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2021 Summer Meeting Overview

What You Need to Know

  • The 2021 Summer Meeting is completely virtual.
  • Takes place from Tuesday, June 15th to Thursday, June 17th, 12 to 4 pm EDT each day.
  • You must register to participate—link below!
  • Check out the Summer of SEISMIC page for more summer activities!
  • Order your SEISMIC swag here by May 24!
  • Schedule and session details are below.  More details will be added as we get closer to the event.


The Theme: Reimagining Our Collective Impact

For this meeting, SEISMIC has several goals:

  • Promote information sharing and collaboration across Working Groups.
  • Bring community together around central questions for the collaboration.
  • Provide opportunities for SEISMIC colleagues to connect formally and informally.

Synchronous Schedule (12 – 4 pm EDT each day)

We encourage current SEISMIC members and those affiliated with SEISMIC institutions to register for our Summer Meeting. Zoom link will be provided to those who register.

The sessions listed as “SEISMIC-only” below are for anyone affiliated with a SEISMIC institution. The sessions listed as “open to public” are for anyone interested.

Day 1 –
Tuesday, June 15th

12 – 1:30 pm: Theme Session (SEISMIC-only)

The Theme Session will feature updates on current Theme activities, provide some visioning for the Summer Meeting and for the next year of SEISMIC, and prompt reflection on the connections and distinctions between our Working Groups.

1:30 – 2 pm: Networking Break (SEISMIC-only)

  • Breakout Room 1: Connect with our SEISMIC Theme
  • Breakout Room 2: Graduate Student Meetup

2 – 3:30 pm: Constructs Working Group (open to the public)

The Constructs WG will be sharing lightning talks on their projects, followed by a facilitated discussion.

3:30 – 4 pm: Networking Break (SEISMIC-only)

  • Breakout Room 1: Early Career Meetup
  • Breakout Room 2: Informal Social Time

Day 2 –
Wednesday, June 16th

12 – 1:30 pm: Implementing Change Working Group (SEISMIC-only)

The Implementing Change WG will be presenting short updates on past projects and new projects, followed by activities to engage the collaboration in visioning for SEISMIC.

1:30 – 2 pm: Networking Break (SEISMIC-only)

  • Breakout Room 1: Connect with Implementing Change Projects
  • Breakout Room 2: Informal Social Time

2 – 3:30 pm: Measurement Working Group (open to the public)

The Measurement WG will have selected project updates and an external speaker—Dr. Steven Yearley from the University of Edinburgh—with comments from Sabrina Solanki and Susan Cheng.

3:30 – 4 pm: Networking Break (SEISMIC-only)

  • Breakout Room 1: Q&A with Steve Yearley
  • Breakout Room 2: Informal Social Time
  • Breakout Room 3: SEISMIC Scholars Intro Session (only for SEISMIC Scholars)

Day 3 –
Thursday, June 17th (UPDATED)

12 – 1:30 pm: Student Panel (open to the public)

The Student Panel will have three different question topics:

1. COVID Impact & Classroom Experiences
2. Assessments & Grading
3. SEISMIC Moving Forward

There will be time at the end for questions.  Please submit questions you have for the panel beforehand here.

1:30 – 2:30 pm: Addressing Our Collective Harm (SEISMIC-only)

  • Facilitated discussion on how SEISMIC can address its collective harm and create a more inclusive collaboration.

2:30 – 3:30 pm: Experiments Working Group (open to the public)

The Experiments WG will be sharing lightning talks on their projects and presenting a new model for instructor engagement with SEISMIC coordinated experiments.

3:30 – 4 pm: Networking Break (SEISMIC-only)

  • Informal Social Time

Working Group Discussions

Each Working Group will present an interactive 90-minute whole group session at the Summer Meeting.  These group sessions will be engaging and interactive, and they will also intentionally leverage expertise across the collaboration in order to promote each Working Group’s future work.

The majority of the time will focus on a central topic or issue for the Working Group. Breakout rooms may be used to encourage small group discussion; these sessions will prompt attendees to think about how they can engage with the given topic or issue in their own work.

Theme Session

Our 2 theme leaders will facilitate a 90-minute session on collaboration-wide activities.

Student Panel(s)

In this meeting we will incorporate student panels to elevate student voices and experiences.  This is a great opportunity for our collaboration members to learn from students.  Below are our five student panelists!

Cindy Duong

University of California, Irvine


Major(s): Pharmaceutical Sciences
Summer Hobbies: Hiking, baking, biking, and gardening

Ritu Gangadhara

Indiana University


Major(s): Neuroscience and Psychology
Summer Hobbies: Painting, reading fiction, and running

Franchesca Inay

University of Pittsburgh


Major(s): Neuroscience and pre-med track
Summer hobbies: Helping my university’s health sciences library as a video captioning assistant, exploring new states with my family, and staying active through hiking/weightlifting/interval training 🙂

Anna Rickabaugh

University of Pittsburgh


Major(s): Computational Biology
Summer hobbies: Gardening, fishing, and geocaching

Shubhi Sinha

Indiana University, Bloomington


Major(s): Molecular & Cellular Biology and Neuroscience
Summer hobbies: Graphic design, digital illustration, and hiking!

Networking Break

These 30-minute blocks of time are for collaboration members connect formally and informally around various topics of interest.  More information will be shared closer to the event.