Women in STEM Week

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November 13-16, 2018

The Women in STEM week at the University of Arkansas aims to inspire and support young women in STEM to be true to themselves and to meet their career aspirations without limiting their potential. This year’s activities include technical speakers, panels, professional development, a workshop for kids, and more. 

Tuesday, November 13: Women in Mathematics
4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Science Engineering Hall 604

Women in Mathematics

Tuesday, November 13: Professional Development Night
5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Bell Engineering Center 2282 and Atrium

Come join us for a professional development night.  We will have representatives talking about how women can dress professionally, do their hair, and defend themselves from attackers.  Participating companies are Dillards, JC Penny, Multistrandz, Damsel in Defense, and More.

Wednesday, November 14: Women in STEM Panel
6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. 
Gearhart Hall  258   (2nd floor lounge)    

Come join us for a panel discussing the challenges of increasing the number of women in STEM.  Panel will be chaired by Haley Knighten (undergraduate) and will have panel members Yvette Murphy-Erby (Vice Provost for Diversity and Inclusion at the University of Arkansas), Jamie Hestekin (Chemical Engineering Professor), Kalen Spate (Multistrandz), Kerry Gaston (Mechanical Engineering Supervisor at Arkansas Nuclear One- Entergy), and Susan McKenzie (Senior Electrical Design Engineer-Entergy).  Click here to watch the recorded live-stream of the discussion and let us know (jhesteki@uark.edu) if you plan to participate and we will arrange for you to ask questions over distance. 

Thursday, November 15: “Sowing the Seeds of Diversity in Engineering”
1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Jim & Joyce Faulkner Performing Arts Center
Click here to watch the recorded live-stream

Distinguished Professor of Chemical Engineering and Dean of the College of Engineering at the University of California, Davis, Jennifer Curtis, will speak about the need for more diversity in engineering. 

Abstract: The lack of women and underrepresented minorities (URM) in engineering is a problem that no single solution can address. Not only are there the pipeline issues, but the challenges these groups face in navigating their careers need to be addressed. At the University of California, Davis, we’ve partnered with Chevron and the Koret Foundation to launch Avenue-E, a community college transfer program designed to eliminate barriers that hold back women and underrepresented minorities in engineering and computer science. The program serves high potential, low resource students from families in which neither parent holds a bachelor’s degree. We also believe a core component of changing the landscape is ensuring that women and URM in engineering see other women and URM at all levels. In 2012, UC Davis received a NSF-ADVANCE grant which aimed to increase the participation and advancement of women in academic science and engineering careers. Among many projects, we trained more than 1,000 faculty members about best practices for faculty recruitment and implicit bias. We established central oversight of faculty hiring to ensure diversity and inclusivity, and expected contributions to diversity from all applicants for faculty positions. Contributions to diversity are expected in all merit and promotion review actions, and superior contributions to diversity are recognized and rewarded in review actions. Six years later, U.C. Davis has shown dramatic changes at all levels. Forbes named UC Davis the Best Value College for women in STEM fields, based on a metric that includes persistence to graduation and the value of education received. The college of engineering now also has the highest percent of women faculty among the top 50 engineering programs in the United States. The real difference is that the faculty genuinely embrace the mission of inclusivity and diversity, and not just because someone (like the dean) is telling them to do something.

Friday, November 16:  The Future of Women in STEM
5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Bell Engineering Center

This activity will involve K-5 grades and will show them how cool it is to be in STEM.  We will have representatives from Mattel, the Amazeum, Women’s Athletics, Engineering Departments, and more! This camp is full but you can go here to sign up for future camps: https://engineering-camps.uark.edu/contact-us.php.