UF Online Hosts STEMPowered Conference

Event Overview:

University of Florida Online hosts and invites faculty from the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) to the first State University System of Florida Symposium and Showcase, featuring frank engagement and exchange of ideas on the future of STEM Courses and Labs for undergraduate students.

Join us as we discuss how to ensure the wise integration of EdTech in STEM. Be part of lively discussions among faculty across the system and enjoy the conference’s many offerings, including captivating speakers, engaging panels, and a poster session.

Call for Proposals:

We welcome proposals from faculty, both tenure and non-tenure track, from every STEM field across the State University System of Florida. Proposals are encouraged from faculty who have already amplified the engagement and learning in their classrooms and/or labs using some form of educational, interactive technology.

Presentations can be 10-20 minutes and highlight their course or lab innovation, its impact on learning outcomes, and the lessons learned in the process of integrating technology into STEM undergraduate courses and/or labs, including courses offered in the following modalities: face-to-face, hybrid, completely via digital pathways, and any options in between. Presentations must target a faculty, peer audience by discipline, be visually interesting but discrete in presentation length in order to ensure adequate time for faculty questions, dialogue, and discussion in each session.

Additionally, we welcome poster presentations featuring an innovative application of technology to the STEM undergraduate classroom, curriculum, or lab delivery method or design.

If you are interested in presenting at STEMPowered, please submit a proposal through our online portal. You will need to create an account by registering as a new user. Once you are logged in, click on Submit an Abstract and follow the prompts as directed. Please review our submission instructions and requirements carefully before submitting. Proposals are currently being accepted for both oral and poster presentations. All proposals must be submitted by August 20, 2018. Individuals selected will be notified by August 25, 2018.

Please note that presenters will not be responsible for the conference registration fee. If you wish to present, please submit a proposal and await further communication regarding registration. Decisions will be communicated by August 25, 2018.

If you have any questions, please reach out to Ms. Florencia Otegui via email at or by phone at (352) 273-4478.

Tentative Agenda:

Please note that all of the time slots include the secondary option to visit exploration tables.

9:00 – 9:15 am
  • Kickoff and Welcome
9:15 – 10:00 am
  • Keynote Speaker
10:00 – 10:15 am
  • Framing Overview: Today’s Sessions
  • Faculty perspectives by discipline
  • Exploration Tables available all day
  • Closing plenary discussion on issues that cut across disciplines
  • Networking Reception and Poster Session

Faculty Perspective Breakout Sessions and Exploration Tables Follow

*Final breakout session disciplines TBD*

10:30 am – 12:00 pm
  • Breakout Session One
  • Visit Faculty and Vendor Exploration Tables
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
  • Lunch (provided)
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
  • Breakout Session Two
  • Visit Exploration Tables
2:00 pm – 2:10 pm
  • Break
  • Visit Exploration Tables
2:15 – 3:15 pm
  • Breakout Session Three
  • Visit Exploration Tables
3:30pm – 4:30pm
  • Panel and Audience Q&A
5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
  • Networking and Poster Reception
    (light food provided)
  • Visit Exploration Tables

Please note that all of the time slots include the secondary option to visit exploration tables.

8:00 am – 9:00 am
  • Continental Breakfast
  • Visit Exploration Tables
9:30 am – 10:30am
  • Breakout Session Four
10:35am – 10:55am
  • Break
  • Visit Exploration Tables
11:00am – 12:00pm
  • Faculty Round Table: Cross Discipline Intersections:
    Facilitated by: Emma Brady
  • Visit Exploration Tables
12:05pm – 12:15pm
  • Closing Remarks/End of Conference

The work required for online courses can take a variety of forms such as lectures, discussion boards, reading, interactive labs, group projects, problem sets, research papers and recorded presentations. In general, you should allot three to four hours of work per week for every credit. Therefore, for an average course load of 12 credits per semester, students should schedule 36 to 48 hours of study time per week.

Here are some suggestions to help manage your coursework.

  • At the start of each term, read the calendar and syllabus for each course you’re enrolled in to understand:
    • the work required for the course
    • assignment and exam deadlines
  • Plot out your coursework in your calendar.
    • Set specific times to work on course materials.
    • Give yourself time to absorb the content; shorter, more frequent study sessions will improve comprehension (and stress levels) than one massive study session per week.


Dr. Brian Caffo
Professor, Johns Hopkins University, Department of Biostatistics

Keynote Speaker:

Brian Caffo, Ph.D., received his doctorate in statistics from the University of Florida in 2001 before joining the faculty at the Johns Hopkins Department of Biostatistics, where he became a full professor in 2013. He has pursued research in statistical computing, generalized linear mixed models, neuroimaging, functional magnetic resonance imaging, image processing and the analysis of big data. He created and led a team that won the ADHD-200 prediction competition. He was the recipient the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientist and Engineers, the highest award given by the U.S. government for early career researchers in STEM fields. He co-created and co-directs the SMART group focusing on statistical methodology for biological signals as well as the JHU Data Science Lab. He also co-created and co-directs the Data Science Specialization, a popular 10-course mini-degree on data analysis and computing, as well as other massive open online programs and courses. Dr. Caffo was the director of admissions and the graduate programs in Biostatistics and is the recipient of the Golden Apple teaching award and AMTRA mentoring awards.

Dr. Brian Harfe
Associate Dean, University of Florida, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Keynote Speaker:

Dr. Brian Harfe earned a B.S. (honors) degree from the University of Glasgow, Scotland, followed by a Ph.D. in developmental biology from The Johns Hopkins University. After completing his Ph.D., he held postdoctoral positions at Emory University and Harvard Medical School. Currently, he is a Professor in the UF College of Medicine, Associate Dean of Research (ADR) and Associate Dean for the Natural Sciences and Mathematics in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, and Assistant Provost for Teaching and Technology in the Office of the Provost. He is responsible for all research, online activities, and the seven science departments in the UF College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Projects in the Harfe laboratory include investigating limb and intervertebral disc development using the mouse and chick model systems. He has published over 100 papers, which have been cited more than 14,000 times (h-index 60, i10-index 90). His research has been funded by both private and public agencies. Dr. Harfe teaches graduate, medical, and undergraduate students and has received numerous teaching awards.