Conference Agenda & Info


Conference Agenda & Info


The 1st Annual Queer Science Conference took place on Saturday, June 11th, 2022. Watch this space for future events!


Download the complete Queer Science Conference Attendee Info Packet here.

Download the "Rainbow-Free" Attendee Info Packet here.

Please check your email (including your Spam/Junk folders) for the most recent updates about the Conference! 


For our June 11th conference, Queer Science participants will be taken on a tour of UConn’s campus, including the Greenhouse, Engineering buildings, and the UConn Rainbow Center. Also, participants will do hands-on science experiments with UConn researchers; undergraduate students, graduate students, and faculty who identify as LGBTQIA+! 


Participants will be placed into three "teams" and will rotate through event activities as follows...


Time Team Marsha Team Sylvia Team Major
8:30-9:00 AM Participants arrive on campus
9:00-10:00 AM Breakfast, Check-In Survey (MCHU 102)
10:00-10:30 AM Rainbow Center Greenhouse MARS Laboratory
10:45-11:15 AM Greenhouse MARS Laboratory Rainbow Center
11:30-12:00 PM MARS Laboratory Rainbow Center Greenhouse
12:00-1:00 PM Lunch (MCHU 106-109)
1:00-2:00 PM NRE PSYCH BME
2:00-3:00 PM BME NRE PSYCH
3:00-4:00 PM PSYCH BME NRE
4:00 PM Sendoff, Check-Out Survey (MCHU 102)


Morning Session: Campus Tours

  • Rainbow Center: LGBTQIA+ Cultural Center Tour, Student Union 4th floor
  • MARS: Microbial Analysis, Resources, & Services Lab w/ Dr. Kendra Maas (ESB 309B) 
  • UConn Greenhouse: Plant Identification & Bug-Catching Activity


Afternoon Session: Presentations & Science Demonstrations from Various STEM Departments

  • NRE: Natural Resources and the Environment (EII 217) 
  • BME: Biomedical Engineering (UTEB 180) 
  • PSYCH: Psychology (EII 321) 


Entire Event

  • All-gender restrooms will be available in all event spaces. 
  • MCHU 110 is a designated volunteer break area. 
  • MCHU 111 and EII 320 are designated Quiet Rooms for event attendees. 
  • The entire event will take place on UConn’s Storrs campus. Participants will NOT be driven off campus for any reason. 
  • In the case of an emergency, participants will be taken to the Urgent Care in Storrs Center and the participants’ Emergency Contact will be notified immediately. 


The main event hub will be in McHugh Hall, Room 102. Attendees can be dropped off at Fairfield Way across from Gampel Pavilion. Alternatively, parking is available at South Garage on campus (we will validate parking for those who need it). Volunteers will be able to direct you towards McHugh Hall. We strongly encourage carpooling together with friends!


Event Map:

You can find a full UConn map here.


Catering Information

Our event will provide breakfast and lunch free of charge. Vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free options will be provided at both meals. 

Breakfast will be provided by UConn Catering. Nutritional information can be found at: 

Lunch will be provided by Jamaican Kitchen, a Black-owned business in Vernon, CT. More information can be found at: 


COVID-19 Policies & Resources

The University of Connecticut is currently at a COVID-19 Alert Level of Yellow, meaning that it is not requiring masks for indoor events, nor is it requiring COVID-19 vaccinations for event attendees. 

These policies can change at any given time. It is expected that you follow suit when new guidelines are released. Program staff will let you know. 

We at the Vergnano Institute for Inclusion strongly recommend that attendees wear masks during the event out of courtesy for folks who may be (or who live in close contact with those who are) immunocompromised, disabled, or elderly. 

More information can be found at the UConn COVID Dashboard: 


Health Emergencies 

In the case of an emergency, a participant will be taken to the Urgent Care in Storrs Center and the participants’ Emergency Contact will be notified immediately. 

Every event volunteer has completed a University background check as well as the University’s Minor Protection Training. To learn more about our policies respecting minors, please visit: