STEM – GIRLS’ RECOGNITION NIGHT

Girls’ Recognition Night will be held on Thursday, April 19, 2018 @ 7:00 pm at the CCBC Learning Resource Center

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Girls’ Recognition Night is a program that recognizes eighth grade girls from Beaver County Middle Schools who have an exceptional interest in the fields of math and science. The girls are selected by their Math and Science teachers for their enthusiasm and talent in Science and Math, components of the (STEM) subjects. The girls are recognized with a certificate and a pass to the Carnegie Science Center.

A panel of three to five women who are currently working in one or more of the STEM areas discuss their education and careers. They describe their professions and give the young women an insight for the possibilities open to them as they continue their studies in the STEM fields. There is an opportunity for questions after the presentation. The program, in partnership with Community College of Beaver County, is held in April at the CCBC Learning Resource Center. Parents, teachers, superintendents and AAUW members are invited to the program. After the program all are welcome to a Dessert Reception that allows for more one-on-one discussions with the speakers. Membership brochures are distributed, a speaker from CCBC is on hand to discuss college options, and information about scholarships is provided.

This Program is a way for AAUW to support their mission statement and to help reward and encourage young women to pursue their careers in the STEM fields.

AAUW asks every science and math teacher from each school district in Beaver County to  select two of their female students in each of their classes to be recognized at this event.  They were asked to choose students with:l

    • An exceptional interest or passion for math or science.
    • A potential for growth in the subject area.
    • Class participation, effort, enthusiasm, grades, in-class projects, and problem-solving ability.

We believe that teachers, advisors, role models and parents can favorably affect the attitudes of young girls and persuade them that they are every bit as qualified as young men to pursue math and science careers.  Being praised for their interest and performance and being shown that there are indeed many female achievers in technical and non-traditional fields can make a great difference to a young woman in deciding which courses to take in high school and college.

AAUW Members

Introducing the 2018 Panelist 

Anne Huntsman
Huntsman Funeral Home Inc.

Anne Huntsman is a funeral director and funeral supervision of Huntsman Funeral Homes Inc., which owns and operates facilities in Rochester, Aliquippa, and Moon Township and operates Beaver County’s only crematory. She also serves as secretary/treasurer of the corporation.
A 1999 graduate of Rochester Area High School, Anne received her Bachelor of Arts in Communications degree from the University of Mount Union in 2003. Following in the career path of her father who founded the business in 1973, she enrolled in the Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Sciences where she served her internship before joining her father in business. Women were once a rarity in this field. Forty-five years ago, less than 5 percent of funeral directors were women; today almost 60 percent of students in mortuary schools nationwide are women.
Among Anne’s duties are meeting with families and guiding them through the grieving process by coordinating funerals, preparing obituaries, and filing appropriate paperwork. She is a member of Selected Independent Funeral Homes.
Anne resides in Center Township with her husband and two sons.

 

Adrienne Wooley
Pilot American Airlines

Adrienne Wooley is a pilot for American Airlines. She graduated from Seton Hill College with a degree in Psychology. She did most of her flight training at San Juan College in northern New Mexico, earning another degree in Aviation Technology. Adrienne has flown commercial and corporate aircraft throughout the US for more than 20 years. She is currently flying the Airbus 330, based in Philadelphia, to European destinations. She lives in Beaver

 

Elizabeth L. McMichael, PhD
University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute Laboratory of Dr. Robert L. Ferris, MD, PhD

Dr. McMichael grew up in New Sewickley Township where she graduated from Freedom Area High School in 2008. She is alumni of Allegheny College where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Biochemistry and played collegiate basketball. Following Allegheny, she moved to Columbus, OH and earned her PhD from The Ohio State University in Biomedical Sciences, with a focus in both Immunology and Cancer Biology. Liz began a post-doctoral fellowship position at UPMC’s Hillman Cancer Center in the fall of 2016 in a laboratory that focuses on immunotherapy-based treatment strategies for head and neck cancer. She has published 14 peer-reviewed research articles, presented her research at several national meetings, is a member of a graduate student and post doc- driven consulting firm at the University of Pittsburgh, and is currently in the process of applying for a public policy fellowship with the American Association of Immunologists. She currently resides in Squirrel Hill with her puppy, JJ.

 

 

 

AAUW, a national organization with over 100,000 members, has long advocated gender equity in education. Many studies show that girls who have displayed great ability in science and math begin to lose interest as they reach the middle school age. Girls Recognition Night is intended to encourage middle school girls to enroll in math and science courses in high school and beyond that can lead to careers in the non-traditional  STEM fields—science, technology, engineering, and math.