AAUW-OML STEM Conference

AAUW-OML Saint Mary’s STEM Conference for Middle School Girls

Saturday, March 19, 2022      
Saint Mary’s College Moraga CA
Registration is now closed.

AAUW-Orinda, Moraga, Lafayette (OML) is presenting their annual STEM Conference for middle school girls on Saturday, March 19, 2022 in partnership with Saint Mary’s College in Moraga CA. The STEM Conference will be an in-person, hands-on event that starts at 8:45 and ends at 3 PM. Sign in begins at 8 AM.

The girls will attend 3 workshops given by professionals in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics.  They will choose and rank 5 workshops out of 16.  Not all preferences are guaranteed but we will make every effort to assign each girl to 2 of her top 5 choices.
Cost is $40.   Many scholarships are available and no one will be denied participation for lack of funds.  Lunch, snacks and drinks will be provided.  Registration fee is not refundable for any reason.

Joyce Leveque is the 2022 AAUW-OML STEM Conference Speaker

The Keynote Speaker for the 2022 STEM Conference is Joyce Leveque, Director of Quality Operations in the Biologics Development Department for Bayer Healthcare at their Berkeley campus.  This site is part of Bayer Pharmaceuticals, the 16th largest pharmaceutical company in the world with about $18 Billion in sales in the U.S. alone for 2021.  Bayer aims to discover and manufacturer innovative medicines that will improve human health worldwide by diagnosing, preventing, and treating diseases as well as focusing on developing innovative products finding solutions to major health challenges in the areas of the heart, cancer, women’s health, blood and eyes.
If you’ve heard of Bayer Aspirin, Aleve, Alka Seltzer, Claritin, Flintstones and One-A-Day Vitamins and the antibiotic Cipro, they are all made by Bayer.   The company’s purpose is Science for a better life and the vision is Health for all, hunger for none. The company’s business portfolio includes Pharmaceuticals, Consumer health, Crop Science and Enabling functions
The Berkeley campus houses Biologics Development (BD) and Biomanufacturing.  As Director, Ms. Leveque manages a team of about 12 individuals in the BD Compliance and Operations group. She went to UC Davis where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Biotechnology with an emphasis in Microbiology and fermentation.

The workshops to be offered are:  CLICK HERE
Parent Program
There will also be a free program for parents of registrants from 8:45-11:00 a.m.  The keynote speaker will be Nina Horne, Co-Founder and Co-CEO of Alden, a company focused on helping parents and teens build happy, loving families and lives of compassion and meaning.

**** Due to Covid 19, all participants (workshop presenters, attendees, and volunteers) will be required to provided of full vaccination status (vaccine and booster) prior to participation, and we will require masks be worn by all participants during all indoor activities, including workshops.****

History of Conference
AAUW-OML has presented the STEM Conference since 2016 as part of the Expanding Your Horizons program (EYH) in partnership with Saint Mary’s College.  EYH, now part of Techbridge Girls has been offering these workshops for over 30 years around the country.  Funding for the conference this year is rolled over from our 2020 conference that we had to cancel.  They are:  Techbridge Girls, Chevron, Saint Mary’s, College, Lamorinda Sunrise Rotary, Rossmoor Rotary, and local businesses and many individuals making it possible for this year’s conference, and to provide scholarships for any girl who needs one.”

Franceska Hinkamp

Francesca Hinkamp was the keynote speaker at the 2021 Virtual STEM Conference. She participated in AAUW-OML Sister to Sister as a middle schooler in 2002 and again as a mentor in high school in 2008.  She shares, “that day as a participant shifted the way I thought about my social identity as a young woman and my participation as a mentor was meaningful and helped to shape by leadership abilities.”  Franceska shared how she went from a BA in Sociology from USF to a MS in Human Genetics.  Today, she provides pioneering genetic counseling in pediatrics, adult medical genetics, neonatal intensive care and pediatric cancer predisposition at the UCLA Institute for Precision Health in Los Angeles.

Keynote Speaker Recording.   CLICK HERE

Some pictures of 2018 workshops at Saint Mary’s College.

2017 Stem Conference