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MSP LNC 2011


2011 MSP Learning Network Conference

Abstract Submission and Deadlines

Deadlines for submission:
  • Monday, December 6, by 5:00 pm local time: Abstract submission deadline.
  • Wednesday, December 22: Authors will be notified of acceptance. Session co-chairs will send requests for revisions, if any, to authors.
  • Friday, January 7: Abstract revisions due.
  • Monday, January 17: Technical program available on MSPnet.
Submitting your abstract:
Abstracts of 3-4 pages should be submitted to http://scimath.unl.edu/submissions

Details related to Call for Abstracts

Theme: MSP: From partnerships of innovation to student success

The main meeting will also include presentation breakout sessions for MSP projects to share with each other what they are in the process of learning about student success, and to learn from and with each other in the context of the conference strands. All MSP projects are encouraged to consider presenting aspects of their work aligned with one of the two conference strands. Project teams may submit more than one abstract if they wish. The abstracts will be reviewed and project teams may be asked to revise their abstracts as part of the review process. Abstracts must be submitted under a specific strand. Structured abstracts of 3-4 pages should be submitted using the online submission system: http://scimath.unl.edu/submissions/  

Strand 1: Definitions of and research designs related to student success
(abstracts must address at least one of the following)

  • Innovative understandings of student success, including some of the following: academic achievement, retention in school, interest, motivation, attainment, growth, cultural congruence, learning trajectories.
  • Theoretical frameworks for studying student STEM success, related to achievement gaps, dropouts, disinterest, poor participation in STEM courses, limited opportunities to learn, low post-secondary participation, differential success rates, or cultural in-congruities.
  • Innovation in MSP research design and measurement of student success; abstracts in this section are expected to address the role of STEM faculty in student success.

Strand 2: The use of student data to inform and refine MSP work 
(abstracts must address at least one of the following)

  • Examination of the links between professional development and data on student success.
  •  Use of evidence related to student success to inform classroom practice.
  • Use of evidence related to student success to inform MSP decision making, such as MSPs formative use of data related to student success.
  • Use of evidence related to student success to inform policy or systemic change at the district or university levels.

The abstract submission is being handled via a new online submission system that will streamline the submission, review, and feedback process. Please access the submission system at http://scimath.unl.edu/submissions/
You will need to create an account with the system in order to submit an abstract.

Each abstract must be related to the overall theme and one of the two strands, and must include:

Abstract Name

MSP Project Name

Author(s)

Presenter(s)

Strand (select one)

Summary (120 words or fewer)

Address the following 5 areas in 3-4 pages:

  • Question(s) or issue(s) for dialogue at Learning Network Conference session
  • Context of the work within the STEM education literature and within your MSP Project
  • Claim(s) or hypothesis(es) examined in the work (anticipating that veteran projects will have claims, newer projects will have hypotheses)
  • Evaluation and/or research design, data collection and analysis
  • Key insights (retrospective for veteran projects, prospective for newer projects) that have value for the Learning Network

The timeline for abstract submission, revision, assignment to sessions, and posting of the technical program of the conference is as follows:

  • Monday, December 6, by 5:00 pm local time: Abstract submission deadline.
  • Wednesday, December 22: Authors will be notified of acceptance. Session co-chairs will send requests for revisions, if any, to authors.
  • Friday, January 7: Abstract revisions due.
  • Monday, January 17: Technical program available on MSPnet.

To view abstracts presented at past Learning Network Conferences, please see
http://hub.mspnet.org/index.cfm/msp_conf_2010_call

For questions about abstract submission, contact msp@nsf.gov or call 402-472-8965.