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2012 Young Women’s Conference

March 2012

Today's Young Women's Conference exceeded my expectations. A beautiful day highlighted the splendor of the Princeton campus, and made the new laboratory tours even more enjoyable. The enthusiasm of the presenters, the volunteers, and the participants was contagious, and I cannot help but be inspired myself.

We hosted 295 students and 30 schools this year, the most ever.  They were introduced to science topics as varied as disease immunology, space suit engineering, geology and marine biology through speaker sessions, lab tours and hands-on activity sessions.

This year marks our eleventh Young Women's Conference, and with it we introduced a new theme, one that emphasizes the important work that female scientists and engineers have conducted throughout modern history. This, I believe, set the tenor of the conference. On the one hand, the girls could see first hand how women today use their substantial knowledge of science and engineering by talking to people working in those fields today.  On the other hand, they could also learn about women who have really made dramatic advances in science and technological fields.  I believe that this drives home the point that women have always been, and will continue to be, an important part of scientific fields. 

You can learn more about the Young Women’s Conference its website.

Stephanie Wissel

YWC Conference Director

U.S. Department of Energy
Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory is a U.S. Department of Energy national laboratory managed by Princeton University.

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