Taking the Road Less Traveled

Career Conference for girls

Students Participating in a TRLT Activity
Students enjoying a hands-on session during a Taking the Road Less Traveled Career Conference

The Program for Women in Science & Engineering has been sponsoring the Taking the Road Less Traveled career exploration conferences for girls in grades 6-12 each year since 1987.� Since that time over 60,000 6th-12th grade girls, educators, and parents have participated in the conference and gained an increased awareness and understanding of career opportunities in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math. We currently offer six conferences per year (three in April and three in October). The conference format includes career exploration workshops led by women working in science, engineering, and other technical fields; tours of ISU labs and facilities; and special sessions for parents and educators.�

Fall 2014 Conference Series

  • High School Conference (Grades 9-12) October 16, 2014
  • Middle School Conference (Grades 6-8) October 23, 2014
  • Middle School Conference (Grades 6-8) October 30, 2014

Additional Conference Information

Pre-Registration for the October, 2014 Taking the Road Less Traveled Career Conferences for Girls (TRLT) will open Wednesday, August 27, 2014 at 8:30 a.m. 

**TRLT conferences are now full and pre-registration is closed**

Pre-registration Information

Expected Outcomes for 6th-12th grade female participants

  • Increase interest in STEM
  • Increase student engagement in STEM
  • Increase confidence through interaction and communication with professional, female role models
  • Increase confidence through experiential activities
  • Increase awareness of STEM career opportunities
  • Reinforce the importance and relevance of science and math courses in middle school and high school
  • Increase capacity for understanding the connection between curriculum and real world experience

Information on Becoming a Presenter

Impact the lives of girls across the state of Iowa by becoming a Taking the Road Less Traveled Presenter. Contact Program Coordinator Carol Heaverlo to learn more!


Contact Erin, Career Conference Student Assistant at (515) 294-5319 or trlt@iastate.edu or Carol Heaverlo, Program Coordinator at (515) 294-5883 or heaverlo@iastate.edu.