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We have retired this blog. July 21, 2012

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Rachel O’Sullivan and Healthy Living May 16, 2012

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Rachel O’Sullivan joined Science Club for Girls as a kindergartener and is one of the initiators of the Junior Assistant (now Junior Mentor) program. She also founded our Ghana program. She graduated from Smith College with a degree in health education. She is also a certified doula. She was recently profiled in Teen Voices as a Leading Lady (http://www.teenvoices.com/2012/03/27/osullivan-leading-lady/).

Hello to all at SCFG and their fans! As some of you may know, I am an alum of the program, a daughter of the co-founder and was extremely involved with the start of the international partnership that SCFG has formed with a women’s non-profit in Ghana. Since it has been some time since my involvement with SCFG, I am more than pleased to give you all an update on my most recent adventures.

After my involvement in SCFG in High School, my focus shifted from the sciences and landed on anthropology, something I had been fascinated by since my travels in Ghana in high school. Despite my upbringing in a house where art and science were intimately linked, like most young Americans, I believed that people took two tracks, the “science track” and the “everything else track”. Since I had to be in one place to earn my BA instead of traveling the world, when it came time to pick a major, I decided to pick the “everything else track” where I at least could read about traveling the world. In doing so, my life in the sciences dwindled and the closest I came to the science world was moving my roommates’ lab notebook from my side of the room to hers.

As I studied anthropology and continued to travel, I became aware of a problem with seeing the world as the sciences VS everything else. In the summer between my first year and second year of college, I traveled to Tanzania where I worked closely with nurses and an OBGYN to create a program allowing women access to health information and health care resources, (more…)

Thoughts from Women to Watch celebration May 15, 2012

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It was such an exceptional experience (though it shouldn’t) to be in a roomful of highly accomplished women. It was certainly an honor for me to be recognized as a woman to watch by Mass High Tech, amidst CEOs, principal investigators and leads of biopharma, technology and engineering endeavors. It is to Mass High Tech and the selection committee’s credit to recognize that STEM education, even informal education, as squarely a field within science, technology and engineering.

Awardees’ stories were inspirational and instructive (we were told to share advice as if with a sixth grader). Risk taking, perseverance, hard work, finding passion were major themes.

I share mine below.

A: Art is just as important as science.
B. Beautiful experiences are worth hoarding. Beautiful things: worth a look, keep a few.
C. Curiosity keeps you from being cornered by boredom.
D: Dare to think and be different.
E: Eat for enjoyment. Food is a gift.
F: Fail with flair.
G: Goblins may be Outside Over There, but that’s the only way to grow (Note: Hat tip to Maurice Sendak who just passed away).
H. Heroes are ordinary people making themselves extraordinary. And remember, heroes holler and so can you.
I. Imagination is powerful. Imagine yourself full of power.
J. Jump for joy, for your own success and other’s, and for no reason at all.

Jugnu Jain’s letter to her 14-year-old self March 5, 2012

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Dr. Jugnu Jain recently returned to her native India and co-founded Saarum Sciences, based in Hyderabad. Prior to that she was a research fellow at Vertex Pharmaceuticals in Cambridge, MA, working as a multidisciplinary disease expert on multiple sclerosis.

Dear Jugnu,

As you near 15 and contemplate what excites you, exploring the world tops your list. You dream of becoming an air hostess because they fly around the world and visit exotic places that beckon you. You do not know of women pilots yet so the possibility of flying the plane does not cross your mind. You know studies are a necessary part of your life but there are SO MANY other things you want to do! What to choose and how to choose it seems daunting. You do well in science but neither of the two common career options — engineering and medicine, excite you. You have two high-achiever sisters ahead of you. Some of what you like and dislike is perhaps influenced by trying to establish your own identity?

Don’t worry so much about choosing a career just yet. At each step the next step shall become clearer to you. You will find one area or subject that you like more than others – go for it!

Trust your instincts. When you like something, you naturally do better at it.

Physics or biology or languages…learn each to the fullest before making up your mind. Your liking of a subject is intertwined with the teacher. Your chemistry teacher is not (more…)

Like Math but Not Sure About Typical Competitions? Check out SUMiT 2012 November 25, 2011

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Girls in grades 6-10. This is for you!

SUMiT is a fully collaborative, math-intensive, fun and exciting event where participants must work together to achieve a common goal. Based on the traditional end-of-semester Treasure Hunts at Girls’ Angle, MIT’s Undergraduate Society of Women in Mathematics and Girls’ Angle are collaborating to bring the Treasure Hunt out of Girls’ Angle to the general public.

According to Ken Fan, founder and director of Girls’ Angle, SUMiT’s format defies traditional math competitions, where competitors work alone. Instead, it is more like a team support where the girls have to work cooperatively and will “lose together or win together”.

At SUMiT, the girls enter a big room and must work together in order to surmount problems some of which will be even more challenging than typical contest problems precisely because of the expectation that they will be “SUM”ming up their minds and helping each other.

Event date: January 21. Registration opens November 28.

For more information, please visit www.girlsangle.org/page/SUMiT.html

And yes, they’re still looking for additional sponsors!