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A virtual, free STEM convention consisting of professional speaker workshops, high-school level competitions, and networking opportunities.

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Events Schedule


Ballin' on a Budget

Angel Radcliffe

Angel is a Speaker, Author, Business Consultant & award-winning Financial Educator with 10+ years’ experience in Corporate Finance & Technology. Driven by a passion for Financial Literacy, Ms. Radcliffe works within communities to teach the strategies of Budgeting & Financial Management for Consumers and Entrepreneurs. Ms. Radcliffe has been featured in Fox News, Buzzfeed, Black Enterprise, Self Magazine, Huffington Post, Experian, American Express, and Hello Beautiful. Angel is also the Founder of M~Suite, an online community focusing on Milestones, Motivation & Money alongside the Ballin' On A Budget-themed content. 


Angel Radcliffe

Financial Literacy

Stepping into a money mindset, preparing yourself to make smart money moves.  Making the right financial decision starts with the proper knowledge. 


Why didn't they teach me this in school? 

Personal Money Management Principles to Live By

Cary Siegel

Cary Siegel retired from corporate America at the young age of 45. He then went on to write the bestselling book “Why Didn’t They Teach Me This In School? 99 personal money management principles to live by”. The books were originally written for his 5 teenage children but he quickly found it was relevant to all adults and expanded presentations to audiences of all ages.

Cary Siegel

Financial Literacy

In his talk, Cary will not only make the topic of money management simple and easy to understand but will also motivate you to start learning it on your own. Because as he puts it - everyone teaches you money is important and you need to earn it. But no one teaches you how to manage it. It’s all up to you!

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March 20th

Meat & Greet

Bring your favorite dish and eat lunch with STEM World II participants! 


March 20th


The Promise and Peril of 
Predictive Analytics

As education grapples with promoting student success using fewer resources, predictive analytics—the use of past data to forecast future outcomes

—is a promising solution. But like all

powerful tools, it must be used well.

New America has conducted research

into what it looks like to use predictive

analytics ethically. This session will

present some of the challenges of

implementing predictive analytics

from recruiting and enrollment

through graduation.

Iris Palmer

Iris Palmer is a senior advisor for higher education and workforce with the Education Policy program at New America. She provides research and analysis on the ethical use of predictive analytics in higher education, apprenticeship, community colleges, and adults enrolled in higher education. Palmer previously worked at the National Governors Association on postsecondary issues. There she helped states strengthen the connection between higher education and the workforce, support competency-based systems, use data from effectiveness and efficiency metrics, and improve licensure for veterans. Prior to joining NGA, she worked at HCM Strategists on the Lumina Foundation’s initiative, and Palmer also worked at the U.S. Department of Education in all of the offices related to higher education. 

Iris Palmer

Artificial Intelligence



Intelligence from Societal, Ethical, and Philosophical Perspectives

Vincent Conitzer

There has been tremendous progress in artificial intelligence in the last decade and we are starting to see the technology all around us. As a result, AI is no longer just an abstract research project,

but has the potential to reshape

human life in many ways, some

exciting and some concerning.

How should we think about all

this and guide work in AI in a

direction that is good for


Vincent Conitzer is the Kimberly J. Jenkins Distinguished University Professor of New Technologies and Professor of Computer Science, Professor of Economics, and Professor of Philosophy at Duke University. He received Ph.D. (2006) and M.S. (2003) degrees in Computer Science from Carnegie Mellon University, and an A.B. (2001) degree in Applied Mathematics from Harvard University. Conitzer works on artificial intelligence (AI). Much of his work has focused on AI and game theory, for example designing algorithms for the optimal strategic placement of defensive resources. More recently, he has started to work on AI and ethics: how should we determine the objectives that AI systems pursue, when these objectives have complex effects on various stakeholders?

