This Week In STEM & Entrepreneurship

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Image via Fortune

Highlight of our week: Fortune's headline that "Girls Outperformed Boys on the First-Ever Federal Test of Tech Skills." The latest Technology Engineering Literacy Assessment showed that 45% of eighth grade girls are proficient while only 42% of eighth grade boys are. While that leaves lots of room for improvement, we're excited to see that girls are showing the world what they're capable of!

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Image via Stuff.co.nz

After noticing a lack of fellow female students not being encouraged to pursue STEM, three New Zealand students joined together to create GirlBoss. Their entrepreneurial spirit has led them to create a sold out STEM conference taking place in New Zealand on May 23. Cheers to their entrepreneurial drive and love for STEM–the core of Evolvher!

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Image via ET Tech

Tech giants like Accenture, Dell and Intel are making room for women! The tech companies have each recently launched different programs to promote and encourage females college students in India to join their companies. From hackathons to mentoring programs, these technology companies are correcting the problem of a lack of women in STEM. To read more about what these and other companies are doing to hire women in STEM, click here.

 

Celebrity Scholarships

Check out these two awesome celebrities who are helping students, like yourself, achieve their educational dreams by providing scholarships. 

Celebrity Endorsement: Rihanna

Associated With: Clara Lionel Foundation Global Scholarship Program

Application Deadline: June 10, 2016

Fine Print: Available to a citizen or native of Brazil, Cuba, Haiti, Grenada, Guyana, or Jamaica going to study in the United States. 

Celebrity Endorsement: Karlie Kloss

Associated With: Kode With Karlie - Flatiron School

Application Deadline: Not open yet

Fine Print: Sign-up below to get more to get notified when applications open up. Also, click below to learn about the scholarship class of 2015. 

 

 

 

Geologist Road Trip: Top 5 Places To Visit This Summer

Interested in what's on the ground more than what's in the sky? We have you covered! 

We've compiled the top five spots that you should visit this summer to feed your geology curiosity. 

Yellowstone National Park

Location: Yellownstone National Park, Idaho/Montana/Wyoming

Fact: The most geysers, about 300, anywhere on earth.

 Mammoth Cave National Park

Location: Mammoth Cave National Park, Kentucky

Fact: World's longest known cave.

La Brea Tar Pits

Location: Los Angeles, California

Fact: For thousand of years natural asphalt has been coming up out of the ground.

Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park

Location: Big Island, Hawai'i

Fact: This year the park is celebrating it's Centennial.

Grand Canyon National Park

Location: Grand Canyon, Arizona

Fact: Named by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) as a World Heritage site.

 

 

Astronomer Road Trip: Top 5 Places To Visit This Summer

Not sure what to do with your summer? Pack up a road trip with your friends or family and visit these five locations in the U.S. Each of these places are perfect for the budding astronomer. You'll be amazed with what you are able to see with your own eyes, but just in case don't forget to pack a telescope.

So start planning your star-gazing road trip now. You'll definitely make your friends back home jealous when you Instagram photos (like the ones below) at each of these locations and are able to say #nofilter. 

 Image by  Nate Levesque

Image by Nate Levesque

ACADIA NATIONAL PARK

Location: Mount Desert, Maine

 

CHERRY SPRINGS STATE PARK

Location: Coudersport, Pennsylvania

 

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Image by Wayne Pinkston

DEATH VALLEY NATIONAL PARK

Location: Death Valley National Park, California & Nevada

 

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Image by Jacob Frank

DENALI NATIONAL PARK

Location: Denali National Park and Preserve, Alaska

 

NATURAL BRIDGES NATIONAL MONUMENT

Location: Lake Powell, Utah

 

 

This Week In STEM & Entrepreneurship

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Image via NASA

More than 14,000 people across the globe participated in NASA's annual hackathon last year, but only 20% were female. Why so few? NASA thinks they've cracked the code. According to NASA's research, women want a safe space and to be able to contribute. Now NASA is reaching out to women to participate in hopes of inspiring more women to join. This year's hackathon is this weekend and NASA hopes that you'll be there! Check out their Space Apps Challenge website see the amazing challenges and to join.

