John Deere Women in STEM Career Day is a one-day event for high school women to learn about careers that require creative problem solving, encourage forward thinking, make a difference in society, and share the future of our world. The purpose of this program is to recruit more women in the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics fields. Women remain underrepresented in the science and engineering workforce with the greatest disparities occurring in engineering, computer science, and the physical sciences.

The objectives of this program are:

  1. Provide participants and chaperones with accurate information regarding STEM disciplines and majors at University of Wisconsin-Platteville.
  2. Expose participants to women college students and professional women role models in STEM disciplines.
  3. Encourage peer networking and social relationships among participants.

While attending John Deere Women in STEM Career Day, participants will learn about career options in STEM fields through exciting demonstrations, and they will enjoy the opportunity to work in teams for hands-on projects. Participants will also get to know other young women who share their interests, and interact with college students, faculty, and industry professionals from STEM disciplines. By the end of the day, participants will have discovered potential paths they might explore within the STEM field.

John Deere Women in STEM Career Day is open to women in ninth through twelfth grade. Individuals, chaperoned school groups, and homeschool groups are all welcome. This program is a collaboration of faculty, staff, and students from the UW-Platteville.

8–8:45 a.m. Registration
8–8:30 a.m. Continental Breakfast*
8:45–9 a.m. Welcome
9–9:50 a.m. Session 1
10–10:50 a.m. Session 2
11–11:50 a.m. Lunch and Keynote Speakers
Noon–12:50 p.m. Session 3
1–1:50 p.m. Session 4
1:55–2:15 p.m. Closing
2:15 p.m. Optional Campus Tour


You can customize your day by choosing four sessions that are of interest to you.

*Breakfast is not guaranteed for those who arrive after 8:30 a.m.

The cost is $25 per participant until the advanced registration date passes, after that the cost increases by $5. Registration closes 10 to 15 business days before event date.

Cost includes breakfast (if you arrive by 8:30 a.m.), lunch, program materials, and project supplies. Credit cards are not accepted. Payments must be submitted by check or money order to:

UW-Platteville Women in STEM Career Day
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 advanced registration deadline. No refunds will be available after that. Attendees who do not show up for the event will not receive a refund.

Participants and Consent Forms

Use our online form to register as a participant and as a chaperone. Every attendee must register. Space is limited to 150 girls, so apply early!

For participants under the age of 18 years-old, a UW-Platteville consent form must be signed by a parent or guardian, scanned, and emailed to or mailed with the registration fee one week prior to the event. If the consent form is not received one week prior to the event, registration will be canceled, and the participant’s spot will be given to a student on the waiting list.

Participants over 18 years-old can sign the consent form themselves. All participants under 18 years-old, must be chaperoned unless the parent or guardian lives or works locally.

If a participant has a disability and you would like to request accommodations, please contact Kim Sargent at or 608.342.7158.


There is no cost for chaperones to attend and chaperones do not need a consent form. Chaperones are required to register and stay in the building for supervision during the event. Note: registering as a chaperone does not register the students. Breakfast and lunch is included for a chaperone registration.