Join us for special #UTGirlDay sessions and events from partnering organizations designed for high school students. With all of Girl Day at UT Austin virtual this year, we're inviting high school students to join us to explore STEM college majors and careers. All times listed are Central Time (Austin, Texas). Sign up to receive #UTGirlDay 2021 high school programming information and communications.
#UTGirlDay High School Sessions - Summary
- ConnectHER Women & Girls in Tech Film Screening - Saturday, February 20, 2021 through Sunday, March 7, 2021 - Watch anytime on your own device - No Registration Needed - Watch Online
- Coded Bias Film Screening - Sunday, February 20, 2021 through Sunday, March 7, 2021 - Watch anytime on your own device - Register Online
- NCWIT Aspirations in Computing Competition: Honors, Inspiration, Awards - Tuesday, February 23, 2021, 10:00 - 10:30 a.m. CT - Zoom Webinar - Register Online
- Working in the Industry While Still in College, College Engineering Student Panel - Tuesday, February 23, 2021, 1:00 - 1:45 p.m. CT - Zoom Webinar - Register Online
- National Girls Collaborative Project (NGCP) Webinar - NGCP Town Hall for Girls: Saving Lives with Science - Wednesday, February 24, 2021, 6:00 - 7:00 p.m. CT - Register Online
- DiscoverE Webinar: Chats with Change Makers - Celebrate Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day with Joan at Collins Aerospace, an electrical engineer, rocket scientist, and astronaut whose job took her out of this world - Thursday, February 25, 2021, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. CT - Register Online
- Working in the Industry While Still in College, College Engineering Student Panel - Thursday, February 25, 2021, 1:00 - 1:45 p.m. CT - Zoom Webinar - Register Online
- Women in Manufacturing, STEM Professional Panel - Friday, February 26, 2021, 10:00 - 10:45 a.m. CT - Zoom Webinar - Register Online
- FabFems Friday: Celebrating Engineers Week and #UTGirlDay 2021 with UT Cockrell School of Engineering Dean, Dr. Sharon Wood, and Current Engineering Students - Friday, February 26, 2021, 12:00 - 12:45 p.m. CT - Zoom Webinar - Register Online
- Picture a Scientist Film Screening - Friday, February 26, 2021 through Sunday, February 28, 2021 - Watch anytime on your own device - Register Online
- FabFems Friday: Women in STEM Conference with 1st Year STEM Professionals - Friday, March 5, 2021, 12:00 - 12:45 p.m. CT - Zoom Webinar - Register Online
Also take full advantage of these other UT Austin STEM-related events with programming for high school students:
- Edison Lecture Series - Monday, February 1 - Friday, March 12
- Texas Science Festival - Tuesday, February 16 - Friday, March 26, 2021
- Explore UT - Friday, March 5 - Saturday, March 6
#UTGirlDay High School Sessions - Descriptions and Details
See below for more detailed descriptions about each event for high school students. All high school students and their families or teachers welcome.
ConnectHER Women & Girls in Tech Film Screening
Saturday, February 20, 2021 through Sunday, March 7, 2021 - Watch anytime on your own device - No Registration Needed - Watch Online
We are ConnectHER, a non-profit organization based in Austin, Texas focused on elevating the status of women and girls everywhere. We work to do this by:
- Funding women-led projects all over the globe.
- Hosting the ConnectHER Film Festival, an annual event in which students aged 25 and under submit 3-6 minute original films focused on critical women’s issues. To date we've received over 1,000 original films from over 40 countries and have awarded selected winners more than $150,000 in scholarships. The submission deadline for this year is June 15th, 2021. Find more submission details here.
Coded Bias Film Screening
Sunday, February 20, 2021 through Sunday, March 7, 2021 - Watch anytime on your own device - Register Online
Coded Bias explores the fallout of MIT Media Lab researcher Joy Buolamwini´s startling discovery that facial recognition does not see dark-skinned faces and women accurately, and her journey to push for the first-ever legislation in the U.S. to govern against bias in the algorithms that impact us all.
