Women in STEM Symposium


On February 21, 2015, the Stanford Women’s Community Center and WISE Ventures  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 included participation from a broad range of academic departments, student groups, and alumni.

The goal of the symposium was 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 hoped 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.

This event was 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.


9:30am Registration, Breakfast, Mentoring Session 1
10:00am Brief Introduction and Opening Remarks
10:05am Where are we now? (Discussion Section)
10:30am 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.
11:10am Break
11:20am 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.
12:00pm Lunch Keynote Speaker:
Hear Karan Watson, Provost of Texas A&M, speak about her life and advocacy for minorities in STEM.
1:15pm Poster Session with Dessert and Coffee:
Peruse posters of incredible work done by women scientists, engineers, and mathematicians at Stanford over coffee and dessert.
1:45pm Design and Collaboration Session

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