Vincent Conitzer

Artificial Intelligence


Discovering the Aquatic World
with Robots

Alberto Quattrini Li

Alberto Quattrini Li is an assistant professor in the Computer Science Department at Dartmouth College and co-directs the Dartmouth Reality and Robotics Lab. He studies how to make robotic systems intelligent and autonomous to enable the interpretation and the modification of the physical world for applications of societal interest. Two projects recently funded by the National Science Foundation include monitoring harmful cyanobacterial blooms in lakes and

mapping underwater archaeological

structures. He has deployed

multi-robot systems, consisting of

underwater robots, surface vehicles,

and aerial drones, in many lakes and

oceans as part of field experiments for

testing the developed systems, as well

as supporting other scientists in

understanding our environment

with new robotics technology.

Alberto Quattrini Li


Let's explore the fascinating aquatic world from the point of view of aquatic robots. This interactive workshop will take you into a journey of some of the aquatic robotics research done at the Dartmouth Reality and Robotics lab, unveiling what is under the hood of robotic boats and underwater robots and their intelligence, as well as their use for contributing to preserving the environment. Experience from students' and professor's perspectives will provide a view on how to become a roboticist and contribute to this exciting field.


Harnessing Synthetic Biology to Fight Pathogens

James J. Collins

James J Collins


James J. Collins is Termeer Professor of Bioengineering in the Department of Biological Engineering and Institute for Medical Engineering & Science.  He is also affiliated with the Broad Institute and the Wyss Institute.  His research group works in synthetic biology and systems biology, with a particular focus on using network biology approaches to study antibiotic action, bacterial defense mechanisms, and the emergence of resistance.  Professor Collins' patented technologies have been licensed by over 25 biotech, pharma and medical devices companies, and he has helped to launched a number of companies, including Sample6 Technologies, Synlogic and EnBiotix.  He has received numerous awards and honors, including a Rhodes Scholarship, a MacArthur "Genius" Award, an NIH Director's Pioneer Award, a Sanofi-Institut Pasteur Award, as well as several teaching awards.  Professor Collins is an elected member of the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Engineering, the Institute of Medicine, and the American Academy of Arts & Sciences, and a charter fellow of the National Academy of Inventors.

Synthetic biology is bringing together engineers, physicists and biologists to model, design and construct biological circuits out of proteins, genes and other bits of DNA, and to use these circuits to rewire and reprogram organisms. These biological circuits and re-engineered organisms are going to change our lives in the coming years, leading to cheaper drugs, rapid diagnostic tests, and synthetic probiotics to

treat infections and a

range of complex diseases.

In this talk, we highlight

recent efforts to create

synthetic gene networks

and programmable cells as

new classes of diagnostics,

therapeutics and vaccines

for fighting pathogens,

including SARS-CoV-2.

March 21st


March 21st


Global Virus Outbreaks

Interferons as First Responders

Eleanor N. Fish

Dr. Fish received her B.Sc. from the University of Manchester, UK, her M.Phil. from King’s College, University of London, UK and her Ph.D. from the Institute of Medical Science at the University of Toronto, Canada. Dr. Fish studies the interactions of cytokines, specifically interferons and chemokines, with their receptors in normal and diseased tissues and cells. A focus of Dr. Fish’s research is the investigation of host-pathogen interactions at the cellular and molecular level, specifically in the context of viruses and interferons. During the 2003 outbreak of SARS in Toronto, she initiated studies to investigate the therapeutic potential of interferon

in SARS patients. Encouraging

results have directed her group’s

efforts toward examining type I

interferons’ activities against a

number of emerging infectious

diseases, such as avian H5N1 and

pandemic H1N1 influenza viruses.

Eleanor N. Fish

COVID-19 Vaccines

This presentation will highlight the role of our innate immune response in viral clearance. Dr Fish will emphasize the utility of

broad spectrum antivirals

for acute virus infections

that pose a global threat.


