Traditionally, Sisters in STEM is a one day conference for underrepresented, tenth grade high school female students to show the allure of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields. Representative role models lead laboratory tours, engaging experiments, and self-development workshops.
Research suggests that it is beneficial for students to see themselves represented in science and engineering fields to better the chances of them pursuing STEM careers. Underrepresented women are the minority of the minority in these fields. The Sisters In STEM conference provides students the opportunity to develop a stronger sense of self in being supported by UConn graduate, undergraduate students, and professionals in STEM.
Registration starts at 8:30 AM and the program runs from 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM. Participants will attend a laboratory tour and exciting STEM workshop, led by UConn graduate and undergraduate students. In the afternoon, the students will attend two self-development and growth workshops. The workshops are intended to help students see the power of their presence and various opportunities they have guided by professional women in STEM.