STEM Symposium for G.I.R.L.S.

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Do you believe in changing the norms? Do you like challenging yourself? Do you want to get involved as a rising leader in S.T.E.M.?

Every year more females are joining the technical workforce and breaking barriers in S.T.E.M. fields.

The STEM symposium was created to introduce 7th, 8th, and 9th grade girls to the world of information technology (IT). The Jindal School of Management at UT Dallas inspires girls to explore IT with an emphasis on how STEM is used in business.

Join us for the STEM Symposium where Girls are Getting Involved as Rising Leaders in S.T.E.M., learn more about STEM opportunities and discover if IT is something for you!


The Symposium is a great opportunity for girls to get introduced to the benefits of a STEM degree. UT Dallas is a great supporter of STEM and home to a nationwide leading undergraduate program - Information Technology and Systems.

Experience first hand what it takes to be technical degree holders. Attend some exciting sessions, talk to experienced panelists, network with faculty and students. All this capsuled into two days. We look forward to seeing you.


Symposium students get to:

  • learn emerging technologies
  • meet women professionals who are engaged in IT
  • practice using STEM tools and technologies with their hands
  • dine with JSOM students, staff and faculty
  • engage with panel discussions with both students and women in the field


  • “Work with Arduino Boards”
  • “Jump into Data Analytics”
  • “Learn how to code”
  • “Learn about Supply Chain Management”
  • “Explore UT Dallas Campus”

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Thank you, High Tech High Heels, for your continued support of the G.I.R.L.S. STEM Symposium

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I am so excited about the opportunities available in this growing field and girls have so much to offer. Please contact us to learn more about our growing program and events.

Dawn Owens, PhD Director, Undergraduate Information Technology and Systems Program


Schedule for Friday, April 5, 2019
Time Event Room Venue
3:30 - 4:00 p.m. Check-In JSOM EDR Reception
4:00 - 5:30 p.m. Data Analytics OR
Supply Chain
JSOM Lab 1.302
JSOM 11.202
5:30 - 5:45 p.m. Break JSOM 11.305
5:45 - 7:15 p.m. Supply Chain OR
Data Analytics
JSOM 11.202
JSOM Lab 1.302
7:15 - 7:30 p.m. Break JSOM 11.305
7:30 - 9:00 p.m. Dinner and Keynote JSOM EDR 1.606
9:00 - 9:15 pm Student Check-Out JSOM EDR 1.606
Schedule for Saturday, April 6, 2019
Time Event Room Venue
8:00 - 8:30 a.m. Check-In and Breakfast JSOM Atrium
8:30 - 10:30 a.m. Programming OR
Arduino Boards
JSOM Lab 1.302
JSOM Lab 1.211
10:30 - 11:30 a.m. Industry Panel JSOM 1.508
11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Lunch/STEM in Business JSOM Atrium
JSOM Lab 1.217
1:00 - 3:00 p.m. Arduino Boards OR
JSOM Lab 1.211
JSOM Lab 1.302
3:00 - 3:15 p.m. Break JSOM Atrium
3:15 - 4:30 p.m. G.I.R.L.S. Panel JSOM 1.508
4:30 - 5:00 p.m. Check-Out JSOM Atrium

We are happy to provide an excuse of absence letter as needed.

Arrival Information

Drop off and Pick up on Friday, April 5, will be at the Executive Dining Room, Jindal School of Management, JSOM 1.606. Drop off and Pick-up on Saturday, April 6, will be in the JSOM Atrium, Jindal School of Management. You may park in Lot M, Lot Q and Parking Structure 1. Parking passes will be provided.


Jindal School of Management
800 West Campbell Road, Richardson, TX

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We are happy to announce that the G.I.R.L.S. STEM Symposium received a sponsorship award from High Tech High Heels again this year! Registration for this event is a nominal $10. Your registration fee covers meals and snacks, T-shirt, and materials used.

You may request a full refund up to 48 hours prior to the start of the event. No refunds will be issued after that.

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Did you know?

IT is one of the fastest-growing job sectors and women remain underrepresented in the IT workforce. Here at UT Dallas, 30% of our ITS students are female. We are working to increase that number!


