Miami's 3rd annual CIQS Day introduces STEM careers to area high school female students

Event to be held Tuesday, January 10 at the Shriver Center

In a world in which data is collected by cell phones, websites, wearable technology, smart speakers, and grocery store scanners, new and special career skills are in high demand. Yet despite their gains since the 1970s, women today still only make up a bit over a quarter of the national workforce within STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) fields, according to a 2013 report: Disparities in STEM Employment by Sex, Race, and Hispanic Origin (report available from the the U.S. Census Bureau).

As a response, Miami is hosting its 3rd annual Careers Involving Quantitative Skills (CIQS, pronounced "kicks") event, a day designed to encourage female high school students to pursue a career in STEM or in other fields that require good quantitative skills.

Last year, more than 150 young women from 8 area high schools visited Miami's campus for CIQS Day. They participated in various STEM-based activities and interactive presentations offered by over a dozen Miami faculty members in fields such as biology, geography, geology, exercise physiography, psychology, statistics, mathematics, and bioengineering — all demonstrating the wealth of research and career opportunities in STEM.

Similar offerings are planned for this year's CIQS Day, with current Miami students holding majors in STEM fields to also be on hand to host discussions.

The January 10 event begins at 9 am and concludes at 2 pm, all within Shriver Center (701 E. Spring St, Oxford). Lunch will be provided.

CIQS Day is supported by the Sonia Kovalevsky Fund and presented by Miami University's College of Arts and Science, the College of Education, Health & Society, and the Department of Statistics.

For more information, contact Lynette Hudiburgh (hudibulm@MiamiOH.edu; 513-529-7828).