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Annual UB event focuses on women in STEM

By Dan Heuskin

Published March 30, 2017

The UB Women in STEM Cooperative is holding its third annual summit on Wednesday, April 5, 2017 from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. to celebrate and promote the vital roles played by women in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

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Daniel Heuskin (UB Student, Class of 2017) is originally from Long Island, NY. He is studying English at UB with aspirations to become a teacher or writer. In his free time, he enjoys playing bass guitar, doing nature photography, writing songs and reading.

This event will feature a keynote address by JJ DiGeronimo, President of Tech Savvy Women, followed by enlightening presentations and inspirational panel discussions with local thought leaders. All students, faculty, professionals, and guests of UB—regardless of gender—are welcome to attend. 

The UB Women in STEM Cooperative was launched in 2013 as a multidisciplinary collective of women from various STEM careers at UB. Recognizing the scarcity of women in STEM fields, they volunteered their resources towards a common mission of bridging the STEM gender gap by promoting cultural inclusion and educational opportunity.

The Cooperative is committed to building connections among women in STEM while enhancing awareness of, participation by, and advancement of women in STEM fields.

“The Women in STEM Summit is a platform where I can achieve my goal of inspiring more girls,” says Ramla Qureshi, a Fulbright Scholar and PhD student in structural and earthquake engineering. “In return I can get so many fresh ideas to apply back home.” Qureshi is the founder of Women Engineers in Pakistan, a non-profit organization that promotes female participation in engineering.

Sawrie Becker, Chair of the Erie County Commission on the Status of Women, offers similar praise. “With all the talk about women (or lack of women) in technology these days, here is a great opportunity to get young women inspired and connected to the opportunities and possibilities for a career in this field.”

Although admission for this event is free, pre-registration is required due to limited seating availability.

To learn more about what’s planned, check out the event schedule on the official UB Women in STEM web page.