Celebrating its 4th year, the United Nations’ event was recognized across 68 countries on Monday, February 11, 2019. The International Day of Women and Girls in Science doesn’t only celebrate the efforts and breakthroughs of female scientists in their fields, it also spreads awareness and supports women emerging in male-dominated STEM fields. FIU’s Center for Women’s and Gender Studies (CWGS) has now started a new tradition to recognize this important day annually.
On the GC lawn, over 60 female world-renowned scientists, FIU STEM faculty and undergrad students had their names and respective fields showcased on signs. Not far along from the signs that students walked by, were telescopes, which students could use to observe the sun, the moon and Venus.
Numerous scientific demonstrations like FIU Honors College EdgeLab’s 3D Printer and Society of Physics’ Bicycle wheel gyroscope were displayed inside GC. Dr. Darici Yesim, the Assistant Provost to STEM, director for the Center for Women’s and Gender Studies and professor of Physics, also had a hand. Dr. Darici made free, delicious vanilla ice cream using liquid nitrogen! Students were automatically entered into a raffle when they signed in. The winner receives a luncheon with their favorite female STEM professor.
The Provost’s Office, Departments of Physics, FIU Honors College and multiple student organizations like the Women’s Studies Student Association (WSSA), the Advancement of Women in STEM (AWES), Society of Physics Students, Astronomy Club at FIU and Sigma Pi Sigma came together and created this memorable event. It was with their support and contributions that we were able to honor women in science and to encourage more women to study science.