The North American Division piloted a Women in STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) conference initiative in partnership with Ophelia Barizo, Ph.D., the STEM coordinator at the Chesapeake Conference, on April 19, 2019, at Spencerville Adventist Academy in Silver Spring, Maryland. Middle and high school students were invited to participate in the conference that included a panel of women from government agencies and the private sector who are leaders in the field of STEM.
Dr. Mamood Saltana (NASA Chemical Engineer), Janet Beaton (NSA Areospace Engineer), Dr. Sharon Koh-Fallet (FDA Chemist), Dr. Adrianne Norwood (Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Lab Mathematician), Dr. Danielle Kroll (FDA Scientist and GWU Oncologist), and Dr. Ramona Swaby (Merck Cancer Researcher) served on a panel to explore their experiences, insights, and high points in their careers with young women hoping to follow in their footsteps.
Introductions - Women - STEM - Conference - Panel
Introductions are made at the Women in STEM conference, during which a panel of women from government agencies and the private sector who are leaders in the field of STEM spoke to middle and high school students.
Some of the advice from the event included working hard and being persistent, not being afraid of failure, surrounding yourself with "good people," looking for mentors, and letting God guide you. One participant said that "God will do amazing things with your life if you let Him."
Presenters - Challenges - Fields - Contributions - Day
The presenters highlighted the unique challenges in their fields as well as the unique contributions they make every day. Presenters also outlined the processes and procedures for securing internships in their organizations.
The National Science Foundation reports that STEM employment...
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