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Diversity Commissions & Council Kick-off Event

The Commission for Women joined the Commission for LGBT People, Commission for Blacks, and Council for Diversity and Interculturalism for a kick-off event on August 9, 2017 with Chancellor Davenport. Thank you to all who attended, and we look forward to a great year ahead!

(Commission & Council members with Chancellor Davenport)

(CFW co-chair, Dr. Lisa Yamagata-Lynch)

Updates from the Women in STEM Committee

The Commission for Women's Committee for Women in STEM supports programming to promote and strengthen resources for female faculty and students in STEM fields.

Updates on the 2016 Research Symposium:

The 2016 Second Annual Women in STEM Research Symposium will be on Friday, April 15, 2016, from 8:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. in the Min H. Kao Building. This year’s symposium will feature research presentations, a keynote speaker, panel discussion, and new for this year, a career fair.

Updates on Recruiting:

Membership has grown by over five times since May 2015, and the Committee now includes 75 students, representing 28 STEM departments.

The Committee is collaborating with Women in Physics, SYSTERS: Women in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS), Society for Women Engineers (SWE), and Undergraduate Research Students’ Association (URSA).

Updates on Mentoring:

Apply online to become a mentor or mentee. Each mentee will be matched with multiple mentors, to allow for the best fit for each person. Mentors will be female undergraduate students in STEM who will receive advice and help from female students in graduate STEM fields.

Vice Chancellor Hall, CFW Member Mallory Ladd, and Provost Martin pose together at the 2015 Women in STEM Research Symposium.

Vice Chancellor Rickey Hall; Chair of the Women in STEM Committee, Symposium Director, and CFW Commissioner Mallory Ladd; and Provost Susan Martin pose together at the 2015 Women in STEM Research Symposium.

Commission for Women Sponsors OUTstanding 2015

 

 

The OUTstanding Conference 2015 focused on "Self-Revelations" and featured keynote speaker transgender activist Janet Mock.

The Commission for Women approved to sponsor OUTstanding 2015: A Seminar Exploring Gender and Sexual Diversity. The 2015 event featured small-group workshops on diverse topics, ranging from the availability of LGBTQ+ services in Knoxville compared to other locations; a career panel on being out in the workplace, featuring members of the UT Commission for LGBT People; and the experience of transgender individuals and their families.

Pictured below is the OUTstanding Planning Committee and keynote speaker, transgender activist Janet Mock.

OUTstanding 2015 Coordinators and keynote speaker Janet Mock

Lunch and Learn flyer image

Women’s Empowerment Summit

Women's Empowerment Summit poster


When? March 7, 2015, 10:00 a.m.-3:45 p.m.
Where? University Center

The Women’s Coordinating Council, with support from the Circlehood of Women Philanthropists,  is proud to announce the Inaugural Women’s Empowerment Summit will be held on March 7th, 2015.

This Summit seeks to educate and empower UT students through a series of workshops about feminism, sexuality and religion, women in leadership roles, and current legal issues. Featured speakers will include Knoxville’s first female mayor, Madeline Royero, and UT Dean of Students, Dr. Melissa Shivers.​ Additionally, there will be a panel during lunch featuring women in male-dominated career fields.

Registration is free and open to all UT students through VOLink.​

Links:

Women’s Coordinating Council
Alliance of Women Philanthropists

Women’s History Month: CFW-Sponsored Events

Womens History Month 2015 poster


Women in STEM: Arachnology at UT

When? Tuesday, March 3, 6:30
Where? Hodges Library Auditorium

Start off Women’s History Month with a conversation with Dr. Susan Riechert, recipient of 2014 Notable Woman Award from the Commission for Women and prominent scholar in spider research, discuss challenges in her work in the male-dominated field of spider research and her outreach to local schools through Biology in a Box.

Women in Art: Gallery Showing & Reception

Showing: Monday, March 2, through Thursday, March 5, International House first floor lobby
Celebration: Thursday, March 5, 6:30 Hodges Library, Mary Greer Room

Continue the first week of Women’s History Month with a gallery showing by three of UT’s own female artists–all master’s or doctoral students in the School of Art. Browse the work Monday through Thursday in the International House first floor lobby or view it in a reception with the artists on Thursday at 6:30.

First Annual Women in STEM Research Symposium

Women in STEM symposium flyer


Saturday, April 18
Carolyn P. Brown University Center
REGISTER TODAY
ABSTRACT DEADLINE EXTENDED! Poster and oral abstracts now due FRIDAY, APRIL 3RD by 5 PM!

Conference Description

The symposium is a FREE, full day professional conference with undergraduate and graduate poster & oral sessions, a plenary presentation given by Dr. Claudia Rawn (Director, UTK Center for Materials Processing), a question & answer panel of STEM faculty & staff from the university, Oak Ridge National Lab, and local industry, AND a STEM Student Org Expo.

Registration

Men and women are invited to attend! Female undergraduate and graduate student researchers are invited to submit an abstract; remember, space is limited! If you would like to volunteer to help out at the conference OR would like to host a table at the Expo, please use the same registration link above or contact cfwstem@utk.edu.

