STEM Girls: Margaret Guo

In October, Margaret Guo was named the NCAA Woman of the Year. The award was in recognition of her accomplishments not only in the swimming pool but for her academic work as well. She is the first MIT student to win this award. Margaret graduated with dual degrees in...

STEM Girls: Debyani Chakravarty

Debyani grew up in a family in which education was incredibly important. Her goal initially was to become a doctor but some wise words from her grandmother gave her pause for thought. Her grandmother said to her that “if you’re going to do research, do it...

Jane Goodall: Girlhood Hero

Ever since I was 5 year old, my hero was Jane Goodall. Jane Goodall is an ethologist, meaning she studies animal behaviour. In particular, she studied chimpanzees in the wilds in Africa. As a little girl I watched National Geographic films about her, gobbled up every...

STEM Girls: Sara Volz

17-year-old Sara Volz is a young scientist making the next generation of biofuel! She has invented a process that increases the amount of biofuel produced by algae–all from her bedroom! How? Her project uses artificial selection to pinpoint which...

STEM Girls: Nettie Stevens

People understood the difference between male and female before Nettie Stevens, but it was because of her work in genetics that we understand how that difference comes about. Born in 1861, Nettie was an exceptionally bright student, and, after teaching for a few...

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