weSTEM is a one-day conference designed to inspire and connect current and aspiring STEM leaders in gender minorities. It was started in 2013 by the Graduate Society of Women Engineers (gradSWE) at the University of Illinois.

The conference features lectures, workshops, and breakout sessions that showcase successful career paths of women and gender minorities in STEM and facilitates the discussion of topics unique to the graduate student experience.

Click here to watch a video about weSTEM 2016!


Friday, February 2nd - Papa Del's

6:30 - 8:30 pm
Networking, Networking Keynote, & Dinner

Saturday, February 3rd - iHotel

Our full conference schedule is now available!

9:00 - 9:50 am
    9:45 - 10:10 am
10:10 - 11:00 am
11:00 - 11:15 am
11:15am - 12:00 pm
12:00 - 1:00 pm
1:00 - 3:00 pm
3:00 - 3:10 pm
3:10 - 3:55 pm
3:55 - 4:10 pm
4:15 - 5:05 pm
5:05 - 5:40 pm
5:40 - 6:30 pm
6:30 - 6:40 pm
Opening Remarks
Opening Keynote
Break / Networking
Session 1 Talks
Breakout Sessions
Break / Networking
Career Panels
Break / Networking
Session 3 Talks
Closing Keynote
Closing Remarks
*Schedule is subject to change


weSTEM is a certified Green event! Please consider your environmental impact when choosing modes of transportation.

Pre-Conference Reception

Friday, February 2nd

Papa Del’s Pizza Factory

1201 S Neil St
Champaign, IL 61820

🚍 Public transit to Papa Del’s is available! 🚍

Bus: 4W Blue
Stop: Randolph and Avondale

please note that the return bus from Papa Del’s is different!

Return Bus: 100E Yellow
Stop: Hessel & Randolph

weSTEM Conference

Saturday, February 3rd

iHotel & Conference Center

1900 S 1st St
Champaign, IL 61820

🚍 Public transit to the iHotel is available! 🚍

Bus: 100N Yellow
Stop: First @ iHotel


Registration for weSTEM 2024 is now closed.

We look forward to seeing you on February 3rd!

Please contact Mashiat Hossian (westemattendees@gmail.com) with any questions.


We have an incredible lineup of speakers for weSTEM 2024! Click on each photo to learn more about the speaker.

Networking Keynote

Opening Remarks

Opening Keynote

Closing Keynote

Speakers & Panelists