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Girls-n-Science event offers a taste of STEM

Deadline to register is Oct. 6 at 6 p.m.
Posted at 6:57 PM, Oct 04, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-04 20:57:13-04

BILLINGS — The 10th annual Girls-n-Science event is fast approaching, and Montana State University Billings has announced a new event for seventh and eighth graders interested in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM).

From 4 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 12, “Girls-n-Science: A Taste of STEM” will allow participants to meet with a full slate of STEM professionals from Montana and beyond.

The theme for the 2019 dinner is, “I change the world by…,” with a variety of activities and presentations planned for participants.

Participants must be pre-registered by Oct. 6 at 6 p.m. to attend A Taste of STEM. This event is free, but seating is limited. To register, visit

At 4 p.m., directly following the main Girls-n-Science event, participants are invited to meet in the SUB Atrium on the MSU Billings university campus to check-in and take a tour of the science building laboratory. There they can see an electron microscope, chromatography equipment, the herbarium, and scorpions in action.

Dinner, presentations, and interactive discussions for A Taste of STEM begin at 5:30 p.m. in the SUB Glacier room.

During dinner, each STEM champion will briefly present how her work “changes the world.” Then, in smaller groups, guests will be able to talk with these STEM professionals about their career paths, what their job is like, their experience in school, and their advice for a future in science and technology.

The 2019 STEM champions are Paula Austin, International Biosecurity Analyst for Sandia National Laboratories; Rebecca Wacker, Civil Engineer for the State of Montana; Hannah Groves, Community Health Improvement Specialist for Healthy by Design; Shikin Lockman, Engineer at Exxon-Mobil; Crystal Hopper, Digital Marketing Specialist at Computers Unlimited; Dr. Lynn George, Developmental Neuroscientist at MSU Billings; and Dr. Michele Spenny, Dermatologist for Billings Clinic.

While participants are enjoying dinner and meeting with STEM role models, family members are invited to learn about MSU Billings programs and dual enrollment in the SUB Atrium while enjoying complimentary pizza.

All seventh and eighth grade girls are invited to get a “Taste of STEM” and learn how they can help change the world.

For more information on the 2019 Girls-n-Science event, visit