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MWM Entrepreneurship Initiative The MWM-EI Mentor Program is a one (1) year development program designed to strengthen and grow Women Business Enterprises (WBEs) whose organization provides a good or service related to science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM).  The MWM-EI program is designed to match 5-10 WBE's to a respective larger company to act as their mentor for a year to assist the mentee company in ways to achieve growth. Learn more or apply for the program at www.millionwomenmentors.com/mwm-ei

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Women in Insurance White Paper Released WASHINGTON, D.C.—STEMconnector announced the release of its Women in Insurance White Paper at the Million Women Mentors National Summit and Awards Ceremony on October 24 at the National Press Club. The paper provides an overview of existing trends in the industry while highlighting innovative approaches currently underway at a number of leading insurance organizations and sharing critical opportunities for recruiting and nurturing top female talent. Women represent 60% of all insurance workers, but hold only 17% of board seats and 10% of top management positions. Additionally, the insurance industry demonstrates significant pay disparity, with women earning only 62 cents on the dollar compared to their male colleagues.  After examining existing gaps in the representation of female leaders throughout the industry, the Women in Insurance White Paper also shares promising survey results in which respondents report their leadership teams increasingly acknowledging these issues and voicing a desire to improve work environments and opportunities for female employees. ACORD, Erie Insurance, MEMIC, Prudential, QBE, VSP Vision Care, and TATA Consultancy Services co-sponsored the production of the paper. “Our predecessors worked hard to get women a seat at the table. It is our duty to get the next generation of women a seat at the head of that table.” Carol Zacharias SVP & Underwriting Counsel, QBE North America STEMconnector founder and chairman Edie Fraser commends the leadership exemplified by these sponsoring companies and urges others to “join STEMconnector in telling the story, saluting the progress, and pushing the envelope for women, especially women of color, into important roles in the insurance industry.” The publication can be downloaded here or on the Resources page of this site. ### About STEMconnector. Founded in 2011, STEMconnector is the organization for STEM education and jobs. STEMconnector brings together 165+ organizations as part of an established platform designed to leverage partnerships and collaboration to advance the STEM economy and the future of jobs. Our collective network represents the entire talent pipeline and impacts millions of jobs. STEMconnector is owned by Diversified Search, the largest women-owned executive search firm in the U.S. and with global search capabilities in 29 countries.    

