Opening Opportunities for Girls in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM)


The vision of the National Girls Collaborative Project (NGCP) is to bring together organizations that are committed to informing and encouraging girls to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).


STEM For Louisiana Girls

AAUW-LA is eager to collaborate in future STEM initiatives for LA girls

It’s about EQUITY – giving girls the same encouragement and opportunities to pursue STEM careers.

AAUW Louisiana wants to encourage our girls to strive toward STEM careers and is willing to collaborate on STEM-related projects for our LA girls.

Louisiana STEM Highlights

Sharon Vercellotti: Mentor for Chemistry

Sharon Vercellotti, a member and past president of the AAUW Northshore branch, has served continuously as a mentor to a number of high schools and college students at her local laboratory. She has participated in the internship program for the Gifted and Talented Program with the St. Tammany Parish Schools. Many of the students have pursued studies and careers in the sciences. Sharon has helped the students with college applications and scholarship recommendations. She has also given numerous demonstrations to local students, both in her laboratory and at their schools. She has participated in judging many local, regional, and state science fairs and has advised local science teachers and students with diverse projects.

Pam Baldwin: Engineer

Pam Baldwin, a member since the 1990’s, past president of the AAUW Baton Rouge branch and served multiple times as branch and state treasurer, has practiced chemical engineering for nearly 40 years in industry and design engineering. She graduated after 14 years in and out of college while trying to find a good fit for her skills while listening to those who did not think engineering was a good fit for a woman. Turns out it is. If you are good in math, like problem solving and are a creative thinker, this field just might be for you. There are a wide variety of endeavors available with this training, operating in a chemical plant, engineering design, sales of technical equipment or even business management. Don’t let someone tell you that a woman can’t do this, she can!