MdBio Foundation partnered with the Tech Council of Maryland to bring the Advancing Tomorrow’s Leaders + STEM (ATLAS) college and career symposium to Baltimore on May 1. The Merrick School of Business at the University of Baltimore opened its doors to over 140 ATLAS participants, including students from nearby schools such as Western High School and Bluford Drew Jemison STEM Academy.
The ATLAS symposium, which aims to connect students typically underrepresented in STEM with professionals in these fields, attracted a group that was over 90 percent self-reported minority students and over 80 percent female. To kick off the event, students interacted with keynote presenter, Stephanie C. Hill, Vice President & General Manager of Lockheed Martin Information Systems & Global Solutions Civil. Students related to her perspective as a Baltimore native and listened attentively as she shared her inspirational story about finding her place in STEM. As one student from Western High School stated, “I loved hearing Stephanie [Hill] talk about her career. It was great seeing someone from my high school become so successful.”
Also present at the symposium were recruiters and representatives from dozens of colleges and STEM organizations, including Emergent BioSolutions, NASA, and RCM&D, who were eager to share information about college and career advancement opportunities with participants. To close the event, students sought advice from a panel of STEM experts from the University of Baltimore, Coppin State University, ZeroFOX, Emergent BioSolutions, CyberPoint International, and the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.
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