On November 14, 2018, a group of 38 young women gathered at the University of Maryland Greenebaum Comprehensive Cancer Center for the 4th Annual STEM Event for Young Women. The high school juniors and seniors were students from the following schools: Baltimore Leadership for Young Women Charter School, Beth Tfiloh Dahan Community School, Catholic High School of Baltimore, and Garrison Forest School.
The day began with a DNA Isolation activity from Mouse Cancer Cells. Five of the student participants were paired with one graduate student or postdoctoral fellow for the activity. The students then had lunch and attended a lively panel discussion.
The panel discussion was comprised of the following female professionals from a variety of different fields:
o Mumbi Thande-Kamiru, Physical Scientist
o Amanda Haapala, PhD, Astrodynamics
o Tina Williams-Koroma, Esq., Cybersecurity
o Katie Scilla, MD, Oncologist
o Ashley Cellini, MS, Pathologist Assistant
o Kimberly Greve, RN
o Helen Dooly, PhD, Marine Research Scientist
The panelists spoke about their start in their career path, their educational background, and the most and least liked aspects of their job. The students were able to participate in a Q&A session with the panelists, asking questions like: “How does one find an internship? How many years of school did you have to complete? How did you determine that this was the best career for you? What should one do to prepare for college? How do you balance life and work? When did you decide that this was the career for you? Do you feel your education prepared you for your job?”
The day ended with a tour of the Center of Innovative BioMedical Resources, followed by a dismissal and distribution of swag bags. YWIB Capital region would like to thank the event coordinator, Ms.Karen Underwood and the event sponsors - University of Maryland Greenebaum Comprehensive Cancer Center, Promega, and Fisher Scientific - for hosting the program that succeeded in exposing young women to science careers and giving them opportunities to interact with women in different areas of science.
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