Reach for Your Dreams!

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Saturday, May 18, 2013 ~ 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Learn about exciting careers in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math at the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee!

FREE event for middle school girls - lunch provided!

Hands-on activities, panel of speakers, breakout sessions and so much more.

Parent workshop at the end of the Summit.

Registration will begin at 8:30 a.m.

Space is limited! Register at: Questions? Call (941) 224-9314.

To Register for the Girls' Summit:

Complete Registration Form online.

Complete Pre-Summit Survey online.

Print Parent Permission Letter and bring it with you on May 18th or email it to

Letter to Parents/Guardians



Check back for updates about workshops and activities!

After the Summit - Tell us what you Learned: Post Summit Survey.


Multicultural Health Institute


The following are some excerpts from The Big Idea.

“What the Research Shows:

"Even though young girls and boys sit side by side in educational settings all across the country, women are much less likely to choose careers in science and engineering than men. Although the number of women in STEM fields has increased tremendously over the past half-century, it still is not keeping pace with the rising demand for skilled workers in these areas.”

“Although women make up about half of the total U.S. college-educated workforce, they represented only 26% of the college-educated workforce in Science & Engineering occupations…”

“The simple truth is that Americans cannot remain competitive in STEM fields without more women entering these careers.”

“it is important to recognize that girls and boys do not display a significant difference in their abilities in math and science. The cause for the gender gap in STEM achievement is social and environmental. Where gender differences consistently appear is in boys’ and girls’ interest and confidence in STEM subjects, starting at a very young age.”

“If students do not believe they are capable, they are unlikely to succeed.”

“It is important to spark and strengthen girls’ interest and confidence in STEM subjects before high school, when academic choices will either open or close doors to postsecondary STEM studies and careers…”

Why So Few? (Long)

Why So Few? (Short)