The selected projects represent a broad range of activities focused on mentoring and engaging girls and women in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), from elementary to graduate school. The grants will help fund STEM programs in Missouri, Texas, Florida, New York, Washington, Maryland, Massachusetts, and California.
Now in its fourth year, the CTFS program supports former L’Oréal USA For Women in Science (FWIS) fellows in their efforts to inspire the next generation of girls and women in STEM. Members of the L’Oréal USA For Women in Science alumni network were given the opportunity to apply for $2,500 grants to help fund new or existing mentoring projects in their communities. The awards will be administered by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), official partner of the L’Oréal USA For Women in Science program.
“L’Oréal USA is dedicated to empowering the next generation of women in science through our Changing the Face of STEM grant program,” said Lauren Paige, Vice President of Public Affairs & Strategic Initiatives at L’Oréal USA. “We’re proud that over the last four years this program has enabled our alumni to create engaging opportunities to inspire future scientists in their communities, build on those initiatives and expand the reach of their mentorship."
“I am thrilled to use my second Changing the Face of STEM grant to support my student exchange program between students at Cornell University and Arusha Technical College (ATC) in Tanzania,” said Dr. Nozomi Nishimura, Associate Professor at Cornell University and 2009 L’Oréal USA For Women in Science Fellow. “Through the program, we’re seeking to improve healthcare in Tanzania by empowering and training local women, and with the funding from L’Oréal, ensuring these women will take part in the exchange program on their way to becoming biomedical engineers.”
The 2019 Changing the Face of STEM grants will support the following fellows, and their projects, across the United States: