NEWT GEMs mentors were provided some “gems” in the way of testimonials by their mentees on how awesome their STEM learning summer went at the campus of Rice University. The GEMS program provides girls from middle school/high school age an opportunity to meet one Friday a month during the summer to learn more about careers in STEM. Each session starts with breakfast with mentors, professional and diversity and inclusion training, and guest faculty speakers to offer some insight about NEWT and other science engineering paths.
Girls discovered more of the campus via tours inside a civil and environmental engineering laboratory, the NEWT testbed showing various clean water purification technologies, a trip to NEST360, medical lab focused on infant mortality in Africa, and and a trip around Rice Fondren Library. This included lunch and an ice cream social with graduate students currently working as university researchers.
We hope to see them return after their next four years of high school and fulfill their careers in science, technology, engineering and math.
However, I wouldn’t have been able to start this program without the help of the NEWT GEMS committee members and mentors!
Sara Denison and Shababa Matin put in so much time and effort making this a great program, from developing and running activities to serving as mentors. Cianna Leschied was also an amazing mentor who provided valuable insight about how to teach students which she gained as a high school teacher. I truly appreciate all their dedication and effort!!! I also want to thank
Christina Alston for acting as a sounding board as well as providing advice and guidance as we developed NEWT GEMS.
GEMS is looking for mentors for next summer as well as NEWT GEM committee members! If you’re interested in participating in the program, even if it is not as a mentor or committee member, please reach out to Durnian Parulski-Seager.