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Intel Foundation Joins STEM Next Opportunity Fund to Launch Million Girls Moonshot

by Najee Ellerbe


The Intel Foundation is excited to announce a partnership with the STEM Next Opportunity Fund (the legacy organization of the Robert N. Noyce Foundation), the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, and many other technology and philanthropic leaders to launch a nationwide initiative designed to help close the gender, socioeconomic and racial diversity gaps in STEM fields. The Million Girls Moonshot ...

The Million Girls Moonshot Aims to Close the Gender Gap in STEM

by Najee Ellerbe


This blog post was written by STEM Next Opportunity Fund   STEM Next Opportunity Fund, together with a wide range of technology and philanthropic leaders today launched the Million Girls Moonshot, a transformative, nationwide movement designed to close the gender gap in STEM and re-imagine who can engineer, who can build and who can invent. The initiative will provide grant funding ...

Virtual Internships Helped Maintain Abbott’s STEM Talent Pipeline

by Najee Ellerbe


This is blog was guest-written by our partners from Abbott. Abbott’s high school and college internships have been known to change the trajectories of students’ professional lives. The programming offers career development sessions, networking opportunities, and challenging, real-life assignments – all experiences job recruits need for success. It’s a key part of the global health technology company’s talent pipeline planning. ...

Meet 3M’s Corporate Scientist, Jayshree Seth (Part 3)

by Najee Ellerbe


Dr. Jayshree Seth is a Corporate Scientist and Chief Science Advocate at 3M. Jayshree has worked at 3M now for over 27 years and she holds 68 patents for a wide variety of innovations. In this interview series, Jayshree shares her experience with 3M, advocating for diversity in science and more.   How has COVID-19 and BLM impacted 3M’s science advocacy ...

Meet 3M’s Corporate Scientist, Jayshree Seth (Part 2)

by Najee Ellerbe


Dr. Jayshree Seth is a Corporate Scientist and Chief Science Advocate at 3M. Jayshree has worked at 3M now for over 27 years and she holds 68 patents for a wide variety of innovations. In this interview series, Jayshree shares her experience with 3M, her affinity for science and more.   Can you tell us more about 3M’s State of Science ...

Meet 3M’s Corporate Scientist, Jayshree Seth (Part 1)

by Najee Ellerbe


Your title says you are 3M’s Chief Science Advocate.  What is that and how did you get that role?  How do you help the company advocate for science? My official title is Corporate Scientist and Chief Science Advocate. As a Corporate Scientist at 3M, I currently lead Applied Technology Development projects for our Industrial Adhesives and Tapes Division, one of ...

#BeyondTheBuzzChat Twitter Chat Recap: National Hire a Veteran Day

by Najee Ellerbe


On July 23,  STEMconnector hosted a Twitter Chat to celebrate National Hire a Veteran Day. The Twitter Chat was centered around hiring veterans for National Hire-A-Veteran Day, which is on Saturday, July 25th. National Hire a Veteran Day encourages employers to consider Veterans in their employment strategies. In conjunction with our Twitter Chat, we released our latest installment in STEMconnector's ...

#BeyondTheBuzzChat Twitter Chat Recap: Summer STEM Learning Resources

by Najee Ellerbe


On June 25, along with a few of its industry partners and clients, STEMconnector conducted a Twitter Chat focused on Summer STEM learning resources. The Twitter Chat highlighted high quality STEM resources to support summer learning for students and teachers during COVID-19. Participants shared some of their resources that they have put together for students to keep them engaged during ...

High Dosage, High Impact: Skills Based Volunteering in a Virtual World with the Illinois Science and Technology Institute

by Najee Ellerbe


*This Blog was guest-written by Sarah Perret-Goluboff of the Illinois Science and Technology Institute.  As the pandemic restructures every aspect of life, educators are turning to new resources to create authentic experiences and connections for their students in the coming academic year. While schools settle into a new normal, volunteers across the country are stepping up to ensure students have the ...

#SHUTDOWNSTEM: A Day of Focus on Education & Discussion to Support Black Lives

by Najee Ellerbe


Today on Wednesday, June 10, STEMconnector joins #ShutDownSTEM and #ShutDownAcademia. Today we will take time to focus on what we can do better, and plan how we can continue to play a bigger part in eradicating anti-Black racism in academia and the STEM fields.  #ShutDownSTEM is an initiative from a multi-identity, intersectional coalition of STEM professionals and academics taking action for Black lives. ...

