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Richards challenged stereotypes and encouraged youth to pursue STEM careers Tampa, Fla. – On January 13, 2017, Talmesha Richards Ph.D., chief academic and diversity officer at STEMconnector® and Science Cheerleader, addressed students and teachers at Witter Elementary. Dr. Richards shared her personal story with students and teachers to challenge stereotypes and encourage youth to pursue STEM careers. She shared insights on motivating kids by pairing gaming with education, and using TiViTz, the popular math game to spark kids interest in STEM. “Games open up a world where STEM is not perceived as hard but rather as fun,” said Dr. Richards. “In 2017, tablet and computer based games will continue to strengthen their presence in the classroom. Kids learn in so many different ways and non-traditional options like games will appeal to a whole new set of future STEM professionals.” “STEMconnector® is proud to work with our member TiViTz because it is such a strong example of how blending gaming with math and strategy can produce measurable results for kids,” said Dr. Richards. “In fact, recent reports have shown that students who play TiViTz can improve their math scores by as much as 30 percentile points.” Dr. Richards joined TiViTz creator Steve Scully at Witter Elementary as part of the new TiViTz Microsoft Office 365 Challenge. Classrooms at Witter Elementary and across Hillsborough County are playing TiViTz through O365 to win prizes. Learn more at http://www.tivitz.com/Hillsborough. About Talmesha Richards Dr. Richards earned her Ph.D. in cellular and molecular medicine from the John Hopkins School of Medicine. As an NFL Cheerleader for eight years, Richards is also a member of Science Cheerleaders, a group of professional cheerleaders in STEM careers working to inspire young people to connect with science and consider STEM careers. As an executive at STEMconnector®, she manages a portfolio of projects including the STEM Higher Education Council and the global strategy for Million Women Mentors. http://stemconnector.org/   About TiViTz The TiViTz math and strategy game motivates kids by pairing gaming with STEM education. On tablets, at home and in classrooms, TiViTz taps into the intrinsic motivation of children to create an approach to mathematical learning that is fun, challenging, and competitive. More than 400,000 students and more than 10,000 teachers agree — TiViTz makes math FUN! http://www.tivitz.com

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Representatives of MWM-VA will take part in the upcoming Presidential Inauguration Leadership Summit Change Agent Fair. WASHINGTON D.C. January 17, 2017 – Million Women Mentors–Virginia (MWM-VA), an effort co-led by Dr. Carole Cameron Inge of the Institute for the Commercialization of Technology, Inc. and Jennifer Bisceglie, CEO of Interos, will participate in the Presidential Inauguration Leadership Summit Change Agent Fair at 11:15 a.m. on Thursday, January 19 at the EagleBank Arena in Fairfax, Virginia. Representatives of MWM-VA will meet with small groups of students until 12:45 p.m. to discuss their mission to support girls and women in STEM by providing one million STEM mentors. Students attending the Change Agent Fair will participate in simulations consisting of six delegations, including Women and Global Leadership, and work toward finding solutions to pressing global challenges. The Fair is part of this year's Presidential Inauguration Summit, a program designed to inspire and embolden ambitious students from across the country. In addition to the Change Agent Fair, Summit Delegates will witness the 58th Presidential Inauguration and attend speeches by world-renowned speakers. “The Change Agent Fair offers Million Women Mentors–Virginia a unique opportunity to educate students from across the country about our mission as an organization. With this event, we hope not only to attract mentors but also to inspire a confidence in girls who have the potential to be our nation’s future STEM leaders.” – Dr. Carole Cameron Inge, MWM-VA Co-Chair, Founder The event is expected to attract over two thousand middle school, high school, and college students, as well as educators and parents. Reporters and interested parties are encouraged to contact MWM-VA with any further questions. For more information regarding the Presidential Inauguration Leadership Summit, please visit www.envisionexperience.com. To learn more on how you can become a mentor, or how to participate in Virginia or other state efforts with Million Women Mentors, please register online at www.MillionWomenMentors.org. About Million Women Mentors: Million Women Mentors supports the engagement of one million Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) mentors (male and female) to increase the interest and confidence of girls and women to persist and succeed in STEM programs and careers. MWM is an initiative of STEMconnector in collaboration with over 60+ partners reaching over 30 million girls and women, 60+ corporate sponsors, and 39+ state leadership teams. For more information on MWM, please visit www.MillionWomenMentors.org. About STEMconnector®: STEMconnector®, a Diversified Search company, is a consortium of companies, nonprofit associations, and professional societies, STEM-related research & policy organizations, government entities, universities and academic institutions concerned with STEM education and the future of human capital in the United States. STEMconnector® is both a resource and a service, designed to link “all things STEM” through a comprehensive website and portfolio of products that connect national, state and local STEM entities. The STEMconnector® website contains profiles of STEM-related entities and details ‘Who is Doing What’ in STEM education throughout the world. For more information on STEMconnector®, please visit www.stemconnector.org ### FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: MWM-VA: Dr. Carole Cameron Inge: (540) 837-2175, cinge@stem-leaders.com MWM-VA Director of Communications: Brooke McClary: (540) 837-2175, bmcclary@elon.edu MWM State Initiatives: Sheila Boyington: (423) 309-3667, Sheila@thinkingmedia.com  

