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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.

Founded in 2011 at YWCA Utah, Real Women Run partners include 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, Michael O. Leavitt Center for Politics & Public Service at Southern Utah University, Weber State University, 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.

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Southern Utah Event – October 10, 2020 (Stay Tuned for Registration)


AWE+SUM Camp at Westminster College, Salt Lake City

–by Sue Nissen, AWE+SUM Camp Volunteer Coordinator

AWE+SUM Camp is a four-day camp for girls who are entering 8th grade in the fall.   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 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.

Unfortunately, the 2020 camp was cancelled due to the Corona Virus.

Contact Sue Nissen for information for the 2021 camp.  (

eSmart camp – St George

was cancelled for 2020 due to the Corona Virus

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


Camp is usually the second week of June 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 at least $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.

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 the waitlist.

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