Emerging Viruses and the Need for Flexible Vaccine Platforms

Alyson Ann Kelvin

Dr. Alyson Ann Kelvin is an Assistant Professor at Dalhousie University. She is currently seconded as a Scientist at VIDO-InterVac to aid in the evaluation and development of COVID-19 vaccines for Canada. Her cutting-edge research has led to important discoveries in the fields of viral immunology and vaccinology including the timely development of COVID-19 preclinical models and vaccines in Canada.


Her work is focused on emerging viruses and the development of vaccines for these viral threats. Dr. Kelvin’s research has followed the outbreaks of several emerging viruses including SARS-CoV, pandemic 2009 H1N1 influenza virus, seasonal avian influenza viruses (H5N1 and H7N9), chikungunya virus, Zika virus, and now the novel coronavirus SARS-CoV-2. Dr. Kelvin is an active member of the World Health Organization (WHO) Ad Hoc Advisory Committee on SARS-CoV-2 vaccine design and the editorial committee for the Journal of Infection in Developing Countries. Dr. Kelvin is also passionate about science communication to fight misinformation and inspire budding scientists. Supporting women in science and encouraging young females to pursue careers in STEM are essential goals of her outreach. In addition, during the current COVID-19 pandemic, Dr. Kelvin is committed to communicating the complex nature of the SARS-CoV-2 virus and vaccine development to help communities navigate through the pandemic as safely with as little stress as possible.

The COVID-19 Vaccine Story

Alyson Ann Kelvin

COVID-19 Vaccines

This talk will describe my research program which focuses on emerging viruses and the need to develop vaccines for emerging viral threats – including those that we do not yet know about. I have been working with emerging viruses since the SARS-CoV-1 outbreak in Toronto in 2003. In the talk I will go through the major emerging viral threats of the past 20 years. I will put the importance of studying emerging viruses in perspective of needing a flexible vaccine so we can ready for virus X. I will give a personal

account of how I began working on

SARS-CoV-2 and developing

vaccines for this virus. The

presentation will be concluded

with where we are today in

respect to SARS-CoV-2

vaccine development.


STEM Teaching 

The Forgotten STEM Discipline

Michael Odell

Michael R.L. Odell, Ph.D. is a Professor of STEM Education and holds the endowed Roosth Chair in Education. Dr. Odell holds a joint appointment in the College of Education and Psychology and the College of Engineering. He has been instrumental in implementing innovative programs that have resulted in increased enrollments, extramural research grants, and gifts from alumni and industry. Programs initiated by Dr. Odell include the UTeach Replication, which has doubled the number of STEM teachers produced by the university. He co-founded the UT Tyler University Academy charter schools, which also serve as Laboratory Schools for the School of Education located at the UT Tyler main campus (Tyler, TX) and extension campuses in Longview and Palestine. He also established the Ingenuity Center, one of seven designated STEM Centers in Texas. Dr. Odell developed the agreement for the UT Tyler Partnership to manage the Discovery Science Place, a Family STEM Museum and associated Mobile STEM Outreach. He is currently the Co-Director for the UT Tyler UTEach program and the Doctoral Program in School Improvement. In addition to his faculty appointment, Dr. Odell has held several administrative positions at UT Tyler including the Director of the School of Education and the Vice President for Sponsored Research. Dr. Odell has published numerous articles, book chapters, proceedings, and technical reports. He has won over $60 million in grants, contracts, royalties, and development.

Michael Odell

STEM Education

There is much discussion in policy circles the research literature about the need for more students prepared in STEM disciplines to meet the demands of the 21st Century Workforce.  This presentation will focus on STEM teaching and examine the teacher shortage crisis globally and ultimately focus on the STEM teacher shortage. Data from US are highlighted to better understand the factors impacting the recruitment and preparation of teachers and STEM

teachers.  The sessions will describe

current practices preparing STEM

teachers, present pathways to

increase the number of STEM

teachers, and make a case for

students to choose

STEM Teaching as a career. 


Coffee Chats

Enjoy your morning coffee while meeting new STEM lovers from around the world.


