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Join us on Friday, October 26, 2018 to address this year's theme, 

Implicit Bias: Allies and Action. 


Researchers have long been studying the various reasons why women are underrepresented in the STEM fields. This conference aims to not just address some of these reasons, but give our students, faculty, and staff the understanding and tools to help them succeed in their careers of choice.

To read a general recap about what was covered during previous conferences, you can check out the details of our 2016 conference here, and our 2017 conference here.

Headshot of Jessi SmithWe'd like to welcome this year's keynote speaker, Dr. Jessi L. Smith. Jessi L. Smith is a Professor of Psychology and Associate Vice Chancellor for Research at the University of Colorado Colorado Springs. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Utah, and spent much of her academic career at Montana State University, where she also served as the primary investigator of the NSF funded ADVANCE Project TRACS, aimed at broadening the participation of women faculty in STEM and behavioral science fields in ways that foster excellence for the entire campus community.

Dr. Smith’s primary research interest is on how societal norms and stereotypes undermine or support an individual’s motivational experience. Her research specializes in social psychological aspects of gender and culture that advance the success of people at risk in education, business, and health. She has over 60 peer-reviewed publications and one book to her credit. She is very grant successful with over $7 million in external funding from the NIH and NSF. Her funded work includes longitudinal analyses of Native American and Latina/o student experiences in STEM; cross-sectional analyses of women’s motivation for STEM; and experimental interventions designed to change situations to foster diversity, equity, and inclusion.  

What: Third annual Women in STEM Conference

Who: Open to all students, faculty, and staff

When: Friday, October 26, 2018, 8:00am - 4:20pm

Where: Tivoli Turnhalle

Interested in the schedule? 

  • 8:00 – 9:00  Registration/breakfast
  • 9:00 – 10:00  Welcome/icebreaker
  • 10:00 – 11:00  Keynote and Q&A
  • 11:10 – 12:40  Workshop #1
  • 12:40 – 2:00  Lunch/expo
  • 2:00 – 3:30  Workshop #2
  • 3:30 – 4:20  Closing/raffle

Workshop titles will be announced as soon as they are finalized, but will focus on this year's theme, implicit bias. 


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Looking to sponsor or get student groups involved?

The Planning Committee for MSU Denver's Women in STEM conference are looking for departments interested in contributing to making this event a success. We would love to feature your department in our program, and to involve your students as much as possible!

Additionally, we are planning on having a number of student orgs table the event this year and providing them with some dedicated face time. This is a great opportunity for student attendees to become familiar with organizations they may not have known about and for orgs to increase their ranks!

Please contact Kelsey Smith or Liz Moore if you are interested in donating towards the cost of this event, or tabling the conference.

For any questions, please feel free to write us!Women in STEM Logo

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