Conferences and Events

African-American Children & Families Conference (COE Conferences/Events)

The College of Education at the University of Northern Iowa would like to extend an invitation for you to become an active participant by joining in collaborative efforts and sharing in educational experiences that will allow all who desire to support and empower the African community. This event evidences national honor and recognition by showcasing the work of international, national, regional, statewide as well as local scholars and practitioners. We are especially proud of the number of university and high school students who continue to share in broadening our multicultural climate. We welcome you to join in as we celebrate, honor, acknowledge and maintain African American heritage by opening new pathways of becoming career-oriented, college and citizenry ready as well as family supportive.

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Annual Graduate Student Symposium (Student Work)

The Annual Graduate Student Symposium event started in 2008. Today we celebrate the various types of research and creativity activity done within the graduate programs we offer at UNI. You will see presentations from fields as diverse as biology, creative writing, education, history, music psychology, public policy, and technology. Even within these multiple fields, the similarities become obvious as you see students addressing topics that move across traditional disciplines, making a difference in the lives of people of Iowa and across the nation. The Annual Graduate Student Symposium is coordinated by the Graduate College.

The Annual Graduate Student Symposium ceased in 2019. Graduate students are encouraged to present at the INSPIRE conference.

Programs for the past Annual Graduate Student Symposium events

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Bill and Linda Tubbs Teaching Connections (COE Conferences/Events)

The annual Bill and Linda Tubbs Teaching Connections professional development program is sponsored by the College of Education at the University of Northern Iowa. The initiative was renamed to reflect a donation by Bill and Linda Tubbs to the UNI Foundation to support the College of Education.

The professional development program is for current teacher education students, faculty and practicing teachers and school administrators along with counselors, social workers and other health professionals.

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Community Engagement Celebration Day (Community Engagement)

Many UNI faculty, staff, and students are involved in community engagement work through courses, research, student organizations and professional service. Community Engagement Celebration Day gives everyone an opportunity to showcase their community engagement work.

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Education Summit (COE Conferences/Events)

Designed for teachers, university faculty, policymakers, and other education stakeholders, UNI’s Education Summit explores the opportunities and challenges of 21st century education. The Summit features presentations, panels, and dialogue sessions led by state, regional, and national experts, including scholars and practitioners.

Programs for the past Education Summit events

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Elementary Literacy Conference (COE Conferences/Events)

The first Beginning Reading Conference, held in the spring of 1969, was intended for kindergarten and first-grade teachers and their principals. As enrollments for that first conference began pouring in, it became apparent that the room on campus reserved for this conference would not provide adequate space. Arrangements were made to hold the conference at a local hotel. Attendees were enthusiastic about the first conference, and it continued to grow and become increasingly popular with each passing year. This event grew to become one of the largest conferences held on the UNI campus for teachers throughout Iowa and the nation.

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Ethics Conference (Center for Academic Ethics)

The Ethics Conference aims to provide a forum for the exchange of ideas, research, and best practice in facilitating and supporting integrity within the classroom, schools, and college campuses. Oral, panel, and poster presentations will be offered from faculty and staff at UNI and other colleges and universities in Iowa that focus on ethics and integrity by students, faculty, and administrators in all aspects of their scholarly work.

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INSPIRE Student Research and Engagement Conference (CSBS Conferences/Events)

The INSPIRE Student Research and Engagement Conference is for undergraduate and graduate students to present their research projects and volunteer/internship experiences and club activities to the campus community. The conference is sponsored by the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Northern Iowa and the Graduate College. The conference began in 1994 as the CSBS Student Research Conference. In 2018 the conference was broadened to include engagement and is now known as the INSPIRE Student Research & Engagement Conference.

In 2021 the Annual Graduate Student Symposium sponsored by the Graduate College was incorporated into the INSPIRE conference.

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McNair Scholars Program Summer Research Symposium (McNair Scholars Program at UNI)

Every summer the McNair Scholars Program at UNI hosts a Summer Symposium for the summer research interns where students present their work.

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Open Access Week Events (Library Events)

University of Northern Iowa celebrates Open Access Week each year by hosting a variety of campus activities. Open Access (OA) advances science and improves society as a whole by having free access to information and unrestricted use of electronic resources for everyone.

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Research in the Capitol (Conferences/Events)

Research in the Capitol is a collaborative effort of the honors programs from the University of Northern Iowa, Iowa State University and the University of Iowa. In the spring of every year, the three Regents universities send 20 students to provide poster presentations of undergraduate research. The event celebrates how undergraduates learn by doing research in a variety of fields. This event is hosted by the University Honors Program, but all UNI students are eligible to participate.

To view the collection of Research in the Capitol Programs, click here.
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Science Education Update Conference (Science Education Program)

UNI Science Education offers one-day Update Conferences that feature presentations on the latest research in a discipline as well as research on innovative teaching methods and materials; informal discussions with colleagues, university faculty and secondary science teaching majors on relevant issues; and upcoming professional development opportunities at UNI.

The conference is for Iowa and middle school/junior high and high school science teachers that focuses on issues and topics relevant to teaching secondary science. The conference is a collaboration of UNI Science Education and the various UNI Science Departments including Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Earth Science. Joint morning sessions focus on relevant issues on teaching any science subject followed by afternoon breakout sessions on a variety of sessions.

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Summer Undergraduate Research Program (SURP) Symposium (CHAS Conferences/Events)

The Summer Undergraduate Research Program (SURP) is a competitive program of the College of Humanities, Arts and Sciences STEM departments – Biology, Chemistry & Biochemistry, Computer Science, Earth & Environmental Sciences, Technology, and Physics. SURP allows undergraduate students to develop their research and problem solving skills over a 10-week period. Each student works closely with a faculty mentor and is compensated for their research work. The annual SURP Symposium provides a venue for the student/faculty teams to present their projects in poster form.

To view the collection of SURP Symposium programs, click here.

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Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) at UNI (Student Work)

The Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) competition at the University of Northern Iowa began in 2021.

The Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) is an academic research communication competition developed by The University of Queensland (UQ), Australia.

UNI has been granted permission to hold an event modeled after the 3MT® event developed by The University of Queensland (UQ), Australia. The UNI competition celebrates the exciting research conducted by graduate students at the University of Northern Iowa. 3MT® cultivates students’ academic, presentation, and research communication skills. The competition supports their capacity to effectively explain their research in three minutes, in a language appropriate to a non-specialist audience.

To view the collection of the Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) at UNI Programs, click here.

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