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Women in Science Conference  

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The 13th annual Women in Science Conference sponsored by the Regional Science Resource Center at the University of Massachusetts Medical School and the EcoTarium was held on Saturday, March 21, 2009, from 9:00 AM to 2:30 PM. The goal of the conference is to expose 150 Worcester middle school young women to careers in science and to begin conversations with local women who use science in their professions.

The day began at the Ecotarium with twelve 35-minute concurrent interactive workshops led by the following women professionals:  engineer, marine biologist, physician, criminologist, chemist, healthcare professional, science teacher, and environmentalist, among others. Through demonstrations and group activities, the interactive workshops showed the students how science is used in the workplace. The presenters explained different entry levels to their careers, provided tips on courses of study and ways to prepare and train for their professions. The students then rotated to different workshops so that each student was be able to attend 3 of 12 possible workshops.

At the conclusion of the workshop session, the students were transported to the Medical School for a luncheon. The luncheon provided an opportunity for students and presenters to continue discussions in a more informal setting. Medical and graduate students also joined the young women at the lunch discussions. Following lunch, there was a motivational address titled "We've Come a Long Way, Baby!" by Dr. Deborah Harmon Hines, Ph.D., Vice Provost of School Services and Professor of Cell Biology.  An interactive group activity  concluded the day's events at 2:30 PM.

Thank you to all who helped make the day a success!
Photographs from Women in Science 2009

For further details, contact Sandy Mayrand, Director of the Regional Science Resource Center, UMMS at (508) 856-5097 or Sandra.Mayrand@umassmed.edu