Death by chocolate is a social outreach event held by The Society of Women Engineers (SWE), a student organization at UK Kentucky College of Engineering – Paducah. The Society invites school girls to socialize with current engineering students and professors. That sounds a bit boring – but wait, participants get to eat chocolate to their hearts content!

The UK-Paducah Society of Women Engineers student section was chartered in August of 2001. The section provides a support structure for women in the engineering program and receives unprecedented support from engineering professional women in the area.

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One of SWE's top priorities is outreach aimed at making K-12 female students more aware of engineering as a career choice. SWE recently developed an aggressive outreach program that involves visiting local schools to talk about engineering and providing the students with hands-on demonstrations of engineering phenomena. The section also sponsors events during the annual UK-Paducah Engineering Day in the Spring.

Death By Chocolate is designed so that students can mingle together and for younger students to hear from women in the professional engineering industry. They find out what STEM careers are all about and how being a woman plays a role in their careers. Attendees also get to learn more about the University of Kentucky College of Engineering Paducah and the special opportunities that come along with this unique campus. 

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The event will be held on Thursday, November 15, from 6 - 8 pm(EVENT HAS BEEN POSTPONED DUE TO WEATHER, DETAILS WILL BE HERE WHEN AVAILABLE) at the UK College Of Engineering – Paducah campus located at 4810 Alben Barkley Dr. At this event, the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) will provide all the chocolate treats a girl could dream of, along with non-chocolate and allergy-friendly items. There will be a time of socialization, followed by ice breakers and speakers presenting on different topics related to engineering. 

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Parents, teachers, and guidance counselors are welcome to attend and eat chocolate as well! T-shirts and other free goodies will be handed to the high school girls for as long as supplies are available. For more information, visit the event's FB page.

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STEM occupations for women

By 2018, an expected 2.4 million STEM jobs will go unfilled. Currently, women only hold 24% of STEM related positions though earning potential is much higher in those roles. On average, women in STEM earn 33% more than women in non-STEM occupations.

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Closing the gender-gap in the STEM field can help connect millions of young women to high-quality jobs and create a strong economy. Overall, women in the STEM field experience a smaller wage gap earning $0.86 to every dollar earned by a man as compared to women with master’s degrees working full time earning $0.72 for every dollar that men with master’s degrees earn.