Discovering the Scientist Within

group of girls gathered in atrium

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

We 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; another is to change the stereotypical perception that scientists are male and that science is ‘difficult’. 


Discovering the Scientist Within for 2016 was a great success! Thank you very much to our sponsors:

OSU Precollege Programs

OSU College of Science

OSU College of Agriculture Sciences

STEM Academy @ OSU



Check back at the beginning of the year for more information on Discovering the Scientist Within 2017!



This video made by TERRA Kids was created at our 2012 event.

For Girls


At Discovering the Scientist Within, you will participate in fun hands-on workshops, and meet with women scientists and engineers.


You will also spend time with other girls who love math and science and who are thinking about their futures.

Through these exploration activities you will:


For Parents

Discovering the Scientist Within is a free half-day workshop held at the Oregon State University for around 100 middle school aged (6-8th grade) girls from Oregon. As part of a small group, each girl attends two science activity exploration activities as well as an opening session.

Middle school-aged girls come to Discovering the Scientist Within workshop to learn about the wide range of career options for women in science, technology, engineering and math. Through hands-on activities, they find out what it's like to work in different careers. Student participants have a chance to interact with professional women who work in a variety of fields. And they have a chance to meet other girls who share their interests.

In the online registration, girls will indicate their top science interest areas and we will place them in workshop groups prior to the event. You will receive a day-of program and activity details via email prior the event. Please keep in mind that this day is all about exploration and that STEM is often interdisciplinary. Your daughter will learn a lot and have fun regardless of the workshop group she is assigned.

The science exploration activities are designed for girls only. Parents are given the option of signing up for our parent sessions while their girls are exploring. Spaces in these sessions are limited, however, and will be filled on a first-come first-served basis. Parents will be given the option to sign up while they are registering their middle schooler.