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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 an 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 to 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. #### Pictured:  Top Row - Left to Right: Gautam Sane, Kevin Land, Arpan Bhakta, Robert Fausett Bottom Row - Left to Right: Linda Tu, Trang Nguyen, Joyee Guin, Linh Nguyen Not Pictures: Paul Nguyen, Rachel Vaughan, Sneha Dama (coordinator) For Immediate Release Contact: Asha C. Vaidya Phone Number: 281-565-3124 Fax Number: 281-565-3124 E-mail: vaidyas@msn.com

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Chief Science Officer’s Speak About Mentoring What Makes a Successful Mentor? CSO Dana is in 11th grade at Sandra Day O’Conner High School in Phoenix, AZ Mentoring today is essential for achievement beyond average accomplishments and can be applied to any area of one’s life. A successful mentoring engagement relies on the effort that both the mentor and mentee put forth. At it’s best, a mentorship can be an incredible and rewarding experience that continues to give for years and years. I’ve found the most important characteristics of a successful mentor include a strong sense of commitment; willingness to share their experience; and the ability to give constructive feedback while also providing encouragement and fostering self-belief. A personal experience in a successful mentorship was with one of my many outstanding mentors whom I encountered after striving to become more involved with STEM in my community. I will first start by saying that this rewarding mentorship could not have been successful without my - the mentee's - action toward seeking guidance, and my curiosity of improving STEM education. It falls on the mentee to take the first step; without the desire to learn, a mentorship will not be fulfilling for either party. However, once my interest was displayed, a plethora of mentors and fellow mentees presented themselves. I came across one mentor, in particular, Susan Farretta, that through her words and actions encouraged my abilities, and even expected me to accomplish great things. It is her encouragement and her commitment to teaching me her knowledge that makes her an extraordinary mentor. Good communication is as equally imperative in making a mentorship effective, which allows for discussion about enriching and stimulating topics and clarity of direction. Being willing to take risks, being totally committed at times, and putting in the effort to build a cooperative and personal relationship makes a successful mentor.   CSO Kimberly is in 11th grade at Verrado High School in Phoenix, AZ I was able to get where I am today due to mentors’ help, advice, and guidance; and it is likely the same for you too. Mentorship is a two-way relationship between a mentor and mentee. It is often misunderstood as an older individual teaching a younger apprentice in a work trade. While this is the stereotype, this isn’t always the case. Mentorship is important for all walks of life, but it is especially important for the STEM fields. I have been on both sides of the fence, being a mentee most of the time, but more recently becoming a mentor through the Chief Science Officer (CSO) program where I can advocate for STEM in my school and community, as well as help students get the opportunities they deserve. Being a mentee is a special experience, seeing as I can learn mainly new things in a hands-on manner. I also have the ability to build a relationship with someone as devoted to a topic as I am, which means I am not just learning from a book or class (which can sometimes be really boring!). In a mentor-mentee bond, the relationship is vital to the impacts and benefits that each will walk away with. For it to be successful for me as the mentee, I must walk away with knowledge I couldn’t have gained elsewhere; meaning that I learned some kind of tribal knowledge unique to the topic. And as for being the mentor, I need to walk away with some sort of new understanding on how to be a better mentor the next time around. Overall, I believe that the most important thing to make sure to implement in this mentor-mentee time is that it can be ensured that both parties are able to walk away knowing that they were benefitted in a positive way. As I have experienced firsthand, mentorship in the STEM fields gives individuals the opportunity to learn from the best and also get the help they need in order to succeed!

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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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Mentored Pathways Helps Louisiana Students Succeed

Access the story here: http://www.mentoredpathways.org/docs/ITP_Project_JoanTurek_2013.pdf

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Hour of Code

Cerner sponsored an Hour of Code with Girls in Tech.  I helped girls write code and solve puzzles as well as told them my story of how I got started in Technology and what I do today.  This really excited me about working with Girls in Tech.

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