This year’s second annual Girls in Stem conference was held at Wichita State University in Wichita, Kansas May 20-22nd. The students chosen to participate were Aliyah Johnson, Yanitza Velasquez, Audree Nealy, Licole Culp, and Shala Wheeler. During this two-day conference, these students got a chance to experience and explore the many careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). They received exposure through hands-on activities in laboratory settings, critical thinking and discussion exercises, college campus and STEM facilities tours, discussion on current STEM issues, and interactions with STEM professionals and college students to name a few. Our UB students greatly enjoyed the conference and had great things to say. Below are a couple of responses about their experience at the conference:
"My experience with doing Girls in STEM was awesome because that’s something I never got a chance to take part of. I really enjoyed meeting new people and tried doing other things that other people like to do. The classes I liked the most that I had was Chemistry Gets Cheesy in my bacterial class. I feel like if I can do it all over again, I would, and try and meet more new people."
"This weekend I learned that perseverance is my best friend. I came out of my shell and met new people. I also grew closer to the people in my program. These experiences made me realize how much I love science, and I’m very interested in engineering. Underwater Exploration was my favorite session. These activities have shown me that working with others that I don’t know is not a bad thing. This weekend reassured me that I do want to have a PhD in marine biology. And now I want to pursue astronomy. This helped me so much. ‘You are. You can. You will!"