WIS students at CHI Health Saint Elizabeth 2015

Conference will be held April 8-9, 2022

The 23rd Annual Women in Science Conference will be held at the Nebraska Union on the UNL City Campus in downtown Lincoln, Nebraska. 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.

Tracy Bohaboj
Tracy Bohaboj
Emmeline Watson
Emmeline Watson

Keynote Speakers: Tracy Bohaboj and Emmeline Watson

Duncan Aviation, Lincoln, Nebraska

Tracy Bohaboj is an Engineering Team Leader for the Structural and Interior Engineers and Certification Coordinators at Duncan Aviation in Lincoln where she leads a team in the design, analysis, and FAA certification efforts of a wide range of engineering projects. These projects include complex avionics installations, Special Mission installations, and interior alterations on business jets. Tracy joined Duncan Aviation in 2007 as a Structural Engineer, became a Certification Coordinator in 2010, and in 2015 she was promoted to the Engineering Team Leader. Before coming to Duncan Aviation Tracy was an Aerospace Engineer for Raven Aerostar, the world's leader in the design and manufacture of highly technical aerospace, surveillance technology, navigation aids and specially sewn products located in Sulphur Springs, TX. Prior to that, she served as a Mechanical Engineer for New Mexico State University stationed at the NASA Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia supporting the NASA Balloon Program Office. Thermal modeling and analysis of high altitude balloons and payload instrumentation for balloon flights was her primary focus. She was also a member of the Deployment Experiments for Ballooning on Mars (DEBOM) team where she conducted subscale prototype tests as role in planetary balloon technology development. Tracy received a Bachelor of Science degree in Aerospace Engineering from Iowa State University and was born and raised in Clarkson, NE.

Emmeline Lemos Watson, M.S, is a Certification Coordinator at Duncan Aviation. Emmeline coordinates certification activities with internal organization and civil aviation authorities and manages and coordinates engineering and certification projects. Before joining the Duncan team, she worked with Finite Element, Structural Analysis, Vehicle Dynamics, Derailment, Pavement Design, besides doing research at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln for six years. Emmeline earned a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Universidade Federal do Ceara and a master’s in engineering mechanics from UNL. She is married with two daughters and loves to spend her free time keeping her mind and body active.


The 2019 conference will begin at Saint Elizabeth Regional Medical Center at 1 p.m. on Friday, for those who are interested in a behind-the-scenes tour of the hospital. Then participants will head to the Nebraska Union in downtown Lincoln for a banquet featuring our keynote speakers Tracy Bohaboj and Emmeline Watson of Duncan Aviation. 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 NEwis2019 to share their experiences with us during the conference on social media.

Friday, March 29 - Schedule

1:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m. Hospital Tour, CHI Health Saint Elizabeth
4:30 p.m.-5 p.m. Registration at Nebraska Union
4:30 p.m.-6 p.m. Department Displays at Nebraska Union
6 p.m.-8 p.m. Banquet and Keynote Speakers' Address at Nebraska Union
8:30 p.m. Student Observatory (weather permitting)

Saturday, March 30 - Schedule

9:30 a.m.-10:20 a.m. Speed Networking at Nebraska Union
10:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m. First Round of Workshops at Nebraska Union
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. 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.