• 2017 NCSSS Student Research Conference

    The Center of Mass STEM Education

    -Conference is full for 2017!_

  • June 8-11

    Worcester Polytechnic Institute

    Worcester Polytechnic Institute and the Massachusetts Academy of Math and Science at WPI is proud to host the 2017 NCSSS Student Research Conference. Join us on the WPI campus in Worcester, MA, , with a special excursion planned to show you all Boston has to offer.

    Worcester, MA

    Experience the beautiful WPI campus as we stay in their residence halls, enjoy meals, engage in their cutting-edge research facilities, and participate in

    TouchTomorrow, an interactive festival celebrating space, science, technology and robots. The festival, now in its sixth year, and typically drawing crowds of 8,000 - 10,000 strong, is composed of hands -on exhibits and activities focused on our scientific and technological future.


    Worcester, MA

    Present your research in a poster session at the Massachusetts Academy of Math and Science. Learn from and collaborate with peers from schools like yours!

    Boston Museum of Science

    Boston Museum of Science

    In 1830, six men interested in natural history established the Boston Society of Natural History, an organization through which they could pursue their common scientific interests. Devoted to collecting and studying natural history specimens, the society displayed its collections in numerous temporary facilities until 1864, when it opened the New England Museum of Natural History at the corner of Berkeley and Boylston Streets in Boston's Back Bay. That museum is now known worldwide as the Museum of Science, Boston. One of the world's largest science centers and Boston's most attended cultural institution, the Museum attracts approximately 1.5 million visitors a year through its vibrant programs and 700 interactive exhibits.

  • Location

    Worcester, MA

    Worcester, Massachusetts will serve as the center of this year's NCSSS Student Research Conference, visible from our home-base of Worcester Polytechnic Institute. Saturday night will be spent exploring the great city of Boston, Massachusetts, with dinner at the historic Faneuil Hall Marketplace, a walk on the Freedom Trail, and an evening at the Boston Museum of Science, culminating with a laser show in the planetarium.

  • Lab Visit: IMGD WPI Labs

    Within WPI’s Interactive Media & Game Development (IMGD) program are passionate gamers who are also artists, programmers, storytellers, musicians, and explorers. Trailblazers as individuals and as a community, WPI’s IMGD faculty and undergraduate and graduate students are pushing the boundaries of new worlds of emerging media, from mobile gaming to intelligent tutoring.

    Lab Visit: Biomedical Engineering Lab (WPI)

    WPI’s Biomedical Engineering Department never stops on its search to uncover the next advance in therapies, devices, and products to help people live longer, healthier lives. Our department is leading diverse, cutting-edge research and product and thought innovation to develop new breakthroughs in this rapidly changing field.

    We work on advances as diverse as wound-healing sutures, blood vessel engineering, vital sign monitoring for firefighters, and braces for joint stabilization. We seek to understand how physicians and patients will use devices, making these devices more user friendly and useful.

    Our students and faculty collaborate on ambitious research projects to push the boundaries at the intersection of engineering, biology, and medicine, often making groundbreaking discoveries and industry-changing developments to move the field forward.

    Lab Visit: WPI Fire Protection

    “Fire safety challenges facing our society and our way of life continue to evolve. WPI stands ready to face these challenges and advance fire safety,” said Milosh Puchovsky, FPE professor of practice and president of the Society of Fire Protection Engineers (SFPE). “WPI’s state-of-the-art fire performance laboratory enables researchers to gain a more in-depth understanding of fire behavior. With a one-of-a-kind large-scale test apparatus in an academic setting, along with a robust range of data acquisition instruments, WPI has the unique ability to investigate a material’s fire properties and combustion characteristics under a wide range of uses and applications.”

    Lab Visit: Aerospace Engineering Lab (WPI)

    The challenges facing our engineers today demand creative innovation, keen knowledge, and unparalleled collaboration, especially in the area of aerospace. Armed with a strong technical competency in fundamental engineering principles along with aeronautical and astronautical engineering topics, our student and faculty researchers take on these challenges and find solutions that will positively impact the global community.

    Robotics Lab: WPI

    Meet Atlas, check out a tree climbing robot, and a robotic painter!

    With the first-of-its-kind bachelor’s degree in robotics engineering and one of the first such graduate programs in the nation, WPI is at the forefront of robotics education and research.

    Our passion for robotics is evident in everything we do—we have a dedicated and enthusiastic faculty and staff along with strong industry connections; perform breakthrough research; provide hands-on work with robotic devices in our many state-of-the-art labs; prioritize space for experimentation; and foster competitive teams that routinely win national robotics awards. Our graduates leave well prepared to tackle the technical, social, cultural, and ethical challenges of a robotics workforce that remains dynamic and constantly changing.

  • Tentative Conference Schedule

    Check this webpage for updates throughout the spring

    Thursday, June 8

    A warm welcome from Worcester Polytechnic Institute

    9-5 PM Arrival and Shuttles Logan International Airport, Boston.


    Check in at Faraday Hall WPI


    Drop Posters at Mass Academy


    Early arriving guests can schedule interviews at WPI or visit Worcester Art Museum


    5:00 Chaperone meeting

    5:30 Group meeting


    6:00 PM Dinner at Worcester Polytechnic Institute


    7:30 PM Welcome Activity sponsored by Mass DiGi (Digital Gaming)

    Keynote: Brian Moriarty WPI IMGD Faculty

    Brian Moriarty has worked in game development and multimedia for more than 30 years, most recently as creative director at Foundation 9/ImaginEngine in Framingham, Mass., the largest independent game developer in North America. At ImaginEngine, he produced and/or designed several children's software titles, including three Parents' Choice award winners. Earlier, he co-founded and served as creative director at Mpath/HearMe, the Internet's first voice chat community, which had more than 10 million users at its peak.

