Join us on May 29 for an extraordinary evening with STEM innovators from industry and academia, presented by Sammamish High School. Students, parents, and interested community partners from across the Seattle area will learn about opportunities in STEM career fields. Highlights will include:

  • Keynote address: Living the Nature Ethic by wildlife researcher and Bullitt Prize winner Carol Bogezi and MIT Inspire Competition winner Manoj Sarathy. Read their bios below…
  • Panel sessions covering major STEM topics. These sessions feature professionals who will share their stories and experiences, with time for Q & A.
  • Time to connect with individual groups at demonstration booths, which provide information about various STEM fields, programs, opportunities, and how to access and prepare for STEM careers.

Schedule

TimeWelcome and Keynote SpeakersLocation
5:00 p.m. – 5:45 p.m.Welcome and Keynote SpeakersPerforming Arts Center
5:55 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.Expert Panels and Booth ViewingVarious Rooms

Please arrive early to find parking.

Registration

Registration is necessary to reserve a seat at the expert panel sessions. You will be asked to select two of the following sessions:

  • Astronomy | Physics
  • Biology | Chemistry | Medical
  • Wildlife | Oceans | Earth | Climate
  • Computer Science | Technology
  • Engineering

Keynote Speakers

Dr. Carol Bogezi

Dr. Carol Bogezi is a graduate of the Wildlife Science program in the School of Environment and Forest Sciences (SEFS) at the University of Washington. An international student from Uganda, Dr. Bogezi was awarded the prestigious Beinecke Africa Wildlife Conservation scholarship by the Wildlife Conservation Society to pursue her graduate studies in the USA, and additional support from SEFS and Wildlife Conservation Network (WCN) for her studies. In 2016, Dr. Bogezi was awarded the 10th annual Environmental Leadership Award by the Bullitt Foundation, granting her $100,000 to continue her research, and was named one of the ‘Top 40 Women Under 40’ by the Sunday Monitor in Uganda. Her research focuses on understanding interactions between humans and carnivores in Washington State. Prior to her studies on human-carnivore interactions, Dr. Bogezi studied the distribution and status of a rare crocodile species in Kidepo Valley National Park, northeastern Uganda. Since graduating in December 2018, she plans to continue working in the field of nature conservation at the interface of people and wild lands, which is more likely to undergo land use habitat change as well as human-wildlife interactions than other areas.

Manoj Sarathy

Manoj Sarathy is a senior at Sammamish High School who is passionate about environmental conservation and computer science, specifically machine learning. He has won several awards for his work to apply computer vision to assist conservation biologists, such as $2,500 for the MIT Inspire Most Original and Best in Science, Tech, and Society, First in Category at the Washington State Science and Engineering Fair, and has been awarded a $5,000 grant from Microsoft AI for Earth. Sarathy has also presented research on his findings at The Wildlife Society’s 25th annual convention, where he was the only high school presenter, and at the Microsoft AI for Earth Summit. Sarathy has been working with several conservation organizations on his research project.