Information for Authors

Submission tips and guidelines

Regardless of paper or presentation format, an abstract of approximately 200-500 words must be submitted electronically through the ASEE-NE 2021 conference paper submission system by the deadline of August 13, 2021. The abstract should contain enough details on the topic of discussion, methodologies, preliminary results (if any) and expected outcomes to facilitate informed review of the abstract.  Authors of each accepted abstract will have the opportunity to submit a full paper draft by the September 10th deadline. Abstracts and papers will be double-blind peer-reviewed.

Questions regarding the abstract or paper submission can be directed to the conference co-chairs, John McNeill ( and George Pins (


  • If the paper is a “Work-in-Progress”, please include that in the title.
  • To facilitate the double-blind review process, please remember to remove all identifying information (author names, agencies, universities, etc)

“Review to Publish/Present”

ASEE-NE 2021 is a “Review to Publish/Present” conference, and requires the support of its authors in the reviewing process at both the abstract and manuscript stages. Abstracts for review will be assigned August 13 and are due no later than August 20. Blind manuscript reviews will be assigned September 10 and are due no later than September 24.

Formal Paper

Full-length manuscripts presenting information about how a faculty member, administrator, advisor, or team has developed and implemented novel research or practice across the breadth of topics of interest to conference participants. In the final paper authors should describe any connecting relationship between research and practice, what results have been obtained to support their findings, and possible direction for future work.

Work-in-Progress Paper

A Work-in-Progress submission shares current research and/or implementation that is not yet completed.  This venue provides authors the opportunity to engage in discussion with other conference attendees to gain feedback on their work and find potential collaborators.  The first sentence of the abstract should indicate that it is an abstract for a work-in-progress paper.

Student Papers

Work is mainly conducted by undergraduate / graduate student(s) in collaboration with a faculty advisor. The final manuscript of each accepted paper will list a student as the lead author and faculty advisor as a co-author. Each student presenter must register for the conference.  Only the papers presented by the student authors / co-authors are eligible for student paper awards.

A Note on Student Work:  ASEE-NE has traditionally been a prominent venue for presentation of student project work, especially capstone projects.  At the conference’s traditional April date, capstone projects are usually at or near completion.  Given the move to October necessitated by COVID, expectations of project completion are relaxed for ASEE-NE 2021:  Student capstone project papers/posters are encouraged even if the emphasis is on earlier aspects of the project process, such as: project definition, appropriate scope, project impact for community stakeholders, preliminary results, etc.

Presentation Formats


Traditional research presentations and will occur during the technical sessions. This format gives authors an opportunity to provide a detailed overview of a research project or curricular innovation. Up to six papers will be grouped thematically in technical sessions lasting 90 minutes, giving each work a total of about 15-20 minutes for presentation and Q&A.

Lightning Talk:  

Authors provide a two-slide overview of their work in five minutes or less.  Talks will be grouped thematically, followed by open time in session for discussion with and feedback from the attendees. 


The poster session format gives authors a large format venue to present their work.  A poster may be associated with a paper to be published in the conference proceedings, or may be presented without a paper.  Authors are expected to stand near their poster for the entire session to engage with poster session attendees.

Workshop, Panel and Special Sessions

Proposals are encouraged for sessions in the areas listed for paper submissions.  Persons wishing to organize a session should contact the Program Chair via email to describe their intent to submit a session proposal AND submit an abstract as described below: 

  1. Workshop Sessions may be proposed in any of the areas listed for paper submissions on the Call for Papers. The abstract must include the following: workshop title, objective, description, speakers/facilitators, intended audience (e.g. students, faculty, K-12 educators, etc.) and estimated number of participants.  Workshop sessions will be Thursday afternoon on the first day of the conference, prior to the Welcome Reception.  Suggested workshop time frame is 90 minutes.
  2. Panels and Special Sessions may be proposed in any of the areas listed for paper submissions.  These will be scheduled in the paper presentation session time slots on Friday or Saturday morning; however no paper as such is expected.  An abstract describing the session is required, and must include description of the topic of the panel, format for the panel session, and proposed panelists.  Panel special session time frame should fit in the 90 minutes of the Friday / Saturday session time blocks.