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Trent Computer Science Society to Host First Women in STEM Showcase at Trent

March 28, 2017

Student-run panel to highlight strong female leaders in science, technology, engineering, and math

The glass ceiling is set to be shattered in the Great Hall of Trent University’s Champlain College for the Trent Computer Science Society’s (TCSS) upcoming Women in STEM showcase happening on Tuesday, March 28 at 4:00 p.m.

Bringing strong female leadership in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) to the forefront, the student-led event, which is co-hosted by Electric City Hacks, will feature women from across STEM disciplines, and is set to offer insight into their experiences of overcoming barriers in commonly male-dominated fields.

Trent alumna, Member of Parliament for Peterborough-Kawartha, and the Minister of Status of Women, the Honourable Maryam Monsef ‘03 will be attending the event to introduce the discussion. Speakers for the event will also include: Sabine McConnell, professor in the Computing Systems program at Trent University; Dr. Vanita Lokanathan, family physician and co-founder of the Peterborough and County LGBTQ task force; Holly Pearson, business development specialist at Communitech; and Chloé Corbeil, a family medicine resident at the Peterborough Regional Health Centre.

“As a young woman entering the STEM fields, it is exciting and incredibly inspiring to participate in deconstructing the myth that women “don’t do” science or engineering,” said second-year Computer Science student and event organizer, Laura Mann. “With this event, we hope to showcase the efforts being made both on campus, and across the province to eliminate gender-based barriers.”

The talks are open to all, regardless of discipline or gender, and will be followed by a panel open to the audience for questions, and a catered meet and greet period. Those interested in attending are asked to register on the TCSS’ Eventbrite page.