The Fourth Annual Women in Science Conference is a celebration of women in all STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) professions. Hosted by the Emerald Coast Science Center, the evening will consist of inspirational presentations from professional women in STEM careers. Proceeds benefit the Emerald Coast Science Center's Girls Engaged in Making (GEM) Workshops.

All ages are welcome, especially middle school and high school students looking to discover careers in STEM. Guests will have a chance to mingle with the speakers and other guest professionals. Food and drink provided.


This year, our four professional speakers and one student speaker will discuss what inspired them to pursue STEM degrees, offering their advice to young women interested in following this path, and even note their own female STEM role models. All speakers will be a part of a panel discussion after intermission to take questions from the audience. This is an excellent event for students of all ages and genders to receive firsthand advice and information from local STEM professionals


This year's speakers include:
-Jobina Johnson, System/Software Engineer at Boeing
-Crystal Simmons, Senior Quality Engineer at BAE Systems
-Tanya Gallagher, GIS Coordinator for Santa Rosa County and Adjunct Instructor at University of West Florida
-Brenda Vandegrift, Manager of Innovative Solutions at Leonardo DRS, Airborne and Intelligence Systems
-Jamie Barnes, Mechanical Engineering and Robotics student at Embry Riddle Aeronautical University


Thursday, September 12 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. The conference will be held in the Student Services Center (Building 400) in the Raider Cafe and Lobby at Northwest Florida State College. We look forward to seeing you all there!


Student Services Center (Building 400), Raider Cafe and Lobby

Northwest Florida State University

100 E College Blvd​

Niceville, FL 32578

$5 Students, $12 Adults

Curious about becoming one of our Women in Science sponsors? Download our sponsorship packet here for more information regarding sponsorship benefits and ways your business can help impact young women interested in STEM in our region. As a small independent nonprofit, sponsoring organizations help make events like this possible for our museum and community.

Thank you to our sponsors >>

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