Student Organization Spotlight: Women in Science

WinS logoWomen in Science (WinS) is a brand new STEM student organization here at Youngstown State University. It was created to help promote the participation of women in science-related fields.

Alexandra Fountaine, student president and cofounder of the organization, is a senior studying psychology and biology. She is excited for WinS to grow and really make an impact on students at YSU.

“When Gloria Steinem lectured at Stambaugh Auditorium last March, she said WinS ‘sounds like a great idea’ and she wished us ‘the best of luck’ with our group!” said Alex. “Not many organizations can say that Gloria Steinem endorses them!”

So far, WinS has hosted holiday bake sales and a guest speaker seminar, and they are hoping to collaborate with local middle schools and high schools for more events.

Being female is not a requirement to join WinS. Gender inclusivity and diversity in science is the real focus, so any students with a STEM major or minor are welcome.

“We hope to find novel ways to provide females with the encouragement and support they need to maintain successful educations and careers in science,” said Alex.

Students interested in joining or learning more about WinS can email Alex at afountaine@student.ysu.edu. This is a great opportunity for students, especially freshmen, to become involved in science-related events and to help build a community on campus.

18th Annual Edward W. Powers Women in Science Engineering Career Workshop

The Youngstown State University College of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics makes it a mission to encourage young students — especially young women — to explore what STEM can do for them. This year, the 18th annual Edward W. Powers Women in Science and Engineering Career Workshop offered a full day of workshops and experiences to young women.

On February 21, young women from all around the Youngstown area explored several career options from forensic dentistry to dieticians to environmental engineers. The day started out with opening remarks from Dr. Diana Fagan, director of the WISE Career Workshop and a professor of biological sciences, and a welcome from YSU President James Tressel. Interim Provost Martin Abraham introduced this year’s keynote speaker, Ms. Rhonda Franklin.

Following the keynote speaker, the girls were able to attend two sessions where they were introduced to many kinds of careers, including engineering, biochemistry, technology development, and clinical pharmacist.

After lunch — where STEM Interim Dean Gregg Sturrus welcomed the crowd — the girls were then able to participate in a couple hands-on activities and labs. The hands-on activities are really what make the day for the students. They got to have experiences with programming, DNA fingerprinting, and bioengineering, to name a few.

On behalf of the STEM College, thank you to all of the speakers, presenters, and volunteers that come out to WISE. We couldn’t continue to encourage diversity in STEM without you!

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17th Annual Women in Science and Engineering Day

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Crowd listens to presenter in Chestnut Room.

Youngstown State University College of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics is always finding ways to encourage young students, especially young women, to explore the endless possibilities of STEM careers. The 17th Annual Edward W. Powers Women in Science and Engineering Career Workshop (WISE) is one of those events.

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