Women in Scholarship, Engineering, Science, and Technology

SET Conference

Come and help WISEST deliver the SET (Science, Engineering and Technology) Conference! This fun and interactive day shows young women and non-binary students in grades 10-12 that there is more to science than medicine, and more to engineering than building bridges, and more to technology than sitting behind a computer screen. Please see our volunteer roles below and sign up for those that you're interested in.

All volunteers are invited to join us for a complimentary lunch on the day of the Conference!

Lab Activity Volunteers

Lab Activity Volunteers help to deliver hands-on lab activities for SET participants! All Lab Activity Volunteers are expected to complete Online Safety Training prior to the SET Conference and WISEST expects all Lab Activity groups to do a test-run of their lab prior to the Conference.

WISEST has Lab Activity ideas that we have used in past conferences and we also welcome fresh, new ideas for science, engineering and technology hands-on activities. As some high school girls attend the conference multiple years in a row, it's important for us to find new activities to keep the girls excited and engaged!

Lab Activity Leaders

Lab Activity Leaders organize and deliver a hands-on lab activity for Conference participants! Lab Activity Leaders are responsible for reviewing their lab procedure, requesting any required materials from WISEST, and leading the activity during both the morning and afternoon activity sessions. Each Lab Activity Leader will have a few Assistants to help them.

Who should sign up: Graduate, PhD Students, researchers, faculty members, lab assistants, lab coordinators, STEM outreach organizations/leaders, or professionals working in STEM fields.

Time commitment: Volunteers can expect to commit to several hours of lab planning and preparation and are expected to complete Online Safety Training and a lab test-run prior to the SET Conference. Lab Activity Leaders will need to be present from 9:00 am - 3:00 pm on the Conference day.

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Lab Activity Assistants

Lab Activity Assistants help to deliver a hands-on lab activity for Conference participants! Lab Activity Assistants will help during both the morning and afternoon activity sessions.

Who should sign up: Undergraduate, Graduate, PhD Students, researchers, faculty members, lab assistants, lab coordinators, STEM outreach organizations/leaders, or professionals working in STEM fields. We also encourage Education students in Secondary Education and who plan on teaching high school science to volunteer as lab activity assistants.

Time commitment: Volunteers are expected to complete Online Safety Training and a lab test-run prior to the SET conference. Lab Activity Assistants will need to be present from 9:00 am - 3:00 pm on the Conference day.

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Safety Coordinators

Safety Coordinators will be assigned to 1 lab in the Chemistry Department and ensure that safety protocols are being followed during the execution of the hands-on laboratory activities. These individuals should be experienced with Chemistry Labs and be comfortable taking control in case of a spill.

Who should sign up: Chemistry Graduate, PhD Students, or other trained personnel from the Chemistry Department with access to the undergraduate general chemistry labs.

Time commitment:  Volunteers are expected to review relevant lab procedures/safety documents and complete Online Safety Training prior to the SET Conference. Safety Coordinators will need to be available for the lab test run and from 9:00 am - 3:00 pm on the Conference day.

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Guides and General Volunteers

Who should sign up: Undergraduate, graduate or PhD students, high school students, interested members from the community. We also encourage Education students in Secondary Education and who plan on teaching high school science to volunteer as a guide or general volunteer.

Guides assist with leading groups of students to various activities on campus. They are also key in making sure that SET participants have a positive experience! General Volunteers help with things like event set up, signage, registration and whatever is required to have a smooth, successful event. Time commitment for General Volunteers varies depending on duties. Both Guides and General Volunteers are asked to attend a brief orientation meeting before the SET Conference.

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Role Model Volunteers

Who should sign up: Women working in science, engineering, or technology fields or women pursuing graduate or PhD studies in STEM. We also invite men in STEM fields and who are eager to advocate for and encourage diversity in the workplace to volunteer.

Role Model volunteers lead discussions with groups of students. The goal of the group discussions is that role models will share their educational and career experiences with our students, providing an excellent opportunity for the students to ask questions and to learn more about careers in STEM. It's a chance for role models to have a positive influence on these bright young students! Role Model time commitments are outlined in the registration form.

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