The SISTERS Program, which stands for Success in Science and Technology: Engagement with Role-models, is designed to promote higher education and STEM related fields to 7th and 8th grade girls from University Heights Middle School. This is accomplished by using a role model approach in which female CNAS Student Ambassadors mentor the group of girls in topics ranging from social media to self-esteem. We also have teamed up with female faculty members in STEM to coordinate presentations and demonstrations that engage the young girls in science experiments. The faculty members also talk to the students regarding how they got into STEM and the challenges that they faced.
Apart from promoting STEM to the group of girls, SISTERS is also aimed at boosting their self-confidence so that they can overcome bullying, stereotypes and other obstacles that they may face. Past events have included a visit to a food product and environmental testing laboratory, Babcock Laboratories, Inc., as well as to the Sycamore Canyon Nature Center. The SISTERS Program makes an impact not only on the middle school girls but has given the female ambassadors a platform to be a mentor and spark the interest of future scientists.
If you are interested in working with or want to host an event with SISTERS, fill out the attached form and one of our coordinators will get back to as soon as possible!
Check out this program being featured on UCR Today and at the Highlander Newspaper!
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SISTERS End of Year 2018-2019 video