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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. 

 2016 Science: A Force for the Future

Click here to see a list of the exciting 2016 AWSEM workshops

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

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 2016 TEACHERS                                   2016 AWSEM Program Cover 4W Invitation Letter [pdf]
Nomination Form 
[fillable pdf] 

A special thanks to our AWSEM 2016 Donors!

Lyn Hennion

AAUW Medford in collaboration with Medford University Women Charitable Fund
Amer. Assoc. of University Women (AAUW) Ashland Branch
Dr. Ruth Rabinovitch
Neilson Research Corporation

Up to $99
Mike & Beth Gibson