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MWM Reaches 2 Million Pledges WASHINGTON, DC — October 24, 2017 | STEMconnector’s Million Women Mentors (MWM) initiative has reached two million pledges for mentoring relationships and is on target to reach its goal of three million by 2020. Additionally, there have been over 958,000 completed mentoring relationships as of this release. To build on this progress and enable the organization to reach its goal, MWM and MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership announced a new partnership during the Million Women Mentors National Summit and Awards Ceremony on October 23-24 at the National Press Club. The partnership will leverage existing resources to expand Million Women Mentors’ presence to all 50 states, and add 1,032 organizations to the number of NGOs and non-profits currently providing mentoring services to youth and young career professionals through MWM, particularly women and girls, exponentially increasing engagement efforts and creating an effortless user experience for members. MWM currently serves 43 states and works with 85 NGOs and non-profits nationwide at 958 sites, and global expansion efforts are underway. PANELISTS FROM AN EXECUTIVE LEADERSHIP DISCUSSION POSE TOGETHER ON FIRST DAY OF THE MILLION WOMEN MENTORS SUMMIT & AWARDS IN DC. Founded in 2014, Million Women Mentors helps companies and corporations across the nation connect with local girl-serving mentee organizations to provide face-to-face and online mentoring opportunities for their employees. The 3rd Annual MWM Summit & Awards provided an opportunity for celebration of the two million pledges milestone along with learning, networking, and collaboration to advance the MWM movement for women and girls in STEM. Speakers included former U.S. Chief Technology Officer Megan Smith and Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds as keynotes, with additional panels and sessions featuring Arkansas Lt. Governor Tim Griffin, Ohio Lt. Governor Mary Taylor, Kathleen Martinez of BP, Tonie Leatherberry of Deloitte, Lakshmi Eleswarpu of Boeing, and many others who have been advocates of the MWM movement. Awards for achievements empowering women in STEM were presented to Gov. Kim Reynolds, Dr. Sue Ellspermann of Ivy Tech Community College, Balaji Ganapathy of Tata, and several others. A comprehensive list of awards and recipients can be found at: millionwomenmentors.com. “We are so excited to bring together so many thought leaders from across the country to celebrate this progress and advance our movement,” said STEMconnector founder and chair Edie Fraser. “We are on track to truly make a difference for women and girls across the country who have been historically underrepresented in STEM careers and leadership.” The event also coincided with the release of three publications from MWM: The 100 Corporate Women Leaders in STEM, profiling 100 of the top female STEM leaders in the nation; the annual State of the States report, detailing the progress of each of MWM’s 43 active states; as well as the Women in Insurance: Leading to Action white paper, illuminating existing areas of opportunity for female leadership in the insurance industry while highlighting some of the existing efforts underway by various industry leaders. The 65 national sponsors of MWM were saluted, with TCS being commended for building the MWM website, MillionWomenMentors.com. The MWM Global Committee, led by PepsiCo and joined by Boeing and Credit Suisse, shared updates on its three-year plan. Also announced at the event was the MWM Entrepreneur Initiative with Wells Fargo, which aims to support and strengthen women-owned businesses. According to MENTOR’s 2015 report, The Mentoring Effect, youth with mentors are often twice as likely to be successful in school, to be leaders in their communities, and to enter into young adulthood with opportunities for ongoing education and career choices. At the same time, companies that provide mentoring opportunities for their employees see greater employee retention, engagement, and productivity.1 This kind of engagement is especially pressing for women in STEM fields, where only 24% of the workforce is female and only 6.7% of women earn STEM degrees. About Million Women Mentors An initiative of STEMConnector, Million Women Mentors is the gender movement that supports the engagement of millions of STEM mentors to increase the interest and confidence of girls and young women to enter and succeed in STEM programs and careers. About STEMconnector STEMconnector® is committed to increasing the number of STEM-ready workers in the global talent pool. Owned by Diversified Search, LLC, we provide a platform to engage leaders in both public and private sectors who collectively are re-envisioning the workforce and identifying strategies to increase the number of STEM-ready workers. Our goal is to inform, stimulate, counsel and connect leaders with a passion for and commitment to closing the STEM-ready gaps.  About MENTOR MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership (MENTOR) is the unifying champion for expanding quality youth mentoring relationships in the United States. For more than 25 years, MENTOR has served the mentoring field by providing a public voice; developing and delivering resources to mentoring programs nationwide; and promoting quality for mentoring through evidence-based standards, innovative research and essential tools. MENTOR has developed and supports a national network of affiliate Mentoring Partnerships that provide regional, state and local leadership and infrastructure necessary to support the expansion of quality mentoring relationships. Together, we engage with the private, public and nonprofit sectors to ensure that all youth have the support they need through mentoring relationships to succeed at home, school and, ultimately, work.

