Project Leaders: Sakshi Nikte, Anastasia Farronan, Linlin Liu
The SISTERS Program, which stands for Success in Science and Technology: Engagement with Role-models, is designed to promote higher education and STEM-related fields to 7th and 8th-grade girls from the Riverside Unified School District (RUSD). This is accomplished by using a role model approach in which female CNAS Student Ambassadors mentor the group of girls in topics ranging from college life to self-esteem. We also have teamed up with female graduate students and faculty members in STEM to coordinate presentations and hands-on demonstrations that engage the young girls in science experiments. The speakers also talk to the students regarding how their journey into their STEM careers and the challenges that they faced.
Apart from promoting STEM to the group of girls, SISTERS is also aimed at boosting their self-confidence so that they can overcome bullying, stereotypes and other obstacles that they may face. Past events have included a visit to a food product and environmental testing laboratory, Babcock Laboratories, Inc., as well as to the Sycamore Canyon Nature Center. The SISTERS Program makes an impact not only on the middle school girls but has given the female ambassadors a platform to be a mentor and spark the interest of future scientists.
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