Starr Women Leaders Program Now Accepting Applications

Are you a female UMKC undergraduate or high school 9th, 10th, or 11th grader majoring and/or interested in a career in science, technology, engineering, mathematics, or the health sciences? If so, apply now for an exciting new program at UMKC: the Starr Women Leaders Program! SWLP is a collaborative initiative of the UMKC Starr Symposium Committee, Women’s Council, Women’s Center, and Women & Gender Studies Program.

UMKC students who are accepted into the Starr Women Leaders Program will serve as e-mentors to a girl from the 9th, 10th, or 11th grade who is also interested in the possibility of studying a STEM or health science field after high school. You will also have the opportunity to meet Dr. Mae Jemison, the first African-American woman astronaut and a notable physician and engineer, at the Starr Symposium on October 1; as well as to participate in a series of events and activities that are designed to enhance your leadership skills. High school students in the program will receive mentoring, have the opportunity to visit campus on several occasions, and will also meet Dr. Jemison on October 1.

Applications and more details on program design and requirements can be found online at and are due on Friday, September 11, 2009. Feel free to contact Brenda Bethman at or 816.235.1643 with any questions.