The Ohio State University at Lima

STEM Steps 2017 focuses on young women succeeding in science fields

More than 120 high school sophomores and junior girls will be at The Ohio State University at Lima on Mon., March 13, 2017, for STEM STEPS, an enriching and exciting day filled with hands-on activities in various STEM fields to encourage and stimulate an interest in science. Check in begins at 9 a.m. and the day concludes at 12:45 p.m.

“The goal of the day is to empower young women to achieve success in STEM fields by instilling self-confidence and a can-do attitude,” said Dr. Swathi Mohan, a lecturer in Chemistry and coordinator for the day. “Students will also learn the role of women in STEM fields and see how they can impact the world with STEM education.”

Ohio State Lima faculty members will do hands-on activities with the students in all the STEM areas on campus, including Biology, Chemistry, Earth Sciences, Engineering, Mathematics and Physics. Engineers from INEOS Lima and Ashland Lima will talk about their experiences as women in the engineering field during a lunchtime panel.

Dr. Megan Rutledge is the keynote speaker. Dr. Rutledge is a 2007 graduate of Wapakoneta High School. She attended The Ohio State University, graduating cum laude with honors in 2011 with her bachelor’s degree in biology and cum laude in 2015 with her doctorate in optometry. Dr. Rutledge completed all of her undergraduate work at Ohio State Lima. She recently completed a year-long residency in Ocular Disease at the Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Dayton. She is a member of the American Optometric Association, Ohio Optometric Association, Beta Sigma Kappa International Optometric Honor Society, and is currently pursuing her fellowship in the American Academy of Optometry. She provides primary eye care to the patients of Mercer In-Sight.

Ohio State Lima will welcome 125 young women from 17 area schools to participate in STEM STEPS. Each was chosen by her school. The schools include Ada, Bath, Columbus Grove, Fairlawn, Fort Jennings, Indian Lake, Jackson Center, Lima Central Catholic, Lima Senior, Lima Temple Christian, Miller City, Ottoville, Pandora-Gilboa, Perry, St. Marys, Shawnee and Upper Scioto Valley.

STEM STEPS is free for the students to attend and is made possible through the generous support of INEOS.