Noel Schulz to discuss women in STEM at Common Reading event Feb. 21

PULLMAN, Wash.— Trends for women in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields will be discussed by Washington State University First Lady and Engineering Professor Noel Schulz at a Common Reading Program lecture on Tues., Feb. 21 at 4:30 p.m. in CUE 203.  This lecture is free and open to the public with a small reception to follow.

Increasing the number of women in STEM fields has been a focus for more than four decades.  Some disciplines have seen progress but there are continuing challenges with recruitment, retention, and advancement. The talk will focus on national and international trends for women in STEM. It will cover both the successes and challenges women experience today.

Schulz, an electrical engineering professor at the Voiland College of Engineering and Architecture, received her Ph.D. in electrical engineering from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities and has gathered first-hand experience in STEM at several universities over the past 25 years. Schulz has won awards in engineering and has been active in recruiting women to the field. Currently, she teaches at WSU, conducts research and is a frequent guest speaker at events for faculty, staff, and students.

This topic extends the focus of this year’s book, “I Am Malala,” to consider equity in access to education in specific fields of study.  It connects to the Common Reading Program’s current theme, “Leadership and Social Justice.”

The Common Reading Program began in Pullman in 2007 to help students, their teachers, and the community better engage in academically centered critical thinking, communication, research, and learning around a body of shared information presented in a single, specially selected book.

For more information about the Common Reading and upcoming events visit:


Karen Weathermon, Common Reading Program co-director, WSU Undergraduate Education, 509-335-5488,

Emma Epperly, Communications and Marketing Assistant, WSU Undergraduate Education, 509-335-9458,