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Check Out What These Girls Are Doing With Their STEM Degrees Over Their Summer Vacations!

st kates stemWe hope everyone out there is enjoying their summer vacation!

During this (much needed) downtime, it can get a little tricky to keep on track with your projects. Kids fresh out of college are looking for work and it can be a challenge to balance work with summer research and internships, or just having fun working on that motorized robot sitting in the garage.

That’s why it’s great to read stories about young kids staying active in STEM projects even over the summer. And because we’re encouraging more young women to get involved in STEM fields, these stories from Huffington Post are for you!

Lia Poulos, physics and computer science major from Mount Holyoke College is working on robotics research and with her team is building and programming a group of robots that will autonomously cooperate to perform tasks. This is the first step in a long-range project to have teams of robots cooperate to perform search-and-rescue missions in areas too dangerous for humans. Lia is working towards her M.A. degree in robotics or electrical engineering and hopes to find work in the field of hardware development.

Kate Bussey, chemistry major at Saint Mary’s College is taking part in the Marjorie Neuhoff Summer Science Research Communities. She’s working with other students and faculty members to study and synthesize ligands, or molecules that interact with metals. Their goal is to work with copper and calculate the activation rate of each ligand they can produce.

Casandra Conigliaro, mathematics major at Alverno College is working as an intern developing applets for a program called GeoGebra. Thanks to a grant from the National Science Foundation, Conigliaro and her group are designing a web site to create a visual way to promote an understanding of linear algebra and its applications.

Shacora Rorie, biology major at Bennett College is spending her summer at Duke University in Durham, NC, as one of nine scholars participating in the Health Equity Academy (HEA). This Pre-entry Immersion in Nursing (PIN) allows her to develop an enhanced understanding of social determinants of health by exploring health access, health disparities, and health equity.

Mariem Ayadi, engineering and computer science major at Smith College is trying out the research field after spending two internships at KAYAK software. Thanks to the Smith College PRAXIS grant, Mariem is currently in Germany, working through the Database Systems and Information Management (DIMA) group at the Technical University of Berlin.

Caitlin Kent, biology and chemistry major at the University of Saint Joseph is working in Dr. Peter Setlow’s lab at UConn Health in the Molecular Biology and Biophysics department. “If it weren’t for the encouraging environment from both our wonderful Biology and Chemistry department, I would have never considered making science a career,” she says.

Paige Atkins, biology major at Brenau University Women’s College is currently in the summer intern program at Zoo Atlanta. Paige works in the education department as an exhibit interpreter informing visitors about the animals and their enclosures.

Najja Ellis, mathematics and electrical engineering major at Spelman College is working as an intern with Delta Air Lines and going places she’s never gone before. She’s working on making aircrafts more stable and structurally sound in collaboration with Delta’s worldwide maintenance activities.

Rebecca Rubinstein, biology and Spanish major at Wellesley College is down in the Dominican Republic, as a Fellow of the University of Texas Medical Branch. She’s studying Chikungunya, a virus spread by mosquitos and taking care of patients in this under-developed part of the world.

There are plenty more stories in the Huffington Post article and we’d encourage you to read more about these amazing women. They’ve become mentors for young women everywhere who still aren’t sure what they could possibly do with a degree in science, technology engineering or math.

We hope these stories help you to get involved in a project or internship of your own, to expand your horizons and your opportunities farther than you ever thought possible. And we also hope that you’re enjoying your summer, whatever you may be doing at this time!

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