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About the Educational Access Conference

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The 2015 Educational Access Conference will focus on how the integration of the arts in STEM (STEAM) contributes to preparing P-16 students for career success.

The conference will:

1. Provide state of art information on useful strategies to emphasize STEAM in P-16 academic curricula

2. Demonstrate how Common Core State Standards align with the Integration of STEM and the arts

3. Strengthen the awareness of higher education and public school administrators, faculty, students, community, and policy-makers awareness about the impact integrating arts have in STEM education in Arkansas’ P-16 school settings

4. Facilitate discussion and enhance networking among Arkansas and regional educators (P-16) and employers on preparing the next generation for state, national, and global competitiveness

5. Increase faculty’s collaboration in STEAM activities that will identify and promote the development of highly qualified preservice teachers who will integrate the arts across STEM and other content areas

6. Serve as a clearinghouse for evidence based strategies in developing and supporting STEM engagement by P-16 students and STEM baccalaureate majors as they pursue life-long careers in science, technology, engineering, and/or mathematics

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Why You Should Attend

  • Gain access to current STEAM information and trends
  • Share evidence-based research activities
  • Acquire STEAM strategies to engage P-16 students
  • Explore applications of STEAM research
  • Earn Continuing Education credits
  • Network with other Educators, Employers, Communities, and Policymakers

Contact Us

(870) 575-7008 or 8275

The University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff is accredited by
The Higher Learning Commission: Member
North Central Association
30 N. LaSelle, Suite 2400
Chicago, Illinois 60602-2504
1-800-621-7440/Fax 312-263-7462

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Call for Papers & Posters

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The Mary E. Benjamin Conference for Educational Access (MEBC) invites you to submit an abstract for a workshop or poster presentation at the MEBC to be held at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff, Pine Bluff, Arkansas, Wednesday, April 22, 2015. We are seeking high-quality papers or posters that address STEAM areas; science, technology, engineering, arts (visual and performing), and/or mathematics. Abstracts should describe or list strategies, evidence-based research, and/or activities to engage P-16 students in one or more STEAM areas. We also welcome presentations that integrate other content areas with STEAM.

Selection of Presentations:

All abstracts are peer-reviewed based upon the following criteria:
  • Relevance to the theme “Integrating the Arts in STEM (STEAM): Preparing P-16 Students for Career Success”
  • Use of best practice(s) and/or how-to strategies for P-16 students for using the arts to empower STEAM
  • Evidence of background knowledge needed to present on the theme

Submitting an Abstract:

Workshop - one page that summarizes entire presentation with bibliography of the research basis
Poster - description of poster content and research basis
Number of Submissions - maximum of two abstracts, either as a main presenter or co-presenter.
Use of Vendor Materials - indicate the name of the vendor
Special Note-use of acronyms, all CAPS (or all lower case) for names, affiliations, addresses, titles or descriptions not acceptable
Presenters (workshop or poster) - submission of a brief bio, resume, or curriculum vita

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Selected Presentations:

  • Speaker Registration Fee - $75.00 (includes the conference and speaker registration, snacks and luncheon meal)
  • Student Presenter Registration Fee - $40.00 (includes the conference and speaker registration, snacks and luncheon meal)
  • Responsible for other MEBC related expenses, including travel, lodging and meals other than the luncheon

If you have any questions, please direct them to:

Dr. Grant Wangila (

Dr. Elizabeth Wells (

Dr. Vera Lang-Brown (


Deadlines: 5:00 PM CST, Friday, March 20, 2015 to

Final decisions - Tuesday, March 24, 2015
Notification via email - Thursday, March 26, 2015

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Registration & Logistics

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  • General Participants & Presenters: $75.00

  • *Vendors: $200.00

  • Students: $40.00

You may download, print and fill out the registration form here. Please return form with your Registration Fee by April 15, 2015

Registration Fee for general participants & presenters ($75), and students ($40) includes all conference materials, breakfast, luncheon and refreshments

*Registration Fee for vendors ($200) includes payment for two representatives from your school, business or company, a table and two chairs set-up by the conference, luncheon and refreshments. The representatives are responsible for other conference-related expenses including travel, lodging and meals other than the luncheon and refreshments. The set-up will be in the Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics (STEM) Academic and Conference Center.

Please return the registration form with your Registration Fee to:
School of Education
Educational Access Registration Committee
1200 North University Drive, Mail Slot 4927
Pine Bluff, Arkansas 71601

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STEM Conference Center

Location: University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff Campus
Corner or Watson Blvd and L.A. "Prexy" Davis Drive

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