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Young Women's Conference Information

REGISTRATION FOR THE 2018 YWC WILL OPEN ON OCTOBER 16, 2017 AT 12:00PM ET. Please stay tuned for more info on our 2018 event!

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The 2018 Young Women's Conference in STEM will be held on THURSDAY, March 22, 2018. Group check-in begins at 8:00 AM inside Princeton University's Frick Chemistry Building. Young women attending the conference must be in grades 7–10. 

Attendance for the Young Women’s Conference is limited to groups of at least 3 and at most 10 young women. Typically, schools select students to attend based on interest and performance in science classes.  If you are a parent or guardian thinking of bringing your daughter to the event, it is required that you bring at least 3 young women in addition to an adult chaperone to maximize attendance. Registration will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. Space is limited, so we encourage you to complete the registration process as early as possible. Registration is free, but must be completed by March 1, 2017. **THE EVENT IS USUALLY FULL BEFORE CHRISTMAS BREAK, PLEASE REGISTSER EARLY!**

In order to register, schools must provide the total number of students attending (limit of 10 students and 1 chaperone), any dietary restrictions, and a media release form signed by the student's parent/guardian. Requests to bring more than 10 students should be noted in the "Comments" section of the registration form and you will be notified after the registration deadline if we can accommodate your group. Please do not attempt to register more than 10 students for one school under different accounts. The registration will not be considered or accepted until after the registration deadline, space permitting.


Download a copy of our media release form. Please have a parent or guardian for each student print, complete/sign and return to you. You must then login to your YWC registration account and upload each signed form. The registration system can only accept one document to upload; multiple media release forms should be scanned as one document then uploaded.

**Please note that you must "Final Submit" your registration to be considered.**

We have a very limited amount of support for buses available for schools that demonstrate need. Please email Deedee Ortiz with any inquiries on transportation requests to YWC.

Important Dates

Registration Opens: October 16, 2017 @12:00PM ET
Registration Closes: March 1, 2018 @5:00PM ET (space permitting)
Event date: THURSDAY, March 22, 2018

Sample agenda

Previous participating exhibitors include (but not limited to!):

  • National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)/GFDL
  • Princeton University
  • NJ Medical Examiner's Office
  • Liberty Science Center
  • The Franklin Institute
  • Princeton Power Systems
  • Bristol-Myers Squibb
  • PSE&G
  • Federal Bureau of Investigation, Evidence Response Team
  • and many more!!

2017 Keynote Speaker: 

Aprille Joy Ericsson, Ph.D.

NASA Goddard Space Flight Center

Instrument Systems and Technology Division

New Business Lead

Aerospace Engineer, Technologist, Project and Program Manager


During her 25+ year tenure with NASA, Dr. Aprille Joy Ericsson has held numerous positions. In 2017, Dr. Ericsson assumed the position of New Business Lead for the NASA GSFC Instrument Systems and Technology Division. Most recently, she served as the Capture Manager for a proposed Astrophysics mid-sized Class Explorer of $250M, called STAR-X. Prior to that proposal development, Dr. Ericsson served as the NASA GSFC Program Manager for Small Business Innovative Research/Small Business Technology Transfer Research (SBIR/STTR). Formerly, she served as the Deputy to the Chief Technologist for the Applied Engineering and Technology Directorate with a primary focus as a Technologist has been Advanced Manufacturing, Applied Nanotechnology, miniaturization of Technology for CubeSat and SmallSat space platforms. As an Attitude Control Systems analyst, she developed practical control methods, and analyzed structural dynamics for several missions: XTE, TRMM, TRACE, WMAP. As a NASA HQs Program Executive for Earth Science, and a Business Executive for Space Science serving the SORCE and ICESat missions. As an Instrument Project Manager she has led spaceflight instrument teams and proposal developments; her flight missions include for JWST/NirSPEC, MMS SMART/FPI, GEMS, LRO/LOLA and ICESat-2/ATLAS. Dr. Aprille Ericsson aerospace research at Howard University was developing control methods for orbiting large space platforms like ISS.

Dr. Ericsson has also served as an Adjunct Faculty member at several Universities in the DMV. She sits on a couple of Technical Academic boards at the National Academies, MIT and previously at Howard University as Trustees.

Dr. Ericsson has won numerous awards and recognitions over the years. The most prestigious was “The 2016 Washington Award” from the Western Society of Engineers. Dr. Ericsson is the first female to receive a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from Howard University, and the first African-American civil servant female to receive a Ph.D. in Engineering at NASA GSFC. She received her B.S. in Aeronautical/Astronautical Engineering from MIT. 

Frequently Asked Questions

If you have any questions, please contact Deedee Ortiz at: dortiz@pppl.gov

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