Frequently Asked Questions

What exactly is the Ethics & Leadership Conference

Held November 4, 2024, the NCSSM Ethics & Leadership conference is a one-day event for high school students that provides the opportunity to network with other students, participate in problem solving sessions, hear from experts in equity in STEM fields. This year the theme of the conference is: Data & Democracy. The conference is in-person. This year's Ethics and Leadership Conference invites students to explore the intersection of data and democracy.

Why join us for this event?

Where is the event?

North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics Durham Campus.

Is it only in-person?

Yes, this year's conference will be offered in-person. 

How is the Ethics & Leadership Conference different from my normal school day?

This conference is more like a field-trip. Conference sessions are meant to be enrichment opportunities, where you can learn about ethics and STEM (Science, Math, Engineering, & Technology) and other topics not often covered during a normal school day.

What will I be doing during my sessions?

Sessions will be fun and engaging. Participants will alternate between expert speakers and collaborative small group sessions. 

What is the cost?

The conference is free. Transportation is not provided. 

How many people can attend the conference?

There is space for 250 student participants.

Who should attend?

High school students in North Carolina are welcome to attend, along with teachers and educators acting as chaperones. 

Who is leading these sessions?

We'll be hearing from experts in equity in STEM. In-person, small group discussions will be lead by NCSSM faculty, staff, and leaders from around North Carolina

When do the sessions happen?

See the conference schedule for more details about the day. 

What is the COVID-19 masking policy?

NCSSM is a 'mask optional' campus. Do what makes you comfortable. Please stay at home if you don't feel well. 

Registration FAQs

How should I register for the in-person event?

Students and educators should each register individually using the Conference Registration form. 

We recommend using a personal email address that you check regularly, since many schools block email from outside sources, and you may not receive important updates and information about the conference.

I've registered. Now what?

Watch your email for conference information including directions to the NCSSM Durham Campus.