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


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

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

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.

About Trent University

One of Canada's top universities, Trent University was founded on the ideal of interactive learning that's personal, purposeful and transformative. Consistently recognized nationally for leadership in teaching, research and student satisfaction, Trent attracts excellent students from across the country and around the world. Here, undergraduate and graduate students connect and collaborate with faculty, staff and their peers through diverse communities that span residential colleges, classrooms, disciplines, hands-on research, co-curricular and community-based activities. Across all disciplines, Trent brings critical, integrative thinking to life every day. Today, Trent's unique approach to personal development through supportive, collaborative community engagement is in more demand than ever. Students lead the way by co-creating experiences rooted in dialogue, diverse perspectives and collaboration. In a learning environment that builds life-long passion for inclusion, leadership and social change, Trent's students, alumni, faculty and staff are engaged global citizens who are catalysts in developing sustainable solutions to complex issues. Trent's Peterborough campus boasts award-winning architecture in a breathtaking natural setting on the banks of the Otonabee River, just 90 minutes from downtown Toronto, while Trent University Durham – Greater Toronto Area, delivers a distinct mix of programming in the east GTA.


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