Da Vinci Center to welcome Miss America

Alyssa Jimenez


Interested in connecting with women in STEM? On Wednesday, March 18, 2020, the Da Vinci Science Center will host a free discussion panel as part of the annual Women in Science and Engineering Forum. Don’t miss out on the chance to learn more about career options, ask questions, and network with women in science, technology, engineering and math-related fields. People attending the will have a chance to see Camille Schrier, Miss America 2020, a panelist at this year’s event.

The forum is comprised of women in STEM careers, including Miss America 2020. Originally from Bucks County, Pennsylvania, Schrier is a biochemistry graduate from Virginia Tech University. Schrier is known for conducting a science experiment during the talent portion at the Miss America contest.

Along with Schrier, women on the panel will discuss topics such as careers in STEM, challenges for women pursuing a male dominated field, advice and networking opportunities. In the past, the WISE forum has had representatives from fields including healthcare, engineering, architecture, business and forensics. The event takes place at The Center Holiday Inn, in Breinigsville, Pennsylvania. All students are welcome to attend. The discussion panel is from 7:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

In 2015, The Da Vinci Center created the WISE initiative, Women and Science in Engineering. The purpose of the event is to educate young girls about STEM careers and connect them to women in the field who have experience and advice to coach and mentor them.

“The Da Vinci Science Center has always had a passion for engaging and mentoring women to pursue careers in STEM,” Allison Dolan, the marketing manager of the event, says. “Studies show that women are underrepresented in the STEM field, where there are many high paying jobs.”

The first WISE event had an amazing turnout; more than 80 women in STEM were in attendance. The WISE network also became a place for women in STEM to network with one another and share their perspective on working in STEM fields.

Cedar Crest College students interested in STEM careers are free to attend the event. At the WISE forum there is also a mentoring dinner prior to the event at 7:00 p.m. Students who wish to attend must contact Alison Dolan at allison@davincisciencecenter.org. They can also join the WISE forum email list available on the Da Vinci Center website. The Women in Science and Engineering Forum also has a Linked In page that students can follow for future news and events.

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