Modern society sits at the intersection of two crucial questions: What does it mean when artificial intelligence (AI) increasingly governs our liberties? And what are the consequences for the people AI is biased against ? When MIT Media Lab researcher Joy Buolamwini discovers the most facial-recognition software does not accurately identify darker-skinned faces and the faces of women, she delves into an investigation of widespread bias in algorithms. As it turns out, artificial intelligence is not neutral, and women are leading the charge to ensure our civil rights are protected.
NCWIT Aspirations in Computing Competition: Honors, Inspiration, Awards
Tuesday, February 23, 2021, 10:00 - 10:30 a.m. CT Zoom Webinar - Register Online
Learn about the NCWIT Aspirations in Computing Competition: Honors, Inspiration, Awards. This session is led by the National Center for Women in Information Technology (NCWIT) Aspirations in Computing - Austin, Texas. Awards are presented nationwide so join in from anywhere!
Who can apply?
* 9th-12th grade students who self-identify as women, genderqueer, or non-binary
* students who are enrolled in a post-secondary institution (community college, college, or university) with a major or minor in a computing or engineering discipline, and also self-identify as women, genderqueer, or non-binary
Competition Applications open in September 2021 and are designed to be inclusive to all different levels of engagement in STEM.
What's on the application?
* We ask about your experience with technology and future plans in STEM related studies
* Information around the activities you are involved with either at home or in school
* Questions about your access to computing and technology resources
Join in this session to learn more and ask questions.
Working in the Industry While Still in College
- Tuesday, February 23, 2021, 1:00 - 1:45 p.m. CT - Zoom Webinar - Register Online
- Thursday, February 25, 2021, 1:00 - 1:45 p.m. CT - Zoom Webinar - Register Online
Learn about the different jobs and internships engineering students in college get, and all hear about all the interesting projects they have done. This session is led by UT Austin Kappa Theta Epsilon, the co-op honor society.
Hometown: Sugar Land, Texas
-Utilities Process Engineer Intern with LyondellBasell
-Polymers Process Engineer Intern with ExxonMobil
Hometown: Spring, TX
- Three terms with Dow Chemical in production engineering, environmental compliance, and improvement engineering
- Manufacturing internship with Nike
Hometown: Grapevine, TX
Co-op Experience: Summer and fall with Provenance Consulting as a process safety management consultant
Hometown: Houston, TX
Co-op Experience: Two terms with Dow Chemical as production engineer in Utilities and Energy Systems
Hometown: Katy, TX
Major: Chemical Engineering
Co-op Experience: Ascend Performance Materials
Role: Process Technology Engineering, Production Engineering
Hometown: Katy, TX
Major: Aerospace Engineering
Co-op Experience: Three terms at NASA Johnson Space Center working in software, structures, operations, and navigation
Kappa Theta Epsilon (KTE) is a national honorary society that aspires to promote cooperative education by recognizing cooperative education and internship students, who are among the most able and qualified in the country. Kappa Theta Epsilon is the only national honor society devoted to excellence in experiential learning. Our mission is threefold: To honor outstanding, career-driven students, connect them with employers, and support the advancement of experiential learning at the university level.
National Girls Collaborative Project (NGCP) Webinar - NGCP Town Hall for Girls: Saving Lives with Science
Wednesday, February 24, 2021, 6:00 - 7:00 p.m. CT - Register Online
This Town Hall is focused on hearing the voices of women and girls as they explore exciting careers in scientific disciplines that require innovation and dedication. Role model experts will share their stories of fostering their interest in science into rewarding careers.
Please join us to listen to
- Celia Dominguez, Ph.D., Vice President of Chemistry & Drug Discovery at CHDI Foundation
- Marsenia Mathis MPH, MSc, Microbiologist & Public Health Advocate, The Nerdy CEO
- Jin Kim Montclare, Ph.D., Professor in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at the Polytechnic Institute of NYU
- Sharon Schendel, Ph.D., Program Manager for the Viral Hemorrhagic Fever Immunotherapeutics Consortium (VIC) and Coronavirus Immunotherapeutics Consortium (CoVIC) based at La Jolla Institute for Immunology
- Latoya Simmons, Emergency Management Specialist, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
Led by girls, designed for girls, members of the NGCP Girls Advisory Board will moderate the discussion and include audience questions. This Town Hall is designed to provide information about career paths for girls in life-saving science and medical fields.
