Campus events promote women in STEM

Youngstown State University’s College of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics hosts three events this week designed to promote opportunities for women in STEM disciplines:

Sonia Kovalevsky

Sonia Kovalevsky

Thursday, April 11, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sonia Kovalevsky Day, a day for high school girls interested in math and other STEM disciplines. The girls will participate in various activities and workshops, including a keynote speech by Eve Torrence, a professor at Randolph-Macon College in Ashland, Va. Participants will meet and have lunch with female mathematics faculty members and students and listen to a panel of professional women in different mathematics-related careers. Sonia Kovalevsky was the first major Russian female mathematician and the first woman appointed to full professorship in Northern Europe. For more information, visit

Friday, April 12, 4:30 p.m. The Edward W. Powers Women in Science and Engineering Lecture will be in the Ohio Room in Kilcawley Center on the YSU campus. Katie Glass, who earned a bachelor of Engineering degree in Mechanical Engineering from YSU in 2003 and a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities in 2008, presents “Atoms to the Enterprise: An Evolution of Modeling and Simulation.” Glass is a mechanical engineer working as a senior scientist at Procter & Gamble in Family Care Research and Development, supporting the Charmin and Puffs brands. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Saturday, April 13, 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The 16th annual Women in Science and Engineering Career Day will be in YSU’s Kilcawley Center. The event is designed to expose young women in grades 6 through 12 to career opportunities in science and technology. Panel discussions on science and engineering careers will be held during the morning, and hands-on activities and lab demonstrations covering disciplines ranging from biology and computer science to forensics and physical therapy will be in the afternoon. The free event is open to all middle and high school girls from Mahoning and Trumbull counties, and western Pennsylvania. Parents can receive college planning and financial aid information and take campus tours while their daughters participate in the workshop. Registration deadline is April 11. The workshop and lunch are free. For more information or to register, visit, call Diana Fagan, professor of Biological Sciences and director of the event, at 330-941-1554 or e-mail