Registration ends soon for the 26th annual Tennessee Girls in STEM Math and Science Conference at MTSU, which will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24.
The deadline to register is Thursday, Sept. 1, event organizers said.
The STEM conference, which focuses on science, technology, engineering and math, will be held in person. Masks and hand sanitizers will be provided and are recommended in light of the ongoing pandemic.
Middle school and high school girls — fifth through 12th graders — are welcome to participate. There is a $20 registration fee, but financial assistance is available.
To register and for more details, visit https://mtsu.edu/TGIS.
Tennessee Girls in STEM, or TGIS, helps girls and young women investigate science and mathematics careers, hear from women in math and science fields, participate in hands-on workshops and meet other girls interested in STEM. For its first 24 years, the event was known as the MTSU Expanding Your Horizons, or EYH, Conference.
“MTSU is providing for the future workforce in Tennessee, in the South and across the nation by introducing girls to STEM role models at our annual conference,” said MTSU chemistry professor Judith Iriarte-Gross, conference and WISTEM (Women in STEM) Center director.
“More than 25 years of supporting girls and women in STEM is an amazing track record,” she added. “Thanks to MTSU for hosting Tennessee Girls in STEM.”
Barbara Turnage, interim dean for the College of Behavioral and Health Sciences, will be the keynote speaker for this year’s event. Her background is in social work, as are her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Nebraska-Omaha. She earned her doctorate from Tulane University in New Orleans.
“I’m thrilled to have an opportunity to encourage and inform our next generation of leaders and innovators,” Turnage said.
Turnage said she will discuss “the importance of finding a career that fits their skillset and their interests.”
Key points in her talk will include the difference between a career and a job, balancing work and life, the importance of money to live and not selecting a career because of the money associated with it, plus fielding audience questions.
Turnage is a recipient of the John Pleas Faculty Recognition Award, which presented annually to a Black MTSU faculty member who has demonstrated excellence in teaching, research and service.
The conference is sponsored by the MTSU College of Basic and Applied Sciences and University College, Nissan, Schneider Electric, Texas Instruments, Newell Brands and the Nashville local section of the American Chemical Society.
— Randy Weiler (Randy.Weiler@mtsu.edu)