Symposium addresses women in STEM programBy Mike Finnegan | 03/05/2017 6:31pm
On Feb. 3-4, The University of Alabama's Women in STEM program hosted its fifth annual Empowering You: The Future of WiSE symposium, which brought together members of academia and industry to collaborate on how to spur the growth and support system for women in STEM. The lack of women and gender equality has long been an issue of discussion in the STEM fields; an issue the symposium hopes to address.
Mae C. Jemison, who was the first African-American woman in space and has gone on to be the founder of two technology companies, spoke at the event. Also in attendance were University President Stuart Bell, Provost Kevin Whitaker and Vice President for Research Carl Pinkert, all of whom were part of a discussion panel held for the symposium's attendees on Friday evening.
"WiSE arose from UA’s Graduate School Tide Together initiative, which seeks to support women in STEM through mentorship and networking in hopes of narrowing the gender gap in STEM studies and careers," according to UANews. The University is also a part of the National STEM Collaborative, an organization that seeks to promote the advancement of minority women in the STEM fields.