Women in STEM Banquet

2016 Graduates with Alliant Energy Representatives

Alliant Energy Women in STEM Banquet

Tuesday, April 11, 2017
5pm - 6pm Networking
6pm - 8:30 Speakers, Dinner and Awards
Velzy Commons in Ullsvik Hall

The twelfth annual UW-Platteville Women in STEM Banquet is partnering with Alliant Energy for the sixth year in a row to sponsor this enjoyable evening of networking and celebration. The banquet is a time for industry sponsors, faculty and staff, alumni, and students to come together to recognize and honor the achievements of women in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. The evening opens with a time for networking and making connections, followed by dinner and encouraging speeches from graduating senior students.  The event concludes with honoring the graduating seniors. For more information about the banquet, email wistembanquet@uwplatt.edu or call Kim Sargent at 608.342.7137.

Purpose and Goal

The overall purpose and goal of the Women in STEM Banquet is to improve retention, graduation, and placement rates of female students in STEM majors. This goal will be accomplished by:

  • Honoring and celebrating the achievements of women in STEM fields at UW-Platteville. Providing encouragement, recognition, and support to female students is essential to creating and maintaining an inclusive learning environment where women prosper.
  • Providing networking opportunities and professional connections for female STEM students. Exposure to career connections and opportunities in the field encourages long-term planning and a focus on the future. This larger picture contributes to persistence in STEM degrees and eventual employment in the field.


If you are interested in sponsoring the Women in STEM Banquet or learning about our sponsorship levels, go to our sponsorship webpage or upload the sponsorship flyer. Please contact Tammy Salmon-Stephens at salmont@uwplatt.edu or call 608.342.1563 for more information about sponsoring.  The preferred sponsorship deadline is Monday, March 20, 2017. Click below for an easy to use webform to submit your sponsorship information:
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All women students in majors from the College of EMS and Industrial Studies are invited at no cost to them.  We do our best to have sponsors that hire from these majors.

The Society of Women Engineers holds a yearly panel at SWEet Advice with Industry about how to network at events like the Women in STEM Banquet, Career Fairs and other events where you network with prospective employers.  The WiSTEM Banquet is an excellent opportunity for you to practice getting comfortable in a professional dinner setting.  Watch this 30 minute video of the panel for tips and advice from members of industry. 

Tips from Industry for the Women in STEM Banquet:

  • Research the companies that will be at the banquet that interest you.
  • Dress appropriately.  Dress for the banquet is business formal.  Dresses or dress pants are acceptable.
  • Bring business cards and hand them out to companies.  You can get free business cards if you attend the SWEet Advice event in February.  (You do not have to be in SWE or engineering to attend this event.)
  • Get to the banquet early so you can sign up for the table you want.
  • Do not skip the 5:00-6:00 social hour. This is an ideal time to practice your networking skills.
  • Get out of your comfort zone.
  • During the social hour, don't congregate with your friends. At the most, walk around with only one other student instead of a large group.
  • Ask questions about their company.
  • Don't sit with your friends, sit with the companies that interest you and hire students from your major.
  • Ask for business cards and write notes on the back about the company and the representative that talked to you. You can use those notes later if you see that company at the Career Fair.
  • Shake hands and introduce yourself.  Include your name and major.  Make sure you hair or clothing is not covering your nametag.
  • Talk about yourself. The reps want to know what you are doing in and outside of the classroom.
  • Remember this event is also about celebrating the women in the College of EMS and their accomplishments.  The objectives for this event are not the same as the Career Fair.
  • Thank our sponsors for attending the banquet.  We couldn't have this event without them!

Thank you to our 2016 sponsors: 










Mayville Engineering Company      


Mercury Marine



Carol Weber
from Caterpillar




Carlisle Food Service


Pepsi Co./Frito Lay

Maria Lauck
from Alliant Energy

Danielle Izdepski
from Epic

Kim Sargent
from UW-Platteville

Kris Ackerman
from We-Energies


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