Girls' Engineering, Math & Science (GEMS)

GEMS 2019

View the workshop options by clicking here! 




2019 GEMS Keynote Speaker, Andrea Bequest

GEMS Keynote


Andrea Bequest is a physician assistant working in internal medicine at the Medical College of Wisconsin and Froedtert Hospital.  She graduated from Carroll University with a biology and biochemistry degree in 2009 and went on to complete Physician Assistant school at Marquette University in 2012.  She has been working as a PA for 6 years.  Prior to working at Froedtert Hospital, she worked in an outpatient internal medicine clinic and at Columbia St. Mary’s Hospital.  Her passion is education of future physician assistants and she precepts several PA students from area programs around Wisconsin each year.  She is a member of American Association of University Women, advocating for women’s education, especially in STEM fields. 

Please join us for our 11th annual GEMS conference!

We are excited to offer our annual GEMS program which will bring middle school girls and their parents, teachers, community leaders, and successful professional women together in an effort to boost knowledge and interest in various areas of math, science, and engineering.

Our unique program will allow girls ages 11 to 14 to choose various hands-on workshops taught by successful professionals in those fields to establish connections and friendships with like-minded girls of the same age group. 

Girls MUST be between the ages of 11-14. This program is primarily funded by sponsors and all workshops are held by professional specialists that are volunteering their services for their day to specifically engage this age range for the program. Because of this, unfortunately, if your daughter is "almost" 11 years, she will need to wait to join our GEMS until next year. We appreciate your understanding!

The GEMS conference is for designed for middle school girls, ages 11-14. If you are not 11 years old, you will need to wait to attend the GEMS conference. Registrations will not be accepted without the enclosed liability form and workshop choice insert completed.
We cannot honor requests for girls to be in the same workshops as a friend. Workshop assignments are final. Please be aware that changes to workshops cannot and will not be made once they are confirmed.


Are you a professional in the fields of Engineering, Math, or Science? We are accepting workshop volunteers for the spring of 2019. If you have an idea for a GEMS workshop and would like to volunteer, please contact Holly Wehrhahn


Become a GEMS presenter or sponsor!!!


***If you would like to volunteer for this program, please contact We need volunteers to assist with volunteer/workshop presenter recruitment, program ideas and networking, fundraising. We would be grateful for any donation of supplies/gifts or monetary donations. Thank you! ***


Take a few minutes to see what our GEMS conference is all about and watch our Girls, Engineering, Math & Science video (click here for video)! 


A big thank-you to all of our financial sponsors who helped make 2018 GEMS possible!

American Association of University Women (AAUW)
SPX Transformer Solutions
RW Baird
Lois Clementi
American Society of Civil Engineers


View UWM at Waukesha GEMS featured on WISN

Listen to UWM at Waukesha GEMS featured on WPR

View 2016 GEMS Recap video

Here's an interesting article on why we need to encourage young women to enter the STEM career field:

This Is Not Your Father's STEM Job