Outreach to middle school girls, better treatment for international graduate students, tenure and promotion for women on UT campus — these are among the top issues for the members of the Association of Women in Science (AWIS) Tennessee chapter, who met at NIMBioS on Thursday. The purpose of the meeting was to plan activities for the new academic year.
Two programs that focus on creating excitement for science among middle school girls are planned again for this fall:
- SHADES (Sharing Adventures in Engineering and Science), which was last held November 2011, is for sixth and seventh grade girls interested in STEM careers. This year’s program is scheduled for Oct. 6 and will be held at the Knox County STEM Academy. Click here for more information about last year’s program.
- Gadget Girl Adventures in STEM, which was held in April 2011, is a day full of STEM activities for grades 6-8 held on the UT campus. This year’s program is scheduled for Nov. 17. A booklet from last year’s program is available here.
Volunteers are needed to help with both programs. If you are interested in the activities of the Tennessee Chapter of AWIS, contact Chapter President Suzanne Lenhart at firstname.lastname@example.org or 974-4270. Membership is open to both women and men. The mission of AWIS is to advocate for the interests of women in science and technology.