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 10th - Cafe & Co

6:30 - 8:30pm
Networking, Sponsored by MathWorks

Saturday, February 11th - IHotel

9:00 - 9:50am
    9:20 - 9:35am
9:45 - 10:10am
10:10 - 11:00am
11:15am - 12:00pm
12:00 - 1:00pm
1:00 - 3:00pm
3:10 - 3:55pm
3:55 - 4:10pm
4:15 - 5:10pm
5:10 - 5:40pm
5:40 - 6:30pm
6:30 - 6:40pm
Speaker Photo
Opening Remarks
Opening Keynote
Session 1 Talks
Breakout Sessions
Panel Session
Session 2 Talks
Closing Keynote
Closing Remarks
*Schedule is subject to change


Registration for weSTEM 2023 will open in October! Please contact Mashiat Hossian ( with any questions.


Our speakers are the heart of weSTEM! If you are interested in becoming a speaker, please contact Archana Verma or Emily Lawson-Bulten to find out more information.

In the meantime, check out our list of amazing speakers from weSTEM 2023!

Opening Remarks

Opening Keynote

Closing Keynote

Speakers and Panelists