Women L.E.A.D. in S.T.E.A.M.

The Women L.E.A.D. (Lead, Empower, Advance, Discover) in S.T.E.A.M. (WLIS) group at USJ is committed to promoting the study of Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics (S.T.E.A.M.).

Founded in 2014, WLIS focuses on three main areas: professional development, research, and outreach. Through workshops, field trips, a continuing seminar speaker series, and career presentations, WLIS introduces students – especially women, who are less likely to pursue degrees in these fields – to the multitude of career possibilities available to them.

Program Fact Sheet


Our Goal

To meet our goal of encouraging more students to pursue education and careers in S.T.E.A.M., WLIS serves both USJ students and those in the greater community. By introducing students to the opportunities in these fields, we aim to build awareness of the valuable contributions students can make when they pursue their passions in these fields and provide the resources necessary to help them meet their goals.

Connecting Students with Leaders: The Women Leaders in S.T.E.A.M. Speaker Series

As part of our initiative, USJ welcomes groundbreaking women from S.T.E.A.M. fields. Past speakers include:

  • Ellen Matloff, M.S. – President and CEO of My Gene Counsel
  • Rose Drew, Ph.D. – Poet-Anthropologist
  • Beth Kaplan, Ph.D. – Acting Director, Center of Excellence in Biodiversity and Natural Resource Management, College of Science and Technology, University of Rwanda
  • Brigette Zacharczenko, Ph.D. – President, CT Entomological Society; Entomologist; Biological Illustrator
  • Honey Reddi, Ph.D. – Clinical Laboratory Director, Jackson Laboratory

Upcoming Events

Symposium Day 2024

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Bio Blitz 2024

Information here


Community Outreach and Service

The USJ Women L.E.A.D. in S.T.E.A.M. group is highly involved in community outreach and service.

S.T.E.A.M.-Focused Workshops:

We welcome area schools to bring their students to our West Hartford campus and attend S.T.E.A.M.-focused workshops run by USJ’s own faculty and students. These students – ranging from elementary school to high school – can benefit from a variety of themed workshops, including:

  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Careers in health care
  • Forensics
  • Environmental Studies
  • Research experiences
  • Humanities
  • Cultural awareness

S.T.E.A.M. Resources for School Teachers

If you are a teacher looking to incorporate S.T.E.A.M. into your curriculum, we are ready to work with you. We have researchers and experts working in the fields of cancer biology, public health, environmental science, cultural history, and more.

For more information, please contact us:

Kirsten Martin, Ph.D., Chair
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 860.231.5385

Christina Alevras, Outreach Coordinator
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 860.231.5889

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