Association for Biology Laboratory Education

ABLE Mini Workshops

40th Annual Workshop/Conference
The Ohio State University
Colombus, OH, USA
June 19-22, 2018

Application Deadline: 15 March 2018

We invite participants to submit a proposal to present a mini workshop at the 40th annual meeting of the Association for Biology Laboratory Education (ABLE). Mini workshops may be 45 or 90 minutes in length and some mini workshops may be presented twice. Mini workshops are given to present novel curricular approaches to teaching biology. They are not strictly limited to presentations about teaching in a laboratory setting. They may be presented as a lecture, demonstration, computer laboratory, or hands-on wet-lab activity. All the mini-workshop presentations include some audience participation and discussion.

The mini workshop submission deadline is March 15. A decision on provisional acceptance is made within 2 weeks of the deadline and a notification letter sent shortly thereafter. Please submit early and email a request for expedited review to the mini workshop chair, if you need an early decision to facilitate funding. Final acceptance is contingent on the primary presenter’s paid conference registration by May 1.

Presenters supply much of their own materials, including handouts, and are responsible for all conference and travel costs. The host will provide general lab equipment, such as glassware, and some help with laboratory supplies. Requests for laboratory supplies provided by the host institution need to be clearly described in your application below.  Please contact the conference host if you have questions regarding equipment or supplies. The first author, or designated author, of each mini workshop presentation will be mailed a $50 honorarium after completion of the workshop. The conference program and registration form is announced each year on the conference website around March 1. Additional information may be obtained by contacting the conference host.

Please fill out and submit the mini workshop application form below. Information is sent directly to the mini workshop committee members. Applicants receive a web page confirmation that it was successfully sent; please keep a copy of it for your records.

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Members of the 2018 Mini Workshop Committee are: Mindy McCarville (Chair;, Sylvie Bardin, Joe Newsome, and Marcy Darby.