First and Last Name/s of Presenters

Lucinda CahillFollow
Rianna RodriguesFollow

Title of Poster or Paper

Women in STEM


Professor Tolga Kaya

Participation Type


College and Major available



University Commons

Start Day/Time

4-24-2019 2:00 PM

End Day/Time

4-24-2019 5:00 PM

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Apr 24th, 2:00 PM Apr 24th, 5:00 PM

Women in STEM

University Commons

Women in science may considerably be outcasts within the workforce and academia. The Scientista Foundation was created to build a community for women in STEM to find confidence, support, and opportunities for stronger futures together. Through the attendance of The Scientista Symposium, run by the foundation, women are allowed to explore their future careers and support through career fairs, lecture sessions, and networking portions.

Women at all points of their careers attended the Symposium for its extensive information in the world of science. Day one had consisted of a career fair that allowed women to network with other companies and organizations for future positions and possibilities. Some interesting companies that collected at the fair was including Lubrizol, BD, Raytheon, FormLabs, Boston Dynamics and Pall Corporation. All of these companies ranging their focuses from air space to medical requirements, were able to assure that engineers were always required. At night the Symposium held a comedy night in which 5 intelligent women expressed their experiences that were sure to relate to the rest of the community of women in science. Each act was relatable to the interests amongst the crowd, including mistakes in the lab, the requirements to speak in such jargon to relate to peers, or how the future of career searching will evolve from how to create robots to such jobs robots could not accomplish. The following day of the fair at Harvard’s Medical Center the attendees were able to choose from a selection of lectures that ranged from business etiquette to courses on coding. The opening speaker, Dr. Christine Grant, had spoken of her experiences as an African American woman with a number of Stem accomplishments, titling her lecture “STEM Resilience: Your Secret Weapon!”. There were sessions that taught the attendees a brief introduction to python, which websites were best for the process of publication of research, as well as the acceptance of taking on non traditional careers in stem.