Making Your Career

How STEM Education Leads to the Jobs of Tomorrow

Jillianne Code

Professor Code is a researcher, educator, and learning scientist specializing in STEM education and learner agency. Her research is focused on learner agency and its role in shaping the role of STEM through design thinking, learning technology, and translational research at the University of 

Jillianne Code

STEM Education

The pandemic has revealed the critical importance of STEM careers to global health and local economies. Around the world, people are MAKING the best of the situation and engaging an entrepreneurial mindset that involves applying ideas, design thinking, skill development, to technologies that are both physical and virtual. In this interactive

talk, join Dr. Jillianne Code in

an examination of how

the pandemic has changed

STEM education and explore

how you can MAKE a career

path of your own.


British Columbia. Jillianne is an Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Education and Director of the ALIVE Research Lab at the University of British Columbia. Prior to joining UBC, Jillianne completed a Post-doctoral Research Fellowship at the Harvard Graduate School of Education and holds a PhD in Educational Psychology from Simon Fraser University.



March 22-26th


Check out our Instagram @efaglobal and @stemenrichmentyouth for more information regarding socials and competitions! 

March 27th

Financial Planning

Employing Design Thinking in your Money Life

Michael Kay

Michael F. Kay is a Certified Financial Planner®, author and speaker on personal finance and financial life planning. He is the author of two books (The Feel Rich Project and The Business of Life) and he speaks and delivers workshops across the U.S.

His latest book, The Feel Rich Project, is about transforming your relationship with money—reaching clarity on what matters most and developing a personal plan to reach it.

He is the President of Financial Life Focus, LLC, a fee-only RIA firm in Livingston, NJ and a regular contributor to Psychology Today. Michael has previously written for Forbes and Inc., and is frequently quoted in the media.

Michael is married to his college sweetheart, Wendy and have 2 children and 2 granddaughters and a puppy named Phoebe.

Michael Kay

Financial Literacy

Author of two books "The Feel Rich Project" and "The Business of Life," Michael Kay's workshop will apply the 5 stages of Design Thinking as it pertains to financial decision-making and will

encompass subjects such as:

money beliefs and where they

come from, understanding risk,

needs versus wants, defining

financial security, and financial

planning from the ground up. 

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March 27th


Tiger Sheng

Investing in Our Future

Financial Literacy and Investing for STEM Students

Tiger Sheng

Financial Literacy

For many STEM students and professionals, finance is a daunting concept that seems very distant from their career and personal life. But in reality, a good understanding of finance can help you better plan your personal life and provide

tailwinds to your ideas

and initiatives. In this

talk, we will cover the

basics of finance tailored

for STEM students:

personal finance

management, investing,

importance of finance

and business

knowledge to STEM

professionals, as well

as STEM applications

in the finance industry.

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Tiger Sheng is a Global Markets Analyst at BMO Capital Markets, where he was responsible for designing and developing trading platforms and assisting in Global Markets’ day-to-day operations. He had exposure to multiple lines of businesses in Global Markets, including fixed income analytics, balance sheet solutions and structured products trading. He was able to leverage his financial and engineering skills to quickly identify existing inefficiencies and address them with technological solutions.

Tiger holds a Bachelor of Applied Science in Computer Engineering from the University of Toronto. During his time as an engineering student, he showed his passion in finance and served as the president of University of Toronto Engineering Finance Association (UTEFA), where he constructed a platform to connect engineering students to the finance industry. He was also a top engineering student in his class, and he had been constantly working with the Engineering Faculty to explore and improve finance education in engineering programs.


Roger Azevedo

Dr. Roger Azevedo is a Professor in the Department of Learning Sciences & Educational Research at the University of Central Florida. He is the Lead Scientist for UCF’s Learning Sciences Faculty Cluster Initiative. He received his doctorate from McGill University (1998) and completed his postdoctoral training in cognitive psychology at Carnegie Mellon University. His main research area includes examining the role of cognitive, metacognitive, affective, and motivational self-regulatory processes during learning with advanced learning technologies (e.g., intelligent tutoring systems, hypermedia, multimedia, simulations, serious games, immersive virtual learning environments). 

