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Women in STEM Careers Event

Spend a day on campus to learn more about women working in the geosciences! On May 7th, 2019 from 10:30 AM – 1:30 PM, we will host an an event with scientists, graduate, and undergraduate students from the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences.


The event is free, and open to middle and high school females interested in STEM! For more information, check out the event website here. Or check out the flyer attached below!




The Bearded Lady Project screening

The Bearded Lady Project documentary screening poster

Join us on Sunday, September 23, 2018 for a screening of The Bearded Lady Project in 22 Deike Building from 1:30-3:30 pm.

This screening will include a presentation by Dr. Ellen Currano, co-creator of the film, which will be followed by a panel Q&A with Dr. Currano and five female PSU STEM faculty.

Faculty panelists (with their research interests indicated) include:

  • Liz Hajek– PSU Geosciences
    Uses the stratigraphic record to reconstruct past landscape conditions on Earth. Focuses on learning about internal (autogenic*) variability that occurs in different sedimentary environments and understanding how Earth’s surface responds to change.
  • Kate Freeman– PSU Geosciences
    studies fossil molecules and their stable isotopes. Interested in ancient climate, the carbon cycle, microbial biogeochemistry and the signatures of life on Earth and beyond.
  • Jenn Baka– PSU Geography
    Energy geographer interested in understanding the interconnected political and biophysical processes shaping and shaped by systems of energy provision
  • Kristina Douglass– PSU Anthropology
    An archaeologist, whose current work investigates human-environment interaction in Madagascar.
  • Parisa Shokouhi– PSU Civil engineering
    Infrastructure sustainability, non-destructive evaluation of civil infrastructure, multi-scale non-destructive testing (NDT) of construction materials


And be sure to see our previous post for ways to get involved with the project!

Bearded Ladies Project


PSU AWG is excited to announce that the Bearded Lady Project is coming to the Earth and Mineral Sciences Museum & Art Gallery this fall (October-February)!

Ellen Currano, a Penn State alum, is leading the charge to challenge the face of science through this traveling portrait exhibit and short documentary film. Watch the trailer or visit the website to learn more about the project. Get excited about coming events here on campus that AWG is planning and promoting, like the documentary screening and panel event on September 23, where creators Ellen Currano and Lexi Marsh will be here to discuss the film with us!


Better yet, create your own images or short video to challenge the face of PSU science–see detailed information below including an opportunity to be invited to the invitation-only opening event!

The New York Time recently published an article, “Women Making Science Videos on YouTube Face Hostile Comments.” The article concluded, “If you have diverse voices, you’ll reach more diverse audiences,” Ms. Amarasekara said. “If you want to reach more people, you need people who speak to them.”

If you would like to be one of the diverse voices speaking, submit your videos to the Bearded Lady Exhibit at Penn State and be included in the opportunity to be invited to the invitation-only opening event. We have simplified our request to submittals of videos any length between 30 seconds and 150 seconds. See below for more information.

The EMS Museum & Art Gallery would like to collect short videos and images of women in science to accompany the upcoming Bearded Ladies exhibit and kick-off the new EMS Museum & Art Gallery website. All Penn State women of science are invited to participate, from students to established professionals. This is a great time of year while we are all out-and-about doing our research in the field, museums, and labs to capture images and video of ourselves in action. Five short videos will be selected by committee and those women will be invited to the invitation-only premiere of the Bearded Ladies exhibit! Please direct any questions to Claire Cleveland (czc5669@psu.edu) or Gabi Rossetto (gur53@psu.edu).

Images (submit by September 28, 2018)
We are looking for images of you participating in science. Field images are especially powerful as well as images in the lab or the museum. Images depicting all aspects of being a woman in science help young women envision the many different lifestyles we lead. We have partners, families, and do non-science activities too!
Step 1: submit images
Step 2: complete image supplemental information

Videos (submit by September 28, 2018)
We are looking for short videos of your experience as a scientist. Videos can be 30 seconds to 2.5 minutes in length. Be sure to include your first and last name, what type of science you do, your location, and what makes you excited about being a scientist. To see what we are looking for, check out Gabi’s example video in the video folder. When making your video be sure that your audience can hear you clearly–be aware of background noises or wind that might detract from sound-quality. Review your video before you leave location just in case you want to make a change.
Step 1: submit video
Step 2: complete video supplemental information