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Experience STEM like you never have before with a program for women in STEM! Learn from mentors just like you, meet local STEM professionals, and make friends! Get the chance to empower women from your community, earn money, gain experience for your resume, and make connections!

College Students

Women in STEM majors from all grades and institutions welcome!

Priority will be given to Black and Latina women, those with disabilities, and children or dependents of active military members and veterans.

  • Earn a stipend
  • Gain experience for your resume
  • Master new techniques and skills
  • Build connections and meet STEM professionals
  • Make meaningful change

Inspire others while empowering yourself!

College students, sign up today and be paired with a mentee! Help to further the future of a female who’s experiencing what you’ve just been through, earn experience for your resume, and even earn a stipend!

Learn from women just like you!  

High school women, sign up today and receive a college mentor! You’ll get to meet with them and discuss their journeys while also hearing from guest speakers and trying activities that will teach new techniques and career readiness.

High School Students

All Maryland high school women, grades 9-12, welcome!

Priority will be given to Black and Latina women, those with disabilities, and children or dependents of active military members and veterans.

  • Learn from women just like you
  • Gain experience for you college applications
  • Make connections and learn from peer mentors
  • Master new techniques and skills
  • Meet STEM professionals

About the Program

Emerging Leaders in Biotechnology is a mentorship program centered around making meaningful connections and providing life-changing STEM career and educational opportunities. The Emerging Leaders in Biotechnology program connects college and high school women to provide them with skills, knowledge, and support to pursue careers in biotechnology. College women studying STEM at 2- and 4-year institutions act as mentors to introduce high schoolers to people in science that look like them. Additionally, the program allows both mentor and mentees to speak with STEM professionals in biotechnology and learn more about STEM careers and opportunities. Students will be able to meet STEM professionals, learn techniques in biotechnology using real lab equipment, gain skills in career readiness and networking, and develop friendships that will support their journey in STEM. Priority will be given to Black and Latina women, those with disabilities, and children or dependents of active military members and veterans.

What to Expect

The program will last 10 weeks; groups will meet for two hours every two weeks on Saturday mornings from April 17 to August 28, 2021. Each meeting will consist of one guest speaker and an activity in biotechnology techniques and career readiness. Each participant will receive two at home science kits to perform five experiments in biotechnology. Starting in July, student groups will access one of our mobile laboratories to complete one final project using professional lab equipment. Students will be able to schedule lab time in both daytime and evening hours. Groups will present their final projects at a poster session at the end of the program.

High Schoolers

High school women are encouraged to sign up to participate in the Emerging Leaders in Biotechnology program. Priority will be given to Black and Latina women, those with disabilities, and children or dependents of active military members and veterans.

Program Requirements:

  • Must attend 8 out of 10 virtual sessions
  • Must attend 5 out of 6 in-person laboratory workshops. Participants can choose to attend sessions in Montgomery County or Baltimore.
  • Participation in final lab project
  • Complete surveys before and after program
  • Turn on video during virtual workshops

College Students

Community college women studying STEM are encouraged to sign up to participate in the Emerging Leaders in Biotechnology program. Priority will be given to Black and Latina women, those with disabilities, and children or dependents of active military members and veterans.

Program Requirements:

  • Must attend 8 out of 10 virtual sessions
  • Must attend 5 out of 6 in-person laboratory workshops. Participants can choose to attend sessions in Montgomery County or Baltimore (travel stipend provided).
  • Participation in final lab project
  • Complete surveys before and after program
  • Turn on video during virtual workshops
  • Must be a U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident