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Young Women's Conference Information

REGISTRATION FOR THE 2017 YWC WILL OPEN ON OCTOBER 14, 2016 AT 12:00PM ET. Please stay tuned for more info on our 2017 event!

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The 2016 Young Women's Conference in STEM will be held on THURSDAY, March 23, 2017. 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 14, 2016 @12:00PM ET
Registration Closes: March 1, 2017 @5:00PM ET (space permitting)
Event date: THURSDAY, March 23, 2017

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!!

2016 keynote speaker: JIN KIM MONTCLARE, PhD, Associate Professor, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering


Jin Kim Montclare is an Associate Professor in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, who is performing groundbreaking research in engineering proteins to mimic nature and, in some cases, work better than nature. She works to customize artificial proteins with the aim of targeting human disorders, drug delivery and tissue regeneration as well as create nanomaterials for electronics. Using multidisciplinary expertise in chemistry and genetic engineering, these results have already been realized.

Prior to joining NYU-Poly, Montclare was a postdoctoral fellow at the California Institute of Technology in the Division of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering.

She received a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from Fordham University in 1997, a Master of Science and a PhD in Bioorganic Chemistry from Yale University in 2001 and 2003, respectively.

Among her many honors and awards are the Agnes Faye Morgan Research Award from Iota Sigma Pi, Executive Leadership in Academic Technology and Engineering Fellowship, American Chemical Society PROGRESS /Dreyfus Lectureship, the Dreyfus Special Grants Program Award, the Air Force Office of Scientific Research Young Investigator Award, the Wechsler Award for Excellence, the Othmer Junior Fellow Award, the National Institute’s of Health Postdoctoral Fellowship, and the National Science Foundation Pre-doctoral Fellowship.

Montclare is the author of numerous papers for refereed journals, colloquia, and seminars and holds several patents.

She is a member of the American Chemical Society, the International Society for Pharmaceutical Engineering, the Biophysical Society, the Materials Research Society, the Biochemical Society, the Protein Society and American Association of Cancer Research, and the American Institute of Chemical Engineers.


Yale University, 2003

MS, PhD, Bioorganic Chemistry

Fordham University, 1997

BS, Chemistry


protein engineering; chemical biology; biomaterials self-assembly; artificial proteins biocatalyis

Frequently Asked Questions

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

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