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Helping Girls Explore STEM Careers

Founded in 1982, a group thrives at the University of Alberta in its role of inspiring young women to explore non-traditional careers. Known as WISEST—for Women in Scholarship, Engineering, Science & Technology—it is far from alone.

Cybermentor at the University of Calgary, Operation SMART in Fort McMurray, and other initiatives have followed. APEGA members play a key role in their success, helping girls explore, ask questions, and build their confidence.


Engineer-in-Training Tamara Oldham (purple shirt) engages high school students at the WISEST Science, Engineering and Technology Conference in November 2019. The conference introduces grades 10 to 12 students to science, engineering and technology through fun and interactive activities.

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A group of WISEST summer research program students on an industry tour of the OEM Remanufacturing plant in Edmonton in the summer of 2019. As part of the program, the high school students learned about career opportunities in science, technology and engineering. Joining them on the tour were APEGA members and WISEST volunteers Bonnie Plican, E.I.T. (left) and Cassie Clausen, P.Eng. (right).

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