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2018 Women in STEM Week


Highlights from the 2018 WiSTEM week

Here’s the schedule — note that some events require advance registration:

Monday, April 2, 8:30-10:30 p.m., CUB Auditorium – The week will kick off with a showing of the acclaimed movie, “Hidden Figures.”  The movie is about “three brilliant African-American women at NASA — Katherine Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan and Mary Jackson – who serve as the brains behind one of the greatest operations in history: the launch of astronaut John Glenn into orbit.  The movie is a stunning achievement that restored the nation’s confidence, turned around the Space Race and galvanized the world.” This event is sponsored by the SEB.

Tuesday, April 3, 4-5 p.m., CUB Auditorium – Keynote by Gerri Martin Flickinger, Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer at Starbucks.  Ms. Flickinger graduated from WSU in 1985 with a BS in Computer Science. The keynote will be LiveStream broadcast by the Global Campus.  A reception will be held immediately following the keynote, 5-6 p.m., in the CUB Gallery.

Wednesday, April 4, 4:30-8 p.m., CUB Senior Ballroom – STEM Panel Discussion followed by a “Dinner with an Engineer/Scientist.”  The event will open with a networking session from 4:30-5 p.m., followed by the panel discussion, 5-6 p.m.  The panel will be moderated by Dr. Noel Schulz and LiveStream broadcast by the Global Campus.
The panelists include:

  • Julie Averill, Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, lululemon athletica, inc, and Washington STEM Board Member
  • Tracy Roberts, M.S., Mission Support Alliance, Electrical Engineer
  • Tiffany Ludka-Gaulke, MD, Providence Medical Group, Class of 2004, Honors, Neuroscience
  • Leen Kawas, PhD, CEO & President, M3 Biotechnology, WSU alumna
  • K. D. Joshi, PhD, Professor and Chair, Carson College of Business, Department of Management, Information Systems, and Entrepreneurship

The event is open to all WSU students who will enjoy a free meal and networking with scientists and engineers from the sponsoring companies.
Students are encouraged to sign up for the dinner through Handshake (

Thursday, April 5, American Association of University Women will host a Salary Negotiation workshop. Refreshments will be served.

  • Smart Start: how to negotiate salaries for a first job, raise, or promotion 5:30-7:30 p.m., SPARK 335 (registration via Handshake required).

Friday, April 6-7, WSU Performing Arts presents final performances of Silent Sky

  • Silent Sky tells the true story of early astronomer Henrietta Leavitt, whose scientific discoveries took place in the context of a society with little regard for women’s ideas. More information here.

Come one, come all — let’s celebrate WSU’s Women in STEM together!!


Inaugural Week of Women in STEM

By: Sophia O’Brien

WSU’s inaugural Week of Women in STEM will be held April 2-5. It is a week to celebrate, acknowledge, and inspire women in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Women remain underrepresented in all fields of STEM, and are continually paid less than their male counterparts. Women can be credited for many accomplishments in science, but have historically been shadowed by male peers. While there are pioneers for women in the STEM fields like Jane Goodall, Rachel Carson, Mary Leakey, and Rosalind Franklin, young girls are still in dire need of role models in their everyday lives. The week is designed to help Washington State University women in STEM gain the confidence they need to excel in their futures.

On Monday, a screening of the acclaimed movie Hidden Figures will take place, it is the story of a team of female African-American mathematicians who served a vital role in NASA during the early years of the U.S. space program. CUB Auditorium at 8 p.m.

Events continue on Tuesday with a keynote address by Cougar Alumnae, Starbucks Executive V.P. and Chief Technology Officer, Gerri Martin- Flickinger.

A dinner on Wednesday night will include a networking session and panel discussion with STEM professionals. Dr. Noel Schulz, WSU First Lady and professor in the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, will moderate the discussion. This is a private event that required previous registration and invite.

Thursday includes workshops by AAUW on salary negotiations. It will compromise of two workshops, one for those just beginning in their careers, and another on how to advocate for a raise or promotion. AAUW’s research on the gender pay gap shows that, one year out of college, women are already paid significantly less than their male counterparts.

The week wraps up with showings of WSU Performing Arts production of the play Silent Sky. Based on the true story of astronomer Henrietta Leavitt, the play explores a woman’s place in society during a time of immense scientific discoveries, when women’s ideas were dismissed—until men claimed credit for them.

International Clinical Internships

Pullman pre-health peeps, don’t miss this from the Health Professions Student Center this week:

Are you interested in doing a clinical observation internship abroad? IES will be hosting a study abroad interest meeting for health focused majors. The meeting is on Thursday, April 20 (4pm-5pm) in Bryan Hall, 116. Come learn about the process, deadlines, costs, and scholarships! Pizza provided too!

Professional Development

Summer is quickly approaching and WiSTEM is aware that many students need help finding internships and jobs.

With that in mind, we have organized a workshop with the ASCC that will allow students to improve upon their resumes, cover letters, branding, and networking skills. Check out the details below and we hope to see you all there!

WiSTEM Wednesday #4

Our first meeting of the semester will be on 2/15 from 4-5pm in the Eastlick Lounge.

There will be cookies and great conversation, so don’t miss out. Everyone is invited!

Be sure to save these upcoming dates: March 15th, April 12th 

Spring ’17 Happenings

“Awesome women in STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) fields!
These are true badges of merit
Too good.


WiSTEM Spring ’17

Another semester full of exciting WiSTEM events is coming your way! Here’s what’s on the docket:

WiSTEM Wednesdays: Join WSU students and faculty from all around the university for casual conversations about what it’s like to be in STEM while female. (Also, cookies.) WiSTEM Wednesdays meet in Eastlick 171 from 4-5pm about once a month.Save these dates: February 15th, March 15th, April 12
WiSTEM Wisdom Coffee Klatsch: In late March, we’re planning to gather a gaggle of extraordinary WSU women in STEM for an afternoon of stories and advice, plus space for WiSTEMmers to ask those burning questions. Mentors, meet mentees; mentees, meet your future.

Save this date: Thursday, March 30th 3-5pm
WiSTEM Workshops: Topics we’re working up: Packaging yourself for the job market! Keeping your marbles when the books and the labs and the research and the lifes all stack up at once! Self-advocacy and understanding implicit bias!

Dates TBD. Watch your email.
Scientista: WSU undergrads, have you SEEN this excellent club?? Dedicated to “Giving communities of women in STEM more visibility and resources,” it’s an awesome way to get involved. The first meeting of the semester is TONIGHT (Jan. 31)  @ 4:00 in Eastlick 171

Let’s See, Let’s See, What Else: We’ll be developing into a more, uh, robust space (it’s still the place to go for email signups, though — tell your friends) and working on our social media (… OH AND ALSO,

We Want Your Voice! The purpose of the WiSTEM initiative is to create opportunity and community for WSU Science, Tech, Engineering and Math people with a focus on the female. Upon our launch in fall 2016, we discovered there’s a LOT of interest on the Pullman campus (we got the First Lady on a panel! We partnered with English and the Common Reading Program! We even got funding from the Provost!), which was super exciting…

But. WiSTEM is a baby as far as university-wide initiatives go. So help us grow by telling us: What do YOU think WSU can do to better support our women in STEM? What can WiSTEM do for you?
Ponder it and watch your email — we’re working on a survey we’ll send out shortly.
That’s all for today, WiSTEMmers. Hope your semester is off to a terrific start! Questions, comments, etc, can come to

Yours in the year of the Rooster,
The WiSTEM Team