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.

Brittany Duncan holds a drone in the NIMBUS lab

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Brittany Duncan, Associate Professor

School of Computing and co-Director of the NIMBUS Lab, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

My research is focused at the intersection of Artificial Intelligence, Human-Robot Interaction, and Unmanned Systems. My long-term research goal is to advance the state-of-the-art in human-drone interaction so that small Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (sUAVs) can comfortably and safely interact in proximity to a variety of people and communicate with them in a natural and efficient way across varying contexts. I approach interactions with small Unmanned Aerial Vehicles through an exploration of behavior-based robotics and cognitive science principles. Additionally, I have been involved in extensive fieldwork through environmental applications of drones with NIMBUS, as well as urban search and rescue at the Center for Robot-Assisted Search and Rescue including 6 exercises and a deployment in 2014 to the SR-530 mudslides in Oso, Washington. I completed my Ph.D. at Texas A&M University, studying field robotics and human-robot interaction through the Center for Robot-Assisted Search and Rescue.


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.