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Through the leadership of WIST, Argonne annually offers immersive youth conferences catering to STEM-engaged female students. Women in Science and Technology (WIST) serves to attract, maintain, and build a professional workforce of women scientists and engineers by encouraging young women to develop and pursue STEM pathways.

At Argonne, WIST yearly facilitates two all-day conferences for young women to discover and explore their interests in science and engineering:

Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day – An engineering-focused opportunity open to 8th-grade girls. Participants will get the chance to:

  •     Enjoy motivational presentations by women scientists and engineers.
  •     Tour Argonne’s cutting-edge research facilities.
  •     Connect with Argonne mentors.
  •     Engage in hands-on activities.
  •     Compete in a team challenge.

Science Careers in Search of Women – Covering all areas of Argonne’s mission science, this conference is open to high school girls. Participants will get the chance to:

  •     Meet over 50 different scientists and engineers.
  •     Participate in motivational presentations.
  •     Contribute in career panel discussions.
  •     Tour multiple science and engineering facilities across the Lab.
  •     Have lunch with a scientist or engineer.
  •     Engage with working professionals at the career booth exhibit.
  •     Discuss research posters presented by scientists and engineers.
  •     Complete individual career and leadership assessments.