Extended Deadline! Abstracts Now Due September 25

Held each year during the SHPE National Convention, the Engineering Science Symposium showcases the excellent STEM research conducted by SHPE students and faculty members.

With both oral and poster presentations, the Symposium unveils some of the most exciting advancements in engineering and science. Nearly 80 SHPE members offer oral presentations on research from fields including Materials Science and Engineering, Mechanics of Materials and Fluids, Biomedical and Bioengineering, Agricultural, Civil, Environmental and Biological Engineering, Applied Physics, and Electrical and Computer Engineering. The sessions will emphasize Engineering Grand Challenges such as: Enhancing Biological Systems, Human Health, and Human Safety, Modernization of the Automated and Built Environment, and Revolutions for the Natural Environment. Poster presentations cover a range of research topics, from environmental projects to biomedical engineering solutions. Cash prizes up to $1000 are awarded to the winners.

Participants selected to present during the Engineering Science Symposium at the 2019 SHPE National Convention will be eligible for a $100 reimbursement of their registration costs. Participants must be present on-site and fulfill all presentation requirements to receive the $100 reimbursement. Reimbursements will be processed to the credit card on file after November 15, but before November 30, 2019.

The best student presentation in each session will be awarded monetary prizes.

Important Deadlines

Abstract Submission: September 25, 2019
Notification of Acceptance: Monday, September 28, 2019
Symposium: Friday, November 1, 2019

For more information about the symposium, advice for preparing abstracts, FAQs, and to submit your abstract now, visit the Engineering Science Symposium application page.

If you have additional questions after visiting the application page, please email [email protected].

Participation Eligibility


Faculty members and research scientists invited to present submit electronically (see link above)


Approximately 70% of the Symposia presentations will be by students.
Students must satisfy the following eligibility requirements:

Must be a SHPE Member

Must be enrolled as a graduate or undergraduate student in Fall 2019

nThe topic of the oral and poster presentations must be new technology or discoveries in Science, Technology, Engineering, and/or Mathematics (STEM)

Presenting students must attend events on Thursday, October 31 at the SHPE conference including the Distinguished Lecture Series and the Graduate Program appropriate to their degree program

Contribute to the SHPE mission of changing lives by empowering the Hispanic community to realize its fullest potential and to impact the world through STEM awareness, access, support and development

Participation Guidelines


Abstract submission is performed electronically by the date specified above. An abstract is a short (800-word max) description of the work performed including a statement of significance, methods, results (quantitative) and discussion and conclusions. The abstract instructions provide additional hints/advice on creating a competitive abstract. Abstracts may be based on work performed at any time prior to the abstract due date AND within the year of the SHPE Conference. A committee of faculty reviewers will judge abstracts and only students with the highest scoring abstracts will receive an invitation to present at the SHPE Conference.


Students interested in participating in the Research Paper presentations must submit an abstract for the Symposium. Selected participants for the research oral presentations will prepare a 10min talk with 5min for questions. Audio/Visual will be provided. Please bring your own laptop. No written paper is required.


Students interested in participating in the Research Poster presentations must submit an abstract. Selected presenters in the research poster session must bring a poster to the SHPE meeting and stand by it to answer questions during the Symposia poster session Friday evening. No written paper is required.


There is no limit to the number of abstracts an individual may submit. There is no limit to the number of co-authors in a single abstract (some co-authors may be faculty advisors/mentors). The first and presenting author must meet eligibility requirements and is the only author eligible for conference registration fee support and/or prizes.


Abstracts will be reviewed and judged by a committee based on the following criteria:

  • Importance of work to technology and/or science is stated or explained
  • Originality of the abstract (i.e. this is a novel investigation)
  • Quantitative results are presented in the abstract
  • Completeness (i.e. the results address the research question, no “will be completed”)
  • The conclusions of the study are stated


The Presenting Students who attend both the Thursday and Friday programming will receive $100 off conference registration (or reimbursement if they have already registered).

The best student presentation in each session will be awarded monetary prizes.

Please direct any questions to the ESS Chair

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