SO: Uplifted FAQ

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What is the SO: Uplifted Conference? Why should I attend SO: Uplifted?

Science Online: Uplifted, or SO: Uplifted, is Labster’s half-day virtual conference aimed at encouraging and inspiring science educators to continue their work teaching the next generation of scientists. You should attend SO: Uplifted if you want to help uplift your peers, hear stories about how they teach science using virtual labs, reflect on your teaching practice – and meet an astronaut who also knows what it’s like to teach science. The event takes place on Thursday, June 24, 2021.

What time does the event start? What is the agenda for SO: Uplifted?

The SO: Uplifted Conference comprises multiple Zoom webinar sessions. You can attend any sessions you like, it’s up to you!

How do I register?

You can register for any session at For your convenience, the registration links for each session are listed above.

How much does it cost to register for SO: Uplifted?

SO:Uplifted is a free conference. There is no charge to register.

Who is Astronaut Mike Massimino?

Mike Massimino is a former NASA astronaut and the first person to tweet from space. He is now a Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Columbia University. He received his Bachelor of Science from Columbia and his Masters of Science in Mechanical Engineering and Technology and Policy, from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He also earned his PhD in Mechanical Engineering from MIT.

After working as an engineer at IBM, NASA, and McDonnell Douglas Aerospace, along with academic appointments at both Rice University and the Georgia Institute of Technology, Mike was selected as an astronaut candidate by NASA in 1996. He is a veteran of two space flights, the fourth and fifth Hubble Space Telescope servicing missions in 2002 and 2009.

Back at his alma mater, Columbia, Mike is teaching an undergraduate engineering course, Introduction to Human Space Flight, which harnesses his years of academic and professional experience. He is also working with The Art of Engineering, a course in which all first-year engineers attend design lectures and work on engineering projects with socially responsible themes.

Mike has made numerous television appearances including a six-time recurring role as himself on the CBS hit comedy “The Big Bang Theory.” He hosted Science Channel’s “The Planets” and its special “The Great American Eclipse,” and will be featured in National Geographic Television’s upcoming series “One Strange Rock.” He is a frequent guest on television news and talk show programs including NBC’s Today Show, ABC’s Good Morning America, CNN, and FoxNews. He has also appeared on The Late Show with David Letterman, the Late Show with Craig Ferguson, and on Neil deGrasse Tyson’s “Star Talk” radio and television shows.

Mike Massimino - Astronaut

What time will Astronaut Mike Massimino speak?

Mike Massimino, former astronaut and current Columbia University instructor, will speak at 3:00 pm ET. Register for Mike’s session:

Will there be a recording of the SO: Uplifted Conference?

Yes, the SO: Uplifted Conference will be recorded. All registered attendees will receive the recordings, so be sure to register even if you can’t make it on June 24th!

Do I need to be a resident of the United States to enter the drawing?

Yes! This drawing is for US resident educators only.

How do I enter the drawing?

Fill out the registration form on:

How many prizes are there?

There are four prizes. Three prizes are a $50 Amazon gift card and the grand prize is a $350 Airbnb gift card.

How many times can I enter?

Each individual may only enter once.

Do I need to be a Labster customer to enter the drawing?

No! No purchase is necessary.

What is the deadline for entries?

All entries must be received by 10:00:00 AM (ET) on June 24, 2021.

When will the winners be notified?

The winner will be notified by email on or by July 8, 2021.

How will the winners be selected?

A random drawing of all eligible entries will be conducted on June 24, 2021.

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