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Midwest (U.S.) Regional Student Research Symposium

All event attendees (students, teachers, GLOBE Partners, chaperones, etc.) must register individually and sign a media release (available through the registration form). A parent/guardian MUST register their own child. 

Teachers, students, U.S. Partners, scientists and alumni from the Midwest region (OH, MI, WI, IL, IN, WI, MO, IA, MN) are invited to gather and discuss GLOBE student research projects at the fourth annual Midwest Student Research Symposium (SRS). This event will include presentations of student research, professional development for teachers, and networking and collaboration opportunities for all participants. 

Please follow this page and the SRS webpage for the most current information. If you have any questions about the research process or bringing students to the SRS, please use the SRS Teacher Hotline

Students at the Midwest SRS
Poster presentations at the Midwest SRS

Location: University of Northern Iowa, Cedar Falls, IA

Hosts: Marcy Seavey, University of Northern Iowa and Eve Halligan, Iowa Academy of Science

Tentative Agenda:

Friday, April 5

1:00 - 3:00 pm

Optional Activities for Early Birds

3:00- 5:00 pm

Registration, Poster Set-Up, Snacks, Dorm Check-in Early Bird Science Department Activities

6:00 pm


7:00 - 9:00 pm 

Ice Breaker Activities & Welcome

Saturday, April 6

8:00 - 9:00 am

Breakfast and Poster Set-up

9:00 - 9:30 am

Final Poster Set-up and Practice
9:30 - 11:30 am
  • Students/Reviewers - Poster Presentation and Project Review Rotation
  • Teachers -  Professional Development

12:00 - 1:00 pm

Lunch and Keynote

1:00 - 4:00 pm

  • Hands-on STEM Adventures for Students, Teachers and Chaperones
  • Reviewer Deliberations

4:00 - 4:45 pm


4:45 - 6:30 pm

Recognition, Evaluation and Closing

7:00 - 9:00 pm

Optional - STEM Ambassador Hosted Party - Rock Climbing, Open Gym, and Gaming at WRC w/pizza

Sunday, April 7

7:00 - 8:00 am

Breakfast (Dining Center)

9:00 am

Check out of Residence Halls by 9:00 am


Research Projects:

Student projects will be presented in a poster presentation format. Poster size should be no more than 36" by 48". All projects must use GLOBE protocols or GLOBE data, and data collected should be entered in the GLOBE Database. If you have questions about data entry, please contact your cooperating Partnership. 

For more information on the poster review process, see the SRS Rubrics.


Participants will stay on campus in the University of Northern Iowa Towers Residence Hall. Bedding and towels are provided.

A map of the campus is available here

Participant Travel Support:

Teachers may apply for travel funding support by completing the Funding Application by February 1, 2019. For more information and eligibility, please see the SRS Logistics page. 

Lodging accommodations for Friday and Saturday night (with an option for Thursday night for groups traveling over 4 hours) will be provided for sponsored teachers and students. Dinner Friday, Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner on Saturday, and Breakfast on Sunday will be provided for all participants. 



What should I wear?

Presentation day (Saturday) is business casual. For other days, wear regular school clothing. 

Should students bring spending money?

Meals during the event will be provided to all participants. If your team is funded through GLOBE, meals during travel will be covered as well. Students are welcome to bring money for other incidentals, but it is not necessary. 

Event Topics: Science Symposia and Fairs type: globe-events

Events origin: United States of America