In March and April, a select group of Nativity girls will participate in two unique programs designed to encourage in young women an ongoing interest in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). Through the generous support of Mrs. Veronica and Judge Robert Longstreth, benefactors of Nativity, six Nativity students—two female students from each grade (sixth, seventh, and eighth)—will participate in a one-day STEM conference through Expanding Your Horizons Network (EYHN), hosted by the University of San Diego. The EYHN conference will bring together female middle school students and female college students to work alongside specialists and professionals from the San Diego scientific community to talk about and explore the wide world of careers in science for women.
The following students will attend the EYHN conference: Carolina Martinez and Milenia Quintero (sixth grade); Montserrat Casanova and Vivian Chavez (seventh grade); and Christina Abarca and Angelica Vera (eighth grade).
Founded in 1974 in San Francisco with the support of a start-up grant from the Carnegie Corporation, EYHN has for the past 35+ years been working at the national level to encourage young women to pursue learning and careers in science.
And in April, three students from our current eighth-grade class, the Class of 2012, will participate in the San Diego Science Alliance’s BE WiSE program, designed with a similar mission as EYHN. BE WiSE (“Better Education for Women in Science and Engineering”) has accepted into their program three of our eighth-grade scientists—Daviana Navarro, Karina Rodriguez, and Angelica Vera—each of whom who will participate in three distinct, two-day overnight conferences in San Diego: Daviana Navarro at the Hubbs/Sea World Research Center; Karina Rodriguez at The Birch Aquarium in La Jolla; and Angelica at the Zoological Society of San Diego (San Diego Zoo).
Acceptance into the BE WiSE program also initiates a long-term relationship of ongoing learning and exploration in science for its members. BE WiSE continues to offer a series of weekend symposia for their members throughout their high school years.
This is the second year the Longstreths have made this generous offer to support our young female scientists with the EYHN conference, and their first year of support for BE WiSE. We are grateful to them for their support of our students.
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