About STEM Professional Development Course
After the success of the Spring 2017 program, the Emily Taylor Center for Women & Gender Equality reached out to JBB to develop a mentorship program for women in STEMM fields. From this, the WiSTEMM Mentorship Program was created, an interdisciplinary program for all undergraduate and graduate women in STEMM fields. The program, which partners undergraduate students with a graduate mentor, focuses on providing resources, guidance, and support in order to enhance the personal, educational, and career skills that will help women in science excel in their STEMM careers at the University of Kansas.
The organizers of JBB also sought to continue the effort of the group in a more sustainable, concrete manner. To this aim, they decided to create a semester-long course, modeled after the structure of the initial project. Partnering with the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences and the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, JBB developed the course BIOL 420/LA&S 492: STEM Professional Development offered in Fall 2018. In the course, juniors and seniors in STEM fields will be exposed to academic and non-academic professional development. The course includes a semester long project as well as the graduate/postdoc mentorship structure introduced in the Spring 2017 project.