College of Charleston to host women in science conference

Dr. Lisa Fauci, the keynote speaker for the event

Dr. Lisa Fauci, the keynote speaker for the event

The 2018 - 2019 school year is being celebrated as the Year of Women at the College of Charleston. This event celebrates the 100 years that female students have been accepted into the school. As part of this, the School of Science and Mathematics is holding a women in science mini-conference. This event is being held on Thursday, Feb. 7, on the first floor of the Rita Hollings science building.

The event will start at 3:00 p.m. with a poster session for female science and math students to share their research along with tabling for student organizations. Following this, there will be a keynote talk given by invited speaker Dr. Lisa Fauci. Fauci is a mathematics professor at Tulane University. She studies computational biofluid dynamics.

Following the keynote talk, a panel for career discussion will be lead by female PhDs. This will give students the opportunity to ask questions and advice from other women in science. Also, there will be pizza served at this event if nothing else was convincing you to come. The discussion is scheduled to end at 6:00 p.m.

The goal of this conference is to celebrate women in all areas of science. Women are drastically underrepresented in STEM fields. According to the National Science Foundation, only around 20% of physics degrees at the bachelor’s, master’s, and doctorate level are award to women. This conference will celebrate female students and organizations at our school, and it also encourage these students to pursue their careers in science fields. One of the topics of discussion at the conference will be the issues women face in their paths in following degrees and careers in science.

The flyer for the event:

Women in science flyer.jpg

Article by Current Editor Bridget Ierace, @bridget.anne