2021 Illinois LSAMP


Towards an Agile STEM Future during Challenging Times



The Virtual Conference That Can Catapult Your STEM Life!

In these crazy times, we know the world of STEM can be challenging. Especially when it comes to doing the work virtually. Because we want to help you stay ahead of the game, we've created this interactive, virtual conference to meet you where you are and get you the resources you'll need to navigate through all phases of college.

This will NOT be a pre-recorded live stream. This is a full on, interactive, real time virtual event!
 Get access to leaders in the world of STEM

 Discover the important differences between being a student and a professional in the STEM world

 Learn the valuable process of selecting the right mentor for you

 Make real time connections networking with faculty, staff and students from other institutions and others in the industry
 Uncover important research opportunities (both in person and virtual)
Are You Planning To Present At The Conference?
Oral and Poster Presentations will be in full force at our virtual conference! This is your opportunity to show us your research and practice the art of telling others about your work.

In the real world, you will be expected to submit things on time. So we're giving you an opportunity to show us you're ready to be a professional in the STEM industry.

The deadline for ALL Presenter materials (Abstracts & Posters) is February 17 (Deadline Extended).  So don't wait! Get your submission in TODAY!


We get it! You've got a LOT going on and most virtual events are dry and boring. We've teamed up with a top notch virtual event production company that's making sure you won't want to miss a thing at our conference.

You'll be with us 100% LIVE and "face to face."

So come with an open mind and be ready to fully participate because whether you've been to a hundred virtual events last year or this is your very first one, we know our conference will be one you won't forget!
Experience workshops and breakouts that inspire your STEM career to new levels
Oh, we didn't forget the fun! We've got LIVE Karaoke, wild music bingo and LIVE DJ spinning tunes for our entire event!
Discover the power of intentional Networking. Make real, lasting connections during our impactful networking sessions and in our just for you LinkedIn Community


This conference was specifically designed with you in mind. We've been where you are and have included the things we wish we knew that can help you avoid costly mistakes.

You'll be a part of an event that is uniquely designed to give you direct access to untapped research opportunities that often go overlooked.

Fully participating in the event will help you build a strong network and exposure to new research topics and invaluable resources.

You'll walk away with the tools to help you make a seamless transition through every phase of your eduction into the professional STEM world


When is the Virtual STEM Conference?
The 2021 ILSAMP Virtual Conference will take place over two days, Friday, February 26th from 5:00pm - 8:30pm CST and Saturday, February 27th from 9:00a.m. - 5:00p.m. CST 
What is the agenda for the 2 days?
You'll receive an outline of the event highlighting the flow of each day closer to the event. Believe us when we say you won't want to miss a minute of it.

Where is this happening?
This is a virtual event that will take place online. So you will be able to attend and participate from the comfort of your office or home.

What platform is the event hosted on/how do I log in? 
The event main stage will be hosted on Zoom. And we'll be using it in a way you may not have seen. So be sure you've updated to the most recent version before the event so you can take part in all the fun. You will receive more details via email closer to the event.

When is the last day to register?
General registration will be open until the day before the event starts (February 25).

Oral and Poster Presenters MUST be registered with all materials submitted by February 17 to be included in the competition (Deadline Extended).

We encourage all attendess to register early to ensure you can take part in all the fun that will be happening before and during the event.

I want to do an oral or poster presentation at the conference. How do I submit?

You can submit your Abstracts and Posters through this
submission form. Keep in mind, this event is different than years past in that you will not be setting up your posters in a hotel ballroom. The production team will be creating your space online and will need your submission on or before February 17 (Deadline Extended). No expections will be made for late submissions.

What equipment will I need to participate in the event?
You will need reliable internet access. Although we feel the best experience will be had from a laptop or desktop enabled with webcam and microphone, you can access any portion of the event from a tablet or smart phone.

I don't like being on video. Do I need to have my camera turned on?
Yes. This is a highly interactive conference that very closely mirrors a live, in-person event. Being present on camera for the entire conference (excluding breaks) will not only elevate your experience, but the experience of those attending with you.

What if I can't attend the whole event? Will there be a replay?
No, this is a live event. And as with most live events there are no replays. Besides, you don't want to be the only one who doesn't have an awesome story to share about your epic experience at this virtual event do you? Are we bribing you with FOMO? Yes, we are! ;)

What's the attire?
The dress code is whatever makes you the most comfortable (as long as you wear clothing...especially pants). Some may like to dress business casual, like you would for an in-person event, but sweats or PJ's are fine too. You'll have opportunities to interact and meet other attendees, faculty and STEM professionals throughout the event, so keep in mind that other people WILL see you.

Is food provided?
No, silly. This is a virtual event! :) We suggest you have snacks and water at the ready throughout the day. Lunch breaks will happen during of the event, but you may want to prep something for lunch ahead of time or plan to order take out during the event to maximize your time between the sessions. If you have a family, you may also want to prep meals for them prior to the event so you can fully engage both days.

Will there be breaks throughout the day?
Yes, each day there will be breaks for snacks, lunch and potty breaks.