May 17, 2016

Tata Chemicals (Soda Ash) Partners announces sponsorship of Wyoming's 16th annual Women in STEM conference

Company provides funding for 42 Sublette county students to attend the conference

Omi Rajaravivarma, from Tata Chemicals North America (far right), leads an interactive session with students during the 'Women in STEM' conference at the University of Wyoming

Green River, WY: Tata Chemicals (Soda Ash) Partners (TC(SA)P) announced that the company will be the primary sponsor of the Wyoming NASA Space Grant Consortium’s annual Women in STEM conference, to be held at the University of Wyoming on Tuesday, May 17. This donation makes the company the conference’s largest sponsor, and will provide invaluable support for the event, which will draw hundreds of students from across the state.

Tata Chemicals’ sponsorship will contribute in the following ways:

  • Attendees: In support of the participating students and schools, the company will cover the registration fees, travel and hotel accommodations for 42 students from the Pinedale Middle School and Big Piney Middle School, located in Wyoming’s Sublette County.
  • Volunteering: Two company employees have volunteered to attend the conference and present an interactive experiment with the students
  • Presenting Workshops: The company will provide funding for the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo of Colorado Spring, CO to be featured as workshop presenter at the conference. “Animal ambassadors” from the Zoo will attend the event and lead three educational workshop sessions throughout the day.
  • Additional Funding: The company’s donation will also provide on-site lunches for 250 attending students, and will cover the travel and hotel accommodations

“As one of the largest soda ash facilities here in Wyoming, we believe we owe it to our community to help inspire and encourage our young students to pursue careers in STEM-related fields, and we take that responsibility very seriously,” said Martin Keighley, CEO and managing director, Tata Chemicals North America. “We are thrilled to be the primary business sponsor of this year’s Women in STEM conference, and to contribute to the event in an impactful way through both donations as well as volunteerism.”

“The goal of the Women in STEM conference is to encourage, inspire, and inform young women about all of the amazing opportunities available in science and engineering. By providing hands-on experiences and meeting professional women in STEM fields, students get to learn first-hand about careers and opportunities in STEM,” said Shawna McBride, associate director, Wyoming NASA Space Grant & EPSCoR. “We hope to spark an interest in science and engineering in these young women, and help them to see themselves in STEM careers. For the Women in STEM conference we rely mainly on donations to fund the conference and the conference would not be possible without incredibly generous donations like that of Tata Chemicals! Tata Chemicals will be providing both female role models and funding for the conference and we are incredibly grateful for the donation of both volunteer time and funding.”

More than 500 students from 24 schools in the State are expected to attend this year’s conference. Launched in 1998, the Women in STEM Conference is designed to spark students’ passion in science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields, and provide the students mentors and role models. The conference formerly was known as the Women in Science Conference.