Women in Science Conference 2024

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Registration Open
WIS students perform experiments at Beadle Lab 2019

Join us April 5-6, 2024

The 25th Women in Science Conference will be held on City Campus and the Embassy Suites in Lincoln, Nebraska. 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 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.

Keynote Speakers

Dr. Georgia Jones and Dr. Judy Wu-Smart will engage in a "fireside" chat about their respective fields of science and their journey as a scientist. The conversation will be moderated by Jocelyn Bosley of the UNL Office of Research and Economic Development.

Athena Ramos

Dr. Georgia Jones, Associate Professor

Department of Food and Nutrition, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Dr. Jones is an associate professor and Extension Food Specialist in the Department of Food and Nutrition. After several years of working within the food industry, Dr. Jones decided to return to school to attain a Ph.D. in food science. Since the start of her career with the University of Nebraska in 2001, she has taught introductory foods classes as well as food safety and sanitation. She says the best part of teaching is watching students develop a genuine interest in food. One of her primary goals is to help people understand and enjoy food from a cultural as well as nutritional perspective.

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Dr. Judy Wu-Smart, Assistant Professor

Department of Entomology, University of Nebraska–Lincoln

Dr. Wu-Smart is an assistant professor and Extension specialist in the Department of Entomology. Currently, she leads UNL Bee Lab and is developing a pollinator health program to help understand the underlying pest and pathogen stressors in bee health with a goal to create best management practices that will better protect pollinators and ecosystems. She enjoys engaging with the community and developing collaborations with other faculty, extension educators, industry partners, conservation groups and policy makers to find practical solutions that will benefit pollinators and promote land stewardship.


The 2024 conference will be held in-person at the Embassy Suites on Friday and on UNL City Campus on Saturday. Friday's schedule consists of a tour of Innovation Campus, and then the keynote speaker and a chance to meet with UNL recruiters. Saturday morning will be filled with hands-on activities for students to experience on City Campus, in the conference space in the Willa Cather Dining Complex. After lunch in Cather Dining, students will hear from a panel of undergraduates and attend labs in the Beadle Center.

Friday, April 5

2 p.m.-3:30 p.m. Tour of Innovation Campus
3:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m. Registration at Embassy Suites
4:30 p.m.-6 p.m. Department Displays at Embassy Suites
6 p.m.-8 p.m. Banquet and Keynote Speaker's Address at Embassy Suites

Saturday, April 6

9 a.m.-9:30 a.m. Check-in at Willa Cather Dining Complex, City Campus
9:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m. First Round of Workshops at Willa Cather Dining Complex, City Campus
10:45 a.m.-11:45 a.m. Second Round of Workshops at Willa Cather Dining Complex, City Campus
11:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m. Lunch in Willa Cather Dining Complex, City Campus (hosted by conference)
1 p.m.-1:45 p.m. Undergraduate Panel at Willa Cather Dining Complex, City Campus
2 p.m.-4 p.m. Beadle Center Labs, City Campus
4 p.m.-4:30 p.m. Evaluation, Beadle Center Auditorium, City Campus

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 Open

Registration is open. 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. 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



Students are encouraged to use hashtag NEBwis2024 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. 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.