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Gaining Momentum for Women in STEM Fields

The Teaching Center, Department of Chemistry, and Program in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
 
Catalysts for Change is an outreach program that invites St. Louis-area ninth grade female students to Washington University's campus for a series of day-long workshops. Each workshop is focused on a separate area in STEM (Biology/Biotechnology, Physical Sciences, Engineering) with several short activities that the students completed in small groups facilitated by a female undergraduate from a STEM field. This program aims to increase the number of young women who are interested in STEM. Through a three-tiered mentoring program between graduate, undergraduate, and high-school students, the participants gained leadership skills, self-confidence, and the knowledge to succeed in STEM fields. The program's first year (2011) was supported by a Campus Action Grant from the American Association of University Women (AAUW).
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Support for Catalysts for Change in 2012 was provided by the Women's Society of Washington University and Department of Chemistry. In-kind food donations were provided by Girl Scouts of the USA, Panera Bread, Jimmy John's, and Papa John's. 

Support provided by the American Association of University Women (AAUW), the Women's Society of Washington University, and the Department of Chemistry.

Objective:

This program aims to increase the number of young women interested in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics).