AAUW to host STEM Career Conference to inspire middle school girls

The 16th Annual STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) Career Conference hosted by AAUW (American Association of University Women) Long Beach Branch and sponsored by Port of Long Beach, Edison International, Toyota/TABC, Inc., Long Beach Water Department, SCS Engineers, AES Southland, Crimson Midstream LLC. and Ginny’s Getaways will be held on Friday, February 22, 2019 at the Long Beach City College, Liberal Arts Campus.

The invitation-only career conference will highlight ten STEM careers for 250 7th and 8th grade Long Beach middle school girls. There are seven schools that will participate in this year’s event: Franklin Classical Middle School, Hamilton Middle School, Jackie Robinson Academy, Muir Academy, Powell Academy for Success, Stephens Middle School, and Washington Middle School. AAUW Long Beach branch members and other volunteers provide support to make this conference a success.

The conference begins with an opening plenary session where this year’s Keynote Speaker, Karina Fing a LBUSD graduate and graduate from CSULB with a BS in Molecular Cell Biology and Physiology, will share her experience of how she persevered to become the 1st person in her family to attend college. Afterwards, the students will attend two workshops from presenters of their choice who are women STEM professionals from various local companies. In the workshops, the students will learn specifics about the career and participate in a hands-on activity. This year’s featured STEM careers are Architect, Astrophysicist, Coroner, Environmental Engineer, Marine Biologist, Mechanical Engineer, Paleontologist, Software Engineer, Speech-Language Pathologist, and Structural Engineer.

According to AAUW Long Beach Co-Presidents, Shelley Arnold and Denise Montoya, “AAUW Long Beach, a 108- year-old service organization in Long Beach, is always seeking ways to increase equity for women and girls in the workplace. Our annual STEM Career Conference seeks to introduce and excite Long Beach middle school girls to the possibilities that await them when they graduate from college.”

For more information regarding this conference, please contact:

Gail Morrison
Communications Director
Long Beach Branch
American Association of University Women (AAUW)
[email protected]

About AAUW Long Beach Branch: The AAUW Long Beach branch has been actively involved in the community since 1911. The mission of AAUW is to advance equity for women and girls through research, education and advocacy, with membership open to those with an AA degree or greater. For details about membership in AAUW and the local Branch, please visit www.aauw-longbeach.org.