Girls of Power in STEM (GPS) is a unique opportunity for 8th grade girls in Arkansas to gain hands-on experience and learn about careers related to science, technology, engineering, and math.  The event is hosted on the campus at the University of Central Arkansas (UCA).  Girls will interact directly with female professionals (primarily from Arkansas) and current UCA students to develop a greater understanding of their own potential and power. This exceptional event will encourage girls to pursue academic excellence in their high school and college years, as well as providing them with a “college day” experience.


Girls of Power in STEM aims to empower girls at a time in their life when they tend to lose interest in scIMG_1087ience. Eighth grade is a pivotal age, when girls internalize negative stereotypes that discourage academic achievement and face increased peer expectations and social pressures. This conference commends girls for both their current successes and future potential, and gives girls the chance to visualize what they can become if they aim high and continue to achieve. In addition, when girls hear from women that came from similar backgrounds and towns they learn that with hard work and support careers in these fields are attainable and rewarding!

Join us April 12, 2014 at the University of Central Arkansas for this years GPS conference.

Estimated Participation: 150 girls from around the state.


Some sessions include:IMG_1059

Whitney Tidwell Tinkering
Sandra Swindle Engineering
Katherine Prewitt Engineering
Kim McCollough Communication Sciences and Disorders
Raven Lawson
Debra Burris  Story from the Stars
Allyn Fuell
Sharon Stone  Veterinary - St. Francis Conway, AR
Jessica Hightower  GIS Archeology
Shelby Burns  Physics
Karen Steelman Chemistry of Prehistoric Cave Art
Uta Meyer  Environmental Education
Bonnie Earlywine  Water Chemistry



Each school may bring ten girls and each girl will need to bring a signed permission slip the day of the conference.

Space is limited: Register your eighth grade girls today!

If you are in College or a High School student that is an alumni of Girls of Promise and would like to volunteer for this years GPS please complete the online form.

Contact:  LeighAnn Denhartog 450-5160


Gold Sponsors:

  • University of Central Arkansas
  • Southwestern Entergy
  • Community Foundation
  • UCA Foundation


Silver Sponsors:

  • Acxiom
  • First Security Bank
  • Aramark
  • UCA Bookstore
  • UCA Admission
  • Photo Booth - Megan Knight
  • Kroger
  • Julie Sweet Shop & Bakery
  • Greenbay Packaging
  • Wal-Mart
  • US Pizzq