Girl Scientists

My project is a program called Girl Scientists to engage elementary age girls in STEM subjects. I will hold eight 30 minute Zoom sessions for 2 different age groups, with interactive and exciting science topics, guest speakers, and educational information about remarkable women in STEM and nontraditional careers in STEM. The goal of this program is to show young girls that they can major in STEM and have rewarding careers in STEM, even though current data shows that there is a large majority of degrees and careers in STEM held by men. Hopefully, this program will help decrease the lack of female presence in STEM majors and careers in the Iowa City area.

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My name is Erin Smith, I am from Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and I am a sophomore studying Biomedical Sciences at the University of Iowa with the goal of attending medical school in the future. I have been an undergraduate researcher in Professor Bin He’s Gene Regulatory Evolution Lab since the fall of 2019. Outside of school and research, I am a member of Chi Omega Sorority and Women in Science and Engineering. In my free time, I enjoy fitness, music, and trying new foods. I am excited to learn more about effective science communication and community outreach during my time as a Latham fellow!