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Applicants must be 7th, 8th, or 9th grade at the beginning of the 2018 school year.

WE VALUE A DIVERSE CLASSROOM AND STRONGLY ENCOURAGE APPLICATIONS FROM: Girls and boys of all ethnic, racial, cultural, and socioeconomic backgrounds.


Instructions for completing the forms

  • Filling out forms is mandatory. Registration will not be complete without the return of forms. Download and complete the forms manually. You can either bring completed forms on Friday, April 5 or scan them and email to
Monnica Rose

Monnica Rose

Keynote Speaker

Monnica earned a degree in Mechanical Engineering Technology and has worked in the defense industry for over 30 years. Monnica holds a number of leadership roles in her job at L3 Technologies and in various organizations outside the workplace.

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Amber Sodikov

Amber Sodikov

Arduino Boards Instructor

Amber is a graduate of University of North Texas with a degree in Electrical Engineering. She works as an Engineer for USAA.

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Cynthia Hunt

Cynthia Hunt

Supply Chain Instructor

Cynthia supports the undergraduate Supply Chain Management Program. She has a BS in Applied Technology from Texas State University and a Masters of Education from Arizona State University. Cynthia has a passion for student success, both while completing their academic program and in securing a full-time job.

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Dawn Owens

Dawn Owens

Information Technology and Systems Professor and Program Director

Dawn received her Ph.D. in Information Technology from the University of Nebraska at Omaha. She has worked in the professional environment with industry experience encompassing both technical and management expertise.

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Monica Brussolo

Monica Brussolo

Supply Chain Instructor

Monica E. Brussolo is Senior Lecturer at the Naveen Jindal School of Management at UTD and Faculty Advisor of the UTD Informs Student Chapter. She obtained her Ph.D. and Master’s degree from The University of Texas at Dallas, as well as an MBA from Texas A&M International University.

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Sonia Leach

Sonia Leach

Supply Chain Instructor

Dr. Leach is a Clinical Professor at UT Dallas teaching courses in the Supply Chain Management program. She retired from the United States Air Force after a 20-year active-duty career and has been a professor at UTD since 2012

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Melissa Haertling

Melissa Haertling

Programming Instructor

Melissa is a native Texan and current BS-ITS Student. She has worked on campus for the Center for Computer Science and Outreach, been a camp instructor and residential camp counselor. She will be working as an Intern this summer at BNSF Railway.

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Sravya Vemulapati

Sravya Vemulapati

Data Analytics Instructor

Sravya is a current BS-ITS Student and member of the ITS Leadership Council. Sravya is graduating in May 2019 and going to work for Deloitte as an SAP Business Technology Analyst.

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Sharvari Gangal

Sharvari Gangal

Industry Panelist/Volunteer

Sharvari is an Applications Consultant at Capgemini. She is a graduate of the BS-ITS program at UTD and was a Student Assistant for the ITS program and officer for the Women in Technology and Business student organization.

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Wendy Walker

Wendy Walker

Industry Panelist

Wendy is a graduate of Texas A&M with 16 years of experience within a Global IT Professional Services firm. She is a senior IT professional, wife, mother, engaging communicator, and leader of numerous charity initiatives.

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“I liked creating Arduino boards and listening to the wonderful presentations by the experienced people in the STEM field. The volunteers were so kind and funny, they were fun to be around.”

“My favorite part of this event was getting to wire and program everything from the LED lights to a Scratch program and the talks we had with the girls.”

"I loved making new friends, learning about something new and learning about other people's learning experience. I enjoyed learning how they found what they wanted to do and how they became interested in what they do today for a living. I liked the programming part of the camp and learning how to make a new game and make it happen."

“My favorite part of this event was the led lights and the coding. I could really see myself doing that in the future.”

“I absolutely LOVED the arduino boards. I now want to do more of it, and I wish I had more time to play with it.”

"My favorite part of the event was hearing from the volunteers about their experience in the and how being a woman does not say anything about not being able to reach a goal or career." “I liked creating Arduino boards and listening to the wonderful presentations by the experienced people in the STEM field. The volunteers were so kind and funny, they were fun to be around.”