WIS students at CHI Health Saint Elizabeth 2015

Conference will be held April 6-7, 2018

The 20th Annual Women in Science Conference will be held at the The Graduate Hotel in downtown Lincoln, Nebraska. Registration is now open. Sponsored by Nebraska EPSCoR and the Center for Science, Mathematics and Computer Education, this two-day event brings high school girls from across Nebraska and the Midwest region to campus to explore their interests in science careers. Women in Science is for students who want to interact with career and academic professional women in science, meet current female science students and other high school girls who are interested in science, and discover countless professions as diverse as biologists, geologists, engineers, food scientists, computer scientists, and those in the medical fields.

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Dayana Patera

Keynote Speaker: Dayana Patera, M.D.

Nebraska Internal Medicine, PC

Dr. Dayana Patera was born and raised in Caracas, Venezuela. She graduated from the University Central of Venezuela in 2005. Following medical school, she moved to Omaha to complete her residency in Internal Medicine at Creighton University Medical Center in 2012. After completing her residency, she joined the hospitalist team at St. Elizabeth Regional Medical Center, where she served as a dedicated in-patient physician for four years. While serving as a hospitalist, Dr. Patera was an instructor in the Family Medicine Residency program through the Lincoln Medical Education Partnership. Dr. Patera also served as a primary care physician in a rural community in Venezuela and as a volunteer physician in remote rural villages in the Dominican Republic.

Presently, she is part of Nebraska Internal Medicine PC, where she practices as Internist in the outpatient setting. Outside of her career, she enjoys spending time with her husband and five kids and traveling.


The 2018 conference will begin at Saint Elizabeth Regional Medical Center at 2 p.m. on Friday, for those who are interested in a behind-the-scenes tour of the hospital. Then participants will head to The Graduate Hotel in downtown Lincoln for a banquet featuring our keynote speaker Dr. Dayana Patera of Nebraska Internal Medicine, PC. Saturday will kick off a day filled with hands-on activities for students to experience in the Nebraska Union on City Campus and lab activities at the Beadle Center in the afternoon. Students are encouraged to use hashtag nebraskawis2018 to share their experiences with us during the conference on social media.

Friday, April 6, Schedule

2 p.m.-4 p.m. Hospital Tour, CHI Health Saint Elizabeth
5 p.m.-6 p.m. Registration at The Graduate Hotel Lincoln
6 p.m.-8 p.m. Banquet and Keynote Speaker's Address
8:30 p.m. Student Observatory (weather permitting)

Saturday, April 7, Schedule

8:30 a.m.-9:20 a.m. Speed Networking at Nebraska Union
9:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m. First Round of Workshops at Nebraska Union
10:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m. Department Displays
11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Lunch on own, downtown Lincoln
12:30 p.m.-1:30 p.m. Second Round of Workshops at Nebraska Union
2 p.m.-5 p.m. Hands-On Laboratory Workshops at Beadle Center and Evaluations
I am working on a letter of recommendation for a former graduate of mine to get into the University of Nebraska Medical Center’s College of Dentistry because of Women in Science. My female students that attend seem to pursue higher degrees in education/careers due to having attended this fabulous function. Ms. Marie WadasArcadia Public School, 7-12 Science Teacher

Registration is now open

High school sophomore and junior women who have an interest in exploring a career in science are encouraged to attend. Participants are selected by their teachers based on interest and aptitude. Registration fills quickly, so interested high school teachers or counselors should contact us after registration closes to get on a waiting list at:

UNL Center for Science, Mathematics & Computer Education
251 Avery Hall
Lincoln, NE 68588-0131


Selected students should know and agree to the following expectations prior to attending: I understand that the focus of this conference is exploring careers in science, and I will give my best effort to interact with the faculty and industry professionals who are volunteering their time to speak with me and to participate in the activities and workshops provided by UNL. For my safety, I will always be with at least one other member of the group and at least one teacher. During my stay at the conference hotel and on UNL property, I will treat my surroundings with the appropriate respect. I accept responsibility for any damage done to the hotel or any UNL property during my stay. I agree to follow the instructions and schedule established by conference activity workers. If at any time the UNL staff deems my behavior unacceptable, my guardians may be notified and I may be asked to leave the conference.

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