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Attention math and science enthusiasts: GWIS is looking for you

January 17, 2013

The Girls and Women in Science Conference coordinators are looking for people who are interested in planning a lab activity for this year's conference on Saturday, April 6. All genders are encouraged to apply

For those interested in heading a lab, please submit the following no later than Monday, Jan. 28 at 5 p.m.:

  • Name(s) of lab head(s) and any assistant volunteers
  • Lab title/idea (include a short abstract—just a few sentences will suffice—as well as general experimental guidelines/instructions)
  • A list of materials you will need to successfully run the lab
  • A budget estimate (how much will it cost to do your lab - each lab is allotted around $200 max)
  • Any other pertinent information to successfully run the lab

Keep in mind, the labs should be simple enough for a sixth-grader to understand and complete, and easy enough to finish within a 30-45 minute time frame. Each lab period (three total) will have four participants, so keep this in mind when designing your lab. Be prepared to have enough materials for at least 12 kids.

The labs should be related to a science or math field in some way (yes, this includes the "soft" sciences: anthropology, psychology, etc.).

There will be a volunteer meeting on Wednesday, Jan. 30 at 7 p.m. in SC 150, where organizers will announce the finalized list of labs, as well as discuss potential theme ideas for this year's conference. Come prepared with ideas!

If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to e-mail For more information on GWIS, visit