Women in Science and Engineering Annual Symposium

Symposium 2020: Mentorship

Friday, April 24, 2020

11:00 – 12:00: Keynote speaker by Dr. Rebecca Hardin

Title: TBD

Professor Hardin’s areas of interest and scientific study include human/wildlife interactions, and social and environmental change related to wildlife management, tourism, logging, and mining in equatorial Africa, especially the western Congo basin. Recent projects also focus on the increasingly intertwined practices of health, environmental management, and corporate governance in southern and eastern Africa, including sites in South Africa and Kenya. She teaches and mentors students interested in international environmental practice and policy, wildlife management, human relationships to landscape, environmental justice, and global health. She also provides support for the students who are the genius behind SEAS’s weekly environmental talk and music show which helps researchers discuss their work with local audiences interested in environmental policy affecting Michigan. Her recent book, Transforming Ethnographic Knowledge, explores the discipline of anthropology as a set of skills and tools for social change in sectors as different as business, biological conservation, conflict resolution, and biomedical care. Rebecca currently coordinates the Environmental Justice field of study and coordinates the Michigan Sustainability Cases initiative.

12:00 – 12:30 pm: Lunch

12:30 – 1:30: Panels – Moderated by Ray Allen and Blair Willette

1:30 – 1:45: Coffee Break

1:45 – 3:30: RCR

4:00 – 5:30 pm: Student Poster Session and Happy Hour

We invite students and post-docs, women and men, from all departments to share their research!

Thank you to all of our sponsors for the 2020 program!


Symposium 2019: Environmental Justice

Friday, April 5, 2019

12:00 pm: Lunch is served

12:30-1:30 pm: Keynote Address by Dr. Julie Sze, UC Davis
Title: TBD

Dr. Julie Sze is the founding director of the Environmental Justice Project as part of UC Davis’s John Muir Institute of the Environment. She is a Professor of American Studies at UC Davis, and she is widely known for her books about environmental justice. Sze is known for her research in environmental justice and inequality in the context of race and gender, and she has authored more than 50 peer-reviewed publications on these topics. She has been invited to speak at a wide range of events, international and national, from Ivy League Universities to community colleges. Sze received the 2008 John Hope Franklin Publication Prize, a prestigious award given to the best American Studies publication annually, for her book Noxious New York: The Racial Politics of Urban Health and Environmental Justice. Sze has also authored Fantasy Islands: Chinese Dreams and Ecological Fears in an Age of Climate Crisis (2015), and her third book Sustainability: Approaches to Environmental Justice and Social Power is anticipated.

1:30-4:00 pm: Student Talks

Submit your abstract for a student talk here!

4:00-5:30 pm: Student Poster Session and Happy Hour

We invite students and post-docs, women and men, from all departments to share their research!

Thank you to all of our sponsors for the 2019 program!

Symposium 2018: STEM Equity and Access: Increasing Diversity in Senior Positions in Academia and Beyond

Friday, April 27, 2018

Symposium Program

12:30 pm: Lunch is served

12:45-2:00 pm: Keynote Address by Dr. Renetta Tull, University of Maryland Baltimore County
Talk Title: “Academic Leadership: Prepare to Take Your Seat at the Table”

Dr. Renetta Garrison Tull is Associate Vice Provost for Strategic Initiatives at UMBC and the Founding Director of PROMISE: Maryland’s Alliance for Graduate Education and the Professoriate (AGEP).

Dr. Tull presents across the U.S. and Puerto Rico on topics ranging from graduate school recruitment, retention, and dissertation completion, to faculty development. She serves as a national coach and mentor for prospective and current graduate students at universities outside of Maryland through STEM conferences such as GEM, NSBE, SACNAS, SHPE, and AISES. She is a former Board Member of the Northeastern Association of Graduate Schools.

Dr. Tull earned the B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Howard University, and both the M.S. in Electrical Engineering and the Ph.D. in Speech Science from Northwestern University. She was an Anna Julia Cooper Postdoctoral Fellow and Assistant Professor of Communicative Disorders at the University of Wisconsin-Madison (UW), and a researcher in the both the Waisman and Trace Centers (Rehabilitation Engineering) prior to coming to UMBC. In addition to academic experience, she has been involved with entrepreneurship projects and meetings in Silicon Valley, New York, Raleigh, as well as Illinois and Maryland. She has also worked with the Washington DC Technology Council.

Dr. Tull works to increase community and professional development opportunities for graduate students in Maryland through targeted PROMISE programs that include: Professors-in-Training (PROF-it), Dissertation House, the Community Building Retreat, Fall Harvest, Research Symposium, Reflections Health and Wellness Seminars, and others. These programs, along with PROMISE’s recruitment efforts and the growing recognition of Maryland’s commitment to diversity at the graduate level, have contributed to increases in applications, enrollments, and graduation rates of underrepresented graduate students in STEM fields.