Roger Azevedo

Artificial Intelligence

Artificial Intelligence

The Future of Artificial Intelligence in Education

This presentation highlights the future of Artificial Intelligence (AI) in education by describing and exemplifying how current

advances in the learning

and cognitive sciences

are impacting the future

AI in education.

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March 28th


March 28th


Field Analysis

A Glimpse into Biomedical Engineering

Michelle Digman

Dr. Digman is a Scialog Fellow and has won several awards including the NSF-CAREER award, the Hellman Fellowship, the Fluorescence Young Investigator Award from the Biophysical Society, the Faculty Innovation in Teaching award and has received the Henry Samueli Career Development Chair. She has co-authored over 90 peer reviewed manuscripts and 6 book chapters. Her current research interest focuses on quantitative spatial and temporal correlation spectroscopies, protein dynamics during cell migration, characterizing metabolic alterations in cells and tissues, and developing novel imaging technologies. In addition to research and teaching, Dr. Digman is passionate about community outreach. She initiated the outreach program for minority community college students and outstanding high school students called Undergraduate Student Initiative for Biomedical Research (USIBR), which has been in operation since 2011. Her goals are to continue with a strong, collaborative and productive laboratory engaging in growth and development of her research group through targeted teaching, mentoring and aiding in the strategic growth of the University though service, increase diversity initiatives and collaboration.

Michelle Digman

Bio Engineering

Michelle Digman is Associate Professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at the University of California Irvine. She is currently Co-equity advisor for the Henry Samueli School of Engineering, BME Associate Chair for Graduate Affairs, the Co-I of the Laboratory for Fluorescence Dynamics (a P41 NIH Center) and Director of W.M. Keck Nanoimaging Lab. She received her MS and PhD in Chemistry from University of Illinois at Chicago and did her postdoctoral work at the University of Illinois, Urban-Champaign in the Department of Physics.


Ethics of Bioengineering

Genetic and Genomic Engineering

Tara Deans

Dr. Tara Deans received her PhD from Boston University in Biomedical Engineering. Following her postdoctoral training at Johns Hopkins University, she became an Assistant Professor in Biomedical Engineering at the University of Utah. Currently, Dr. Deans runs an applied mammalian synthetic biology laboratory where her lab focuses on building novel genetic tools to study the mechanisms of stem cell differentiation for the purpose of directing cell fate decisions. Recently, Dr. Deans received four prestigious awards to support this area of research: 1. the NSF CAREER Award, 2. the Office of Naval Research (ONR) Young Investigator Award, 3. the NIH Trailblazer Award, and 4. an NIH Director’s New Innovator Award. In addition to her research, Dr. Deans was named a STEM Ambassador in the STEM Ambassador Program (STEMAP) at the University of Utah to engage underrepresented groups in STEM fields.

Tara Deans

Bio Engineering

In her workshop, Dr. Deans will discuss what genetic and genome engineering are, how it can be used to cure disease, and why some approaches may cross a line of moral and ethical values. She

currently runs an applied

mammalian synthetic biology

laboratory where her lab

focuses on building novel

genetic tools to study the

mechanisms of stem cell

differentiation for the

purpose of directing cell

fate decisions.

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Engineered Genetic Systems for Rapid Evolution, Chemical Biology, Synthetic Biology, and Cell Biology

Chang Liu

He expanded the genetic code of bacteria for the co-translational incorporation of otherwise post-translational modifications and provided the first demonstrations that expanded genetic codes can be selectively advantageous in the evolution of novel protein function. Working with Professor Adam Arkin, Liu conducted research in the field of synthetic biology and developed methods for the predictable creation of complex regulatory systems. In 2013, Liu started his lab at UC Irvine.

Chang Liu

Bio Engineering


Working with Professor Adam Arkin, Liu conducted research in the field of synthetic biology and developed methods for the predictable creation of complex regulatory systems. 

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