Department of Earth Sciences Celebrates Women in STEM Month

The Department of Earth Sciences hosted a Women in the Earth Sciences forum to celebrate Women in STEM month on March 30. The forum focused on stereotypes and supports for women in the STEM field and consisted of current students and alumni.

Attendees ranged from current students to alumni from graduating classes as far back as 1974. Notable alumni included one of the first three women to graduate with a degree in geology, who became one of the first women in STEM to earn tenure at the U of Houston; the first woman to graduate with a degree in meteorology; one of the developers of the most commonly used model to track acid rain (and one of the students who convinced SUNY Brockport to start the program) and, and the first international student, who is now the chief meteorologist at the Caribbean Institute for Meteorology and Hydrology.

People shared their stories, and advice on how to overcome challenges. As one recent alum commented after the event, “tonight was inspiring.” The group committed to keeping the momentum going and is planning on starting a mentoring program.

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