Based on the results of our faculty judges, the best poster and best talk will receive a FREE PARKING PASS!

Please see below for a more detailed schedule of the day’s events and the call for abstracts. For reminders and updates, follow the CFW STEM Committee on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/utkcfwstem or Twitter: @utkcfwstem!

Schedule

8:00 a.m.       Registration, Coffee & Networking, Poster Session A Setup

9:30 a.m.       Welcoming Remarks

10:00 a.m.     Oral & Poster Session A

11:30 a.m.      Lunch break, Poster Session B Setup

12:30 p.m.     Plenary Speaker: Dr. Claudia Rawn

1:30 p.m.       Oral & Poster Session B

3:00 p.m.       STEM Faculty & Staff Q&A Panel

4:30 p.m.       Award Ceremony & Closing Remarks

Call for Abstracts

ABSTRACT DEADLINE EXTENDED! Poster and oral abstracts now due FRIDAY, APRIL 3RD by 5 PM!

Poster Sessions

Session Description: Poster sessions will allow for the informal discussion of scholarly research being done by undergraduate and graduate women in science, technology, engineering and math fields from the University of Tennessee. Posters will be assigned to one of two 90-minute poster sessions (Session A – morning, Session B – afternoon) based on department (field) and specific research area.

Submission Format: Poster session abstracts are limited to the following:

  1. Title (20 words)
  2. Author(s) name, Institution(s)
  3. Abstract, not to exceed 300 words, that briefly addresses the following topics:
    • Overall research goal, hypotheses, and/or background
    • Methodology, experimental design, instrumentation, and/or techniques used to collect/analyze data
    • Results, discussion, and/or conclusions

Note: Once you have submitted your abstract, you may not edit or resubmit. Only one abstract may be submitted per student.

Selection Criteria: In the event that more students submit abstracts than can be accommodated in the University Center space, abstracts will be evaluated based on the following criteria:

  1. Is the title accurate, broadly descriptive, and communicate the importance of the research?
  2. Is the work grounded in a larger body of theory or research?
  3. Is the description of the research approach clear?
  4. Does the abstract communicate the originality and/or innovation of the work?
  5. Is the abstract organized well and concise?

Download the rubric that the judges will use to evaluate your poster presentation.

Poster Preparation:

  • Posters should be printed on flexible, matte or laminated paper and should not exceed a maximum of 48 inches wide x 36 inches tall.
  • Posters should be hung in University Center Room 223/224 according to the number you receive when you check in at the registration table on April 18th. You will have access to the room at least 1 hour prior to your session.
  • Push pins and technical equipment for hanging posters will be provided.
  • Neither tables nor power sources will be provided.
  • We recommend you bring business cards or post contact information near your poster in the event that someone would like to continue your discussion after the session.

Oral Sessions

Session Description: PowerPoint-based oral sessions will allow for a formal presentation of scholarly research being done by undergraduate and graduate women in science, technology, engineering and math fields from the University of Tennessee. Presentations will be assigned to 1 of 4 oral sessions (Session A.1, A.2 – morning, or Session B.1, B.2 – afternoon) along with 4 other speakers, for a total of 5 presentations each session.

Submission Format: Oral session abstracts are limited to the following:

  1. Title (20 words)
  2. Author(s) name, Institution(s)
  3. Abstract, not to exceed 300 words, that briefly addresses the following topics:
    • Overall research goal, hypotheses, and/or background
    • Methodology, experimental design, instrumentation, and/or techniques used to collect/analyze data
    • Results, discussion, and/or conclusions

 Note: Once you have submitted your abstract, you may not edit or resubmit. Only one abstract may be submitted per student.

Selection Criteria: In the event that more students submit abstracts than can be accommodated during each session’s allotted time, abstracts will be evaluated based on the following criteria:

  1. Is the title accurate, broadly descriptive, and communicate the importance of the research?
  2. Is the work grounded in a larger body of theory or research?
  3. Is the description of the research approach clear?
  4. Does the abstract communicate the originality and/or innovation of the work?
  5. Is the abstract organized well and concise?

Download the rubric that the judges will use to evaluate your oral presentation.

Presentation Preparation:

  • Presentations should be no more than 15 minutes in length and there will be 5 minutes for discussion and changeover to the next speaker. Please be considerate of other speakers and the audience by staying within your allotted time. Session chairs will help you hold to the allotted time.
  • Electronic files must be prepared using the formats listed below:
    • Operating System: Media should be PC-formatted or Mac OS X
    • Plug-Ins: Quicktime 7, Windows Media Player
  • Each session room is equipped with a Windows PC and a Mac connection capability, a laptop, and a LCD projector. Please bring your presentation on a flash drive or your computer with the file saved to the desktop for quick access. A local monitor is also provided and will mirror what the audience sees (Presenter View is not supported). Bring at least two copies of your presentation to the session in case there is a problem with one of the files.
  • Speakers should report to University Center Room 225 or 226 at least 10 minutes prior to the session start time based on the information provided to you when you check in at the Registration table on April 18th.

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