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Image via Motherboard

From telecommunications to STEM education, Stella Uzochukwu is paving the way for young girls in Nigeria to succeed! Saddened by the idea of girls in Nigeria being married at a young age to support their families, Uzochukwu left her telecommunications job and started the Odyssey Education Foundation in Abuja, Nigeria. The school teaches girls STEM so they can have a bright future!

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Image via Glamour

Never before has a completely solar-powered airplane circumnavigated the globe but engineer Paige Kassalan is one of three women helping to make that idea a reality! Without a manual instructing her how to do her job, Kassalan and the team working on Solar Impulse must learn as they go and rely on their gut instinct to solve problems. Interested in seeing how the world's greenest airplane works and how Kassalan does her job? Check out the details here

This Week In STEM & Entrepreneurship

Video Source: The White House

This week, the White House played host to their annual White House Science Fair. More than 130 of the country's best and brightest STEM and Computer Science (CS) students from over 30 states met President Obama to show off their work. Additionally, STEM celebrities like Bill Nye the Science Guy, Adam Savage from "Mythbusters" and model/CS advocate, Karlie Kloss, were there, too, and took lots of Instagram photos with the students!

  Image Source:  UC Davis

Image Source: UC Davis

Having trouble deciding where to go to college (we wrote an article about how to choose a college here)? How about UC Davis? They were just named the number one school for women in STEM by Forbes! With the most female STEM students of any University of California school, and with a growing number of female STEM professors, UC Davis is proving that females can rock STEM education!

  Image Source:  Jamel Toppin/Forbes

Image Source: Jamel Toppin/Forbes

How did the problem of nothing to wear turn into a billion dollar company? Just ask Jenny Fleiss and Jennifer Hyman, Founders of Rent the Runway. The entrepreneurs gave their best advice to other female entrepreneurs at the UBS-sponsored weekend intensive. Their number one tip? Don't be afraid to talk big money. More about the event and their advice here

Check Out the White House Science Fair!

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Image via the White House

Wondering where science can take you? Well apparently today to the White House!

38 projects from around the country will be shown off to the President, and you can watch it live by clicking on this link to get to the livestream. 

The projects range from providing clean water using solar-power, creating new prosthetics for active Veterans, ending oil leaks, to a lot of awesome work with robots. You can learn more about each of the projects here

We at Evolvher are excited to see all the amazing projects being highlighted today. Maybe next year you'll be the one we're watching. 

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  Image Source:    Los Angeles Times

Image Source: Los Angeles Times

Looking for an inspiring book about women rocking the science world? Then be sure to pick up a copy of Nathalia Holt's Rise of the Rocket Girls: The Women Who Propelled Us, from Missiles to the Moon to Mars! Expect to find lots of interesting stories of the "human computers," like Sylvia Miller (pictured), who worked at NASA in the 1960s.

  Image Source:   The Denver Post

Image Source: The Denver Post

Weather women around the country have been actively encouraging girls to go into STEM careers recently, and now Colorado's KCNC weatherwoman, Lauren Whitney, is doing more than just talking about it. Visiting the Denver Museum of Nature and Science last month, she taught kids about rain and clouds while allowing them to pretend to be weather reporters and stand in front of the green screen. After seeing how much Whitney's museum visit was loved, many CBS news stations across the nation have started to replicate the same idea with their weatherwoman!
 

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Thinking about being a Murray State University Racer? Murray State University just received a $250,000.00 grant to support women in STEM! Soon you will find more female faculty on campus helping to teach and inspire the students to pursue careers and education in STEM!

Scholarships

While you may be stuck in the middle of finals, it's never too early to start thinking about money for the next school year! Take some time during spring break to apply for these amazing scholarships:

Happy Pi Day!

