Posted February 13, 2018
Experience is widely recognized as one of the life's most
effective teachers, and organizers of the upcoming 2018 Susan M.
Arseven '75 Conference for Women In Science and Engineering (WISE)
guarantee multiple opportunities to learn from some of the best
within the STEM professions and Aggieland next month on the Texas
Registration opens this week for the popular annual WISE
Conference, now in its 26th year and set for Saturday, Feb. 24, in
the Memorial Student Center on the Texas A&M campus. This
year's theme, Transitions: Building Bridges, focuses on creating
professional and personal networks -- critical connections
essential to successfully navigating, mastering, and maximizing the
many facets and phases of life.
The event will feature a day of common ground, conversation and
inspiration among friends in a series of interactive workshops
featuring speakers who are examples of diversified bridge-builders
across academia and industry who will share their insights gained
along the journey from diploma to career and all points in between.
Topics include collaboration, leadership, transitioning into new
sectors and careers, making choices and many other areas of
interest to women as they move out into the technological
"This is a two-way participatory opportunity to discuss a
variety of challenges women face in preparing for and pursuing
successful science, engineering and technological careers, with
knowledgeable speakers addressing obstacles and opportunities they
have encountered in both their personal and professional lives,"
said Dr. Nancy Magnussen, director of Educational Outreach and
Women's Programs in the College of Science, which organizes and
hosts the annual event. "Whether trying to get out of graduate
school or deciding if the current career path is the correct one,
everyone should take away new thoughts and ideas from our motivated
and inspired speakers."
The daylong conference (see schedule here) will feature a
keynote presentation by Dr. Frances Colón, a former Deputy Science
and Technology Adviser to the United States Secretary of State who
has spent the past decade representing the U.S. all over the world
on topics ranging from climate change, to the advancement of women
scientists, to the re-engagement of Cuba through science
cooperation. In 2016, she was named one of the 20 most influential
Latinos in technology.
In her presentation, "Science Citizenship: My Path From the Lab
to Washington, D.C., to Going Local," Colón will discuss the role
of women scientists as active citizens at a time of unprecedented
change in our country.
The conference is named in honor of the late Dr. Susan M.
Arseven '75, one of the leading strategists in information
technology during a career spanning several disciplines and a
pioneering example of Aggie leadership. Thanks to generous funding
from a permanent endowment established through the Texas A&M
Foundation by Arseven's husband, biostatistician Dr. Ersen Arseven
'74, the event also showcases the Susan M. Arseven
Make-A-Difference Award -- two $1,000 awards presented to female
graduate students pursuing master's or doctoral degrees in science,
engineering or technology as part of the conference.
The registration fee is $50 ($35 for students) and includes a
pre-conference reception on Friday, Feb. 23, a registration packet
and lunch on Saturday. Participants can register online at
deadline to register is Feb. 19.
Women In Science and Engineering (WISE) at Texas A&M is a
university-recognized organization of graduate students, staff and
faculty from various science and engineering backgrounds. The group
was created to address specific problems faced by women in
For more information about the conference or other outreach
events and women's programs in the College of Science, visit
Women In Science and Engineering
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