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Ten fellows of the L’Oreal USA For Women in Science program receive grants to fund mentoring projects in their communities.

The L'Oréal USA For Women in Science program chose 10 winners of its Changing the Face of STEM (CTFS) mentoring grants. The projects awarded exemplify a broad range of activities and partnerships focused on mentoring and engaging girls and women in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), from preschool to graduate school. The $2,500 grants will help fund STEM programs throughout the country.

"Inspiring the next generation of women in STEM is a key component of the For Women in Science program," says Lauren Paige, vice president of public affairs and strategic initiatives at L'Oréal USA. "We are proud to build on this commitment through our Changing the Face of STEM grant program and support our fellows in their efforts to promote STEM education in communities across the country."  

This 2017 CTFS grants will support the following fellows and projects:

  • Dr. Arpita Bose, Assistant Professor at Washington University in St. Louis and 2013 L'Oréal USA FWIS Fellow – Dr. Bose used the CTFS grant to share her passion for microbiology through the "Gateway Science Summer Program," a partnership with Gateway Science Academy of St. Louis.
  • Dr. Livia S. Eberlin, Assistant Professor at the University of Texas at Austin and 2014 L'Oréal USA FWIS Fellow – Dr. Eberlin is using the CTFS grant to create and lead the "My Science <-> My Life" program which will launch in spring 2018 at the University of Texas at Austin.
  • Dr. Gigi Galiana, Assistant Professor at Yale University and 2010 L'Oréal USA FWIS Fellow – Dr. Galiana has been awarded the CTFS grant to pursue a year-long partnership with the Alphabet Academy in Hamden, Conn., to train preschool educators about preventing and countering unconscious bias in girls' science education and engagement.
  • Dr. Joanna Kelley, Assistant Professor at Washington State University and 2012 L'Oréal USA FWIS Fellow – Dr. Kelley is using the grant to share her passion for genetics through a partnership with Abra Pitters, a science teacher at Montgomery Middle School in San Diego, California.
  • Dr. Laura Lapham, Assistant Professor at the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science and 2008 L'Oréal USA FWIS Fellow – Dr. Lapham has been awarded the CTFS grant to support the Tiny Bubbles Mentoring Project, a hands-on research experience for STEM students she created at the College of Southern Maryland.
  • Dr. M. Nia Madison, Assistant Professor at Miami Dade College and 2010 L'Oréal USA FWIS Fellow – Dr. Madison is using the CTFS grant to support the Miami Dade College Microbiology Girls Club, which exposes local minority high school girls to careers in biomedical sciences.
  • Dr. Nozomi Nishimura, Assistant Professor at Cornell University and 2009 L'Oréal USA FWIS Fellow – Dr. Nishimura and Scientista Foundation's Cornell University chapter will use the CTFS grant to fund an interactive Girls in STEM workshop series called, "Nevertheless, She Persisted."
  • Dr. Pardis Sabeti, Professor at Harvard University and the Broad Institute and 2004 FWIS Fellow – Dr. Sabeti is using the grant to help fund the integration of STEM technology into Sarasota Military Prep Academy's 'Outbreak' simulation. 
  • Dr. Sridevi Sarma, Associate Professor at Johns Hopkins University and 2008 L'Oréal USA FWIS Fellow – Dr. Sarma is using the grant to support a physics project with the Girl Scouts of Central Maryland.
  • Dr. Luisa Whittaker-Brooks, Assistant Professor at the University of Utah and 2013 L'Oréal USA FWIS Fellow – Dr. Whittaker-Brooks has been awarded the grant to support Young & WISE (Women in Science and Engineering), an outreach program for young female students at Kearns High School in Salt Lake City, Utah.

"Bringing minority high school girls to a college campus and exposing them to careers in biomedical sciences is crucial to increasing the representation of women in STEM," Dr. M. Nia Madison says.

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