Here are some fun facts to help you celebrate 3.14159 and impress your friends, teachers, or both.

1. The symbol for Pi is π and it comes from the Greek language.

2. The symbol represents a constant, which is the ratio of the circumference of a circle to it's diameter. 

3. As a constant number that means no matter the size of the circle the Pi number will be the same. 

Want to learn more about Pi? Click here to visit a site dedicated to all things π.

 

Top 5 Historical Women in Science

Marie Curie

(November 7, 1867 - July 4, 1934)

Claim to Fame: Marie was a physicist and chemist who pioneered research on radioactivity and received a Nobel Prize in Physics in 1903. 

Elizabeth Garrett Anderson

(June 9, 1836 - December 17,1917)

Claim to Fame: The first Englishwoman to become a doctor and surgeon in Britain. She was also the co-founder of the first hospital staffed by women. 

Ruth Benerito

(January 12, 1916 - October 5, 2013)

Claim to Fame: Love your wrinkle resistant cotton clothes? You have Ruth Benerito to thank since she was a chemist and the one to discover how to make wash and wear cotton cloth. 

Elizabeth Blackwell

(February 3, 1821 - May 31, 1910)

Claim to Fame: Elizabeth was the first woman to receive a medical degree in the U.S and helped create the U.S Sanitary Commission after learning more about the 

Gertrude B. Elion

(January 23, 1918 - February 21, 1999)

Claim to Fame: Gertrude won and shared the 1988 Nobel Prize in Physiology. She was an American biochemist and pharmacologist. 

 

Top 5 Historical Women in Math

Hypatia of Alexandria

(370? - 415 AD)

Claim to Fame: Hypatia was a mathematician, philosopher, and astronomer. She is the earliest known female mathematician.

Maria Agnesi

(May 16, 1718 - January 9, 1799)

Claim to Fame: Maria was a mathematical prodigy and was the first to publish a book on mathematics. 

Sofia Kovalevskaya

(January 15, 1850 - February 10, 1891)

Claim to Fame: Sofia was the first woman in Europe to receive a doctorate in mathematics and to join the editorial board of a scientific journal. 

Emmy Noether

(March 23, 1882 - April 14, 1935)

Claim to Fame: Her theories are the core for modern algebra and physics. She was also called a "genius" by Albert Einstein.

Maryam Mirzakhani

(May 3, 1977 - Present)

Claim to Fame: Maryam is part of recent history. She is the first woman to win the Fields Medal, which is the Nobel Prize of mathematics.

Happy Galentine's Day!

Valentine's Day is tomorrow but you can celebrate with your STEM #squad this Galentine's Day with these awesome STEM-related gifts! 

1.  ThisGirlTees - STEM T-shirts

Have the #squad throw on one of these awesome t-shirts to let everyone know what you all love and can do. 

2. Laonato - Caffeine Molecule Earrings

Love coffee? Love chemistry? Show your love for both with these simple and stylish earrings. 

3. ILoveCollege - Rocket Scientist Backpack

Your girl group can all prep for your jobs at NASA with one of these awesome backpacks. 

4. StylishlyScientific - Period Table Tote

Who doesn't love the periodic table or a useful bag? Use this bag for school, work, or fun!

 

Have any other fun gifts you and your STEM #squad love? Let us know!

4 Historical Chinese Women in STEM

Happy Chinese New Year! Whether you say gong hay fat choy or gong xi fa cai, we wish you a happy year of the monkey! While we know that women have historically been dissuaded from studying STEM, there are some Chinese women who have made incredible contributions to the world! Keep reading to find out who four of these amazing women are.

 

 Via Bengt Nyman, Wikipedia

Via Bengt Nyman, Wikipedia

1. Tu Youyou (1930): Nobel Laureate in Medicine for discovering artemisinin and dihydroartemisinin as anti-malarial treatments. In 1969, Tu began work under Mao Zedong to find a treatment to malaria. During the Vietnam War, malaria was a major cause of death in Asia and after testing thousands of compounds to no success, Tu was inspired by ancient, traditional Chinese writings on medicine and found that artemisinin and dihydroartemisinin were effective. Though not famous for her work, her discoveries have saved thousands of lives. In 2015 she became the first Chinese Nobel Laureate in physiology or medicine.

