Women's STEM Career Conversations Luncheon

This year's luncheon will be held on Friday, November 9 at 12:00 pm in the Garden Court in the Wilkinson Student Center. 

The Women's STEM Career Conversations Luncheon is held biannually to help students prepare for a variety of futures available to women in STEM. A panel of successful, professional women answer questions about what their jobs are like and why they chose the fields they are in. All women in the Ira A. Fulton College of Engineering and Technology are invited to come and enjoy a delicious lunch while finding answers to questions about future career options. You will receive an email about how to RSVP for the event as it nears.


Previous Panel Members

Candace Berrett,

BYU Statistics Department

Candace Berrett graduated cum laude from Brigham Young University in Actuarial Science in 2005. She then went on to receive her MS and PhD degrees in Statistics from Ohio State University in 2007 and 2010, respectively. She is currently an associate professor in the Department of Statistics, where she combines her passions for mentoring and scholarship. Berrett specializes in spatial statistics, which applies statistical methodology to studying events that take place across space. Specifically, Berrett has studied urban heat islands, epidemiology, and pollution, among many other topics. She has received numerous awards including for teaching, research, and best-paper, and has delivered presentations in Scotland, Ireland, Italy, Japan, and across the United States.

Jessica Wilbur,

The Cadence Group

Jessica Wilbur graduated from Brigham Young University in 2012 with a bachelor’s degree in Information Systems. After graduation, she began her career as an IT Auditor at Ernst & Young in Salt Lake City, Utah.  The main focus of her work included IT control assessments in support of financial audits, Sarbanes-Oxley (SOX) compliance, and third-party SOC reports for large and small companies in Utah, Washington, California, Colorado, and Texas. She became a Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA) in the summer of 2015. Shortly after, Jessica started working for The Cadence Group, a local consulting company. As part of the internal audit team, she continues to assist clients in Utah and California to identify and assess internal IT controls for SOX compliance and SOC reporting. In her spare time, she loves spending time with her husband and almost two-year old son. She is excited to add a daughter to the mix in March.

Maria Sederberg Longhurst,


Maria Sederberg Longhurst received her BS degree in Plant Biology in 2006, and her MS in Genetics and Biotechnology in 2008, both from BYU. She has been working as a research scientist at ARUP Labs, a disease diagnostics lab, for the past nine years. She is the senior member of the cytogenetics test development team. Her work focuses on test development and improvement for cytogenetic prognosis of leukemias and lymphomas but extends to congenital genetic abnormalities that can be studied with cytogenetic techniques. She has been a key member of several FDA approval projects for cytogenetic tests.

Longhurst has been singing with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir for seven years and has enjoyed numerous unique experiences through that calling. She and her husband, Joel, are expecting their first child in May.

Angela Jones,

BYU Women's Initiatives Mentor for Computer Science

Angela Jones graduated from Brigham Young University in 1995 with a bachelor’s degree in computer science. She then went on to receive her MS in computer science from Brigham Young University in 1999. Since then, she began her career as a teacher and instructor for CS. The main focus of her work included coordinating programs to teach coding and programming, for which she became the Curriculum Director for coding camps at InsideSales.com. She has also held positions as a Software Engineer, Adjunct Instructor at Brigham Young University, and also volunteered in the community, raising funds for technology education at Foothill Elementary. She is currently the Women’s Initiatives Mentor for Computer Science at Brigham Young University.