University of Minnesota Rochester Celebrates International Day of Women and Girls in Science

Authored By: wells438 02/10/2023

Dr. Terrell posing for a photo in classroom holding DNA molds.

The University of Minnesota Rochester will honor International Day of Women and Girls in Science (IDWCIS) on Saturday, February 11. IDWCIS celebrates and acknowledges females in the field of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) while aiming to connect the International Community to Women and Girls in Science, strengthening the ties between science, policy, and society for strategies oriented towards the future. 

The University of Minnesota Rochester supports women in STEM and acknowledges faculty member, Dr. Cassidy Terrell. Dr. Terrell is an Associate Professor of Biochemistry and has a passion for supporting women in STEM subjects. Dr. Terrell shares, “Part of it is representation, I want to give what I didn’t have. I went into graduate school, into a department where every single faculty member was male. For me, it’s about showing by example that as a woman in STEM, in biochemistry, who came out of a very male-dominant department, you can persist and succeed. You can get the grants, you can get the job, be the chair of the committee and you can have that seat at the table. I know you can, because I’m sitting at the table.” Read more about her journey at UMR’s Alumni magazine, The Kettle

Dr. Terrell teaching to UMR students in the CLI.

How can you be involved and support females in STEM? 

Educate. Learn about women in science and their contributions through books, movies, or online articles. 

Be a Mentor. Support and encourage girls to pursue their interest in science.

Donate. Below are just a few organizations you can support and help continue the work of women in STEM.

Girls Who Code

Latinas in STEM

Association for Women in Science (AWIS)