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 National Stand Up for STEM Award Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds Governor Kim Reynolds, a former state senator and county treasurer, serves as Iowa’s 43rd Governor. Prior to taking office in May 2017, she served as Iowa’s 45th Lt. Governor from 2011-2017. Governor Reynolds was named co-chair of the Iowa Governor’s STEM Advisory Council, along with University of Northern Iowa President Ben Allen in September of 2011. She also serves as co-chair of the Iowa Partnership for Economic Progress board, which was created in October 2011. As Iowa’s first female governor, Kim Reynolds has a long history of encouraging women to lead. In 2012 she was named one of the 100 Women Leaders in STEM by STEMconnector, an annual publication acknowledging role models of STEM leadership. Governor Reynolds has worked tirelessly to provide access to STEM for students, especially the underrepresented and underserved, and champions an innovative economy for her state. The Governor launched MWM-IA in 2014 as the first state involved, and proudly serves as the national Honorary Chair of Million Women Mentors. She is a great advocate for women and girls in STEM and she has had an active role in securing honorary leadership for MWM across the country. MWM-IA recently participated in the STEM Day at the Iowa State Fair in August of 2017 where the Governor presented MWM-IA’s Stand Up for STEM Award to John Deere for their dedication to STEM literacy for young people in Iowa. The National Stand Up for STEM recognizes a national leader for MWM.   Outstanding State Achievement Award MWM-CA MWM-CA is led by the CA Commission on the Status of Women and Girls and University of California Davis Office of the Provost with an active Steering Committee of Government, Non Profit and Private Sector leaders. MWM-CA recently increased their pledge goal to 100,000 as they surpassed their initial pledge goal of 50,000 with 66,210 completed mentoring relationships. Over this past year, the California Commission on the Status of Women & Girls and the California Department of Education developed a series of successful town halls. Upcoming events for MWM-CA include presenting at the State STEAM Symposium, and holding their first ambassador training for Women in Tech in San Francisco. MWM-CA is partnering with UC Davis and MentorCloud to establish a private online platform that brings together California women interested in STEM fields. MWM-CA has also uniquely funded a position for MWM and are looking to expand that. States are a cornerstone of MWM. The MWM State Award is decided via a nomination and voting process by state leaders.   Transformational Leadership in Higher Education Award Dr. Sue Ellspermann - President, Ivy Tech Community College Dr. Sue Ellspermann has been serving as President of Ivy Tech Community College of Indiana since May of 2016. Ivy Tech Community College is one of the nation’s largest community colleges, and a vital workplace development source for Indiana. Dr. Ellspermann is dedicated to providing Indiana’s workforce the training and skills needed to meet the demand of employers. She works to develop and implement programs to prepare students and workers for the growing economy. Dr. Ellspermann has served as Honorary Chair for Million Women Mentors-Indiana since MWM was launched. She attended the first MWM Summit & Gala, and participated in the main panel. As President of Ivy Tech she has continued her role in MWM and even allocated staff to support the effort for Indiana. She is part of the team that will be sponsoring the MWM Stand Up for STEM Award this year and presenting it at the largest Women’s Conference in Indiana later this fall.   Veterans Engagement Award Monster In 1999, Military.com revolutionized the way the 30 million Americans with military affinity stay connected. Today the Military.com team, made up of veterans, active members of the National Guard, reserve, and military spouses, run the largest online military and veteran membership organization. Free membership connects over 10 million service members, military families and veterans to all the benefits of service and provides the resources to use them. In 2004, Military.com partnered with Monster Worldwide to accelerate their growth and offer broadened career and educational opportunities for service members, veterans and military spouses. Military and Monster hold an Annual Academy Women Officer Leadership Event to honor female service members. The event includes educational and professional development workshops and an invaluable opportunity for female officers, midshipmen and senior enlisted women to benefit from the open dialogue, career enhancing information, and mentoring opportunities. Together, Military.com and Monster also enhance the military spouse experience by participating in the Chamber of Commerce’s Hiring Our Heroes Military Spouse Career Event, in which experts teach sessions on networking and career enhancement strategies. This Memorial Day, Military.com participated in a panel at NASA titled “Stories from the Trenches-A Woman’s Perspective,” and it is actively involved with the Department of Defense’s initiative to foster innovation by supporting female veteran entrepreneurs.   Excellence in Partner Innovation Award Techbridge Girls Techbridge is a program to expand the academic and career options for girls in science, technology, and engineering. Techbridge Girls was highlighted in testimony at the U.S. Senate Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies as an example of a STEM program that introduces girls, especially girls of color, to role models and mentors from STEM workplaces. They recruit girls from underrepresented groups, such as Hispanic, African-American, and Native American girls. Their programs focus on underserved communities, where STEM enrichment opportunities for girls are not easily accessible. We reach out to girls and help them develop the skills, confidence, perseverance, and passion they need to enter the STEM workforce. I would like to nominate Techbridge Girls because they recognize the importance of impactful mentor relationships and have volunteered to work with us on creating a mentor guide specifically for MWM members to utilize when working with women and girls.   Male Champion of Change Award Balaji Ganapathy, Tata Consultancy Services Since its inception, Balaji and the entire TCS team have been a driving force behind the Million Women Mentors movement, committing resources and countless person-hours to the cause. In addition to Balaji’s work with MWM, he has also been a chair of STEMconnector’s STEM Innovation Task Force, proving his commitment to innovative STEM programs and mentoring. He will be continuing to lead as Co-Chair of the Global STEM Talent Initiative in 2017-2018. Balaji holds a leadership role at many organizations, including Million Women Mentors, NPower, US2020 and IMPACT 2030. He has an extraordinary vision for what good corporations, and the people within them, can do. In addition to his work outside of TCS, Balaji heads a TCS employee-run computer science and STEM education program for middle schoolers called goIT. Seventy percent of students participating in the wildly successful goIT program reported an increased interest in STEM, and the program won TCS’s internal Employee Engagement Award as “Social Responsibility Project of the Year” in 2016. Balaji’s dedication to helping others is purpose driven, and for that reason he deserves the Male Champion of Change Award.   