Greater East Alabama Regional Science and Engineering Fair (GEARSEF)
GEARSEF is a regional affiliate fair of the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (Intel ISEF), the world’s largest international pre-college science competition. ISEF, the premiere science competition in the world, annually provides a forum for millions of students from over 50 countries, regions, and territories to showcase their independent research. GEARSEF hosts students from 19 counties in central and southeast Alabama. The top students in each category and division earn the chance to compete at the Alabama State Science and Engineering Fair. Several exceptional high school students from GEARSEF advance to the Intel ISEF in May and will compete against the top 1500 students in the world for nearly $4 million in prizes and scholarships.
On March 19, 2015 the top female winner in the junior division (6th - 8th grade) and the top female winner in the senior division (9th - 12th grade) will win the Society of Women in Sciences and Mathematics Award of Excellence. Both the Junior Division winner and the Senior Division winner will receive a plaque.
Summer Science Institute
The Summer Science Institute (SSI) at Auburn University is a week-long summer experience for rising 11th and 12th grade students who demonstrate high aptitude in science and a genuine interest in pursuing a future career in the fields of science or mathematics. Sixteen students from Alabama and Georgia will be chosen through an academically competitive process to attend SSI at no cost to them. Participants partner with experienced Auburn University Science and Math research faculty to explore topics more advanced than what is typically taught in a public or private high school environment.
This summer, the Society of Women in Sciences and Mathematics will sponsor one exceptional female student to attend the Institute. The young women will engage in field biology experiences, learn about particle-induced X-Ray Emission, explore the mathematics of music on Compact Discs, and engage in geologic isotope dating alongside exemplary COSAM faculty.
Society of Women in Sciences and Mathematics Symposium and Luncheon
The annual Women’s Leadership Symposium and Luncheon offers women at all stages of their careers in science and mathematics the opportunity to network with one another through panel discussions, career awareness break-out sessions, and a luncheon with Keynote address from the Marie W. Wooten Distinguished Speaker. SWSM is composed of women leaders and role models committed to increasing awareness of opportunities available for women in the fields of sciences and mathematics, as well as providing support to ensure their success. Supporters of SWSM give their time, talents, energy, and resources to enhance the educational experiences of our students. The organization is dedicated to recognizing abilities to lead and mentor, fully exercising our philanthropic potential, and changing lives through education.
In order to meet the Society’s mission, 150+ high school girls will be invited to participate in the Symposium and Luncheon. The young women will engage in a panel discussion led by women graduate students in the College of Sciences and Mathematics. Additionally, they participate in career awareness break-out sessions led by COSAM staff and graduate students followed by a Keynote address from a woman recognized in her field of science or mathematics.