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Females Excelling More in Math, Engineering, and Science (FEMMES)

U-M IOE undergraduate student Lindsay Rosenblum shares her experience of the Females Excelling More in Math, Engineering, and Science (FEMMES) student organization.| Short Read
EnlargeWorkshop participants growing bismuth crystals in a 2016 FEMMES workshop.
IMAGE:  U-M Materials Science & Engineering, hosts a workshop in conjunction with FEMMES in 2016.


I have been part of the executive board for a club called FEMMES (Females Excelling More in Math, Engineering, and Science) since January of last year, and it is a great organization.

In the fall of my freshman year I saw them at Festifall and was immediately drawn to their message of getting girls excited about STEM, so I decided to volunteer at a capstone. These are day-long events held once a semester where about 200 girls from the Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti/Detroit area come to the Chemistry Building to do fun science and math activities like making ice cream with liquid nitrogen.

I volunteered as a group leader, so I led a group of 12 girls around for the day and had a great time getting to know them and participating in activities with them. I enjoyed it so much that I decided to apply for the executive board, and now I write grants for the organization to make sure we can secure the monetary support we need to keep capstones free for participants.

I really believe in the mission of the organization because we are trying to break down gender, socioeconomic, and racial barriers to technical fields and show girls that STEM is fun and accessible to anyone. Any female student can volunteer at a capstone, and it is just a one-day commitment, so I highly recommend that you do if you’re interested!

First published in Alpha Pi Mu (APM)‘s Industrial Blueprint student newsletter.

Workshop participants growing bismuth crystals in a 2016 FEMMES workshop.
The electrons absorb laser light and set up “momentum combs” (the hills) spanning the energy valleys within the material (the red line). When the electrons have an energy allowed by the quantum mechanical structure of the material—and also touch the edge of the valley—they emit light. This is why some teeth of the combs are bright and some are dark. By measuring the emitted light and precisely locating its source, the research mapped out the energy valleys in a 2D crystal of tungsten diselenide. Credit: Markus Borsch, Quantum Science Theory Lab, University of Michigan.

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