Pioneering Your Future in STEM

Learning industrial engineering processes
Learning industrial engineering processes

Tuesday, February 26, 2019 & Tuesday, March 26, 2019
Velzy Commons & Nohr Gallery in Ullsvik Hall

Learn about the exciting career opportunities that are available for women interested in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). Explore careers with hands-on, interactive sessions that involve critical thinking, experimenting, learning the design process, and using problem solving skills that focus on real world problems. STEM careers make a difference in society and many more women are needed in scientific fields.

The Alliant Energy Pioneering Your Future in STEM is open to girls in fifth through eighth grade. Individuals, chaperoned school groups, home school groups, and girl scout troops are all welcome. Pioneering Your Future in STEM is a collaboration of women faculty, staff and students from STEM programs at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville such as agriculture, astronomy, biology, geography, geology, animal science, chemistry, computer science, dairy science, engineering, industrial studies, math, physics, and sustainable and renewable energy systems.

If you have a disability and would like to request accommodations, please contact Kim Sargent at or 608.342.7137.


Due to popular demand, the University of Wisconsin-Platteville will be hosting this event twice.

  • The first session will be February 26, 2019 and the cost is $25 per participant until February 11, 2019. After February, 11 the cost will increase to $30 per participant. Registration is closed after February 18, 2019.
  • The second session will be March 26, 2019 and the cost is $25 per participant until March 11, 2019. After March, 11 the cost will increase to $30 per participant. Registration is closed after March 18, 2019.
  • Students may only attend one program date. Programming will be the same at both events.

Cost includes continental breakfast for those who arrive by 8:30am, lunch, program materials, and project supplies. Credit cards are not accepted. Payments must be submitted by check or money order, made out to "UWP Women in EMS Program", to:

UW-Platteville Pioneering Your Future in STEM
Attn: Kim Sargent
1 University Plaza
Platteville, WI 53818

School groups may request an invoice for payment by email. Individuals with financial need may request a scholarship by emailing

Refunds, minus a $5 processing fee, will be given if requested via email prior to the March 1 deadline. No refunds will be available after March 1.


Registration will open in December.

Space is limited so apply early! All participants will need to have a consent form signed, scanned and emailed or mailed. It should arrive at least two days prior to the event.

Teachers and Class Groups Only:
If you are bringing a large group of students you can send paper registrations to send home with the students for parents to fill out. That information will need to be entered into the online registration prior to the deadline. Spots cannot be held while collecting paper registration and there is a risk that the program can fill up before the deadline.

There is no cost for chaperones to attend. Chaperones are required to register and stay in the building for supervision during the event. Registering as a chaperone does not register the students. Breakfast and lunch is included for a chaperone registration.


8:00 a.m. Registration, continental breakfast*, and fun activities
9:00 a.m. Welcome and fun STEM related group activities
10:00 a.m. Session 1
11:00 a.m. Session 2
12:00 p.m. Lunch and keynote speakers
1:00 p.m. Session 3
2:00 p.m. Closing

Approximately twenty students will be assigned to each group and will be divided into three tables (6-7 per table). You will be assigned a table for the welcome activities and lunch, and will sit with girls from other schools. No more than one person at the table will be from you own school. Your group will be assigned to sessions and will attend them together and in order.

*A continental breakfast is available from 8 a.m. - 8:30 a.m. and not guaranteed if you arrive after 8:30 a.m.


Pioneering Your Future will be held in the Velzy Commons and Nohr Gallery located in Ullsvik Hall, on the University of Wisconsin-Platteville’s campus. For help finding the location you can view a campus map and driving directions.

Wait List

If you are unable to register, then registration for the event is full. You can sign up for the wait list and if openings become available you will be contacted via email.

If you were unable to register as a group, please indicate how many students you want to bring. If you were only able to register part of your group, please contact us at

Substituting Students

Teachers, please do not substitute students at the last minute for those who decide not to attend. All students must be registered with their signed consent form and payment prior to the day of the program. If you need to substitute students, please contact us at least two business days prior to the event.