    Previously, he was senior game designer at Infocom in Cambridge, Mass., an early pioneer in interactive fiction games. He wrote three of Infocom's original prose games: Beyond Zork, Wishbringer (which received a Critics' Choice Award from Family Computing), and Trinity (voted the Best Adventure/Fantasy of 1986 by Computer Entertainer).

    He has given lectures on the design and philosophy of computer games around the world. He is a member of the Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America and the International Game Developers Association.

    He made the transition from the game industry to academia after conducting a master class for WPI's Interactive Media and Gaming Development program in 2008. In 2009, he joined the WPI faculty full time.


    GAMETIME - Play digital games with MassDiGI Summer Innovation Program interns!

    Each summer 24 college and university students from across the country and around the world take part in MassDiGI SIP. SIP is the largest internship program of its kind. It gives students a team-based opportunity to build a game from the ground up. Students in SIP major in a wide range of disciplines from computer science and programming to art and music and everything in between.


    Tonight, NCSSS Student Research Conference attendees will be among the first to playtest the games being made in SIP. These games are very
    early in development and player feedback is critical. What a great way to kick off the NCSSS Student Research Conference!

    About MassDiGI - Based at Becker College, MassDiGI is the statewide center for academic cooperation, entrepreneurship and economic
    development across the Massachusetts video and digital games ecosystem.


    For more information, please visit www.massdigi.org



    Friday, June 9

    Visit Mass Academy (Poster Day), WPI Lab Experiences and tour Boston, MA

    7-8:00 AM Breakfast

    8:30 AM Meet at Mass Academy of Math and Science

    8:30 AM Set up Poster Presentations

    9:00 AM Welcome Presentation

    9:30-11:00 PM Poster Presentations

    11:00-12 PM Lunch

    12:00-2:30 PM WPI Lab Experiences

    3:00 PM Depart for Boston

    5:00 PM Faneuil Hall Marketplace, Boston Museum of Science



    10:00 PM Return to Worcester

    Saturday, June 10

    Biomanufacturing Education and Training Center Tour, Touch Tomorrow and program finale

    7-8:00 AM Breakfast

    8-10 AM BETC Lab Visits at WPI

    10:00 AM -4:00 PM Touch Tomorrow Experience at WPI


    10:00-4:00 PM NCSSS Stage Presentations

    5:30-7:00 PM VIP Dinner with NASA Representative

    7:30-9:30 Movie night

    Sunday, June 11

    Return home with Wonderful Phenomenal Incredible memories

    7:00-8:00  Breakfast
    8:00-11:00 Check-Out of Residence Hall
    Safe Journey back home



  • Registration

    Conference cost: Schools must be members of NCSSS to register (email mbarney@wpi.edu for information on NCSSS membership). Each school is responsible for the registration fee of $175 per participant (students and chaperones) until April 1, $250 per participant between April 2 and May 15. There is a maximum of 80 student participants (maximum 8 students/school) for this year's conference, and we will create a waiting list. Schools are responsible for securing their own transportation to and from the conference for their students and chaperones. All meals, accommodations, activities, and daily transportation to and from conference events is included in the registration fee. The registration fee can be paid via school check made out to "Mass Academy of Math and Science/WPI" and sent to:


    Mass Academy of Math and Science

    ATTN: NCSSS Research Conference

    85 Prescott Street

    Worcester MA 01605

    • Research: Each student will have the chance to present their research in a poster project competition at the Mass Academy of Math and Science on Friday.  An abstract will be requested in advance via the Student Research Conference Symposium Guidelines form, downloadable below.
    • NCSSS School project presentation: Each school will have the opportunity to present a school project at the NCSSS Stage during Touch Tomorrow on Saturday, June 10. This is an optional presentation, 30 minutes maximum length, and should be a hands-on demonstration or presentation highlighting work that is being done at your school.  The proposal form is included in the document download section. 
    • Travel: If traveling by air, fly into Logan International Airport (BOS) or Worcester Regional Airport (ORH).  By rail (Amtrak) , travel to Union Station, Worcester, MA.
    • Limousine service from Logan Airport Knights Limo
    • Housing Arrangements: All students and chaperones will be housed in residence halls at Worcester Polytechnic Institute. Students will be housed four per room with shared bathrooms on each floor. Chaperones will be housed in the residence halls as well.  Students will be housed on same-sex floors for safety and security.


    If you have questions regarding the conference please contact



    register here


    NCSSS touch tomorrow presentation Guidelines


    NCSSS Symposium Guidelines


    NCSSS Sample Abstract.docx


    NCSSS Sample Abstract 2.docx



    Refund Policy: refunds for the school registration fee can be obtained via written request to mams@wpi.edu

    Before May 1: 100% refund

    May 2-May 15: 50% refund

    After May 15: No refund





    Conference Timelines:

    April 1: Deadline for School Conference Early Registration and fee of $175 per participant due to Mass Academy of Math and Science

    May 15: Late registration deadline / All forms due to Mass Academy of Math and Science (will be emailed to all registered schools in April)

    June 8-11: 2017 NCSSS Student Research Conference