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Women in STEM Summit Coming to UB

Women in STEM Committee (left to right): Kathleen Murphy, Tara Jabbaar-Gyambrah, Rebecca Borowski, Terri Budek, Caitlin Hoekstra, Rebekah Burke, Robin Sullivan, Teresa A. Miklitsch, Letitia Thomas, Katie Barnum, Liesl Folks

Not pictured: Glenna Bett, Nancy Campos, Phyllis Floro, Mary Henesey, Vikki Hirschey, Karen King, Emma Ouweleen

By Gabriela Diaz

Published March 31, 2016

Gabriela Diaz (UB Student, Class of 2017) is an English major and is also minoring in Japanese Studies. After graduating, she wants to travel overseas to Japan to teach English. A Rochester, NY native, Gabriela enjoys making playlists, painting and bike riding in her spare time.

On Wednesday April 13, 2016 from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Student Union, please join the University at Buffalo for the annual Women in STEM cooperative summit. This summit is open all who are interested acknowledging and honoring the many accomplishments of women in STEM in engineering, technology, science and mathematics. 

The mission of this summit is to bridge the STEM gender gap through both cultural inclusion and educational opportunities. Women in STEM want to reach out to students to increase awareness of the lack of women in the STEM academies and to encourage greater participation in these departments. The summit will offer an overall supportive community to women students, faculty and professionals in the STEM academies from the University at Buffalo and Western New York.

Kathleen Murphy, Service Manager for Network and Classroom Services, part of UB Information Technology, told UBIT News, “Women in STEM fields are underrepresented, underpaid, and often underappreciated. The summit is an opportunity to acknowledge women’s contributions to STEM and develop our potential. I am looking forward to spending a day with over 200 of the area’s brightest and most talented women in STEM as we inspire, grow and connect together.” 

This year, the summit will have an information fair offering participants resources in STEM to utilize. Also new for 2016, the summit will hold student poster presentations.

Gilda Barabino, PhD, Berg Professor and Dean of the Grove School of Engineering at the City College of New York will present the keynote address on Identity and Career Progression for Women in STEM before the concurrent sessions. The topics include personal strategies for working smarter not harder, and redefining success inside the workplace. 

Event schedule:

 8:30 - 9:00 a.m.
 - Registration/Breakfast

Outside Student Union Theater

9:00 - 9:50 a.m.
 - Keynote

Student Union Theater

10:00 - 10:50 a.m.
 - Concurrent Sessions

Room 145 - Student Union

  • Personal Strategies for Working Smarter, Not Harder
  • Redefining Success Inside the Workplace

11:00 - 11:50 a.m.
 - Concurrent Sessions (repeated)

Room 145 - Student Union

  • Personal Strategies for Working Smarter, Not Harder
  • Redefining Success Inside the Workplace

12:00 - 1:00 p.m.
 - Networking Reception/Student Poster Session

Social Hall/Flag Room Student Union

12:00 - 2:00 p.m.
 - Information Fair

Student Union lobby

After the concurrent sessions, attendees are welcome to the reception for refreshments and to view the student poster presentations. This time is a perfect opportunity to speak and network with other attendees.

All students, faculty, professionals and guests of the University at Buffalo, regardless of gender, are invited to join this free event. 

Learn more about this event at or contact Kathleen Murphy at or at 716-645-6700 for more information.