Women in Science Conference

The Women in Science Conference, traditionally held during the second week of February each year, encourages young people to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields. 

The free, one-day conference is designed to allow students in grades six through 12 to engage in hands-on science activities; learn first-hand about science and technology career opportunities from  Oklahoma’s top female scientists and engineers; and receive college preparation information from Oklahoma college, university and outreach representatives.

The goal of the Women in Science conference is to show students that STEM careers are exciting, attainable and rewarding.  The conference provides young people with real-world examples of science and engineering career opportunities and allows them to meet successful women scientists, doctors and engineers from our state.

Although participation continues to increase, women today constitute only one-fourth, or 26 percent, of the college-educated workforce in STEM occupations.

-- Science and Engineering Indicators Report, 2008

Teachers attending the event receive valuable information about summer research opportunities, classroom resource materials and suggestions for supporting and encouraging young women’s interest in STEM disciplines.

Women in Science Conferences are sponsored by the Oklahoma Established Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR), in collaboration with the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education, National Science Foundation, Science Museum Oklahoma and other funding agencies.

Applications to attend the conference are accepted through the EPSCoR Web site at www.okepscor.org in November and space is limited. Teachers may register a maximum of twelve students and two adults per school.

For more information, contact Gina Miller, OK EPSCoR outreach coordinator, at 405.744.7645 or email gmiller@okepscor.org