Encourage Students to be a Part of the STEM Community

MIT internsElaine JohnsonPlease encourage your students to come to talks and events that are held on campus. Take this coming Tuesday, September 24.  We have men and women’s soccer, the ribbon cutting of the new Environmental Science Building , a Lunch and Learn featuring a student who is doing an internship at Skyline College and a Science in Action talk with a UCSD student giving an example of a Doctoral Research Thesis in Physics.

In a past Science in Action talk, two of our recent graduates, Robert Tristan Sillona III and Valentia Carreno, talked about the internships they had at MIT this past summer. Their attendance at this internship was facilitated by Dr. Regina Stanback Stroud before she retired. Robert and Valentia lived and worked in Boston at one of the most prestigious schools in the country. While it was a lot of work, they reported that they were able to keep up with everyone and that people from all over the country and institutions like MIT had their strengths and weaknesses.

On the other end of the age spectrum, Elaine Johnson, who recently retired from  Biolink, an NSF funded center of excellence, from the American Association of  University Women, gave an informative talk on the importance of community of like minded individuals. The AAUW was founded by women university graduates when there was not a lot of women university graduates around. Our local chapter is very active and gives many scholarships to students who go to Skyline College. They also talked about the importance of negotiating for proper pay and rises for everyone. If our community shows interest, the AAUW is willing to come back and give us a workshop on these issues.

Article and Photos by Nick Kapp

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