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


AAUW is a proud partner in the National Girls Collaborative Project (NGCP). 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).

AAUW California’s Tech Trek Science Camp for Girls is a fabulous example of AAUW providing STEM encouragement and education! The Tech Trek Science Camp was developed to encourage girls finishing the 7th grade to explore the fields of math and science. The first week long camp more than 10 years ago was held at Stanford University, but by 2009 six campuses participate.

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.

Our Louisiana colleges can apply for a NGCP grant for STEM initiatives! Perhaps some of our colleges would be interested in co-hosting a Louisiana Tech Trek Science Camp for Girls very much like the very successful California model (see above).

Louisiana STEM Highlights

Sharon Vercellotti: Mentor for Chemistry

Sharon Vercellotti, a member and past president of the AAUW Covington-Mandeville branch, has served continuously as a mentor to a number of high schools and college students at her laboratory, V-LABS, INC. She has participated in the internship program for the Gifted and Talented Program with the St. Tammany Parish Schools from 1992 to the present. 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.

Earning a Girl Scouts Science Badge with women chemists

“Most people think that just boys can be scientists, but this proves that girls can be.”

Sharon Vercellotti and Anne Taylor (Iota Sigma Pi, Chlorine Chapter members & AAUW members) were instrumental in the success of a 2009 Baton Rouge Science Girl Scout Badge workshop. Sharon V. Vercellotti applied for and received a grant for $1000 for this STEM activity from the National Girls Collaborative Project (see NGCP project details). Professional and graduate student members of Iota sigma Pi participated in the event.

Iota Sigma Pi is a national honor society for women in chemistry. The Chlorine Chapter proposed the project to stimulate interest of young girls in science by providing an opportunity to earn a Girl Scout badge in a half day. Girls learned from badge activities, both specific principles of science and the scientific method. This STEM project also provided an opportunity for these young girls to meet successful women scientists as role models

“This is like the best time I have ever had in science.”

The Chlorine Chapter provided supplies and guidance to Brownie and Junior Girl Scouts (from the Audubon Girl Scout Council in Baton Rouge) to earn a science badge. Each group spent a half day completing badge activities. In the morning session, younger girls earned the Brownie Try It badge: “Science in Action” then the Juniors followed earning their “Science Discovery” badge.