WIS students at CHI Health Saint Elizabeth 2015

Conference will be held March 31-April 1, 2017

The 19th Annual Women in Science Conference will be held at the Embassy Suites in Downtown Lincoln, Nebraska. Registration is now closed. Contact us to be placed on a waiting list. 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.

Terri Norton

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Terri Norton

University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Dr. Terri Norton is an Associate Professor of Construction Engineering in The Durham School of Architectural Engineering and Construction. Dr. Norton’s research interests lie in energy efficient and sustainable construction and the effects that natural hazards have on civil structures. In 2016, she received a six-month Fulbright U.S. Scholar grant, which she will use to examine how Japan recovered from a devastating earthquake and tsunami in 2011. Norton holds a M.S. and Ph.D. in civil engineering from Florida A&M University and a B.S. in civil engineering from Florida State University. Before joining UNL she was a member of the technical staff in the Structural Dynamics Department at The Aerospace Corporation, working on dynamic modeling and analysis of space structures. She also assisted a team of engineering researchers surveying how homes built before and after the updated Florida building code faired during the 2004 hurricane season.

Norton has served as the faculty advisor for the student chapters of the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) and the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute (EERI). She is actively involved in mentoring the youth in the areas of math and science through participation with the UNL Explore Engineering Week (EEW) and Peter Kiewit Institute (PKI) Open House. She has also been a past mentor for the Ernest E. Just Marine Biology Program and the AMAN Inc. International Science and Discovery, Saturday Science Academy (SSA)-NSBE Jr., which is designed to encourage the career paths of secondary school students who have been traditionally underrepresented in science and technology fields.


The 2017 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 Embassy Suites for a banquet featuring our keynote speaker Dr. Terri Norton of Nebraska Engineering. 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 nebraskawis2017 to share their experiences with us during the conference on social media. (Please note that in 2017, lunch on Saturday will not be provided as part of the conference.)

Friday, March 31, Schedule

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

Saturday, April 1, Schedule

8:30 a.m.-9:20 a.m. Discussions with Panelists 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 now closed

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. Interested high school teachers or counselors should contact us 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.