 

 Via History.com

Via History.com

2. Dr. Chien-Shiung Wu (1912 - 1997): Physicist. The "First Lady of Physics," as Wu is sometimes called, was born and raised in China where she began studying physics. In 1936, Wu travelled to the United States where she studied at the University of California at Berkeley. After completing her Ph.D., Wu worked at Princeton University and later joined the Manhattan Project underway at Columbia University where she helped develop a process to separate uranium into isotopes by gaseous diffusion. In 1956, Wu conducted the Wu Experiment, a nuclear physics experiment which found that weak interaction violated the conservation of parity and that distinguishes could be made between mirrored variations and mirrored images. 

 

 Via China Vitae

Via China Vitae

3. Dr. Lanying Lin (1918 - 2003): Materials Engineer. Langying Lin, the Mother of Aerospace Materials and the Mother of Semiconductor Materials, was a Chinese materials engineer who defied gender barriers and fought for her education. After receiving her Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania, Lin returned home to China where her research led her to make China's first monocrystalline silicon and a furnace to extract silicon. In addition, her research also led to the development of microelectronics and optoelectronics and earned her multiple awards throughout her life.

 

 

4. Wang Zhenyi (1768 - 1797): Astronomer and poet. One of China's earliest documented females in STEM, Zhenyi was an astronomer and poet who educated herself at a time when women were not encouraged to pursue an education. Some of her many writings on astronomy and mathematics explained equinoxes, lunar eclipses and the Pythagorean Theorem.  

What You Missed: This Week in STEM

  Image via Glassdoor

Image via Glassdoor

We know that STEM careers are awesome and now job-reviewing site, Glassdoor, is recognizing that! Their 25 Best Jobs in America list just came out and more than 25% of the jobs are in STEM! Making the list are data scientist, mobile developer, software engineer and more! Click here to check out their full list and to get inspired to learn more about these great careers.

 

Our favorite beauty store, Sephora, is standing with women! Instead of just getting upset that female entrepeneurs don't get the same help that male entrepreneurs do, they're taking action! Their new initiative, Sephora Stands, is a three-part plan to promote and grow female entrepreneurs in the beauty industry.  Through Sephora Accelerate, Classes for Confidence and Sephora Stands Together, the beauty company aims to support female beauty entrepreneurs in their business endeavors.


  Image via Drew University

Image via Drew University

We love when universities host events to promote STEM in younger students and New Jersey's Drew University did just that recently. From designing roller coasters to engineering foam gliders, the 115 junior high students got hands-on STEM experience we're sure inspired them to explore STEM more.

SCIENCE ALERT: 4 New Elements Join the Periodic Table!

Want to surprise your science teachers? Or want to up your game in preparation for the next trivia night with your friends? Then check out the below video from Discovery News to learn more about the four newest elements to join the Periodic Table. 

Internship Highlight: Science Writing

Do you have a love for science AND writing? Then this may be the ideal internship for you. The American Association for the Advancement of Science has a partial paid internship for students interested in writing and covering science. To learn more see below:

NAME: The Minority Science Writers Internship

DEADLINE: March 1, 2016

PAID: Partial - Covers transportation to and from Washington D.C.

APPLY: http://www.aaas.org/page/internship-opportunities

USA Science & Engineering Festival USA Science & Engineering Festival (April 2016)

Details

Start: April 16, 2016

End: April 17, 2016

Website: http://www.usasciencefestival.org/2016-festival.html

Organizer

USA Science & Engineering Festival

Email: info@usasciencefestival.org

Website: http://www.usasciencefestival.org/

Venue

Walter E. Washington Convention Center