The SHPEtinas: Igniting Latinas in STEM Conference is part of the national SHPEtinas program and it strives to accelerate Latina representation at all levels of corporate and academic leadership in STEM while affirming Latina identity. The SHPEtinas conference hosts Latinas and Latinos at all levels of their educational and professional journey as well as academia and advisors. The goal of the SHPEtinas Conference is to:

  • Provide workshops that support Latina’s technical and leadership development and equip them with the tools they need to succeed
  • Host events where the SHPE familia can come together to engage openly in candid conversations about gender representation and advancement
  • Celebrate and highlight SHPEtinas’ technical achievements in the workforce and academia, what they are doing to move the needle, support advancements in their fields and communities and shake up the status quo

The 2018 SHPEtinas: Igniting Latinas in STEM Conference is the biggest SHPEtinas program yet! It has been thoughtfully designed to provide a 3-day impactful experience and is bigger than ever with 12 separate events and workshops crafted around the theme “STEM Movers & Shakers.”

On Thursday, Accenture will kick-off the SHPEtinas Conference hosting the SHPEtinas Leader Breakfast followed by the multi-industry panel which has become a SHPEtinas Conference staple. Intel will host and inspire SHPEtinas at the Latina Luncheon followed by the SHPEtinas program workshops co-sponsored by Lockheed Martin Corporation and BP! In the afternoon there will be 4 workshops addressing confident public speaking, personal branding, the first 100 days and work-life balance. We will close of the day mingling and making new connections at the SHPEtinas Networking Social hosted by the National Security Agency.

On Friday, we open with the Spotlight Series. Five Latinas will present in TED Talk fashion sharing their breakthrough roles, research and/or innovation and the ways their work is impacting the world. In the afternoon, in a joint effort with the Tech & Innovation Conference, explore the captivating world of Machine Learning and how you can be part of the journey with Google.

On Saturday we will have the first ever Power-Up Social hosted by America’s NAVY. SHPEtinas will practice their power poses, elevator pitches, grab a snack and boost their confidence to tackle the career fair!

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 2018

The 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 Nov. 8 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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