Student STEM Symposium

Event Details

Saturday, May 20, 2023

Archer’s annual Student STEM Symposium is an opportunity for female Los Angeles high school students who have completed independent or small group projects in STEM to present their findings in front of their peers, science educators, industry professionals, and interested parties. 

We invite any Upper School female students or teams of female students who have completed independent research to present at the event (see details below). Any interested parties are invited to attend; this includes but is not limited to peers, family, teachers, and STEM professionals. 

Presenters and attendees will have an opportunity to network, exchange ideas, and learn about advanced STEM research.

The event will include a poster session and formal presentations from female students in Archer’s Honors Research in Science Program and other Los Angeles area high schools, a keynote address, and the presentation of awards, including the Archer RISE Award

Guests coming to campus must be fully vaccinated and boosted (if they are eligible) and will need to show proof of vaccination at the security booth. Guests will also be screened for symptoms on arrival.

Participate in the 2023 Student STEM Symposium

Are you an Upper School female student or team of students that has completed independent research in a STEM discipline? If so, you are invited to present your findings in front of peers, family, teachers, and STEM professionals. 

If you would like to present during the poster session please complete this form by Monday, April 24, 2023. All students who submit this form will have space for their poster (36"x24") at the Student STEM Symposium. Students will have the opportunity to stand by their poster and present their research to all interested parties. In addition, the Symposium Committee will review all poster submissions and invite a select number of students to present during the 15-minute break-out sessions. You will be notified by Monday, May 1, 2023, if you are invited to present. 

If you have submitted to present at the poster session and your research furthers existing knowledge or presents a solution to a pressing scientific challenge, we encourage you to apply for the Archer Rise Award! All applications for the Archer Rise Award are also due by Monday, April 24, 2023.  

In addition, any student who submits to present their original research at the poster session will receive an Archer STEM Symposium t-shirt and be entered in a raffle to win STEM-related prizes. 
Please email with any questions about this event.


9:00 - 9:10 a.m.: Presenter Check-in 
9:10 - 9:20 a.m.: Attendee Check-in
9:20 - 9:50 a.m.: Poster Session 1
9:55 - 10:25 a.m.: Poster Session 2
10:30 - 11:25 a.m.: Presentations
11:30 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.: Keynote/Awards

STEM Symposium 2023 Keynote Speaker

We are extremely excited to announce our keynote speaker for the symposium, Dr. Christina Harris.
Dr. Christina Harris was appointed Vice President and Chief Health Equity Officer for Cedars-Sinai Health System in July 2022. In this strategic leadership position, Dr. Harris guides Cedars-Sinai's ongoing efforts to advance health equity by addressing health disparities in clinical care, supporting equity-centered research and education and fostering meaningful partnerships across the organization and communities throughout Los Angeles. She attended the University of Southern California for college and completed her medical degree at Harvard Medical School. She then went on to complete an Internal Medicine residency at New York Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center in New York City. 

Dr. Harris is currently a Health Sciences Associate Clinical Professor at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. Prior to joining Cedars-Sinai, she was on faculty at the Greater Los Angeles VA where she was an associate program director in the UCLA Internal Medicine Residency Program and the Associate Vice Chair of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion for the UCLA Department of Medicine. Dr. Harris has published and lectured locally and nationally on issues related to racism, diversity, equity, and inclusion in academia and clinical medicine. Clinically, she is general internist and has spent the last 16 years providing primary care to patients across a variety of settings, including a federal qualified health center, academic medical centers, and the VA.
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