The 2017 STEM Mini Conference was hosted by the University of Connecticut Chapter of the National Society of Black Engineers on Saturday, February 11th, 2017.  The conference catered to the theme of “Pushing the Edge of Success”. Despite the weather the conference had around 200 attendees with a large majority being students from middle schools in the Greater Hartford Area. The conference served as a way to create a pipeline for middle and high school students to learn the steps of what it takes to pursue STEM Careers. The conference also held professional development and career workshops for current collegiate students and professionals in industry. There were middle and high school presentations from the following organizations: Society of Women Engineers, Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers, Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc., Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc., and Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. The collegiate and professional workshops were conducted by Travelers, United Technologies, Belcan, and others. The conference featured two keynote speakers, Dr. Cato Laurencin and Joelle Murchison. Each delivered powerful presentations that inspired attendees to continue to strive for success.

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