AAUW-STEM is a new initiative that was launched in August 2011 at the Greater Rochester Area Branch (GRAB)
The group was formed to address the many local and regional challenges and opportunities in the STEM arena and to offer an additional platform to those dedicated to advance the overall well-being of women, girls, and minorities. While our dependence as a society and nation on science, technology, engineering, and mathematics continues to increase, the number of girls and women, especially minorities, pursuing STEM degrees remains disappointing and dangerously low. This interest group is open to all (not just scientists or engineers) who can help GRAB-AAUW build a steady pipeline of students pursuing STEM degrees and eventually STEM.
GRAB.AAUW-STEM focuses on working closely with five primary groups:
- K-12 with primary emphasis on middle schools and high schools.
- U.S. Colleges and Universities with STEM programs.
- U.S. corporations where STEM is viewed as a core competency and a driver of competitiveness.
- Professional associations in STEM disciplines
- Charitable organizations that serve the educational needs of the under-privileged and the under-served.
GRAB.AAUW-STEM has four sub-committees, each with a specific focus and mission.
- K-12: Promote and advance STEM in middle and high schools through innovative ideas and best practices.
- Higher Education: Partner with U.S. colleges and universities to build a steady pipeline of students to STEM programs; facilitate student retention through mentoring, internships, and other meaningful and sustainable efforts.
- Corporate Sector: Partner with the corporate sector to ensure that STEM related curriculum at schools and universities are current; develop internships; and identify role models.
- Professional Associations and Charitable Organizations: Collaborate with diverse groups whose vision, mission, and target audience aligns with GRAB.AAUW-STEM.
We at GRAB.AAUW work to develop new programs, new ideas, and new collaborations to build the next generation of scientists, engineers, and technologists.
If you wish to share your ideas or be included in our mailing list for events, please contact Dr. Uma G. Gupta at firstname.lastname@example.org or you can reach her at (585) 489-4606.