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Update 2023:
The AWSEM program is on hiatus, but we are thankful for our partnership with so many female and non-cisgendered mathematicians, engineers, and scientists, and for the efforts of AAUW to promote gender equity in the STEM fields.
AWSEM was a gathering for students grades 6-8 who are interested in learning more about careers in technology, engineering, math and the sciences. Participants will have the opportunity to connect with professional women, sharing fun workshop activities that illustrate their work in these STEM fields. 

Sample Schedule

Introduction and Welcome: 9:00am - 9:10am

Short activity, overview of day and get questions answered! 

Bee Advocacy through Research 9:10am - 9:45am

Be a Bee Hero! Discover the wild world of bees and bee research in Southern Oregon. You will learn about bee conservation concerns and solutions, and come away with a few action items to help our bees stay active and healthy.

Sarah graduated from the University of Montana College of Forestry/Davidson Honors College with a BS degree in Resource Conservation Major, Environmental Studies Minor. She owns The Bee Girl and teaches workshops and prodces honey. 

Volcanoes are a Blast! 9:50am - 10:25am

The beautiful volcanoes of the Cascade Range (for example, Crater Lake and Mt. St. Helens) are a result of subduction—a process occurring along the coast of the Pacific Northwest where an oceanic plate is descending beneath a continental plate. We will explore how these volcanoes are created and which ones are most likely to erupt in the future!

Dr. Karen Grove received her PhD in Geology from Stanford University and was a Geoscience professor at San Francisco State University from 1989 until 2015, when she retired and moved to Ashland, Oregon. She continues to be passionate about Geology and about sharing knowledge about how Earth works with others.

ChemArtistry 10:30am - 11:05pm


 Dr. Anna Oliveri teaches Chemistry at Southern Oregon University. She received her PhD from University of Oregon and has many published articles on Inorganic Chemistry. 

Fighting Fires and Saving Lives 11:10am - 11:45am 

Get a sneak peek into life at the firehouse with female firefighting first responders and the emergency calls that they receive every day. You will get your hands on some of the equipment that is used during a fire attack and some that is used to extricate people from cars. Explore the world of the few amazing women who work in this male dominated field and find out how they care for people in crisis.

Allyson is a Firefighter/Paramedic at Jackson County Fire District 3. She has 15 years of experience with Fire District 3, and prior to her current position, she spent four years with the U.S. Forest Service- Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest.

A special thanks to our AWSEM 2019 Donors!  

American Association of University Women, Ashland and Medford Branch
Branson's Chocolate of Ashland

Lyn Hennion

And supported by, 

Bee City USA
Carryl Breon, Retired Teacher, AAUW -Ashland
College Dreams
Karma Mills-Morrow, Student Worker, SOU Youth Programs
Oregon Health Science University (OHSU) -Ashland Campus
Plant Project
Rogue Valley Transportation District (RVTD)
SOU Admissions
SOU Chemistry Club
SOU ECOS and Sustainability
SOU Environmental Education Graduate Program
STEM Teachers/Administration at Participating Schools
USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service -Central Point

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