Mines News

Release Date Thursday, March 10, 2022

STEM Careers in Focus at Conference for 1400 Middle School Girls

The annual Women in Science Conference at South Dakota Mines is an immersion-based experience designed to provide young women with engaging opportunities to learn about careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

An estimated 1,400 middle school girls will converge on the South Dakota Mines campus from 9 a.m. to 2:35 p.m. on Tuesday and Wednesday, March 15-16, for the annual Women in Science Conference.

The immersion-based experience is designed to provide young women with engaging opportunities to learn about careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). This year’s conference will span two days in order to provide outreach to students who would have been eligible to participate in 2021 when the conference had to be cancelled due to COVID restrictions.

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.

Dr. Jennifer Hasvold, hospitalist at Monument Health and Pillar 3 Director for the University of South Dakota Sanford School of Medicine, will offer the keynote address.

Every 7th and 8th grade girl in the Rapid City Area School District will attend as well as homeschooled students and girls from Custer, Douglas, Hermosa, Hot Springs, Isna Wica Owayawa Loneman School, Kadoka Area Schools, Little Wound, Long Valley, New Underwood, St. Thomas More and Wall.

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: Mike Ray, 605-394-6082, mike.ray@sdsmt.edu

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