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Student STEM Symposium

Event Details

Saturday, May 18, 2024

Archer’s annual Student STEM Symposium’s mission is to empower and celebrate young women in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) in Los Angeles. We provide a platform for showcasing their independent or small group projects to peers, educators, and industry professionals. Our goal is to inspire, motivate, and amplify the voices of the next generation of female STEM leaders, breaking barriers and fostering a supportive community that promotes diversity and innovation.
We invite any high 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 from Los Angeles area high schools, a keynote address, and recognition of the 2024 Research in Science and Engineering (RISE) Scholars.

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Thaïs Aliabadi

We are extremely excited to announce our keynote speaker for the symposium, Dr. Thaïs Aliabadi.
Dr. Aliabadi graduated summa cum laude with her medical degree from Georgetown University School of Medicine, where she was a member of the Alpha Omega medical honor society. She then completed her internship and residency training in obstetrics and gynecology at Los Angeles County + University of Southern California Medical Center.

Prior to her medical training, Dr. Aliabadi received her Bachelor’s degree in biology from the University of California at Berkeley with honors and a Master’s degree in physiology from Georgetown University. Her extensive education provided the basis for the dedicated care she now provides to her patients.

Before starting her own practice at Cedars-Sinai, Dr. Aliabadi served as the Medical Director of Teresa Medical Center in Los Angeles, as well as the Director of Gynecology at 90210 Surgery Center and Precision Ambulatory Surgery Center. She also served as the supervising physician at Northeast Valley Health Corporation and California Hospital Medical Center.

Highly trained and honored by the medical community, Dr. Aliabadi is certified by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology and a Diplomat of the American College of Obstetrics.

Dr. Aliabadi specializes in state-of-the-art minimally invasive surgical techniques, promising her patients shorter recovery times, reduced pain, and the least interruption to their daily lives.

Dr. Aliabadi has been a practicing OB-GYN in Los Angeles since 2002. She serves as an official gynecologist for many royal families and “celebrities,” as well as instructing Cedars Sinai Medical Center residents and medical students at the University of Southern California.


9:00 - 9:10 a.m.: Presenter Check-in 
9:10 - 9:20 a.m.: Attendee Check-in
9:20 - 9:45 a.m.: Poster Session 1
9:50 - 10:15 a.m.: Poster Session 2
10:20 - 10:55 a.m.: Presentations
11:00 - 11:30 a.m.: Round Table Discussions
11:35 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.: Keynote/Awards

Participate in the 2024 Student STEM Symposium

Are you a high school female student or team of students that has completed independent research in a STEM discipline? If so, please join us at the 2024 Student STEM Symposium.

Poster Session

All participants will be able to present their research during the poster session. In order to participate, please complete this form by Monday, April 22, 2024. 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. 

RISE Scholar Awards

In addition to presenting a poster, you are invited to apply for the RISE Scholar Award
The RISE Scholar Award recognizes exceptional young female STEM scholars in the Los Angeles Area for their commitment to innovative scientific research or engineering and design projects.      

The 12 RISE Award Scholars will be honored at the Archer Student STEM Symposium, present their research in a 15-minute presentation, and receive a $300 stipend. Recipients will be notified by Friday, May 3, 2024. Awards will be paid to the student’s educational institution of choice to cover costs of tuition and fees for the following year. If the winning project is completed by more than one student, the award will be equally split among students.

Please email stem@archer.org with any questions about this event.

The Archer School for Girls admits students of any race, color, religion, national and ethnic origin, sexual orientation or other legally protected status to all the rights, privileges, programs and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national and ethnic origin, sexual orientation or other legally protected status in its hiring or in the administration of its educational policies and programs, admissions policies, financial aid programs or other school-administered programs. 

The Archer School for Girls’ mission is to educate students in an environment specifically designed for girls. As such, the school will consider any candidate for admission who identifies as a girl. Once admitted to Archer, all students in good academic standing who abide by Archer’s code of conduct and who meet requirements for graduation will be eligible to receive an Archer diploma, regardless of any change in sexual identity or other legally protected status.