Two upcoming conferences for girls in STEM at Fermilab

More than 100 Latina middle school students came with their parents to Fermilab last year for the Dare to Dream conference. Photo: Reidar Hahn

More than 100 Latina middle school students came with their parents to Fermilab last year for the Dare to Dream conference. Photo: Reidar Hahn

The International Day of Women and Girls in Science is on Feb. 11, so we take this opportunity to inform Fermilab employees and users about two upcoming events that encourage female students to take a closer look at careers in STEM.

We are happy to announce that the first STEM conference for high school girls at Fermilab, called Wonderful Women in STEM at Fermilab, will take place this fall, on Sept. 22. And on April 14, we will host the third annual STEM conference for middle school Latina girls, called Dare to Dream.

The goal of both meetings is to encourage the participation, retention and advancement of the number of girls in science, technology, engineering and math.

Both of these STEM conferences feature a keynote speaker, a panel discussion with our STEM professionals, tours of Fermilab facilities, hands-on activities at the Lederman Science Center and computing algorithm challenges. Attendees will even get to take a virtual tour of a neutrino detector.

Students’ parents are encouraged to participate in the panel discussions, while the girls discover the fun side of STEM careers. They also preview and are encouraged to apply to the programs offered by the lab.

We look forward to this year’s events. If you have any questions about either event, please feel free to get in touch with us. We’re in the phone book!

Minerba Betancourt is a Wilson fellow on the MINERvA experiment and Short-Baseline Neutrino Program and a STEM conference co-coordinator. Griselda Lopez is the Fermilab international services manager and a STEM conference co-coordinator.