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2020 High School Digital Divas Conference

Join in on the fun! There are several ways to join us for one of our conferences. Applications and their deadlines for all involvement areas are listed below. Digital Divas welcomes several campus and community partners every year! See what the buzz is all about and apply today!


Volunteer

EMU Students, faculty, and staff are welcome to join us for the day and give back to the community by serving as a general volunteer for the day! Lunch is on us!

Register by April 10, 2020

Register to Volunteer

Host a Breakout Session

Industry leaders, EMU Departments, EMU Clubs and other community partners can apply to lead a hands-on breakout session for the spring 2020 conference.

Register by February 25, 2020

Become a Breakout Session Host

Exhibition spaces available!

Interact with participants before the conference, during passing times, and during lunch. Exhibitioners often have interactive displays and swag to engage participants. 

Register by March 30, 2020

Book a Booth


2020 High School Digital Divas Conference Participant Application

Application Closed

Opens January 15, 2020 - 11:00 AM EST

Closes January 31, 2020 - Noon EST

This application is for schools/youth organizations interested in participating in the conference.

  • Begins January 15, 2020
  • Ends January 31, 2020.

2020 Middle School Digital Divas Conference application will open September 15, 2020.

Priority applications

For priority review and notification, all application materials must be received by the priority deadline. Applying by the priority deadline ensures an admissions notification between the dates listed below. Note: Not all applicants will be admitted; space is limited. Admissions decisions will not be given by phone.

  • Priority deadline for all application materials to be submitted is January 31, 2020.
  • Admission notifications for priority applicants will be emailed by February 6, 2020.
  • Admitted applicants are required to submit all waivers and required documents no later than March 13, 2020.

Late applications

Applications may be accepted after the priority deadline if openings remain. Review, admission, and notification for late applications will be on a rolling basis. Space is limited. Admissions decisions will not be given by phone.

  • Admission notifications for late applicants will be emailed on a rolling basis.
  • Program staff reserve the right to close the application any time after the priority deadline.

FAQ

  • Who can apply?

    Any group or individual may apply to participate in Digital Divas! Groups such as scout troops, science and technology classes, school science clubs, and individual students interested in STEM have attended in the past. Group size is restricted to 40 participants or less (not including chaperones). If you would like to bring more than 40 students, please contact our office.

    All groups must supply their own transportation, chaperones, and must maintain a minimum supervision ratio of 15 students: 1 chaperone. A parent or legal guardian must accompany any individual participant admitted into the conference. All admitted applicants must attend the entire program 9 a.m.–2:15 p.m.

    See the Eastern Michigan University Notice of Non-Discrimination.

  • Can I apply for my entire school district all at once?
    No. Each school must submit their own application. The primary contact may list the same person, but every school must have their own application on file.
  • What is the maximum number of participants I can bring?
    Group size is restricted to 40 participants or less (not including chaperones). When applying, please give your best estimate of the total number of participants (pupils) you anticipate to bring. Notify the Digital Divas staff immediately if your participant count changes.
  • Are there any fees or other commitments?

    Thanks to the generosity of our community partners and sponsors, our Digital Divas conferences are free of charge for our participants and their chaperones.

    Since we do offer the program free of charge, we do require attendees to:

    • Participate in the conference in its entirety (9 a.m.–2:15 p.m.).
    • Complete a post-conference survey (administered by group leader)

    We are happy to provide lunch and a free t-shirt or other giveaway to each participant as a thank you for agreeing to these commitments. These surveys help us improve the program each year and assists us with our annual grant reporting.

  • How do you decide which applicants are admitted?

    We admit applicants on a first-come, first-served basis until we reach capacity for the event. There is no specific criteria that will guarantee a decision, however, the Digital Divas Team is committed to offering experiences to as many students from multiple areas of the state as possible.

    Groups that have attended in the past and have not upheld their agreement to attend the entire conference or administer post-conference surveys may receive low-priority admittance.

  • How do I know if I have been admitted?

    Once the priority application period ends, our team will review each application and will admit applicants until the conference capacity is reached. Group leaders and/or individual applicants will receive notification via email with their admissions decision. We have three possible placements for applicants; Admitted, Waitlist, or Denied.

  • How do I request an accommodation?

    Please contact Aaron Kempa at [email protected] with any accommodation requests. Requests for accommodations must be made at least two weeks before the event.

Admitted Applicants

All admitted applicants will receive an email containing registration documents and procedures with their admissions decision notification.

Admitted applicants are required to submit all waivers and required documents no later than the date specified in the organization's admissions email or risk dismissal from the program.

Withdrawal or Dismissal from Program

  • Withdrawal

    Admitted groups/ individual may withdraw from the program for any reason up to two weeks before the program start date. Any withdrawal from the program within two weeks of the program’s start date will receive a one year, Low-Priority status for applications for future Digital Divas Programs.

  • Dismissal

    The Digital Divas Program reserves the right to dismiss admitted attendees (groups and/or individuals) for any reason including but not limited to:

    • Attendee’s failure to submit all required documents before the deadline.