On Friday April 26th, we hosted 100 girls from Episcopal Collegiate, Holy Souls, Jacksonville Middle and Sheridan Middle Schools in an effort to improve awareness of education and career opportunities and services to Arkansas female students in grades 7-8 in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, by increasing the participation, retention and advancement of girls and women in STEM. Our conferences provided hands-on workshops, tours of STEM facilities and programs offered at UALR, a panel discussion, and the potential to build mentoring relationships with STEM professionals. In addition, the program inspired females in these age ranges to consider STEM as a career and higher education option. Lastly, the conference workshops sessions promoted interest in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics and strive to reduce the stereotype that these fields are mainly for males.
Our Conference Speakers were from The Arkansas Department of Health, Arkansas State Crime Laboratory, Arkansas Geological Survey, Arkansas Department of Transportation, Alyzen Medical Physics
UAMS College of Health Professions, PA Program
UAMS – Dept. Laboratory Sciences, Arkansas Regional Innovation Hub
and Polk Stanley Wilcox Architects
We could not have put on a successful conference without the support of these amazing women in STEM!