In 2020

Greetings from the NMNWSE President!

I would like to send out a FY2020 welcome to all the members of the New Mexico Network for Women in Science and Engineering. I apologize for not making contact earlier, it seems that Holidays and Business travel has consumed a lot of my time recently. I’m hoping to do much better for the rest of the year. There are two upcoming events that are great opportunities for networking. So please read on.

Our charter is to encourage young women working in STEM and associated fields. So please considering joining me in judging at the UNM STEM Research Symposium. The event is Saturday, February 29th, 2020 from 8:30 -4:30. The Symposium is a free, student-led collaborative effort between UNM’s graduate student associations. The annual event provides graduate students in STEM fields a platform to present their research findings to the general public. NMNWSE will be giving out several awards, so your help is needed. To register as a judge, go to https://forms.gle/YqJbAGLqkroXSauv7 and fill out the form. Please answer yes to the NMNWSE membership question. It’s our opportunity to network with young women just beginning their careers. It’s a great opportunity for our network and maybe they will want to join NMNWSE.

The NM State Science Fair is also just around the corner. The Fair is April 4th, 2020 at New Mexico Tech. It’s always very interesting and rewarding to be a specialty judge at this event. Generally, we meet at the Student Union prior to the start of the Fair, around 7:00 to 7:30am. The judging takes until noon. We’ll meet after lunch to make our selections. This year arrangements have been made tour the geology museum at NM Tech. It’s one of the best geology museums around. So, if you are interested in attending, please let me know. My home email is ngood8854@gmail.com. If you have questions, my work number is 505-845-4212.

I think most of you know that the Network has always supported the Expanding Your Horizon (EYH) Conferences. Well this year is no exception. Albuquerque had there EYH January 18th, 2020 at UNM. As always, Rochelle Larson and the rest of her team did an amazing job. I believe that about 120 girls came to the event.

In addition, Silver City has their EYH this weekend. Congrats to Karen Love, Adrienne Dare, Mary Jemin, and all the other volunteers. As usually, they were anticipating about 200 plus girls. The workshops looked amazing. I really wished I could have been there too.

Finally, there is one more right around the corner. It’s the Northern New Mexico EYH, February 26th, 2020. Go to the NMNWSE website and click on their EYH link. It looks very interesting and I’ll be wishing them lots of fun as well.

In the future, we may not be calling the events EYH anymore. EYH is now Techbridge Girls program. The organization is allowing the use of the EYH name for this year. The new organization has not yet decided whether fees will be charged in the future. In any case, the network will continue to sponsor STEM events consistent with our charter.

I have several more mentoring events that I’ll be sharing soon. For now, please let me know if you have additional ideas on mentoring or other opportunities to become more engaged.

– Nanette Founds, 2020 NMNWSE President