NJIT Hosts a STEM Summit for High School Girls, April 9

High School girls will attend a STEM Summit at NJIT.

The Center for Pre-College Programs at NJIT and the Garden State Woman Education Foundation are sponsoring the STEM Summit for High School Girls Saturday, April 9, at NJIT.

The summit is free but students must register by Wednesday, April 6. The event runs from  9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in NJIT’s Campus Center Ballroom. Breakfast and lunch will be provided.

During the summit, women who work at the forefront of  STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) fields will discuss the importance of STEM educations and careers. The Garden State Woman Education Foundation will present prominent female role models to share their stories and answer questions from the girls, who will also undertake an interactive activity designed to help them explore STEM careers.

Liza Negron Sutowski, an NJIT graduate ('94, chemical engineering) who works as counsel for ExxonMobil Corp., will give the keynote address. Negron-Sutowski, an intellectual property attorney who specializes in patent law, grew up in Newark and took pre-college classes in STEM at NJIT. After lunch, a panel of distinguished women from various fields -- architecture, optics, engineering consulting and media management -- will discuss their STEM careers.

“It is our belief that it is not too early for girls and young women to begin planning and setting goals to achieve the education, career and life they want,” said Jacqueline Cusack, executive director of NJIT’s Center for Pre-College Programs. “The realization that the choices they make now may affect their future is important. We want to provide them with good information to make wise decisions.”

Cusack said she expects about 150 students from all over New Jersey, including participants from more than 30 high schools.

The STEM Summit will also feature a panel of NJIT students who will discuss their college majors and their interests in STEM careers. And an NJIT official will discuss admission criteria for prospective applicants. For more information contact Charlotte L. Gillis: gillis@njit.edu.

By Robert Florida (robert.florida@njit.edu)