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Discovering the Scientist Within (DSW) is a free half-day workshop designed to encourage young women to pursue science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) careers. 




DSW 2019 will be held Saturday, February 23!  Registration is open now and will close Monday, February 18, at 10AM. Register here:!

While you wait, take a look at this years' activities on the registration page so you are ready to register, and be sure to check out the Corvallis Gazette-Times article about DSW 2017!


About DSW

DSW is designed to nurture girls’ interest in the sciences by providing a program of hands-on activities paired with positive adult women STEM role models. The goal of the workshop is to introduce girls to STEM career fields in which women are traditionally under-represented. We also seek to change the stereotypical perception that scientists are male and that science is ‘difficult’. 

During the workshop, students will hear from a current woman scientist before breaking into small groups. These groups will participate in two hands-on activities together and spend time with current women undergraduates majoring in the STEM fields. Examples of activities previously offered can be found on the Event Information page. While this is designed to encourage young women to pursue science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) careers, all interested participants are welcome.

This article was written by TERRA Kids about our 2012 event. 


Planning Committee

Kari van Zee - Instructor and Advisor in the Biochemistry and Biophysics Department within the College of Science

Cathy Law - Director of STEM Academy @ OSU

Diana Rohlman - Assistant Research Professor in the School of Biological and Population Health Science within the College of Public Health and Human Sciences

Emily Nicholson - Program Coordinator with Precollege Programs


Program Sponsors

A BIG thank you to the sponsors that make this event possible!