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Thoughts from Women to Watch celebration May 15, 2012

Posted by Connie Chow in Executive Director Musings, General Post, women in science.
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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.

Feeling fancy. Awards abound in the SCFG family! April 17, 2012

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We are so proud to be part of a family of staff members, advisors and volunteers who exemplify volunteerism, mentoring and personal excellence, as wonderful human beings, and as women in STEM. Here’s a list of awards received recently.

2011 Catalyst Award honoree and SCFG Ambassador Dr. Tayyaba Hasan was honored by the National Postdoctoral Association with their 10th Anniversary Mentor Award.

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Kristin Solomon, co-founder of the Northeastern Chapter of Science Club for Girls was distinguished as one of the 100 most influential seniors at the university.

The NU Science Club for Girls received the Organization Award for Community Service at the 2012 Student Life Awards.

And last but not least former board member Rosalyn Britt, MPH, was honored at the 2nd Annual Women of Purpose Awards sponsored by the South Middlesex County Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority in winter 2011. The award is given to women in Metrowest who are transforming lives and impacting their communities.

Science Club for Girls selected as Root Cause’s 2012 Social Innovator and for Be The Change Award December 14, 2011

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Science Club for Girls was recognized by Root Cause’s Social Innovation Forum as one of six innovative, results-oriented nonprofit organizations in greater Boston on December 9, 2011.

More than 70 social issue experts reviewed over 120 applications to select this year’s six Social Innovators, who will each receive more than $100,000 in cash and capacity-building services from Root Cause and its partners over the next 12 months.

Science Club for Girls also received the Be The Change Award from the MA Conference for Women, sponsored by Canyon Ranch, on the same day

Science Club for Girls was selected for its work to increase the confidence and literacy in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) for K-12 grade girls by connecting them to female role models through hands-on explorations and field trips.  STEM track sponsors, the Amelia Peabody Foundation and Microsoft New England Research and Development Center will provide SCFG with a $10,000 cash grant. (more…)