The Stanford Women's Community Center and WISE Ventures have teamed up for the first student-organized, campus-wide Stanford Women in STEM Symposium, a culmination of various interests and efforts to bring the larger Stanford community together to celebrate the contributions of women in STEM fields. This student-initiated and organized one-day event will include participation from a broad range of academic departments, student groups, and alumni. The Symposium will take place on February 21, 2015 in the Mackenzie Room on the third floor of the Jen-Hsun Huang Engineering Center.

The goal of the symposium is to celebrate progress, to build awareness of the key issues and challenges women in STEM face, and to create a vision for the future through a series of speakers, panels, and workshops. We hope to provide an engaging educational opportunity for people of all genders, identities, and backgrounds to explore important topics affecting women in STEM and to equip attendees to become agents of change. All Stanford students, staff, faculty, administrators, and alumni are welcome to attend.

This event is a collaborative effort among the Society of Black Scientists and Engineers, the American Indian Science and Engineering Society, the Society of Latino Engineers, the Society of Women Engineers, Women in Computer Science, the Graduate Society of Women Engineers, the Mechanical Engineering Women's Group, Women in Physics, and the First Generation, Low Income Partnership.


9:30 - 10:00          Registration, Breakfast, Mentoring Session 1
10:00 Brief Introduction and Opening Remarks
10:05 - 10:20 Where are we now? (Discussion Section)
10:30 - 11:10 Breakout Session 1:
  • Career Spotlight: Christine Ortiz, Dean for Graduate Education at MIT, will discuss her experiences and career trajectory.
  • Navigating Student Life: A panel of undergraduate and graduate students will share their thoughts and experiences as women in STEM at Stanford.
11:10 - 11:20 Break
11:20 - 12:00 Breakout Session 2:
  • Paying the Price for Sugar and Spice - Exploring Math Education and Gender: Jo Boaler, Professor of Education, will give a talk on how math education in the U.S. affects girls in the classroom and beyond.
  • What Matters to You?: Bhavna Hariharan, Mechanical Engineering Ph.D. alumna and lecturer in the School of Humanities and Sciences, will speak about how she combines her passion for engineering and social justice.
12:00 - 1:15 Lunch Keynote Speaker:

Hear Karan Watson, Provost of Texas A&M, speak about her life and advocacy for minorities in STEM.
1:15 - 1:45 Poster Session with Dessert and Coffee:

Peruse posters of incredible work done by women scientists, engineers, and mathematicians at Stanford over coffee and dessert.
1:45 - 3:15 Design and Collaboration Session


We ask that attendees register ahead of time for the Stanford Women in STEM Symposium. The symposium is open to all Stanford students, faculty, staff, and alumni, and registration is on a first-come, first-serve basis.


If you are interested in planning or volunteering at this year's symposium, please fill out this form.