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FINAL CALL for Abstracts and Travel Grants, Informatics Education 2020, DUE TOMORROW!

  • 1.  FINAL CALL for Abstracts and Travel Grants, Informatics Education 2020, DUE TOMORROW!

    Posted 6 days ago
    Note deadline is tomorrow, Tuesday, January 14, for abstracts and travel grant applications!!!
    Please submit an abstract if you would like to propose a presentation, panel, or poster
    The Public Interest Technology University Network (PIT-UN) Conference on Undergraduate Informatics Education welcomes abstracts for posters, presentations, and panels. This conference, which is sponsored by the Public Interest Technology University Network, will explore how to prepare undergraduate students for careers in the public and non-profit sectors, serving the public interest, particularly in support of social justice. This 1.5-day conference will be held on the beautiful campus of The University of Texas at Austin on March 3 and 4 (peak wildflower season, and definitely no snow!). Please come join us in sunny and lively Austin!
    The conference will serve as a meeting place for educators across disciplines, uniting around a common goal and vision. The conference will help to define what undergraduate education for public interest technology looks like. The conference will also showcase how individuals affiliated with member institutions can best leverage their involvement in PIT-UN, as well as showcase the benefits of PIT-UN membership to individuals at institutions that are not yet one of the participating PIT-UN institutions. To learn more about best practices and pedagogies for undergraduate informatics education, to learn more about public interest technology, and to learn more about PIT-UN, we encourage you to attend this first meeting in a series of events sponsored by PIT-UN and what we hope will become a recurring conference.
    The conference will involve plenary and breakout sessions, including presentations, panels, and posters. We are open to any aspect of undergraduate education research or pedagogy that relates to the general theme of informatics that serves the public interest, broadly construed. We encourage you to please submit your abstract of 250-500 words here by January 14.
    Through the generous support of the Public Interest Technology University Network, we are able to offer 20 competitively selected PIT-UN travel grants to support travel to and participation in the conference. The approximate value of these travel grants is $1,000, including two nights at the AT&T Hotel and Conference Center plus a $500 stipend to partially cover airfare and local transportation (meals will be provided to everyone during the conference). This funding is prioritized for junior scholars (e.g., assistant professors, postdocs, and doctoral students/candidates), individuals from underrepresented groups, individuals affiliated with minority-serving institutions (e.g., HBCUs, HSIs, TCUs), individuals with compelling financial need, and/or other compelling reasons for needing support for attending the conference. Funding requests can be submitted here by January 14.
    The Conference is organized by Ken Fleischmann, Amelia Acker, and Eric Meyer at the UT-Austin iSchool and Pat Garcia, Casey Pierce, and Kentaro Toyama at the Michigan iSchool. The conference is funded by the Public Interest Technology University Network, the UT-Austin iSchool, and Good Systems, a UT Grand Challenge.
    Please e-mail the conference organizers at or if you have any questions or need any additional information. Hope to see you in sunny Austin, Texas in March 2020!
    Ken (on behalf of Amelia, Eric, Pat, Casey, and Kentaro)

    Kenneth R. Fleischmann, Ph.D. | Professor

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