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SWE Offers Free Webinars to Inspire STEM Outreach

SWE is offering two webinars to inspire outreach encouraging others to learn about STEM (science, technology, engineering and math).

Published On: August 2016

SWE is offering two webinars to inspire outreach encouraging others to learn about STEM (science, technology, engineering and math).

August 31 – 12 pm CT/1 pm ET

Voices from the Field: Starting a Girls Who Code Club in Your Community

This presentation will focus on how to bring a Girls Who Code (GWC) Club, a free computer science program for girls in grades 6-12, to your local community. In 2016, GWC will have 1500 Clubs across all 50 states with many hosted at colleges and universities as well as libraries, community centers, middle and high schools. Our Clubs meet once a week for two hours and are taught by volunteer facilitators who are often CS majors and/or have a technical background. During the presentation, we will talk about GWC, what a Club is, what you need to start a Club in your community, and how to complete the Club application.

Speaker: Vivian Chan

Vivian Chan works as a Community Specialist at Girls Who Code, a nonprofit committed to encouraging girls to pursue careers in computer science and related fields. In her role, she manages over 100 Clubs on the West Coast as well as works closely with our local community partners. Currently, she is focusing on expanding the Clubs Program across all 50 states in particular focusing on expanding Clubs on college campuses nationally. Prior to joining GWC, she worked as a middle school science teacher as part of Teach for America after graduating from Yale as a Biology major. She is passionate about STEM education and inspiring more girls to pursue STEM.


September 28 – 12 pm CT/1 pm ET

Voices from the Field: Brewing Science Literacy from Scratch – Starting a Successful Adult Science Literacy Program

This presentation will tell the story of Science by the Cup, a novel adult science literacy model developed by the speakers at Princeton University. The speakers will describe their experience starting the initiative in detail, including their search for and development of sustainable funding and refinement of the educational model. They will also describe the organization’s recent transition into a Princeton-incorporated entity and turnover of leadership as they continue to grow.

Speakers: Garner Soltes, Allison Hall, and Shree Tanneti

Garner Soltes is a current Molecular Biology Ph.D. Candidate at Princeton University, previously a Biochemistry Major (summa cum laude) from Iona College. His research focuses on the basic mechanisms of antibiotic resistance in gram-negative bacteria and policy interventions aimed at catalyzing novel antibiotic development. Garner is the founder of Science by the Cup (SbtC), an adult science literacy organization with a novel model aimed at improving science literacy among local businesspeople and voting age adults. Garner is the outgoing chair of SbtC, and started SbtC after a long conversation over a cup of coffee with a local Princeton coffee roaster.

Allison Hall graduated from Dickinson College in 2010 with a degree in biology and went on to work as a laboratory coordinator at Georgetown University, where she helped teach several different science courses to undergrads. After leaving Georgetown, she began a PhD program in molecular biology at Princeton University. Allison studies yeast genetics and has been involved in her department’s outreach program.

Shree Tanneti earned her bachelor’s degree in Genetics from Rutgers University in 2008 and continued to work as a research assistant studying reproductive biology. She is now halfway through her graduate training for a Ph.D. in Molecular Biology from Princeton University where she studies viral spread. Science outreach has been a fun opportunity to share her interests with others and she is happy to continue to do that with Science by the Cup at Princeton.

Register now for these free webinars in the SWE Advance Learning Center. Webinars are free for SWE members and $49 each for non-members.

Sponsored by:
SWE – SWE Research and Stats