Dr. M. Nia Madison, a researcher at MDC, Homestead Campus received a $2,500 grant for a workshop that will introduce minority high school girls to careers in biology. The grant is part of L’Oréal USA’s “Women in Science: Changing the Face of STEM Mentoring Grants” initiative and is administered by the American Association for the Advancement of Science. The aim of the program is to help inspire and support the next generation of women entering science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) careers. Madison is the director of HIV Research and assistant professor of microbiology in the department of mathematics and natural sciences. For her project, the MDC Homestead Microbiology Girls Club, she brought 24 area juniors and seniors from the Medical Academy for Science and Technology to the microbiology labs at Homestead Campus for a two-day intensive workshop. The syllabus included a tour, lectures, a lab safety presentation, as well as a hands-on research project on the production and analysis of bacteria that the participants grew in the lab. As part of the weekend on campus, the visiting students were paired with women who are or were microbiology students at MDC. “It is important that the girls have the chance to learn about college life from students and also that they get to experience life as a scientist,” Madison said. “Underprivileged girls are often unaware that successful scientists can look like them and come from similar backgrounds.” Lauren Paige, the vice president of public affairs and strategic initiatives at L’Oréal USA, said the grant builds upon L’Oréal USA’s “For Women in Science” program’s commitment to expanding opportunities for women in STEM. “We applaud all of our grantees for their innovative projects and ongoing dedication to supporting STEM education in their communities,” Paige said.
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