2015 AWSEM Nursing bed

Advocates for Women in Science, Engineering & Mathematics (AWSEM) Symposium for Middle School Girls

Saturday, April 14, 2018 

*More 2018 information coming soon ~ late February!

2017 Theme: #changetheratio

  • Hands on workshops
  • Learn about a career in the sciences
  • Meet other girls interested in science, engineering and math

The AWSEM Symposium will take place at the Stevenson Union and other buildings located on the campus of Southern Oregon University. SOU map [PDF].

AWSEM 2017 Schedule

Schedule of Events

8:30 - 8:45am           Check-in, Welcome 

8:50 - 9:10am           ScienceWorksPondering the Pond 12  Presentation   

9:10 - 9:20am           Introduction SOU 
                              Student Mentors              

9:30 - 12:30am        Career Workshops

9:30 - 10:20am        Workshop 1

10:30 - 11:20am      Workshop 2

11:30 - 12:20am      Workshop 3

12:30 - 1:30pm        Lunch & Keynote Address


Girls are nominated by their school's science, math, and technology teachers.

Grade level: 7-8

Letter, Map and Directions [pdf] TBA

The  Advocates for Woman in Science, Engineering, and Math (AWSEM) Symposium is a one-day symposium Girls Microscope 2017 intended to motivate middle school girls to pursue higher education and careers in the areas of science, technology, engineering and math. The AWSEM program introduces middle school girls to professional women role models providing an opportunity for girls to participate in a variety of experiences related to these fields.

The day will begin with a variety of discovery activities. Participants then select and attend hands-on workshops covering topics such as forensic science, veterinary medicine, chemistry, and more. A drama group will perform during the luncheon. The day will wrap up with recognition of the attendees.

Throughout the day, female college students will be available to discuss their achievements and enrichment opportunities with the girls. Each participant, who is nominated by their school, will attend three of the ten hands-on workshops of their choice. The workshops are specialized so girls can experience elements of a career in the sciences and discuss this career with the professional women conducting the workshops. Presenters are women from the local community who are chosen not only for their professional backgrounds and careers, but also for their ability to enthusiastically share their interest in these fields. The number of participants for each workshop is limited so the presenters will be able to provide individual attention to each participant. To offer even more time for informal discussion, participants may sit with the presenters and enjoy lunch together.

A special thanks to our AWSEM 2017 Donors!  Radio Tracking

Lyn Hennion

AAUW Medford in collaboration with Medford University Women Charitable Fund  
Amer. Assoc. of University Women (AAUW) Ashland Branch

Up to $99
Mike & Beth Gibson