Leadership, Preparedness, Networking
Project Scientist Scholars - a virtual STEM Mentoring and Leadership development program designed to engage and empower girls ages 13-15 who have an interest in a STEM-focused education and career.
Girls ages 13-15 can apply to the Scholars Program for an opportunity to be mentored by accomplished professionals from leading STEM companies and organizations. Scholars will be paired with mentors who will help develop and guide them through virtual interactions, resources, and college-preparedness projects.
In its pilot year, the Project Scientist Scholars Program is funded on a donation basis thanks to partners like Trane Technologies. Once accepted, participants will be encouraged to donate anything their families can afford. The Scholars Program has an anticipated value of $1000 per participant.
Who can apply?
Girls Ages 13-15 by start of program
The application process for Project Scientist Scholars is competitive and only 60 applicants will be accepted. Priority will be given to:
- Project Scientist Alumni
- Applicants who display a history and interest in STEM Subjects
- Applicants who give a strong statement as to why they believe they are a good fit for the program
June 30, 2021
Applications will be reviewed by the Project Scientist Scientific Advisory Council. All applicants will hear back about their acceptance status via email within 2 weeks of submission.
6-month program, July 2021 - January 2022
Meetings will take place 2 times a month (Sundays 6:00 - 7:30 PM)
What will the Scholars focus on?
The Scholars will explore the following focus areas under the guidance of STEM mentors from leading organizations and companies
STEM Story Creation
Academic Preparedness and College Readiness
Leadership Skill Building
STEM Majors and Careers
Solving Worldly Challenges
Why Project Scientist Scholars
Research has shown that the presence and connection with role models can significantly help younger girls, especially those in the STEM field.
A recent study undertaken by Microsoft indicates that 75 percent of girls who participate in STEM clubs and activities understand the types of jobs they could do with STEM knowledge, compared to 53 percent who do not participate in those activities. The results further demonstrate that of the girls who encounter STEM and computer science in the classroom alone, only 34 percent feel powerful while engaging with STEM. Among girls who also encounter STEM in activities or clubs outside of school, that feeling of empowerment is more than twice as common.
According to research published by the American Economic Review, female students are more likely to choose a major in STEM when they are given a female professor rather than a male one.