FIRST Women in Science and Technology Forum for High School Girls
Where: FIRST Place and UNH Manchester, NH
When: November 7, 2014
This year's FIRST Women in Science & Technology (WIST) Forum presented by FIRST Place and University of New Hampshire (UNH) Manchester on Friday, November 7, 2014.
The FIRST WIST Forum, offered since 2000 to more thatn 250 attendees every other year, has proven to be a very effective day and networking opportunity for high school girls to learn more about careers in science and technology directly from successful women in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) fields.
Following the keynote(s), panelists from a wide variety of science, technology, engineering and math fields will give presentations and reflect on their education, careers, field, choices, work history, and what a high school student needs to know today for a rewarding future career in science and technology.
Update October 23, 2014: Registration for this event is closed.
- The Forum runs from 9 A.M. to 2 P.M.
- Breakfast and lunch are included
- The fee is $10 per student and $20 per adult chaperone (teachers, parents, other mentors).
Planning For College (Track A)
During the Planning for College session, you will learn which classes you need to take in high school in order to reach your college and career goals, learn about the college application process, learn what activities you might participate in to enhance your high school experience, and gather resources that will help you plan for college.
College Session (Track B)
In the college sessions, you will discover the differences between studying science, technology, and engineering at a technical school versus a liberal arts school, and you will have the opportunity to hear from current college students about the choices they made and learn about majors that might interest you. We’ll show you why choosing a major doesn’t mean you are locked in for life, and we’ll share volunteer opportunities that might help you make valuable career decisions.
Career Sessions (Track C)
Throughout the day, our career speakers will share their personal stories and their creative ways of using science, technology, engineering, and math and the choices they made in their careers and everyday lives.
Questions? More info?
Email Karen Sullivan at firstname.lastname@example.org
FIRST Women in Science and Technology Forum Agenda and Presenters
Registration check-in and Keynote will be at FIRST Place. All other sessions will take place at the University of New Hampshire (UNH) Manchester.
8:15 – 8:45 am
Registration Check-in at FIRST Place
8:45 – 9:00 am
Welcome and Opening Speakers
9:10 – 10:10 am
Breakout Session 1 at UNH Manchester
(C) Biology, Auditorium
Moderated by Christine Andrews
Panelists: Patricia Halpin and Amanda Daly
(C) Earth Science, Room 319
Moderated by Toni Galvin
Panelist: Susan Taylor
(A) Planning for College, Room 354
Mary Ann Gaschnig
(B) College Student Panel, FIRST Place
Moderated by Amy Rockwood
Panelists: Samantha Sinclair, Emily Lukasiak, and Melissa Bruno
10:15 – 11:15 am
Breakout Session 2 at UNH Manchester
(C) Computer Science, Auditorium
Moderated by Nancy Phillips
Panelists: Paula Long, Mihaela Sabin and Lauren O’Donnell
(C) Psychology and Education, Room 319
Moderated by Cathy Overson
Panelists: Lauren Provost and Lara Gengarelly
(C) Science Fiction Writing, Room 356
(B) College Student Panel, Room 358
Moderated by Deanna Brandell
Panelists: Nastja Rebrin, Caleigh MacPherson, and Ashley Ballanger
(C) Careers in the Navy, Room 327
Lieutenant Leah P. Carter
11:25 – 12:00 pm
Lunch at FIRST Place
12:00 – 12:50 pm
Keynote at FIRST Place
AnnMarie Thomas, Associate Professor of Engineering and Director of Playful Learning Lab and Center for Engineering Education at the University of St. Thomas
1:00 – 2:00 pm
Breakout Session 3 at UNH Manchester
(C) Climate Sciences, Auditorium
Moderated by Jacqueline Richter-Menge,
Panelists: Mary Albert and Mary Stampone
(C) Engineering, Room 319
Moderated by Stephanie Slezycki
Panelists: Celine Bilodeau and Dawn Wendell
(C) Music, Room 327
Moderated by Rebecca Plummer
Panelist: Jola Leary
(C) Pharmaceutical Sciences, Room 354
Moderated by Carroll-Ann Goldsmith
Panelists Jennifer Towle and Jennifer Kelleher
(C) Psychology and Education, FIRST Place
Moderated by Alison Paglia
Panelists: Sarah Grosvenor and Brindha Muniappan