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About us

Boutique Academia is a science and math jewelry company located in the lovely Pacific Northwest. Our studio is in Eugene, Oregon, just down the road from the University of Oregon. In the winter, while the interminable rain patters on our cozy studio roof, we drink warm tea, discuss foraging for mushrooms, and pack up your holiday gift orders. We love imagining the surprise and happiness of STEM enthusiasts as they open their gift boxes, and we read each positive review with deep satisfaction.

Between the four of us, we enjoy: math, science, astronomy, music, art, foraging, baking, composing, and gardening. Most of all, we have a strong commitment to our vision of filling the world with beauty and knowledge.

We care a lot about our work and about customer satisfaction, and we thank you in advance for trusting us. Buying online IS most certainly an act of trust, and we assure you that we are real people, that every single review on our website is legitimate, and that we stand behind our products 100%.

We have been retailing online since 2010 and supplying museum gift shops and bookstores since 2011, and would love to have your business!

From our Founder

Maile UrbancicHi! I'm Maile Urbancic, founder and CEO of Boutique Academia. My background is in math, educational psychology, and community organizing. Boutique Academia opened for business in November of 2010, at the forefront of the STEM jewelry movement. A while back I published a Medium article about our origin story:

"When I started my business, Boutique Academia, I was determined to fight against stereotype threat and the subtle bias that suggests that math is for boys. I decided to do this by deliberately combining traditionally feminine objects (jewelry) with images, messages, and symbols from STEM disciplines. My goal has been to create wearable art that both inspires the wearer and sends the visual message that femininity and STEM are completely compatible." (read more here)

Back in 2010, the idea of science and math themed jewelry was very fringe. Over the past few years, the concept has started to gain momentum, with an outpouring of creativity at the intersection of STEM themes and aesthetics. It's been fascinating and wonderful to watch it happen! It has also helped us stay on our game of offering the largest, most diverse selection of math & science jewelry, and providing excellent customer service. I am proud of the reviews we receive --- we definitely aim for 100% customer satisfaction.

I love collaborating with bloggers, journalists, and science communicators! Just send me an email at maile@boutiqueacademia.com and let's talk. I've also had pieces featured in various television shows, including Tomorrow's World Today, The Big Bang Theory and others. If you're a costume designer looking for something science-perfect for your cast, contact me!

I'm also a big believer in community giving, so we support many causes related to STEM education. Boutique Academia has created fundraisers for open-source computer labscrisis interventionhygiene initiatives to keep girls in school, and The Association of Presidential Awardees in Science Teaching. In 2017 we sponsored the regional fair pin exchange at the New York City Science and Engineering Fair. We also regularly donate pieces for school auctions and STEM club fundraisers.

If you'd like to keep up with new products and hear about coupons, giveaways, etc then sign up for our newsletter and join us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, or Pinterest. Also, if you're on Medium, I'll occasionally blog when inspiration strikes.

Wholesale

In addition to selling online, Boutique Academia has been helping museums, bookstores, gift shops, and boutiques offer beautiful academic jewelry to their customers since 2011. Our jewelry is available for purchase at the following locations. If you would like to know more about becoming a stockist, send us a wholesale inquiry.

Arizona
California

Colorado

Florida

Illinois

Kansas

Massachusetts 

Michigan

New Jersey

New York

Oregon

Pennsylvania 

Texas

Utah

Washington

CANADA

Online Buzz

Here are some articles that have been written about us over the years. If you are a blogger and would like to do a review or write an article, let us know what we can do to help: maile@boutiqueacademia.com.

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