Bridge building competition at TRLT

{Taking the Road Less Traveled} really helped me to explore and learn about different careers that I wasn't quite sure about or didn't even know existed. -student participant 

About Taking the Road Less Traveled

Taking the Road Less Traveled (TRLT) is a one-day conference on the Iowa State campus for middle school and high school girls to learn about STEM fields and how to infuse their passions within a career. Click on the above link to view a video about TRLT.

TRLT video

Conference Flyer

Schedule & Dates

Participants will attend interactive sessions to explore STEM opportunities, hear from professionals and WiSE student speakers, and eat lunch with undergraduate STEM students. 

TRLT is hosted twice in the fall and twice in the spring.

Dates for the 2018-19 academic year are:
October 25, 2018 (8th grade)
November 8, 2018 (9th/10th grades)
April 4, 2019 (8th grade)
April 11, 2019 (9th/10th grades).
All dates are Thursday's. 

Dates for Fall 2019:

October 31, 2019 (8th grade)
November 7, 2019 (9th/10th grade)
Registration for fall conferences will open in August 2019

Registration & Cost

Registration will open for the Fall 2018 conferences in August. 

The cost to attend TRLT is $15 per person (students and chaperones) and includes lunch. Students may bring extra money for a TRLT t-shirt ($15) or Iowa State souvenirs. 

Scholarships are available for students in need. E-mail Sarah DuBois for more information. 


We need many undergraduate student volunteers throughout the day. A sign up link to volunteer will be posted here approximately one month before the conference. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Información en Español

Contact Information

Sarah DuBois • Events and Operations Coordinator • • 515-294-5883