WIB-RTP hosted a workshop on September 29, 2018, for high school girls interested in studying STEM in college. The workshop featured two presentations and a panel discussion. Tracy Jenkins, Ph.D. (tracyjenkins coaching LLC) presented on leadership and professional growth. The girls worked through several exercises on identifying their strengths and learning how to showcase their strengths with others through pair activities. Tracy also introduced the group to informational interviews as a way to explore interests at all stages of career development. Allison Medlin (North Carolina State University) gave a brief description of the Goodnight Scholars program, a scholarship program at NCSU focused on students with interest in STEM majors. Allison walked us through a description of the admissions process and fielded a number of questions about steps to take to present yourself as an attractive candidate as well as essay writing for college applications. The panel was a diverse group of women representing all stages of education and career development, as well as several of the RTP area universities and colleges.
Panelists included Liz Krewson, Ph.D. (Anderson Products of California), Doreen Grech, Ph.D. (Tudor Life Science Advisors), Hannah Reynolds (DVM/PhD student at NCSU), Jessica Lee (Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering Ph.D. student at NCSU), Alissa Brown, MS (Ecology Ph.D. student at UNC), Devin Wyatt (Chemical & Paper Science Engineering major at NCSU), Isabella Ford (Physics major at UNC), Nabiha Kahn (Biochemistry major at Meredith College), and Caleigh Smith (Biology & Global Health major at Duke). Topics covered during the open panel discussion included choosing a major, opportunities for STEM majors in college, undergraduate research, and where to go after earning your undergraduate degree.
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