WST News

  • Stempower Gives Girls the Power and Confidence to Pursue STEM

    April 13, 2018

    Kaitlin Rizk, Brenna Fromayan, Natalie Leonard, and Wendy Ng know all too well why female representation is of the utmost importance in STEM fields. The Georgia Tech students, with the aid of the CREATE-X program at the Institute, have started Stempower, a nonprofit startup dedicated to encouraging girls to pursue their interests, build confidence, and breakdown stereotypes in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Rizk, a fourth-year industrial and systems engineering student and CEO of Stempower, said research shows girls often lack confidence, role models and a peer system when studying in STEM fields.

  • Why STEM Students Need Gender Studies

    June 26, 2014

    Carol Colatrella, LMC Professor, WST Co-Director, and Associate Dean for Graduate Studies and Faculty Affairs in Ivan Allen College of Liberal Arts at Georgia Tech published an article about the university's initiatives in the May-June 2014 issue of Academe, a publication of the American Association of University Professors. The article can be viewed online at

  • GEMS Club wins 2013 CETL award

    March 7, 2013

    The team of educators and volunteers contributing to Girls Excelling in Math and Science (GEMS) Club, a joint initiative sponsored by the Center for the Study of Women, Science, and Technology (WST) and Inman Middle School, an Atlanta Public School, will receive the 2013 Educational Partnership Award from Georgia Tech's Center for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning at the spring Georgia Tech Faculty Honors Lunch on April 10, 2013. The GEMS partnership includes WST Co-directors Mary Lynn Realff and Carol Colatrella; Georgia Tech students Mehran D'Souza (ISYE), Natalie Payne (BME), Mercedes Shannon (MGT), Lu Ling (BME), and Andrea Del Risco (ISYE); and Inman Middle School Principal Paula Herrema and 7th grade science teacher Candice Price.

  • WitsOn Online STEM Mentoring Program

    October 1, 2012

    Calling Georgia Tech faculty and students interested in WitsOn, an online pilot program sponsored by Piazza and Harvey Mudd College that will run from October 1 to November 9, 2012. WitsOn will connect undergraduate students pursuing STEM degrees with female mentors from industry and academia who can speak from personal experience about issues of particular concern to young women. Georgia Tech is a lead institution on the project.

  • Brand new WST website

    August 10, 2012

    WST has a new website, rolled out for fall 2012 term. Send notices of events and news items to wst.lrn.c [at]

  • Mary Frank Fox speaking at the STEM Diversity US Higher Education Forum - Bayer Foundation

    April 18, 2012

    Dr. Mary Frank Fox, Co-Director, Center for Study of Women, Science and Technology, Georgia Institute of Technology speaks at the STEM Diversity US Higher Education Forum about STEM department chairs and their efforts to recruit and retain female and underrepresented minority STEM undergraduate students. Watch the forum at