November 8-10, 2023
The GAINS conference is a school-based event for high school girls interested in STEM. Teachers register themselves and up to 6 student participants from their school. Registration is a multi-step process that is initiated by teachers!
Registration & Session Selection Timeline
September 1st: School registration is open!
REGISTRATION DEADLINE EXTENDED TO OCT 10
October 10: Final date to submit student names & email information
*registration fee waiver application due (see more information below)
Week of October 16th: Session Selection Opens
*information will be sent to each individual participant's email address
October 22nd: Session Selection Closes
*participants who do not select sessions will be added to sessions that have space
So you want to attend the GAINS conference? Follow these steps!
STEP 1: Teachers, register your school
Teachers, please complete the school registration form on behalf of yourself and up to 6 girls from your school. Please indicate the number of students you plan to bring to the event. You DO NOT need to know the names and email addresses of attendees at the time of registration. If you know the names and email addresses of your students you may enter them when you register your school. If you do not know which students will attend, you can complete the school registration process and then return to the site to add specific student email addresses by September 30th.
Fees: $275/student, $50/teacher
Once you have registered, you are committing to those spots. We are unable to provide refunds for changes in student numbers after September 30.
STEP 2: Payment Information
Once school registration is complete, an email confirming your school's registration will be generated and emailed to the teacher. Teachers, please print the email and follow the payment instructions. You will remit your group's payment to Greenwich Academy by check.
*Financial Aid: GAINS is able to offer financial aid in the form of fee waivers and travel grants for students and teachers who qualify. Be sure to indicate on the registration form if you would like to request financial aid. If you select this option during registration, we will follow-up with you directly via email.
STEP 3: Session Registration
October 18th - October 22nd.
EACH CONFERENCE ATTENDEE (both students and teachers) will be sent a unique email link so they can register for their individual sessions during this time period. These are first-come, first-serve, so act quickly! Attendees who do not select sessions will be assigned sessions. Read the offerings for STEM tours and technical talks to prepare!
Photo Release: Chaperones, please download and coordinate the signing of photo releases for all minors in your group by their parent/guardian. Photo Release
Wednesday, November 8 *
4 pm: check-in
5 pm: keynote address
6:30 pm: dinner
* We are hoping to offer a campus tour ahead of the conference start, so plan to arrive early Wednesday if you are interested in participating.
Thursday, November 9
8:30 am Student and faculty check-in, grab-and-go breakfast
9:15 am Student networking & connection session
10:30 am Panel discussion
12:00 pm Lunch
1:00 pm STEM tour session I
2:30 pm Tours return
3:00 pm career mixer & coffee
6:00 pm Dinner & Evening activity
Friday, November 10
9:00 am Breakfast
10:00 am Tech Talk session I
10:40 am Tech Talk session II
11:15 am STEM Tours
12:30 pm Closing & grab-and-go lunch
Each participant will select from the following:
We encourage students to select content that is NEW to them! We want you to expand your understanding of STEM career options and topics! So take a chance and find something new!
Session registration link will be included in an email sent after school registration is complete in the fall.
This event will be held at the University of Chicago!
We have secured a block of rooms at The Study Hotel on UChicago's campus for the conference.
The room rate is $239/nt + taxes and this rate is available until October 9, 2023.
** Our hotel block is now fully reserved. A similarly priced and located hotel is the Sophy Hotel.
There are two major airports in the area:
Midway: approx. 8 miles from the campus. Easily accessible by public transportation ($5), car, shuttle, or taxi (~$30).
O'Hare: approx. 30 miles from the campus. Similarly accessible by public transportation ($5), car, shuttle, and taxi (~$75).