Tallo and Boeing Honor High School Seniors with STEM Signing Days

by Najee Ellerbe


This blog post was guest written by our partners from Tallo. Scientists are becoming the rising heroes of our time, so why should college athletes have all the fun? That is exactly what Tallo was thinking, when we partnered with Boeing to create STEM Signing Day to honor high school seniors who are pursuing a STEM education at two- and ...

STEMconnector Supports Diversity & Inclusion

by Najee Ellerbe


“The greatest achievement of humanity is not its works of art, science or technology, but the recognition of its own dysfunction.” -Eckhart Tolle   We are proud that STEMconnector’s chief mission has always been to create a diverse and inclusive workforce which empowers people from all walks of life to change the world for the better. We have drawn strength from having built ...

Connected Storm Sanctuary Design Thinking Mission Presented by U.S. Cellular and JASON Learning

by Najee Ellerbe


Many of us are currently at home and juggling work, family life, and the care and education of your children. We understand how difficult it is to keep your children engaged in their education while at home. A wonderful way to keep them excited and engaged is through project-based learning, essentially “learning while doing”. We wanted to remind you that ...

American Heart Association: Celebrating the Future of Science Virtually during COVID Crisis

by Najee Ellerbe


This blog post was guest written by our partners from the American Heart Association.   The American Heart Association’s annual Advancing Sciences event brings high school students out of the classroom and into an environment where they can experience hands-on learning with leading science, med-tech, and engineering professionals from across Minnesota. The day consists of small group breakouts and speed ...

STEMconnector welcomes its new CEO, Denielle Pemberton-Heard

by Alexa Gitler


Veteran corporate executive Denielle Pemberton-Heard has been tapped to succeed Leslie Cruz as CEO of STEMconnector. Pemberton-Heard has served as a strategic advisor to STEMconnector since 2018 while working as General Counsel and Managing Director of the Diversified Search Group, a role she will retain. She brings decades of executive-level experience to STEMconnector through her roles at PBS, Thales, Time Warner/AOL and ...

Contextualizing STEM in the Real World and Redefining Failure

by Najee Ellerbe


Students learn fire dynamics from Dan Madrzykowski, Ph.D., Research Director for the UL Firefighter Safety Research Institute (FSRI) Middle school is a time of social, emotional, physical and learning transitions. In order to keep students engaged, we must demonstrate to students that the material they are learning is both relevant to their immediate lives and grounded in a real world ...

STEMConnector at Workplace Forum’s 32nd Annual Conference

by Najee Ellerbe


The Forum on Workplace Inclusion held its 32nd Annual Conference from March 10-12th. Hundreds of industry leaders and educators came together in Minneapolis, Minnesota on being updated on how to include diversity and inclusion in the workplace. The Forum provides vital connections to industry experts and leaders. STEMConnector had the opportunity to be featured during the 3-day conference, with our ...

Pioneering Your Future Partnership with Alliant Energy

by Najee Ellerbe


[embedyt] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fDrjxqtNhhg[/embedyt]Alliant Energy has partnered with University of Wisconsin - Platteville for its ‘Alliant Energy Pioneering Your Future in STEM’ initiative. This event, which took place on February 25 and will take place again on March 17, is open to girls in fifth through eighth grade. Individuals, chaperoned school groups, home school groups, and girl scout troops are all welcome. ...

Abbott Highlights ‘STEM Sisters’ on International Day of Women and Girls in Science

by Alexa Gitler


[embedyt] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QmYsN4q84tU[/embedyt] Today is the International Day of Women and Girls in Science and Abbott is celebrating by highlighting its “STEM Sisters” – women the healthcare technology company believes are changing the world. Abbott started featuring these scientists and engineers because it’s inspirational for girls to see women in STEM jobs. In fact, the company’s research shows 93% of women ...

UC Davis hosts Science Olympiad

by Alexa Gitler


On Saturday, January 25, 2020, the Science Olympiad club at UC Davis hosted the first Aggie Invitational, a Science Olympiad competition. 44 high school teams  from California and Washington competed in 23 different challenging science events. Student competitors worked in teams to apply in-depth knowledge across various science fields. These events span all of STEM, including life and social sciences, ...