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Empowering Women In STEM

October 26, 2021 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Join UMass Dartmouth’s College of Engineering, UMass Dartmouth alumnae, members of the Women in Defense (WID) Greater Boston Chapter, and other industry professionals for an evening designed to empower women pursuing STEM degrees. This event is sponsored by Joint Research and Development (JRAD), National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA), Systems & Technology Research (STR), and other leading defense innovation organizations. The program includes dinner, lightning talks, scholarship awards, and a networking session with current female engineering students.

Dr. Jean VanderGheynst, Dean of the College of Engineering, and Diane Phillips, Boston Operations Manager of JRAD and vice president of STEM for WID Greater Boston Chapter, will deliver the welcome address. The event will also feature distinguished speakers from the Department of Defense, research laboratories, and the defense industry.

Dr. VanderGheynst says, “This is the third year we are collaborating with the WID Greater Boston Chapter and the results are transformational for our students. Young women pursuing undergraduate degrees in engineering have the opportunity to connect with recent graduates working in the industry, and this allows them to identify with potential role models, career positions and organizations they would like to work with after graduation.”

Phillips says, “This event format is unique as it centers on mentorship of young women in STEM. It’s not just a career fair. The WID Greater Boston Chapter and UMass Dartmouth collaboration was recognized by WID National, an affiliate of the NDIA, at a recent leadership summit for this novel approach towards academia/industry collaboration.”

The Empowering Women in STEM event takes place Tuesday, October 26, 2021 from 5:00 pm-8:00 pm at Woodland Commons on the campus of UMass Dartmouth. Please note masks will be required. The cost to attend is $25 for WID and NDIA members and $45 for non-members. Net proceeds from the event will benefit scholarship programs for UMass Dartmouth students, as well as WID Greater Boston Chapter Scholarships.

$45; $25 for WID/NDIA Members

To register, or donate directly to the scholarships, visit https://bit.ly/2WLCPRu. For more information on sponsorships, email Bridej527@gmail.com.

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October 26, 2021
5:00 pm - 8:00 pm


UMass Dartmouth
Woodland Commons, 285 Old Westport Rd
North Dartmouth, United States
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WID-GBC & UMass Dartmouth College of Engineering