Women in Science 2021


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WIS students perform experiments at Beadle Lab 2019

Conference held virtually April 9-10, 2021

The 22nd Women in Science Conference, postponed from 2020, was rescheduled for April 9-10, 2021. Sponsored by Nebraska EPSCoR, the NebraskaSCIENCE Program of Excellence, and the Center for Science, Mathematics and Computer Education, this two-day event brings high school students from across Nebraska and the Midwest region together online to explore interests in science careers. Women in Science is for students who want to interact with career and academic professional women in science, meet current undergraduate science students and other high school students 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.

Laura Trouille

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Laura Trouille, The Adler Planetarium and Northwestern University

VP of Science Engagement and Visualization (The Adler) and Research Associate (Northwestern University CIERA Center for Astrophysics)

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Modern science is often characterized by huge datasets, from the Vera Rubin Observatory set to gather over 30 terabytes of data every night to ecology camera traps capturing millions of images each year. Public participation in scientific research (also known as citizen science) has emerged as an important tool in helping to unlock these data, especially when combined with machine learning automated approaches. Zooniverse.org is the world’s largest platform for online citizen science, engaging more than 2 million people around the world in dozens of active projects: tagging animals in wildlife images, discovering new exoplanets, transcribing handwritten historical documents, tracking resistance to antibiotics, and much more. In this talk I will share a few of the exciting discoveries and highlights from how the Zooniverse has helped transform the way we do research and engage the public in science. I'll also talk about my own journey to becoming an astronomer and finding my home within museums (and the soccer, roller derby, love of world travel, raising two girls with my partner [who also happens to be an astronomer!], and other adventures along the way). The talk will close with the open questions and opportunities facing museums broadly and citizen science specifically, the unique solutions the Adler and the Zooniverse are exploring, and the role YOU can play in the discovery and excitement of science.


The 2021 conference was held online on Zoom. Friday's schedule consisted of a keynote speaker and a virtual field trip. Saturday morning featured two live workshops with UNL faculty and a panel with undergraduates majoring in STEM fields. We asked that teachers and their students Zoom together from school in one classroom.

Friday Schedule

3 p.m.-4:30 p.m. Welcome and Keynote Speaker
4:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m. Morrill Hall Virtual Field Trip and Engineering Workshop

Saturday Schedule

8:45 a.m.-9:45 a.m. Engineering Workshop and Other Live Workshops
10 a.m.-10:45 a.m. Panel with Undergraduate Students
11 a.m.-Noon Morrill Hall Virtual Field Trip and Other Live Workshops

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 Wadas Arcadia Public School, 7-12 Science Teacher

Registration is now closed

High school sophomore and junior students 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. Teachers can register up to 10 students. Registration will close when we reach 200 students, but the form will allow teachers to put six additional students on a waitlist. There is no registration fee to attend Women in Science. Questions? Contact:

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


Students are encouraged to use hashtag NEBwis2021 to share their experiences with us during the conference on social media.

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. I agree to follow the instructions and schedule established by conference activity workers. If at any time the UNL staff deems my behavior online unacceptable, I will be removed from the conference Zoom session.