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Southern Oregon University

AWSEM Symposium
for Middle School Girls

Saturday, April 27, 2013

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


Click here [pdf] to see a list of the 2012 AWSEM presenters and workshops.

Grade level: 7-8

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


Confirmation Letter
Map and Directions


Invitation Letter [pdf]
Nomination Form [pdf]

The AWSEM (Advocates for Woman in Science, Engineering, and Math) Symposium is a one-day symposium intended to motivate middle school girls to pursue higher education and careers in the areas of science, 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.
AWSEM girls in nursing

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 nine 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.

A special thanks to our AWSEM 2012 Donors!

AWSEM girls in class

WHIZ KIDS ($500-$999)

Sky Research, Inc.

INVENTORS ($100-$499)

Amer. Assoc. of University Women (AAUW) Medford Branch
Amer. Assoc. of University Women (AAUW) Ashland Branch
Todd and Karin Anderson
Hematology-Oncology Associates, PC
Marquess & Associates
Medford Radiological Group
Neilson Research Corporation
Darren Ravassipour, DDS, MS, PL - Ravassipour Orthodontics
Darcie and Paul Sternenberg

SCHOLARS ($50-$99)

Craig and Paula Chow
Mark Dew - Dew Engineering

AWSEM girls looking at plansAWSEM girls putting it together