MURFREESBORO, TN — More than 10 years ago, Judith Iriarte-Gross had a vision and dream to provide something that would be a lasting hallmark for women in STEM at MTSU in the areas of science, technology, engineering and math.
Iriarte-Gross always has been a dreamer. In 1997, more than 20 years after Expanding Your Horizons in Math and Science, or EYH, started on the West Coast, she implemented the MTSU EYH version on campus. It just celebrated its 23rd anniversary.
A decade later, she approached then-Provost Kaylene Gebert, an EYH board member and longtime supporter, about an idea that would be a hub for women. Eventually, it would be called the MTSU WISTEM Center. Though housed in a small, confined office space in the Midgett Building (rear of Kirksey Old Main), it was a start to what has become a vibrant group on campus.
The university celebrated the 10th anniversary of the WISTEM Center Wednesday (Oct. 9) in the Strobel Lobby connecting Wiser-Patten Science Hall with the Davis Science Building. The center, now located in Davis Science Building Room 115 in the middle of MTSU’s Science Corridor of Innovation, is open to all who support women in STEM on campus,...