2021 SHPE National Convention

  • Orange County Convention Center
  • Orlando, Florida

Academic Conference

The Academic Conference hosts students and faculty at all levels of higher education. Participants include undergraduate students from both community colleges and four-year institutions, graduate students, advisors, faculty, and administrators. Participants gain valuable resources and networking opportunities. They discover best-practices, find career opportunities, discover funding resources, and learn both the opportunities and challenges Hispanics face while earning STEM degrees and entering the STEM workforce.

The Academic Conference is composed of five unique tracks tailored to address the particular needs of its respective audience as well as highlight innovative teaching and learning.


The Advisor Track includes multiple sessions that focus on presenting the value proposition that student chapter advisors offer the SHPE organization and their member institutions of higher learning.

The sessions provide opportunities for collaboration across institutions, sharing ideas for valuation of advisor engagement, and motivational strategies to increase and develop advisor participation at the local, regional, and national levels.

Goals for the Advisor Track include:

  • Sharing the collective advisors’ national pulse to build a community of support
  • Initiate conversations with the SHPE Board and institutions across the country to improve advisor-stakeholder interaction
  • Highlight the value that advisors bring to their institutions for increased recognition and resources
  • Further develop the skills needed to mentor and lead student organizations
  • Discuss topics that advance the career development goals and career paths of faculty and staff advisors

The exchange of ideas during this important track promotes the value that each advisor brings to the table, which is reflected in the positive outcomes of their student body and increases in students’ success rates.

Community College

SHPE recognizes that Community College needs are unique. Participants are provided with resources specific to community college participants through two sessions and a Coffee and Cookies networking session.

All sessions help prepare Community College students to function in today’s transformation driven culture while getting them focused upon building their personal network and recognize that Community College students must Make Their Own Magic.

Join us and learn how to:

  • Start Your Network
  • Expand Your Network
  • Position Yourself as a Superior Candidate
  • Practice Your Networking
  • Strengthen Motivation to Transfer to University

Sessions include:

Make Your Own Magic – Get Inspired
A panel of SHPE young professionals who attended Community College during their educational journey will address the double transition that Community College students face: College to University and University to Job and emphasize the importance of building your network.

Make Your Own Magic – Create the Tools
Attendees will each become a Wizard at Networking, building the skills needed to position yourself as a superior candidate.

Make Your Own Magic – Practice Your Spells
The signature “Cookies and Coffee Break” with professionals who have been through Community College as part of their educational journey are available to network with Community College attendees. This is a TICKETED EVENT, limited spaces!


The Graduate Track invites attendees at undergraduate and graduate student levels as well as working professionals interested in pursuing an advanced degree. Alongside our academic and industry sponsors, we aim to increase awareness for graduate education and subsequent careers available.

Participants interested in a graduate degree can identify graduate degree programs and opportunities for successful placement, as well as establish networking relationships with colleagues and graduate program representatives.

Graduate student participants learn to develop relationships with academic and industry professionals as well as identify and plan for postgraduate career opportunities through workshops and access to the Advanced Degree Hospitality Suite.

Thursday, November 11 | 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
The Advanced Degree Hospitality Suite features exclusive access to academic institutions looking for potential graduate students for both master’s and doctoral programs, as well as academic, industry, and national laboratories interested in hiring students in graduate programs for internships, full-time and postdoctoral positions.

Friday, November 12 | 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
The Graduate Review Writing Room offers critical support in developing graduate school and career materials with one-one-one feedback from faculty, postdocs, and current graduate students. Sign-up now!

Sponsored by Exponent
For the first time ever, we are hosting a 3-minute thesis competition! Come showcase your research efforts, while enhancing your communication skills. This is a great opportunity to connect with our industry, government, and academic partners who are offering employment opportunities. Participants will submit their presentations online three weeks prior to convention. Our judges will rank the presentations, and the finalists will give their presentation in person during our Advanced Degrees Hospitality Suite.


  • First: Dayane Oliveira, UC Davis
  • Second: Adriana Mulero-Russe, Georgia Tech
  • Third: Domllermut Alamo, University of North Texas

    Please check out the Engineering Science Symposium for an additional opportunity to present your research and compete for prizes.

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    Promoting an inclusive environment that recognizes intersectional identities, the Inclusion Track encourages individual authenticity, and fosters allyship and connection among individuals. We accomplish this by sharing knowledge to foster the intentional inclusion of everyone, by infusing the principles of inclusion to build trust, instill psychological safety, and invite authenticity, and by offering opportunities for people with shared dimensions of identity to build lasting bonds.

    This track enhances attendees’ toolbox of skills by improving their understanding of the challenges faced by various communities present within the SHPE Familia (such as Afro-Latin, First Gen Students and Professionals, Individuals with Disabilities, LatinAsian, LGBTQ, Veterans, and Women) and offering actionable ways to be more inclusive with every action.

    Through the various sessions featuring thought leaders in the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) space, we'll show you how this is as easy as A-B-C - Awareness, Belonging, and Connection!


    The Undergraduate Track provides participants with diverse learning experiences to support them successfully transitioning into the STEM workforce. This track will incorporate all three pillars of the LeaderSHPE Model: Community, Organizational, and Personal Leadership. Session topics focus on leadership, technical skills, business acumen, and diversity and inclusion. These topics provide a solid foundation for launching their careers.