Gems - Girls Empowered by Mat and Science
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GEMS Mission

To provide young women opportunities to learn about the importance of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) in careers.

To promote young women's participation in STEM courses in high school and college.

20th GEMS Conference

The Piasa Area Council of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) will again present a GEMS - Girls Empowered by Math and Science - conference for girls in the 6th, 7th and 8th grades. This includes girls from schools and districts in Calhoun, Greene, Jersey, Macoupin and Madison Counties and East St. Louis. Teachers, parents and guardians of these girls are also invited to attend special sessions designed for them. The conference will be held on Saturday, March 21, 2015, at Lewis and Clark Community College in Godfrey.

The Program was initiated after an AAUW Educational Foundation funded study, "Shortchanging Girls, Shortchanging America" revealed that girls in elementary school show aptitude and interest in math and science, but tend to fall behind in these areas in middle school. AAUW wants girls to continue to both value and excel in mathematics, science and technology.

GEMS Sponsors

American Association of University Women - Piasa Area Council

Alton, Calhoun and Jersey Counties, Wood River Branches

Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. 

Edwardsville Area Alumnae Chapter


Past Sponsors

Alton Community Service League
Alton Memorial Hospital
Alton Unit School District # 11
The Bank of Edwardsville
Edwardsville Unit School District #7
Farmers State Bank
The Jane Henry Charitable Trust
Dr. Jeffrey A. and Mr. Joel W. Jungers
Lewis & Clark Community College
Madison Co. Regional Superintendent
Macoupin, Greene, Jersey and Macoupin ROE 40 Regional Superintendents
The Monticello College Foundation
Mr. and Mrs. Bill Smith
Cleary’s Shoes & Boots of Wood River
Regions Bank
University of Illinois Extension