FIU comes together to celebrate women in science

By Diana Correra

In celebration of the United Nations International Day of Girls and Women in Science, the Center for Women and Gender Studies brought together several organizations to showcase different opportunities offered to women at FIU who are interested in pursuing a future in STEM. 

Students visited each organization’s table through a passport-stamping system to see the different work they are doing. The Honors College Edge Lab had a 3D printer where students make their own pins. The Physics Honor Society brought a Van de Graaff generator to show students how to create and accumulate static electricity. The Astronomy Club took over the GC lawns, where students looked through a telescope. The Graham Center lawns were decorated with names of various women at FIU and in science to commemorate those who have contributed to the world of STEM.

FIU professor and astrophysicist Fiorella Terenzi even performed “Let’s Get Astrophysical” with her astronomy class, bringing together theater and astronomy in a unique performance.

Participants included:

  • FIU Honors College
  • UN Women
  • College of Engineering and Computing
  • Physics Honor Society (Sigma Pi Sigma)
  • Biomedical Engineering Society
  • International Forensic Research Institute
  • Medina Aquarius Program
  • Panther Bionics
  • Astronomy Club
  • Society for the Advancement of Women in STEM
  • Women’s Studies Student Association
  • Department of Biological Sciences
  • National Geographic Hub Explorers

The United Nations Women organization established this day to call on everyone to acknowledge the need for more women and girls in the sciences while also celebrating those who paved the way for them.