Discovering the Scientist Within (DSW)

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

When is DSW?

Exciting news! Through another round of generous funding from the MidValley STEM-CTE Hub, we will be offering ANOTHER Virtual DSW on June 12, 2021. Mark your calendars! More information on DSW 2021 can be found on our registration page including a list of our first 2021 DSW activities. We will share when we have a date for the next DSW event.

Video Report

Learn a bit about DSW 2021 from our video report!

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 hear from a current woman scientist before breaking into small groups. These groups 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. Be sure to check out the Corvallis Gazette-Times article about DSW 2017!

Program Sponsors

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


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