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Office for the Advancement of Women in Science and Engineering

Kansas State University
125 Seaton Hall
Manhattan, KS 66506

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The SUCCEED program creates opportunities for women to flourish in science, technology, engineering, and math, or STEM, fields. Undergraduate and graduate students can serve as mentors to middle and high school students, share in mentoring connections with alumnae, and network with faculty and other students in STEM.

Career Chats

Gain career advice and mentoring from alumnae and women in industry through these informal seminars hosted each semester.

February 11th - Dr. Brittany Nairn

Come share a meal with Dr. Brittany Nairn, Research Assistant Professor in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics here at Kansas State University! This is a great opportunity for students from across all STEM disciplines to learn about Dr. Nairn's career path and experiences. This event will take place in the Johnson Cancer Research Center Conference Room in Ackert 36 from Noon - 1pm on February 11th. Lunch will be provided. Space is limited so be sure to RSVP today!

More about Dr. Nairn - Dr. Nairn received her B.A. from Augustana College in 2007 in Biology/Premed. From there, she received a Ph.D. from University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill in 2011 in Microbiology & Immunology. She spent 3.5 years in a postdoctoral fellowship at Vanderbilt University in the laboratory of Dr. Eric Skaar, where she focused on biochemistry and bacterial genetics. Dr. Nairn is currently a Research Assistant Professor in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics working with Dr. Phil Klebba. She hopes their studies can help identify drug targets for antibiotic-resistant pathogens for which we desperately need new antimicrobials. 

Women in STEM Events

Come meet other female K-State STEM majors at our social and networking events! Be sure to check your K-State email for event announcements. 

Gender Bias and Inequality with Dr. Emily Dringenberg

This will be an evening event, tentatively scheduled for late February/early March. Be sure to check back for updates!  

Arts & Sciences Undergraduate Research Panel 

This will be a luncheon or late afternoon event, tentatively scheduled for late March/early April. Be sure to check back for updates! 

KAWSE Mentors

Paid opportunities to serve as a role model for women in STEM through mentoring middle and high school students at GROW and EXCITE pre-college outreach programs. Students interested in the mentor position should contact the Program Coordinator, Sara Heiman, at sjheiman@ksu.edu

KAWSE Summer Mentor 

This is a paid opportunity for K-State undergraduate students to serve as mentors for the 2016 GROW and EXCITE Summer Workshops, being held June 8-10, 2016 at K-State in Manhattan. Mentors will be responsible for supervising groups of 8-12 middle and high school students throughout the camp, including daytime activities, evening events, and overnight stay in the K-State residence halls. They will ensure the well-being and safety of participants, encourage student participation in activities, make sure students feel engaged and included in events, and serve as representatives of K-State, the KAWSE office, and STEM majors. 

Applications are tentatively scheduled to be made available in March 2016. An announcement will be sent out to current mentors, ambassadors, and the K-State listserv. 

KAWSE Ambassadors

Volunteer leadership opportunities to host prospective K-State students, serve on student panels to share personal experiences at K-State, and represent KAWSE at open house and outreach events. Students interested in the ambassador position should contact the Program Coordinator, Sara Heiman, at sjheiman@ksu.edu