DiscoverE Webinar: Chats with Change Makers - Celebrate Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day
Thursday, February 25, 2021, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. CT - Register Online
Meet Joan at Collins Aerospace, an electrical engineer, rocket scientist, and astronaut whose job took her out of this world. Your host is Tiffany, a current 10th grader from Austin, Texas and Future City Competition alum.
Women in Manufacturing Panel
Friday, February 26, 2021, 10:00 - 10:45 a.m. CT - Zoom Webinar - Register Online
Learn about careers in the manufacturing industry and connect with STEM role models from Women in Manufacturing - Texas Chapter.
What Is Women in Manufacturing? (WiM)
Women in Manufacturing® (WiM) is the only national trade association dedicated to providing year-round support to women who have chosen a career in the manufacturing industry. At present, more than 5,300 individual members representing nearly 1,000 manufacturing companies have joined our growing ranks of industry professionals. WiM encompasses manufacturers of all types and welcomes individuals from every job function – from production to the C-Suite. Membership is available to women and men working within the manufacturing sector.
What Is Women in Manufacturing - Texas Chapter? (WiM-TX)
We are Proud Texas Women from various backgrounds within Manufacturing that have come together to promote, support and inspire one another. Through networking, education and mentoring, our goal is to facilitate the advancement of women in Manufacturing at all levels of the organization.
Women in Manufacturing Texas is committed to creating an environment that
- Empowers women workers and strengthens the manufacturing sector
- Provides an inclusive and welcoming community to support women from the shop floor to the executive board room within all manufacturing industries
- Inspires future generations to pursue careers in STEM and Manufacturing.
- Embraces the abilities of women to lead in the manufacturing sector.
- Provides an environment of shared learning amongst our peers with a common goal to promote and succeed in the field of Manufacturing.
FabFems Friday: Celebrating Engineers Week and #UTGirlDay 2021
Friday, February 26, 2021, 12:00 - 12:45 p.m. CT - Zoom Webinar - Register Online
Join in this special #UTGirlDay session for high school students. Hear from Cockrell School of Engineering Dean, Dr. Sharon Wood, and current UT Austin STEM students as they share their STEM pathways into college/careers and future plans for making our world a better place. This session is led by UT Austin Women in Engineering Program and the Women in STEM Leadership Collaborative, over 18 student organizations supporting and creating a community for women in STEM across UT Austin.
UT Austin Panelists:
- Dr. Sharon Wood, Dean, Cockrell School of Engineering
- Natalia Cantú, Chair, Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE) Señoritas
- Mikayla Morgan, President, Black Women in STEM (BWiS)
Picture a Scientist Film Screening
Friday, February 26, 2021 through Sunday, February 28, 2021 - Watch anytime on your own device - Register Online
Register to receive a special viewing link accessible for on-demand viewing Friday, February 26 through Sunday, February 28, 2021. The viewing link will be shared via email by noon on Thursday, February 25, 2021.
This screening is offered by UT Austin's Women in Engineering Program (UTWEP) in celebration of Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day (Thursday, February 25) and as part of the high school, educator and STEM professional offerings for virtual Girl Day at UT Austin 2021. This film is not recommended for students younger than high school. Thank you to #UTGirlDay Presenting Partners BASF and Halliburton for making this film screening possible.
"Picture a Scientist" chronicles the groundswell of researchers who are writing a new chapter for women scientists. Biologist Nancy Hopkins, chemist Raychelle Burks, and geologist Jane Willenbring lead viewers on a journey deep into their own experiences in the sciences, ranging from brutal harassment to years of subtle slights. Along the way, from cramped laboratories to spectacular field stations, we encounter scientific luminaries - including social scientists, neuroscientists, and psychologists - who provide new perspectives on how to make science itself more diverse, equitable, and open to all. Join UTWEP and the Women in STEM Leadership Collaborative in this community-wide screening of "Picture a Scientist". Registrants will be able to watch the film any time between Friday, February 26 through Sunday, February 28, 2021. Learn more about the film at https://www.pictureascientist.com/.