On Saturday, April 6, the Metro NY Chapter of Young Women In Bio hosted its inaugural Young Women In Bio "Spring into STEM in Connecticut" at Southern Connecticut State University which was a huge success! The event was held at Southern’s Academic Science & Laboratory building which provided an inspiring backdrop for the event with their onsite aquarium, astronomy center, CT geology exhibit and Google map of lower New England.
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Middle School and High School girls were invited to participate in an inaugural YWIB event in CT at Southern Connecticut State University where they learned about what types of STEM careers await them and how to get there through a variety of interactive exhibits, hands-on learning, and presentations from Connecticut’s leaders from technology, pharma, biotech, university and more!
After a brief introduction about Young Women In Bio by National Communications Director Maggie Tobin followed by the benefit and importance of young women pursuing a STEM career by Southern’s Associate Vice President of Strategic Initiatives & Outreach Colleen Bielitz, PhD, the more than 50 students and parents that attended the event moved between three conference rooms throughout the day to hear from and participate in a variety of interactive STEM activities.
Students learned about a variety of career pathways in STEM fields and participated in hands-on learning activities, including suturing, medical device development, looking at bacteria and fungus through microscopes and practicing sterile techniques used in surgery! The attendees learned about what it’s like to pursue fields, including marine biology, rare diseases, medical devices, information technology, psychiatry, artificial intelligence, embryology, oncology clinical trials, marketing, sales and more!
There were a total of 16 inspiring female presenters with diverse backgrounds who live in Connecticut and work in academic, government and industry organizations that focus on science, technology, engineering and math areas, including:
- Arvinas - Kimberly Wehger (Vice President of Information Technology)
- Cardurion Pharmaceuticals – Rebecca Velez Frey (Chief Operating Officer)
- Zachry Group - Katharine Goldberg (Mechanical Engineer)
- Cognitive Recruiting Solutions - Kendra Paolitto (President & Owner)
- Sentinel Node Oncology Foundation - Diane Tillman (Co-Founder & Board Director)
- Celldex Therapeutics – Jennifer Newman (Global Project Leader, Regulatory Affairs/Clinical Operations), Margo Heath-Chiozzi (Senior Vice President, Regulatory Affairs), Komal Patel (Senior Associate Scientist)
- Medtronic - Kayla Cloutier (Senior Research & Development Engineer), Olesea Diaz-Chiosa (R&D Engineer), Rebecca Cutler (Associate R&D Engineer)
- National Organization for Rare Disorders – Mary Dunkle (Senior Advisor)
- UCONN – Evelyn Neuber (Embryologist)
- UCONN/CIRCA – Katie Lund (Marine Policy Project Coordinator)
- UCONN - Alexandra Goetjen, MS, (MD/PhD Psychiatry Candidate)
- Novogene – Maggie Tobin (Senior Sales Manager)