Middle school girls learn more about STEM at science and engineering day

Hands-on STEM activities are the focus of Girls in Science and Engineering Day on May 19.

girls in science 2018Birmingham-area middle school girls will be introduced to the exciting world of science, engineering, technology and math at the University of Alabama at Birmingham’s Girls in Science and Engineering Day on Saturday, May 19, at Volker Hall. Sixth-, seventh- and eighth-graders will participate in fun science and engineering activities led by female professors, scientists and students in the UAB College of Arts and Sciences and School of Engineering. The event includes several workshops filled with hands-on learning opportunities exploring the world of STEM and is co-sponsored by the UAB School of Engineering, the Office of the Provost and the STRIDE University Transportation Center.

The annual event was created in 2011 as a unique way to inspire and empower Birmingham-area middle school girls to achieve and excel in science and engineering fields. The 2018 GSED event is directed by Virginia Sisiopiku, Ph.D., associate professor in the Department of Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering, alongside the leadership team, including Ramsha Farrukh, a medical student and teaching fellow; Sameera Grandhi, an undergraduate student majoring in neuroscience; Sarah Dulson, a biomedical sciences doctoral student; Virginia Camacho, an immunology doctoral student; Shelly Nason, a biomedical sciences doctoral student; and Catie Scull, a doctoral candidate in biochemistry and molecular genetics.