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2019 Festival Event:

STEM Gems: Giving Girls Role Models

Join us for an interactive panel discussion that will enlighten and empower girls and young women to pursue careers in STEM: Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math!
You'll meet exceptional women from a diverse set of STEM careers and learn about their unique journeys that led to their respective careers. You'll understand what they do, how they make a difference in the world, and how they help people using STEM. You'll walk away with advice, guidance, and to-do’s specific for girls and young women to help jumpstart your STEM journey. And as a bonus, you'll take home some STEM Gems swag that includes the 44 STEM Gems and STEM careers featured in the STEM Gems book! Autographed copies of the STEM Gems book will be available for purchase.

Stephanie Espy, STEM Gems Founder and Panel Moderator
Chemical Engineering
BS Massachusetts Institute of Technology, MS University of California Berkeley, MBA Emory University
Author and Founder of STEM Gems and MathSP Academic and Test Prep Coaching

Ramona Lopez, Mathematician and Technologist
Data Science and Computer Science
BS Kennesaw State University and Southern Polytechnic State University
Application Support Manager at SunTrust

Juana Mendenhall, PhD, Scientist
Polymer Chemistry
BS North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University, PhD Clark Atlanta University
Biotech Entrepreneur and Professor of Chemistry at Morehouse College

Kesha Williams, Technologist
Computer Science & Mathematics
BS Spelman College, MS University of Phoenix
Software Engineer Manager at Chick-fil-A Corporate

Pooja Tiwari, PhD, Scientist
Molecular Virology and Biology
BS Nagpur University, MS Nagpur University, PhD Alabama State University
Post Doctoral Fellow Developing Therapeutics at Georgia Tech

Karen Bennett, Mathematician
Actuarial Science, Finance, and Computer Science
AA Georgia Perimeter College, BA Georgia State
Actuarial Analyst Intern at Deloitte and Chubb

Cara Smith, Technologist
Front-end Web Development
BS Kennesaw State University
User Interface Engineer at Sharecare, Inc.

Becky Yao, PhD, Engineer
Bio and Electrical Engineering
BS Nanjing University, PhD Georgia Tech
Digital and Biomedical Signal Processing Researcher

Renata Rawlings-Goss, PhD, Scientist and Technologist
Biophysics and Physics
BS Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University, MS and Phd University of Michigan
Co-Executive Director of the South Big Data Innivation Hub

Misty Bentz, PhD, Scientist
Physics and Astronomy
BS University of Washington, MS/PhD The Ohio State University
Expert on Black Holes, Professor, and NASA Consultant

Parking is available for $3 at the parking deck nearby the Spelman College Science Center NASA Auditorium. See the campus map for more information. Doors open at 9:15 a.m.

Presented by STEM Gems, Spelman College

Topics: Business/Careers Chemistry Earth & Space Science Engineering Life Sciences Math Physics Robotics Science & Society Technology
Audience: Families (kids & adults together) Teens (13-18 yrs) Children (5-12 yrs)


Spelman College Science Center NASA Auditorium

350 Spelman Ln SW

Atlanta, 30314


Saturday, March 16th, 2019

10:00 am – 12:00 pm


Price: $10/adult, $3/child

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