Corporate Commitment Award Kathleen Martinez - BP BP America’s STEM and mentoring efforts show a commitment to social responsibility not shared by many other corporations. In addition to BP’s ongoing partnership with Million Women Mentors, they also inspire students to pursue STEM pathways through their Drone Camp (a partnership with Rice University), the newly formed OTC Energy Challenge (challenging high school students to find real answers to industry problems) and the International Student Energy Summit. In addition, BP equips STEM teachers for success through their support of the Association of Science and Technology Centers and through resources shared online. Employees of BP show a commitment to their communities through the BP STEM Ambassador Volunteer Program and by participating directly in Million Women Mentors.  Martinez plays a central role in the advancement of BP America’s national external affairs efforts. Her responsibilities include leading key strategic relationships and oversight of the company’s U.S. commitment to Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education, and veterans outreach efforts. Martinez is a member of the board of directors for the Houston Independent School District Foundation, serves as BP’s representative on the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Senior Executive Corporate Advisory Board, and trustee liaison for the National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering. She is on the national Million Women Mentors Leadership Council, and the Texas Science and Engineering Fair Advisory Board. Martinez was named the 2014 Corporate Advocate of the Year by the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, and recently invited to be a fellow of the American Leadership Forum’s Class XLI.BP America’s STEM and mentoring efforts show a commitment to social responsibility not shared by many other corporations. In addition to BP’s ongoing partnership with Million Women Mentors, they also inspire students to pursue STEM pathways through their Drone Camp (a partnership with Rice University), the newly formed OTC Energy Challenge (challenging high school students to find real answers to industry problems) and the International Student Energy Summit. In addition, BP equips STEM teachers for success through their support of the Association of Science and Technology Centers and through resources shared online. Employees of BP show a commitment to their communities through the BP STEM Ambassador Volunteer Program and by participating directly in Million Women Mentors.  Martinez plays a central role in the advancement of BP America’s national external affairs efforts. Her responsibilities include leading key strategic relationships and oversight of the company’s U.S. commitment to Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education, and veterans outreach efforts. Martinez is a member of the board of directors for the Houston Independent School District Foundation, serves as BP’s representative on the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Senior Executive Corporate Advisory Board, and trustee liaison for the National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering. She is on the national Million Women Mentors Leadership Council, and the Texas Science and Engineering Fair Advisory Board. Martinez was named the 2014 Corporate Advocate of the Year by the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, and recently invited to be a fellow of the American Leadership Forum’s Class XLI.   Entrepreneurial Leadership Award Siobhan Mullen - TiViTz Siobhan Mullen, CEO of the TiViTz parent company, has advocated for girls to enter STEM fields throughout her career. With a background in physics and optical engineering, Siobhan pursued a career in the aerospace industry, working with satellites solutions and launch sites. Her success afforded her a front row seat to watch the attrition rate in the science and high-tech industries go up, while the number of students entering STEM fields went down. She was moved by the challenges facing students and as a result, took a hiatus from her career to help students by motivating them to want to speak the language of STEM - math. To help students build math skills, Siobhan and game creator Steve Scully, created TiViTz, a math and strategy game, which has motivated hundreds of thousands of students to excel in math as a board game and online. TiViTz was most recently honored as the Microsoft U.S. Public Sector Education Mobility Partner of the Year. The TiViTz team’s dedication to addressing the global STEM pipeline crisis drives all of their collaborative programs and partnerships, including the upcoming TiViTz Math Bee.   Distinguished Service Award Dr. Eleanor Smalley - JASON Learning JASON Learning, a nonprofit organization that teaches experiential learning to over 3.7 Million K-12 students by placing them in challenging, real-world situations while being guided and mentored by leading STEM professionals in their respected fields.  JASON Learning was instrumental in helping Million Women Mentors reach its goal of 1 Million pledges by making a pledge of 210,000, which at the time was the largest pledge ever made. Their unparalleled access into the schools has given Million Women Mentors the unique ability to mentor girls right in the classroom.  JASON Learning understands how important it is to foster a student’s curiosity during their critical years of development when their curiosity and imagination about the world around them is at its peak. As a result, 96% of students who complete JASON’s Argonaut program are now employed in STEM careers.   Mentor of the Year Community Innovator Award Gabriela Gonzalez Over the last two years, Gabriela and her team at Intel developed a mentoring approach that empowers a collaborative network of organizations to inspire and excite middle school girls in STEM Fields. Through its design, the partnership brings together partners whose relative strengths enable maximum impact. These partners and activities include:  TEC is For Girls!!! – A coalition of Maricopa Community Colleges Foundation, Phoenix College, South Mountain Community College, and Gateway Community College bringing the experience of college and technology-related studies to middle school girls.  Enabling Future Engineers through innovative, real-world STEM curriculum – A collaboration with Iridescent and AGUILA Youth Leadership Institute to infuse technology, engineering and computer science curriculum into their college preparation and life skills development programs for high school girls.  Technolochicas Lift - Televisa Foundation and the League of United Latin American Citizens work together to bring technology and hands-on training to existing technology centers in the community to develop innovation skills and stimulate middle-school girls’ interest in STEM careers.  The partnership leans heavily on Intel’s committed workforce to engage middle school girls in this powerful collaboration. Gabriela and her partners at Intel and in the community take the same innovative approach that defines their corporate culture to realize their goal of engaging diverse communities in technical careers.

