Taking the Road Less Traveled

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 since 1987. Since that time over 65,000 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 (STEM).

Historically, the format of the conference included career awareness sessions in the morning with an interactive session in the afternoon. In response to consistent and overwhelming feedback from participants, the conference structure has transitioned from a predominantly lecture oriented format to a conference in which career awareness is infused in experiential STEM activities.

Click on the links below to register for 2016-17 TRLT conferences


Fall Registration for Schools

Spring Registration for Schools

Fall Registration for Individuals

Spring Registration for Individuals


Conference Flyer

Conference Day Schedule

Conference Dates

Fall 2016

Spring 2017

Oct 13 (8th grade)


Oct 20 (8th grade)

Apr 20 (8th grade)

Oct 27 (9th/10th grade)

Apr 27 (9th/10th grade)

Important registration information for Spring 2017:

April 13 conference: session selection begins March 16; ends March 30

April 20 conference: session selection begins March 23; ends April 6

April 27 conference: session selection begins March 30; ends April 13


Ready, Set Build! Session Info


Expected Outcomes for participants

  • Increase interest in STEM through experiential activities
  • Increase confidence in pursuing STEM fields through interaction and communication with professionals and female role models
  • 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 Janice Crow, Outreach Coordinator at (515) 294-5883 or jrcrow@iastate.edu to learn more!


Contact Janice Crow, WiSE Outreach Coordinator at (515) 294-5883 or jrcrow@iastate.edu.