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Southern Oregon University

Advocates for Women in Science, Engineering & Mathematics (AWSEM) Symposium
for Middle School Girls

Saturday, April 23, 2016

  • Hands on workshops
  • Meet women science practitioners
  • Learn about a career in the sciences
  • Meet other girls interested in science, engineering and math

The AWSEM Symposium will take place at the Stevenson Union, located on the campus of Southern Oregon University. SOU map [PDF].

Bus and Minibus Parking
School buses and minibuses transporting students must go directly to Parking Lot #36 on Mountain Avenue. Please park in the back of the lot away from Mountain Avenue. See the attached map.

Teams must walk a short distance from Parking Lot #36 to the Stevenson Union. 

 2015 Science Transforms the World

To see a list of the exciting 2015 AWSEM workshops Click here 

Girls are nominated by their school's science, math, and technology teachers.

2015 Camila Thorndike and Group AWSEMFOR STUDENTS WHO ARE ATTENDING 2015
Grade level: 7-8

Letter, Map and Directions [pdf] TBA

The  Advocates for Woman in Science, Engineering, and Math (AWSEM) Symposium is a one-day symposium intended to motivate middle school girls to pursue higher education and careers in the areas of science, technology, engineering and math.
The AWSEM program introduces middle school girls to professional women role models providing an opportunity for girls to participate in a variety of experiences related to these fields.

2015 Force Building AWSEM 2015

The day will begin with a variety of discovery activities. Participants then select and attend hands-on workshops covering topics such as forensic science, veterinary medicine, chemistry, and more. A drama group will perform during the luncheon. The day will wrap up with recognition of the attendees.

Throughout the day, female college students will be available to discuss their achievements and enrichment opportunities with the girls. Each participant, who is nominated by their school, will attend three of the ten hands-on workshops of their choice. The workshops are specialized so girls can experience elements of a career in the sciences and discuss this career with the professional women conducting the workshops. Presenters are women from the local community who are chosen not only for their professional backgrounds and careers, but also for their ability to enthusiastically share their interest in these fields. The number of participants for each workshop is limited so the presenters will be able to provide individual attention to each participant. To offer even more time for informal discussion, participants may sit with the presenters and enjoy lunch together.

FOR 2015 TEACHERS                                   2015 Awsem Invite 4Web
Invitation Letter [pdf]
Nomination Form 
[fillable pdf] 

Presenter 2015 registration form click here [PDF]   

A special thanks to our AWSEM 2015 Donors!

Lyn Hennion
Elizabeth Holland

Amer. Assoc. of University Women (AAUW) Medford Branch
Amer. Assoc. of University Women (AAUW) Ashland Branch
Dr. Ruth Rabinovitch
Ravassipour Orthodontic's

Up to $99
Beth Gibson
Dagoba Chocolates

2015 Force Smiles 4A AWSEM 2015                           2015 Force Victory AWSEM 5