Voices has wrapped for the year! Stay tuned for upcoming updates regarding voices 2020!

If you would to join the Voices planning committee, contact our Voices Co-Chairs (Latisha, lpf113@psu.edu; Megan, mas1126@psu.edu)

Take action to expand your professional network and communication skills at the 14th annual Voices conference!



2019 feature events

Keynote speaker: Jedidah Isler – Assistant Professor of Physics and Astronomy, Dartmouth College


  • Dr. Jedidah Isler’s scientific research explores the physics of blazars, supermassive black holes at the centers of galaxies that create particle jets moving at nearly the speed of light. She has a rare ability to speak about her work in a way that is not only accessible, but enlivening. As such, she’s been featured on NPR’s All Things Considered, the Science Channel’s How the Universe Works, and National Geographic, and involved in museum shows and countless conferences. Her TED talks have been seen more than 3 million times. But it’s not just far flung galaxies that she’s interested in turning audiences on to; she also wants to wake them up to the vast equity, inclusion and diversity gaps here on Planet Earth. This history maker—in 2014, she became the first African American woman to receive her Ph.D. in Astrophysics from Yale University—wants to be less exceptional. Her non-profit organization, The STEM en Route to Change (SeRCH) Foundation, Inc., is dedicated to using STEM as a pathway for social justice. Her intellectual prowess wows, but it is her emotional resonance that past collaborators and clients bring up most when talking about her lectures.
 Other speakers and panelists include:
  • Dr. Wendy Hanna-Rose, Geneticist, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Department Head, Penn State
  • Dr. Karl Booksh, Professor of Chemistry, founder of research program for undergraduates with disabilities, University of Delaware
  • Dr. Maureen Mulvihill, President and CEO of Actuated Medical , Bellefonte PA
  • Mr. Steven Mezzacappa, founder of Passion with Purpose
  • Madeline Anderson, Undergraduate and Dancer Relations Administrative Assistant for THON 2019, Penn State
  • Pallavi Eswara, Director of the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs, Penn State
  • Dr. Kristin Finch, Eberly College of Science Associate Dean for Diversity and Inclusion, Penn State
  • Virginia Marcon, Graduate Student and co-founder of WE ARE for Science, Penn State
  • Olivia Perdew-Kenny, Education Manager, Discovery Space

VOICES 2019 Schedule of Events

What is Voices?

Voices is a networking and professional development conference hosted annually by the State College Graduate Women in Science (GWIS) for students, post-docs, faculty, and professionals in the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Fields. Since 2005, the Voices conferences have provided participants with opportunities to interact with others from different backgrounds and experiences as well as provide them with information to help achieve their academic goals and have a successful work-life balance. The participants have the opportunity to find out how various women and men in the STEM fields handle their education, career, and personal life. The breakout sessions and panel discussion groups offer time to share ideas, successes, and struggles with other students, post-docs, faculty, and professionals. Evaluations from previous years showed that 100% of the participants were glad they attended the conference and many found it to have exceeded their expectations.

Getting involved

Voices 2019 will be coming soon. Check back to this page for more details as they become available! Attending a conference is a great way to your professional network. If you would to join the Voices planning committee, contact our Voices Co-Chairs (Latisha, lpf113@psu.edu; Megan, mas1126@psu.edu)