College of Science & Engineering

Science, Mathematics, and Technology Education


a photo of Irwin Slesnick

The late Dr. Slesnick retired in 1996 after a 33-year career on Western's College of Sciences and Technology biology faculty. During his 33 years in the biology department, he profoundly impacted thousands of students and future science teachers. His vision and tireless advocacy for improving science education played a critical role in gaining approval for constructing the Science Education Building and influenced its unique design. Slesnick was instrumental in the establishment of the current SMATE program housed in the building that continues the work he started. The annual Irwin L. Slesnick STEM Education Symposium is a tribute to his memory.

Upcoming Slesnick Symposium: Friday, May 8, 2020

Symposium Canceled this year due to Coronavirus

Students, faculty, and educators from the surrounding community are invited to participate in events that will take place throughout the afternoon and evening.

Keynote Speaker: Bryan Dewsbury

Image of Bryan Dewsbury

Dr. Bryan Dewsbury, Bryan Dewsbury is an Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences and Principal Investigator of the Science Education And Society (SEAS) research program. He is also co-Principal Investigator of the University of Rhode Island MARC program. His research program studies the social context of learning in formal and informal education settings. He conducts faculty development across North America helping institutions reformat their practices toward greater inclusion and equity. He is also a fellow of the John N. Gardner Institute where he assists member institutions on the adoption of inclusive practices.


Tentative Schedule:

12:00-12:45 Welcome Lunch (SL220)

1:00-3:00 Workshop (SL220)

3:15-3:45 Concurrent Session 1 (SL230/210/240S)

4:00-4:30 Concurrent Session 2 (SL230/210/240S)

4:30-5:00 Reception (SL220)

5:00 -6:00 Keynote (SL220)


link to Support SMATE page