • Data conversions (from different formats)
    • The Future of Computing (the exit of silicone)
    • Creative Computing
    • Entrepeneurship
    • Innovation and Invention
  • Civic Engagement
    • Lego Mindstorms for Outreach
    • Using Scratch
    • Gaming
    • Refurbishing old Computers
    • Partnering with Girl Scouts
  • Corps Practices
    • Developing Social Media Presence
    • Team-building Skills
    • Activities for STARS Organizations
    • Fund Raising
    • How to Sustain STARS through Student Organization Status
  • Other

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Presentation Types

  • Birds-of-a-Feather (BoFs) - An ideal forum for discussing technical and social issues in an informal way. BoFs provide a way for groups of people to bring issues for informal discussion by the larger community. Example BoFs can bring together researchers interested in gaming, academic liaisons running STARS Leadership Corps programs, or junior faculty discussing career challenges.  (Timeframe: 60 minutes)
  • Panels - Short presentations by 3-4 leaders in the field, followed by a moderated dialogue among the panelists and the audience members. (Timeframe: 60 minutes)
  • Presentations - Presentations are broadly defined and can include information dissemination as well as tutorials and training. Presentations may have one or more speakers. (Timeframe: 15 minutes for each speaker - up to 60 minutes)
  • Workshops - A combination of in-depth presentations by 1-2 workshop leaders with either structured training on the topic or in-depth discussion and problem-solving among the workshop participants. Unlike panels or presentations, workshops can be limited by size and can have attendance criteria. (Timeframe: 1 hour, 3 hour, or 6 hour)

How to Participate


Call for Participation


Call for Participation


Call for Participation

Present a poster, lightning talk, or a Birds-of-a-Feather discussion group on:

  • Technical Excellence
  • Leadership
  • Civic Engagement
  • Corps Practices

Lightning talk and Birds-of-a-Feather Submission Site

Poster Submission Site

Present a workshop, presentation, panel, or Birds-of-a-Feather discussion group on:

  • Pedagogy
  • Research in Progress
  • Recruitment and Retention
  • Broadening Participation
  • Practical Help for Faculty
  • Sustaining Stars
  • STARS Standards

Faculty Sessions Submission Site

Present a workshop, presentation, panel, or Birds-of-a-Feather discussion group on:

  • Building Successful Partnerships
  • Higher Ed & K-12
  • Higher Ed & Industry
  • Higher Ed & Community
  • STARS Alumni Pathways for BPC Service and Outreach

Partner Sessions Submission Site


Participate on Twitter with the hashtag #StarsComputing