UTeach Conference

Register for the Conference

The UTeach Conference will be May 21–23, 2019, in Austin, Texas.

The Master Teacher Retreat will be the day before the conference, on May 20. You can also register for this retreat through the link above.

Conference program and block schedule

Conference Schedule Outline


  • Pre-conference sessions
  • Opening plenary
  • Session blocks in the afternoon
  • Reception and poster session in the early evening, including the option to participate in a series of quick conversations with peers (like speed dating)
  • Student activity on campus after the reception


  • Breakfast and lunch at the conference center.
  • Session blocks in the morning and afternoon
  • Two new development sessions covering how to pitch to legislators and how to craft your pitch
  • Free time and space for attendees to meet and discuss work of mutual interest
  • Off-campus options for the evening: View a special screening of Science Fair just for us at the Alamo Drafthouse or use your free time to explore Austin on your own!


  • Breakfast at the conference center
  • Session blocks in the morning
  • Special meetings in the morning (USEA, states with three or more UTeach programs, etc.)

Opening Plenary Speaker: Spencer Wells

The Human Journey:  A Genetic Odyssey

Spencer WellsSpencer Wells is a geneticist, anthropologist, author, and entrepreneur. For more than a decade, he was an Explorer-in-Residence at the National Geographic Society and Director of the Genographic Project, which collected and analyzed DNA samples from hundreds of thousands of people around the world in order to decipher how our ancestors populated the planet, in the process launching the consumer genomics industry.

Wells graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Texas at Austin, received his Ph.D. from Harvard University, and conducted postdoctoral work at Stanford and Oxford. He has appeared in numerous documentary films and is the author of three books, The Journey of Man, Deep Ancestry, and Pandora's Seed. His work has taken him to more than 100 countries, where he has collaborated with everyone from heads of government and Fortune 500 corporations to tribal chieftains eking out a precarious living in places as remote as Chad, Tajikistan, and Papua New Guinea. He lives in Austin, Texas, where he is founder and CEO of consumer genomics startup Insitome, an adjunct Professor at the University of Texas and owner of the iconic blues club Antone’s.