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Check out our May newsletter! It contains great examples of events happening around the country, including in South Carolina, Tennessee, California and more! You can see it by clicking here.

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This week, Million Women Mentors, in partnership with South Carolina is proud to announce 5,000 new commitments to mentor a girl or young woman in STEM skills. The national goal of the movement has garnered over 1.8 million pledges for mentoring girls or women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) professions in four years, to collectively increase the interest and confidence of girls and young women in these academic areas.  Over 800,000 of these pledges have been completed thus far.  South Carolina is joining over 40 states by pledging 5,000 mentors. MWM-SC will host its first STEM Symposium on Wednesday, May 17 at River Bluff High School in Lexington, SC.  Speakers include Molly Spearman, South Carolina Secretary of Education, Sheila Boyington, President, Learning Blade and State Chair for Million Women Mentors and a student panel sharing their mentoring experiences. National companies and organizations like BP, PepsiCo, TATA Consulting, DuPont, Cisco and Apollo Education Group, are also committing to mentor girls and young women in STEM fields. By taking the pledge at www.MillionWomenMentors.org, states, organizations and corporations are committing to mentoring a young woman for a minimum of 20 hours through suggested mentor pathways. MWM-SC is being led by the only student leader nationally, Iriana Molusky, a 2017 graduate of River Bluff High School in Lexington, SC who plans to pursue her education The University of Alabama as a civil/construction engineering major. Molusky’s passion for STEM started as an elementary student who participated in LEGO Robotics and building with LEGOs.  Through her volunteering and personal education experiences, she recognized the lack of girls in STEM classes and activities.  Iriana commented, “As a high student, I realized the challenges that exist for girls interested in STEM.  Bringing MWM to SC will help girls and young women pursue mentoring relationships to support their interest in STEM.” South Carolina has recruited high paying STEM-related jobs to the state and has an excellent PK – 16 educational system to support STEM education. By communicating and engaging current employers, civic organizations, and our communities about the available support for women and girls interested in STEM careers and of the need for additional support, it will ensure that South Carolina has a future workforce that will continue to meet the long term needs of its employers and its citizens. “As a technical college administrator, I am excited to see South Carolina join the national Million Women Mentor movement of advancing women and girls interest and confidence in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Careers and education,” remarked Dr. Donna Foster, Piedmont Technical College.   Corporate involvement is also critical in the movement and several companies are engaged including SCANA Corporation.  Chris Brady Wolfe from SCANA, stated “Mentoring is important to our business community because it serves as an impactful tool to develop people through trust and relationships, and that’s what great business is all about.  Mentoring someone can make a huge impact on somebody’s career and life, just as it did on mine.” “As a nation, women are underrepresented in STEM fields with 50 percent of the entire workforce in all fields being women, but only 24 percent of workers in STEM fields are women.   The Million Women Mentors movement is working nationally to change that and we are excited to welcome SC to 42 states engaged, “ said Sheila Boyington, MWM National States Chair. MWM-SC Steering committee is represented by: Dr. Ashley Daugherty, Nephron Pharmaceuticals Dr. Donna Foster, Piedmont Technical College Latia Gary, Westinghouse Carmelina Livingston, S2TEM Centers SC Iriana Molusky, State Chair, River Bluff High School Student Mary Molusky, Community Volunteer Dr. Kaye Shaw, SC Department of Commerce Chris Brady Wolfe, SCANA Ebony Young, Unique Interventions for Youth Justice Young, Anderson University, Student About Million Women Mentors Million Women Mentors, a community outreach effort of STEMconnector®, is a movement to have millions of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) mentoring relationships 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, 45+ corporate sponsors, and 40+ state leadership teams. To learn more, visit http://millionwomenmentors.org/

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Edie Fraser, CEO of STEMConnector and Million Women Mentors was a recent recipient of the 2017 Enterprising Women Advocacy Award. This award is an annual tribute to the world’s top women entrepreneurs and is a representation of the hard work that Edie and her teams have put into these organizations. In honor of the hard work and dedication that goes into the organization, MWM has launched a video in celebration of the team.  MWM started in January of 2014 with the goal of advancing women and girls in STEM through mentoring. Thanks to a dedicated team MWM has grown into a national movement and has gained over 1,826,849 pledged mentoring relationships! This is all made possible with the help and support from government officials, countless corporate sponsors and partners that work alongside our dedicated staff. We look forward to continued success with MWM and would like to invite you to join us at our next National Summit in Washington, DC on October 23 and 24, 2017. Check out the video here! 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

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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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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

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