Science Education Conference Awards (SECAs)

As part of the Office of Science Education mandate to promote an evidence-based approach to teaching and learning in the Faculty of Science, we are offering up to 10 annual conference awards to students, staff and faculty. The awards will support all those in the Faculty of Science who would like to participate in scholarly exchange related to science education at the local, national or international level.

Suitable conferences take place between May 1, 2021 and April 30, 2022 and have a focus on teaching and learning (e.g., AAC&U Transforming STEM Higher Education) or have one stream devoted to education (e.g., Education events at the American Geophysical Union Conference).
Virtual conferences are also eligible.

Amount: Up to $2,000

Deadline: March 1, 2021

Eligible costs*

  • Registration fees
  • Transportation
  • Hotel/Lodging
  • Meals not included in cost of the conference
  • Materials required for conference (e.g., poster, handouts)

*If you are applying for a virtual conference, registration fees are likely the only cost to be considered eligible. For in-person conferences, the complete list of eligible costs applies.

Expectations of recipients

  • Be a McGill student, staff member or instructor at the time of the conference you are applying to attend.
  • Participate fully in the conference by attending sessions and/or presenting.
  • If presenting, provide final abstract for the OSE website.
  • Upon return from the conference, share ideas and experience with the McGill community (could be a presentation to home department and/or at an OSE event).
  • Participate in an evaluation of the SECA program (a follow-up survey and/or interview).

How to apply

  1. Please submit a signed copy of the application form to ose [at] mcgill.ca (subject: SECA%20application) by March 1, 2021.
  2. Please include “SECA application” in the subject heading of your email.

Selection process

Applicants’ letters will be read by the SECA Selection Committee, which consists of a mix of students, faculty and staff from the Faculty of Science including the Director of the Office of Science Education. Candidates are selected based on three criteria: 1) degree of interest in evidence-based science education; 2) willingness to share experience upon return from the conference; and 3) representation of a variety of departments and units from the Faculty of Science.

All applicants will be notified at the beginning of April.

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