Mines News

Release Date Thursday, March 9, 2023

STEM Careers in Focus at Conference for Over 800 7th Grade Girls

Rapid City’s annual Women in Science Conference will take place on March 14 on the South Dakota Mines campus. The program is hosted by Youth in Science Rapid City, Inc., co-sponsored by Mines’ Women in Science and Engineering (WiSE), and funded by grants and community partners.  

An estimated 814 middle school girls will converge on the South Dakota Mines campus from 9 a.m. to 2:35 p.m. on Tuesday, March 14, for the annual Women in Science Conference. The keynote address will take place in the Goodell Gym while the exhibit hall will be in the Fraser Gym with other speakers spread across the Mines campus.

The immersion-based experience is designed to provide young women with engaging opportunities to learn about careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

A wide range of STEM careers will be demonstrated by professional women leading interactive exhibits and discussions. Among the speakers are engineers, physicians, dentists, meteorologists, science educators, veterinarians, geologists and accountants.

Sharlissa Moore, Ph.D., environmental justice and stakeholder engagement advisor at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, will offer the keynote address. More can be found on Moore here.

Every 7th grade girl in the Rapid City Area School District will attend as well as girls from American Horse School, Custer, Douglas, Edgemont, Hermosa, Hill City, Hot Springs, Isna Wica Owayawa (Loneman), Kadoka, Little Wound, New Underwood, Red Cloud, St. Thomas More and Wall as well as homeschooled students.  

The program is hosted by Youth in Science Rapid City, Inc. and co-sponsored by Mines’ Women in Science and Engineering (WiSE) program and funded by grants and community partners. 


About South Dakota Mines  

Founded in 1885, South Dakota Mines is one of the nation’s leading engineering, science and technology universities. South Dakota Mines offers bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees and a best-in-class education at an affordable price. The university enrolls 2,493 students with an average class size of 24. The South Dakota Mines placement rate for graduates is 98 percent, with an average starting salary of more than $70,036. For these reasons  South Dakota Mines is ranked among the best engineering schools in the country for return on investment. Find us online at www.sdsmt.edu and on FacebookTwitter, LinkedInInstagram, and Snapchat.

Contact: Gray Hughes, 605-394-2554, gray.hughes@sdsmt.edu