STEM Opportunities

Double the number of STEM opportunities

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Women lead and inspire in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). Giving more women equal opportunities to pursue - and thrive in - STEM and STEM-related careers ensures a diverse and talented workforce, enhances women's economic security, and prevents biases in STEM and STEM-related fields and the products and services they produce. By encouraging discovery in an inclusive environment, Texas Woman's seeks to double the existing STEM and STEM-related opportunities and increase the number of women entering the STEM and STEM-related workforce.

Texas Woman's prepares women to enter the STEM and STEM-related workforce and commits to doubling the number of STEM opportunities available. STEM opportunities include engaging courses, scholarships, internships and authentic work experiences, mentoring, and professional network development. Over the next five years, we will graduate more students with problem solving and critical thinking skills necessary to address complex global challenges and provide opportunities for students to develop the knowledge, skills, and abilities to thrive in the STEM and STEM-related workforce.


  • Identify new STEM and STEM-related programs.
  • Expand the number of internal and external STEM and STEM-related service and partnership opportunities
  • Enhance comprehensive exposure and career advisement for students majoring in STEM and STEM-related fields
  • Increase funding to support STEM and STEM-related internships, scholarships, assistantships, and research opportunities

Success Measures

  • Increase enrollment and graduation in STEM-related fields
  • Facilitate, track and recognize the entry into the STEM workforce
  • Increase the matriculation into graduate and professional programs in STEM and STEM-related fields
  • Engage more students and faculty in STEM-related activities, service and partnerships

The Team

  • Rhett Rigby, PhD, CSPS, NSCA-CPT - Co-Lead
    Associate Professor, School of Health Promotion and Kinesiology; Co-Director, Institute for Women’s Health; Denton
  • Juliet Spencer, PhD, MBA - Co-Lead
    Professor, Division of Biology; Director, School of the Sciences; Denton
  • Diana Elrod, PhD
    Coordinator of STEM Initiatives; Director of the Center for Student Research; Senior Lecturer, Division of Biology; Denton, Dallas, Houston
  • Cynthia Evetts, PhD, OTR
    Professor and Director, School of Occupational Therapy; Denton, Dallas, Houston
  • Kelsey Griffith, MPH, CIH, CSP
    Manager of Environmental Health and Safety, Department of Risk Management; Denton, Dallas, Houston