2:00-4:00 pm: Panel Discussion Topic: Why are there so few women in senior positions in academia and across industries? (RCR credit)

Panelists include:

Dr. Renetta Tull, Associate Vice Provost for Strategic Initiatives, UMBC

Dr. Jacqueline Looney, Senior Associate Dean for Graduate Programs and Associate Vice Provost for Academic Diversity, Duke University

Dr. Elaine Cohen Hubal, Director, Computational Exposure Division, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Ms. Victoria Thio, Senior Software Engineer Manager, IBM

4:00-5:00 pm: Student Poster Session and Happy Hour

We invite students and post-docs, women and men, from all departments to share their research!


Thank you to all of our sponsors for the 2018 program!
Duke Graduate School
Department of Biochemistry
Department of Cell Biology
Department of Chemistry
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Department of Computer Science
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Department of Mathematics
Department of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science
Department of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology
Department of Pathology
Department of Pharmacology and Cancer Biology
Department of Physics
Department of Statistical Science
Graduate Program in Neurobiology
University Program in Genetics and Genomics



Symposium 2017: Being An Ally

April 28, 2017

12:30 pm: Lunch is served

1:00-2:00 pm: Keynote Address by Kelly LeMaire, M.S., Duke University Medical Center
Title: Say Something: Allied Behavior Training

Kelly LeMaire, M.S., is completing her doctoral degree from Marquette University in clinical psychology and is currently in her final year of training as a medical psychology resident/intern at Duke University Medical Center. She is a part of the Stress, Trauma and Recovery Treatment Program (START) clinic within the Cognitive Behavioral Research and Treatment Program (CBRTP). Her research focuses on prejudice, discrimination, allies and allied behavior, LGBTQ health and mental health, and interpersonal violence. Her dissertation utilized a 10-condition live experimental deign to examine allied behavior on behalf of individuals who identify as LGBTQ. She is passionate about advocacy and leadership and was awarded the Arthur J. Schmitt Leadership Fellowship for 2015-2016. During her time at Duke University Medical Center, she has continued to pursue these interests through providing educational trainings and beginning a Multicultural & Diversity Action Committee within the CBRTP. Her clinical areas of expertise are LGBTQ affirmative treatment, multiculturally competent care, trauma, borderline personality disorder, and emotion dysregulation.

2:00-4:00 pm: De-escalation Training Workshop led by Kelly LeMaire, M.S.

The theme of WiSE programming this year has been around the importance of being allies to colleagues or peers in need. This will culminate in a hands-on de-escalation workshop to provide participants with some tools for dealing with both explicit and implicit biases that they may witness in or outside of the workplace. Attendees will leave with a better understanding of when to step in in various instances, as well as ways to de-escalate high-tension to microaggression scenarios.

4:00-5:00 pm: Student Poster Session and Happy Hour

We invite students and post-docs, women and men, from all departments to share their research!


Symposium 2016: Systemic solutions to diversity problems in STEM

April 29, 2016

12:00-1:00 pm: Keynote Address by Dr. Desdamona Rios, University of Houston-Clear Lake
Title: Intersectionality, invisibility and outsider-within standpoints in STEM

Dr. Desdamona Rios is assistant professor of Psychology and Women’s Studies at the  University of Houston-Clear Lake. She holds a joint doctorate in Psychology and Women’s Studies from the University of Michigan. While at Michigan, Dr. Rios worked on Michigan’s ADVANCE program as well as the Global Feminisms Project, an international archival project that documents women’s leadership. In addition to developing programs to promote institutional change at UHCL, her current projects examine the relationship between culturally relevant cues in academic contexts for at-risk Hispanic American high school students and LGBT college students. She has also published work on her pedagogical practices, including the importance of making visible the accomplishments of marginalized groups across course curricula. She currently serves as consulting editor for Psychology of Women Quarterly, the top journal for feminist psychology, and was recently awarded by the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues (American Psychological Association, Division 9) a national teaching award recognizing her innovative approaches for teaching intersectionality theory across the psychology curriculum.

1:15-3:15 pm: Student and Postdoc Research Talks and Poster Presentations

3:30-5:30 pm: Panel Discussion Topic: Systemic solutions to diversity challenges in STEM

Panelists include
Dr. Sherilynn Black, Medical Education and Office of Biomedical Graduate Diversity, Duke University
Dr. Angel Harris, Sociology, Duke University
Dr. Susan Lozier, Earth and Ocean Sciences, Duke University
Dr. Desdamona Rios, Psychology and Women’s Studies, University of Houston-Clear Lake


Symposium 2015: Beyond awareness of gender bias in STEM

April 10, 2015

10:30 am: Keynote Address by James B. Duke Professor, Anne Pusey from Evolutionary Anthropology
Title: Cooperation, competition and coercion: Female social relationships in mammalian societies.

11:30 am: Graduate student research talks

1:00 pm: Panel Discussion Topic: Addressing gender biases in STEM

2:00 pm: Graduate student research talks

3:00 pm: Graduate student research poster session


Symposium 2012: The state of women in STEM fields

December 1, 2012
Presented by WiSE, Sigma Xi, and the American Medical Women’s Association