Projects We Support

Real Women Run is a collaborative nonpartisan initiative to empower women to participate fully in public life and civic leadership through elected political office at all levels, appointments to boards and commissions, participation in campaigns, and engagement in the political system.  For more information and a schedule of this year’s events:

Founded in 2011 at YWCA Utah, Real Women Run partners include YWCA Utah, Hinckley Institute of Politics at the University of Utah, Vision 2020, Salt Lake Community College, AAUW, League of Women Voters of Utah, Women Lawyers (Utah Bar Association), Utah Women and Leadership Project at Utah Valley University, Olene Walker Institute of Politics at Weber State University, Utah State University, Women’s Influence Center, Westminster College, current and former elected officials from major political parties, and community members. Real Women Run is a national network partner with the Rutgers Center for American Women and Politics.

Sharyl AllenRebecca Chavez-Houck (D), Minority WhipLegislators Sharyl Allen (R) and Rebecca Chavez-Houck (D) support the goals of Real Women Run. They know what it takes and why women engaging in civic involvement is so important for all of us.

AWE+SUM Camp at Westminster College, Salt Lake City

–by Sue Nissen, AWE+SUM Camp Volunteer Coordinator
AWE+SUM Camp is a four-day residential camp for girls who are entering 8th grade in the fall. (The 2019 camp will  accept girls entering 9th grade)  Campers  stay in a residence hall at Westminster and are well chaperoned day and night. The camp gives girls a chance to experience a college campus, with lots of fun activities: science + math hands-on workshops, mixed up with swimming, a climbing wall, and other on-campus activities, plus a chance to hike in the nearby canyons. Not only do girls see that college is exciting and fun, but they learn about many interesting career options in science-related fields.

Workshops are always an all hands-on experiences.  Campers have made Wind Chimes, Kaleidoscopes, used computers for Code Breaking and for creating cell phone apps, studied brine shrimp on a field trip to the Great Salt Lake, learned about the structure of the brain, flew and land the Aviation lab’s jet simulator, had science lab experiences creating metallic slime and learning about shrinking plastic, and had get acquainted beading and friendship bracelet making sessions.

The 2019 camp is in the planning stages. Contact Sue Nissen for information. (

eSmart- St George

eSMART Camp 2015: visit with the animals including this adorably vicious lemur was a favorite activity of many campers (and volunteers!).

Camp is the week of June 10 in 2019

Thanks for your interest in eSMART summer camp for girls. This camp is the only sleep-over STEM summer camp in southern Utah. It is for any girl entering the 8th grade the fall following camp. Information on camp specifics are generally available in January each year. Financial assistance is based on financial need and is generally restricted to campers living within about 100 miles of St. George.

eSMART (exploring Science, Math and Related Technologies) is a summer camp for girls  started by the St. George, Utah chapter of the American Association of University Women to encourage our girls to reach high and love to learn so they can be anything they want to be. Dixie State University is our main partner and hosts the camps.

Girls spend camp in the laboratories and dorms at DSU as part of their first college experience! Camp includes a variety of STEM workshops taught by successful women in STEM careers including topics including planetary science, local archaeology, genetics, food science, computer programming, electronics, geology, and many more. Activities are all hands on and include a day at Zion National Park and an afternoon studying physics and diving physiology at the DSU pool. We always make sure that there is down time and fun time to let the girls get know each other and learn to work together. All of the camp counselors are women STEM majors at DSU with teams of ten campers assigned to a specific counselor to make sure that all of our campers get the attention they need.

Program Funding
AAUW St. George Branch holds fundraisers, applies for grants, and accepts donations year round to operate the eSMART Camps. While the cost to run the camp is ~$660/camper, families are only charged $300 to make sure that all girls can attend. In addition, we are able to provide a limited number of need-based fee waivers to further reduce the cost of camp.

Complete the registration online. If you have correctly filled out the registration form and your payment has been completely processed, you will receive an email confirming your registration information. If you do not receive an email immediately, there is probably an issue with having your payment processed. Please contact Dr. O’Brien (information below) to see if you should re-register.

Basic Camp Information
Girls will housed in DSU dorms on campus. The rooms can accommodate two campers. We will send out a roommate request form in late May, but requests for more than one roommate will not be accepted. Campers are assigned to teams of ten girls who have a dedicated camp counselor who is also a female STEM major at DSU and who has passed the same background checks required of Washington County School District teachers. Activities will include a variety of workshops in the DSU science and computer labs, a day trip to Zion National Park, and an afternoon at the DSU pool (for the physics of water and diving physiology).

More Information
For more information about eSMART please contact our Camp Director: Dr. Erin O’Brien,  435-652-7761 or  send an email to

We get many requests from families whose campers would like to experience eSMART a second time. We prioritize space for girls entering the 8th grade the fall after camp and those entering 9th grade who have not yet had a chance to attend camp, but we sometimes make spots available to returning campers if we have a few left in May. If your girl is interested in attending camp again, please email Dr. Erin to get on that waitlist.

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Tech Savvy-St. George

The St. George Branch was selected by AAUW to receive a grant of $6,000.00 to implement an AAUW National Tech Savvy Pilot Program, which was very successful. Tech Savvy is a one-day career conference designed to engage girls in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) through hands-on activities. Parents and families can attend concurrent workshops on how to help their girls pursue college and career paths in STEM.


Women students from the University of Utah, Weber State, Utah State, Dixie State, and BYU have attended recent NCCWSL Conferences.