AWSN's STEM Affair is our major fund-raising and awareness event in our Recognition pillar and this year is the final celebration of WinSTEM week.  In addition to our keynote speaker, Dr. Lesley Rigg, we will be presenting the AWSN Scholarship winner for 2016, Minerva Mentoring Award winners for both 2015-2016 and 2016-2017, Power to Choose Mentor of the Year, and the WinSTEM Recognition awards.  The STEM Affair will be held at Venue 1008, 1008 14th Street SE, Calgary, starting at 6 PM, October 15, 2016.   

 Tickets are still available and at the door.  



At the STEM Affair 2016, AWSN will proudly present Dr. Lesley Rigg, Dean of Science, University of Calgary.  She will be speaking on Redrawing Perceptions: The Fine Lines That Women in STEM Experience.  Dr. Lesley Rigg has more than 18 years of experience working in postsecondary education.  Before coming to the University of Calgary, she was vice-president for research and innovation partnerships at Northern Illinois University (NIU), where she was responsible for the research mission of the university. Dr. Rigg is a forest ecologist, earning a bachelor’s degree in geography and environmental studies from York University in Toronto, a master’s degree in geography from the University of Colorado and a doctorate degree in geography and environmental studies from the University of Melbourne in Australia.  


Dr. Rigg's research interests include biogeography with an emphasis on forest ecosystems and vegetation dynamics. Of particular interest to AWSN, she is a former member of the National Committee on the Status of Women in Geography of the Association of American Geographers.  She won the Wilma Strickland award for enhancing the climate for women on campus (NIU).  She was also awarded the Women Who Make a Difference Award, Honorable Mention (NIU) in both 2014 and 2015.  A running theme in her research and teaching has been inclusivity. With several collaborators, she recently published a paper in the Journal of Women and Minorities in Science and Engineering, outlining the roles of gender and discipline in academic career satisfaction.  They found that respect and equity in the sciences is crucial for career satisfaction. This work came out of a Catalyst grant though the NSF ADVANCE program, for which Dr. Rigg was a co-principle investigator, examining women faculty in STEM areas at NIU.  Dr. Lesley Rigg was appointed Dean of the Faculty of Science, University of Calgary, for a five-year term starting July 1, 2015. 


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Corporate Ticket Challenge

Last year, one very large Calgary-based international company suggested a unique twist on sponsorship and we challenge other companies to do the same.  


1.  Promote WinSTEM Week to your female staff and encouraging them to come up with WinSTEM Week activities.  

2.  Expense the ticket of any of your staff interested in attending The STEM Affair Saturday Oct 14, 2017.


Are there any other companies out there that have women working for them?  Have you said "Thank you" to them for the great job they do?  Would you match this idea from a great corporate sponsor?  


Women in STEM:  Ask your supervisor.  See if they would support you celebrating who you are by supporting your ticket price.  More than 1/2 of each ticket goes directly to AWSN programs.