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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. 

Coronavirus Update for DSW 2021: Exciting news! DSW 2021 is moving virtual! It will be the same program you have grown to love with a keynote speaker and two hands-on activities - the only change this year is the activities will be led virtually. We are excited that a generous grant through Mid-Valley STEM-CTE Hub, DSW will still be free for participants! The grant will allow us to provide supplies to our participants, mailed in a "DSW in a Box" directly to their door!

Mark your calendars for Saturday, March 6! More information on DSW 2021, can be found on our registration page including a list of last years' activities.

Direct link to registration system is here.

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.

Parent Information.

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


Planning Committee

Dominique Brooks - Program Coordinator with Precollege Programs and the SMILE program

Cathy Law - Director of STEM Academy @ OSU

Emily Nicholson - Program Coordinator with Precollege Programs

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


Program Sponsors

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