The student ambassadors for #IAmAWomanInSTEM and their mentors gather to meet regularly each semester. Explore the photos and videos of the #IAmAWomanInSTEM Meet-and-Greet sessions below. These sessions started in Spring 2016 thanks to funding from the American Association of University Women from a Campus Action Grant led by Dr. Randolph Hollingsworth, Assistant Provost, and Shelby Albers, senior math major at the University of Kentucky.

Spring 2017

  • April 13, 6 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. STEM Groups sponsoring a discussion with Marissa Jesse, Education Abroad Peer Ambassador, on opportunities for women in STEM majors to study abroad. Lucille Little Fine Arts Library, room 205.
  • Student Panel at IAmAWomanInSTEM GatheringMarch 23, 6 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. STEM Groups panel of juniors and seniors from different STEM-related majors: Meredith Bratcher (Human Health Sciences); Taylor Ford (Chemical Engineering); Kayla Kuhfeldt (Biology); Amanda Melendez (Civil Engineering); and, Ndeye Thiaw (Biology). Topics of discussion covered were pre-professional academic careers and how to navigate successfully to get where you want to go. We also talked about how you can get more involved with the #IAmAWomanInSTEM initiative here at UK and beyond. Held in the Alumni Gallery in W.T. Young Library. See photo album of the event on the #IAmAWomanInSTEM Google+ collection.
  • February 23, 5:30 - 7:00 p.m. - STEM Groups Inaugural Meeting led by Heather Campbell, 200 McVey Hall
  • January 12, 4:30 - 6:30 p.m. - Potluck and Fun/Work-Sharing Stations, W.T.Young Library, featuring #IAmAWomanInSTEM student ambassadors (Cassie Woolley, Audrey Stoess, Caylyn Railey, Hannah Thompson, Heather Campbell) and mentors (Shelby Albers, Dr. Thushani Rodrigo-Peiris, Dr. Margaret Mohr-Schroeder, Tracy Morris, Dr. Ellen Crocker, Dr. Hollie Swanson, Dr. Sylvia Cerel-Suhl). See photo album of the event on the #IAmAWomanInSTEM Google+ collection.

Fall 2016

Spring 2016

  • February 18, 5-6:30 p.m., Meet-and-Greet featuring Dr. Christia Spears Brown, private dining room at The 90 
    Dr. Brown is Associate Professor of Psychology here at the University of Kentucky, Associate Editor for Journal of Adolescent Research and author of Parenting Beyond Pink and Blue: How to Raise Your Kids Free of Gender Stereotypes (Ten Speed Press, 2014). (see photo album of the event on Google+)
  • March 30, 5-6:30 p.m., Meet-and-Greet featuring Dr. Sylvia Cerel-Suhl, private dining room at The 90 
    Dr. Cerel-Suhl spoke on the many career options for women in medical fields. After earning her M.D. at Stanford, she served as chief resident in family practice at UK and then as faculty in Family and Community Medicine. Currently, she is the health educator and chair of the KY Advocacy Advisory Committee for the American Heart Association. She is the founder of KidsArt4Hearts, a program for children about heart health. (see video of the event on YouTube)
  • Focus Group in April 2016 led by Drs. Eddens and Thushani Roderigo-Peiris on how to move forward with our initiativeApril 14, 5-6:30 p.m., Meet-and-Greet featuring Dr. Pamela Marcum, private dining room at The 90 
    Dr. Pamela Marcum, originally from eastern KY, was the first tenure-track astronomer and the first woman in the Physics Department at Texas Christian University. She is now the project scientist for Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA) at NASA Ames Research Center. (see video of the event on YouTube) - at right, see one of the focus groups on improving the initiative that was held after the Meet-and-Greet in April 2016, this one led by Dr. Kate Eddens (left) and Dr. Thushani Roderigo-Peiris (right)
  • May 6, 10:30 a.m., a breakfast gathering to celebrate the group projects by the UK300 service-learning class (you can find them on our projects page), to award our graduating seniors with a lapel pin (featuring the #IAmAWomanInSTEM logo) and to talk about the future of #IAmAWomanInSTEM