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Join This Virtual Event To Release Your Inner STEM!

Join This Virtual Event To Release Your Inner Stem!

SWE is partnering with the Pioneer Valley Women in STEM in Western Massachusetts for a virtual event, Unleash Your Inner STEM! This free virtual event will be held on February 25 from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. 

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STCC professor Beth McGinnis-Cavanaugh, left, and STCC graduate Maeliz Colon, at an event in October 2018.

This event is open to all women in STEM (student or professional), including community college women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics majors.

“’Unleash Your Inner STEM’ is about helping students understand STEM identity, overcome challenges to developing STEM identity, and illustrating ways in which they can leverage their identities throughout their careers,” said Beth McGinnos-Cavanaugh, a STCC engineering  and physics professor who established the STCC chapter of the Society of Women Engineers.

STCC students who attend will be eligible to receive a free membership in SWE paid for by a federal HSI-STEM grant. STCC is a designated Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI).

HCC is currently creating its own chapter of the Society of Women Engineers.  In support of this initiative, HCC’s STEM Starter Academy is covering the cost of SWE membership for the first 10 HCC students who register for the Unleash Your Inner STEM event.

Unleash Your Inner STEM! is structured in two parts.  It will begin with a panel of inspiring women in STEM who will share stories about their career trajectories.  Three of these panelists are nationally known. Panelists include:

  • Maeliz Colon, first-generation engineering student, STCC graduate, and women in STEM advocate;
  • Prasha Dutra, engineer, speaker, and creator of the Her STEM Story podcast;
  • Marie Louis, Ph.D., engineer, data scientist and professor;
  • Sarah McAnulty, Ph.D., squid biologist, science communicator, and executive director of Skype a Scientist; and
  • Frances “Poppy” Northcutt, lawyer, women’s advocate, and first woman engineer at NASA Mission Control.

After the panel, participants can join small group breakout sessions about mentoring, jobs and internships, transitions (two-year to four-year transfer, college to workforce), self-promotion and branding, and strategies for survival in a majority-male field.

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