FIRST Women in Science and Technology Forum for High School Girls

Where:   FIRST Place and UNH Manchester, NH

When:   November 7, 2014


Fidelity Investments     

NH Space Grant Consortium


This year's FIRST Women in Science & Technology (WIST) Forum presented by FIRST Place and University of New Hampshire (UNH) Manchester will take place on Friday, November 7, 2014.

The FIRST WIST Forum, offered since 2000 to more thatn 250 attendees every other year, has proven to be a very effective day and networking opportunity for high school girls to learn more about careers in science and technology directly from successful women in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) fields. 

Following the keynote(s), panelists from a wide variety of science, technology, engineering and math fields will give presentations and reflect on their education, careers, field, choices, work history, and what a high school student needs to know today for a rewarding future career in science and technology.

Update October 23, 2014:  Registration for this event is closed.


  • The Forum runs from 9 A.M. to 2 P.M.
  • Breakfast and lunch are included
  • The fee is $10 per student and $20 per adult chaperone (teachers, parents, other mentors).

Planning For College (Track A)

During the Planning for College session, you will learn which classes you need to take in high school in order to reach your college and career goals, learn about the college application process, learn what activities you might participate in to enhance your high school experience, and gather resources that will help you plan for college.

College Session (Track B)

In the college sessions, you will discover the differences between studying science, technology, and engineering at a technical school versus a liberal arts school, and you will have the opportunity to hear from current college students about the choices they made and learn about majors that might interest you. We’ll show you why choosing a major doesn’t mean you are locked in for life, and we’ll share volunteer opportunities that might help you make valuable career decisions.

Career Sessions (Track C)

Throughout the day, our career speakers will share their personal stories and their creative ways of using science, technology, engineering, and math and the choices they made in their careers and everyday lives.

Questions?  More info?

Email Karen Sullivan at

Agenda and Presenters

Registration check-in and Keynote will be at FIRST Place. All other sessions will take place at the University of New Hampshire (UNH) Manchester.

8:15 – 8:45 am

Registration Check-in at FIRST Place

8:45 – 9:00 am

Welcome and Opening Speakers

9:10 – 10:10 am

Breakout Session 1 at UNH Manchester

(C) Biology, Auditorium

Moderated by Christine Andrews

Panelists: Patricia Halpin and Amanda Daly

(C) Earth Science, Room 319

Moderated by Toni Galvin

Panelist: Susan Taylor

(A) Planning for College, Room 354

Mary Ann Gaschnig

(B) College Student Panel, FIRST Place

Moderated by Amy Rockwood

Panelists: Samantha Sinclair, Emily Lukasiak,  and Melissa Bruno

10:15 – 11:15 am

Breakout Session 2 at UNH Manchester

(C) Computer Science, Auditorium

Moderated by Nancy Phillips

Panelists: Paula Long, Mihaela Sabin and Lauren O’Donnell

(C) Psychology and Education, Room 319

Moderated by Cathy Overson

Panelists: Lauren Provost and Lara Gengarelly

(C) Science Fiction Writing, Room 356

Jeanne Cavelos

(B) College Student Panel, FIRST Place

Moderated by Deanna Brandell

Panelists: Nastja Rebrin, Caleigh MacPherson, and Ashley Ballanger

(C) Careers in the Navy, Room 327 

Lieutenant Leah P. Carter

11:25 – 12:00 pm

Lunch at FIRST Place

12:00 – 12:50 pm

Keynote at FIRST Place

AnnMarie Thomas, Associate Professor of Engineering and Director of Playful Learning Lab and Center for Engineering Education at the University of St. Thomas

1:00 – 2:00 pm

Breakout Session 3 at UNH Manchester

(C) Climate Sciences, Auditorium

Moderated by Jacqueline Richter-Menge,

Panelists: Mary Albert and Mary Stampone

(C) Engineering, Room 319

Moderated by Stephanie Slezycki                       

Panelists: Celine Bilodeau  and Dawn Wendell   

(C) Music, Room 327

Moderated by Rebecca Plummer

Panelist: Jola Leary  

(C) Pharmaceutical Sciences, Room 354

Moderated by Carroll-Ann Goldsmith

Panelists Jennifer Towle  and Jennifer Kelleher   

(C) Psychology and Education, FIRST Place

Moderated by Alison Paglia

Panelists: Sarah Grosvenor and Brindha Muniappan

2:00 pm



Schedule as of November 4, 2014