High School Program

This year, Case Western Reserve University is piloting an outreach program that will enable young women from local high schools to participate in the conference. This is the first time any of the branches of the CUWIP have incorporated an outreach program. Each high schooler will be paired with a participating undergraduate, who will become her mentor for the day. We are inviting students from several area schools, especially ones with a high percentage of traditionally underrepresented minorities. We would like this conference to serve as a uniting event in which young women from a variety of backgrounds see older undergraduate students and faculty members succeeding in STEM fields.

The young women will join the conference at the beginning of the day on Saturday to hear the opening remarks by the Chair of the Physics Department Kathleen Kash followed by the first speaker of the conference Cacey Stevens. Cacey is a young and vibrant graduate student from University of Chicago studying the fluid dynamics of splashing liquids. Next the high school students will go to an undergraduate panel, where they can ask undergraduate students questions about college, studying physics, and what it is like to be a women in the physical sciences. During lunch, the high schoolers will build telescopes and learn about undergraduate research. After the keynote speaker Persis Drell, the high schoolers will say their goodbyes.