Perimeter Institute: Inspiring Future Women in Science (Gr. 9-12)

Dear Colleague,

Perimeter Institute is hosting its second Inspiring Future Women in Science conference on Friday March 6, 2015 from 9:00 am – noon.  The conference is aimed at bringing together like minded young women currently in high school with a strong interest in pursuing science as a career path.

The conference is tailored to giving female high school students an opportunity to interact with STEM professionals through keynotes, panel discussions and group mentoring.   The conference held in 2013 was a resounding success.

We ask that you please forward this invitation to your Science Department heads, Enrichment Teachers and Guidance counsellors to help identify students that may have an interest in attending.

Additional information including a downloadable poster and registration form may be found here .

Although the registration is geared towards individual registration, we would be happy to accommodate group registration for up to 10 students.  Please email Alex McDonnell as soon as possible if you are interested in group registration.

Space is limited and registrations will be accepted on an as received basis.

Thank you for sharing this opportunity with your students.


Rima Brek – Rima is a founding member of Ubisoft Toronto and a veteran Ubisoft team member, joining the company in 1998. As Head of Technology, Rima leads all technology development and manages the programming, AI, engine, middleware and software teams at Ubisoft Toronto.  Prior to joining Ubisoft Toronto, Rima worked at Ubisoft Montreal as the Software Lead for the Technology Group. Rima has also worked on the programming and development teams of many hit games including Splinter Cell: Conviction, Rainbow Six Vegas, and Rainbow Six Black Arrow. Rima graduated from McGill University with a B.Eng in Electrical Engineering.

Dianna Cowern – Dianna is a science communicator and educator. She received her degree in physics from MIT and completed a post-baccalaureate fellowship in astrophysics at Harvard. She then worked on mobile applications as a software engineer at General Electric before beginning a position at the University of California, San Diego as a physics outreach coordinator. She is the primary content creator for her educational YouTube channel, Physics Girl.


Following the keynote address, students will be given an opportunity to engage in a panel discussion with women that are currently involved in careers using science.     The panel will discuss why they chose to pursue a career in science, the challenges they have faced, and the rewards of their chosen careers.  Participants will be given a unique opportunity to ask questions of the mentors during the panel discussion.


Attendees will have an opportunity to engage in discussion with women in STEM careers in small groups.


The conference is open to all young women currently attending high school.


Download the Conference Registration Form, complete and email  Attendees will be accepted in order of receipt of the signed registration form until the conference is full.


8:30  am    Registration & Arrival
9:00  am    Opening Remarks
9:05  am    Keynote Speakers
10:00 am    Panel Discussion with Mentors including Q/A
11:00  am    Keynote Speaker
11:20  am    Speed Mentoring
12:15  pm    Delegates Depart


Please contact Marie Strickland at with any questions.

Marie Strickland
Educational Outreach Manager
Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics
519-569-7600 ext 5382

Click here for more info.


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