Women in STEM Career Day

***Please note: this event is exclusively for high school freshman and sophomore girls and has a max. attendance of 200 students. Register early to guarantee your spot!*** 

Women in STEM Career Day

Friday, October 19, 2018

This event is designed to celebrate women in STEM careers and will provide high school freshmen and sophomore girls with the opportunity to interact with positive role models and participate in hands-on activities in order to encourage more women to have positive experiences with STEM and to pursue STEM careers. The event will include hands-on sessions, career panel group discussions with women in the STEM fields, and a tour of our STEM facilities.

The deadline to register for this event is Friday, October 5, 2018 or until the event is FULL.

Tentative Agenda

Friday, October 19, 2018

8:00 a.m. Check-in

8:30 a.m. Welcome

8:45 a.m. Tour of STEM facilities, Activity Rotations

10:15 a.m. Career Panel

11:15 a.m. Lunch and Career Inventory

11:45 a.m. Activity Rotations, Tour of STEM facilities

1:15 p.m. Evaluations and Closing Remarks


Michaelann AgoranosConstructing Opportunity, LLC, Principal and Co-Owner; board member of Chicago Metro Chapter #325 of the National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC)

Alexis ArtusoAMITA La Grange Memorial Hospital Emergency Department, Registered Nurse

Yuliana BazalduaChamberlain College of Nursing, Student Nurse

Carmella "Carmie" BurdiArgonne National Laboratory, GIS Analyst Specialist

Nichole Edmonds, Advocate Health Care, Director of Community Health 

Stephanie Ezerski, Cabot Microelectronics,  Scientist II for R&D Analytical Core Technologies Group

Sara HelmusMorton College, Chemistry professor and Skyway STEM Research Coordinator

Liz Idzakovich, Freelance Camera Operator, Videographer, and Editor, has done work for the Chicago Cubs, US Helicopters (helicopter camera operator), National Women's Soccer League (Chicago Red Stars), production companies, and numerous colleges and universities

Caroline KettlestringsRewards Network, Scala Developer

Prem Mony, Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital, Director of Wellness Center and OP Rehab Services

Aneesa Muthana, Pioneer Service Inc., Owner and President of manufacturing business

Aubrey Quast, Cabot Microelectronics, Research Associate III, R&D.

Dana Sauter, Cabot Microelectronics, Materials Engineering Manager, Engineering.

Nim Tottenham, Columbia University, Associate Professor of Psychology and Director of the Developmental Affective Neuroscience Laboratory



Activity rotations will focus on Prairie Restoration, Anatomy and Physiology, Chemistry, and Engineering/Math.

(AM only) Prairie Planting Party
Remic Ensweiler
Students will sow seeds into dirt and transplant seedlings into pots using forks in order to propagate native seedlings so they can be planted at the COD restoration prairie and create forage habitat for plants, animals and pollinators.

(PM only) Explore the Respiratory System
Karan Oliver-Tucci
Rotate through various stations to see how studying the respiratory system combines principals of A&P, Biology, Physics and Math. Attendees will be microscopically viewing lung tissue, working with bell jars to examine the relationship between pressure and volume in the thoracic cavity, listening to lung sounds, measuring blood oxygen saturation and using spirometers to test their own lung volume.

Exploring Everyday Chemistry
Lubna Haque
Students will be introduced to various types of chemical reactions, such as acid-base neutralization and polymerization as well analytical chemistry techniques, such a chromatography. They will not only be able to see demos pertaining to these chemistry topics, but will also engage in several hand-on activities.

Problem Solving with Cubelets Robots
Janet Moore
Come and explore with Cubelets robots as you design and build them to accomplish different goals. Then test out your creations to see if they work!


Parking Information

Students can be dropped off at the SRC entrance at Door #1. Buses will need to park in Lot 6. View the map.

Terms and Conditions

By registering for this event, you certify that you understand and agree to follow the following guidelines:

  • the students you are bringing to the event are current high school freshman or sophomore females.
  • Each student will have a photo release form, signed in advance by a parent/guardian, to turn in upon check-in.

(Download our photo release form).


Registration for 2018 is now closed.


Contact Information

STEM Outreach Coordinator
Berg Instructional Center (BIC), Room 2H01B, (630) 942-3021

For College of DuPage Admissions inquiries, call (630) 942-2626 or email admissions@cod.edu.

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