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Fluor Stem Coached - Need a coach

Need an in Class STEM Coach?   Sugar Land, Texas (November 8, 2016):  Imagine Tom Brady’s first day of practice as a quarterback: perhaps he misses a snap and gets sacked and probably throws a few interceptions and fumbles once. So how does this awkward start eventually transform so that Brady becomes one of the most successful quarterbacks in the NFL? Practice and coaching (for academics – mentoring). Students in extracurricular activities often have coaches, yet it is students in classrooms who are most in need of the motivation and support that coaches can provide. Fluor employees are trying to change this within the Fort Bend Independent School District. Fluor piloted the program at Austin High School during the spring semester of 2016 with engineers going into the classroom and acting as a teacher’s aide in science and math classes.   STEM coaches this school year in Algebra 1, Algebra II, Geometry, Chemistry, and Physics during 5th period every Thursday are going to Austin High School, Dulles High School and Kempner High School.  Jennifer Nicholas, principal at Dulles High School said, “I think this is a wonderful program and way for students to gain real-life experiences.  Any time we have people who currently work in industries come work or speak with our students, it helps to reinforce to our students that what they are learning is meaningful. “ Not only are the students getting academic help, they are also getting career awareness.  The mentors talk to the students about how the concepts they are learning in their classroom relate to the work they do at Flour. Mr. Edgar Huerta, a teacher at Kempner High School, said,” I think that the mentor from Fluor Daniel is exactly what my kids need to see in class because she relates very well with the kids about her job and her experiences that led to her job.  She is a real life model of what my kids can achieve. Hearing information from her is more impactful than hearing it from me or their parents.” The Fluor mentors are helping Texas in its pledge of 20,000 mentors to the Million Women Mentors (MWM-www.millionwomenmentors.org) effort. The MWM movement seeks to garner one million mentors in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) professions during the next four years to collectively increase the interest and confidence of girls and young women in these academic areas. For more information about this program or how to start one in your school district, please contact Dr. Asha Vaidya at vaidyas@msn.com.

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I'm not sure if this is what you are looking for, but I wanted to share in case it helps. It isn't exaclty a structure mentorship story. If you are interested in syndicating the content, let me know. The photos in the story are creative commons. https://startupsventurecapital.com/discovering-untapped-talent-for-tech-careers-cfe14f866969

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US2020 Honors Leaders of the STEM Mentoring Movement

US2020 announced the winners of the second annual US2020 STEM Mentoring Awards on August 11, 2016 at the White House Comples in Washington, DC. The awards are a national platform to celebrate and encourage exceptional work in the STEM mentoring field. US2020 and co-founding sponsors Chevron and Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) recognized the winners for their achievements and innovations in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) mentoring. The second annual US2020 STEM Mentoring Awards included three award categories and two winners per category. Applications were evaluated by a cross-sector panel of judges. By category, this year’s winners are: Excellence in Public-Private Partnerships (CH2M and Genentech, Inc); Excellence in Corporate Culture (Yahoo and Covestro LLC); Excellence in Volunteer Experience (EnCorps STEM Teachers Fellowship and FIRST North Carolina).  The Excellence in Volunteer Experience award recognizes US2020 Education Partners that provide high-quality, well-supported engagements for their volunteers. Winners are selected based on the survey results submitted by their volunteers. EnCorps STEM Teachers Fellowship is forging unique public-private partnerships to recruit, train, and support STEM professionals to teach and tutor California’s most needy students in math and science. "EnCorps is incredibly honored to be the recipient of this national award, and to be in the company of such outstanding fellow awardees for Excellence in Public-Private Partnerships, as well as Excellence in Corporate Culture," says Executive Director Katherine Wilcox. "All students deserve an excellent STEM education. STEM literacy is a fundamental building block for individual opportunity and vital to the success of our workforce and the broader U.S. economy. “Young people today need to acquire a transdisciplinary set of skills and a foundational knowledge of STEM disciplines, combined with an artistic and creative mind, in order to succeed,” said Surya Kant, President, North America, UK and Europe, TCS. We are proud of the dedicated efforts and achievements of the STEM Mentoring Awards winners, who are key contributors to shaping the youth of America for 21st STEM careers. US2020, a division of Citizen Schools, developed from a White House call to generate large-scale, innovative solutions to our STEM education challenges. Its mission is to dramatically scale the number of STEM professionals mentoring and teaching students through hands-on projects with a focus on serving underrepresented communities -- girls, underrepresented minorities, and low-income children. US2020 is supported by national Co-Investors: Alcoa, CA Technologies, Chevron, Cisco, Discovery Communications, HP, Raytheon, SanDisk, Tata Consultancy Services, and Texas Instruments. Through partnerships at the national level and coalitions at the city level, US2020 has built a network of more than 250 organizations in 13 cities actively working to scale the STEM mentoring field, to align the field on common metrics, and to advance a focus on quality. 

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Development of Scientists from Underrepresented Groups in Gould and Dumas Arkansas

I am Dr. Tameka A. Bailey. I am a Cell and Molecular Biologist and a Visiting Assistant Professor at the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville.  I am originally from Gould, Arkansas.  Gould is a small town in southeast Arkansas. It was a wonderful place to grow up.  I love my community. It has been a lifelong dream to get an education and to position myself to help my community.  In 2015 the University of Arkansas' Women's Giving Circle funded my proposal to develop a biomedical research girls for junior high female students from Gould and Dumas, Arkansas.  The reason that this camp is so important is because women and minorities are underrepresented in STEM. The literature suggests that the earlier young ladies are exposed to STEM the more likely they are to develop an interest and pursue careers in those areas. I see education as the only viable option to overcome the poverty in my community. We  want these young ladies to obtain a good  college education (and beyond).  In 2015 and 2016 I hosted a Biomedical Research Girls Camp for female junior high students in Gould and Dumas, Arkansas.  In 2015 the camp was held in Dumas, Arkansas for 6 days. During that time the young ladies conducted experiments in dentistry, cardiology, phlebotomy,  and oncology.  At the end of the week, the students presented their data to their families and the community at a science fair.  Also they toured laboratories at Jefferson Regional Medical Center in Pine Bluff, Arkansas and the National Center for Toxicological Research in Jefferson, Arkansas In 2016, we provided on-campus laboratory research experience to 14 female junior high school students from Gould and Dumas, Arkansas. The majority of the campers also participated in the 2015 camp.  The  intent of the 2016 camp was  to alleviate some of the apprehensions these young women may have entering a campus environment while  also fostering a desire to pursue their college education at the University of Arkansas and careers in  STEM by including them into my research program. The students lived in  a dormitory on the U of A campus. They toured the Amazeum and Crystal Bridges museum in Bentonville, Arkansas.  They toured the U of A campus and visited the  U of A's Multicultural Center. The young ladies conducted research in a U of A laboratory. They conducted experiments in ecology, oncology, cardiology, urology, medical microbiology, ophthalmology or cardiology.  They hosted a luncheon for members of the Women's Giving Circle at the Botanical Garden of the Ozarks in Springdale, AR. They also used the data from their research projects to develop a poster display at a computer lab located at the U of A's Mullins Library.  They displayed their posters at a science fair in Dumas, Arkansas. The  science fair was attended by the camper's families and members of the community.  The science fair was held at Sonflour Bakery. A local small business.  The young ladies are already asking about next year's camp. Two of the fourteen participants were invited  to return to the U of A to attend the ACT Academy. The Academy prepares students for the ACT test.  The Academy is hosted by the Multicultural Center.  These young ladies love science and want to pursue careers in STEM. They really want to attend college.  I am not funded for next year. Hopefully I can find a mechanism to continue to support this camp. The girls want to study STEM, they just need the exposure and opportunity.   

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