Alumnae Stories: Georgia’s Conversion to STEM

Georgia recalls joining Science Club for Girls in elementary school simply because her friends were involved. But eight years in the mentoring program has inspired a life-long love of science.

Georgia is now in her final year at Northeastern University, where she’s earning a degree in behavioral neuroscience and doing a co-op at the sleep lab at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. She dedicated a challenging 20-hours a week to Northeastern’s Track and Field team for four years, and previously did a co-op studying multiple sclerosis.

“I’m still in the sciences,” she says with a smile. “I still love it.”

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In fact, Science Club for Girls was what got her interested in health sciences, her primary study.

As a child she was more passionate about math, but building bottle rockets and studying chemical reactions at SCFG’s afterschool programs got her interested in how the things works. One of her fondest memories was bringing home a functioning Ferris wheel she made out of popsicle sticks at Science Club for Girls.

“Mine came out really cool,” she laughs. “I’m pretty sure the mentors had to help me out a lot.”

Peer Mentoring

While Georgia isn’t in touch with her mentors, the influence of older girls participating in science had a great bearing on her life and future studies.

“Just seeing their interest in the sciences and their enthusiasm towards every experiment we did definitely made an impact on my friends and I. They made it seem fun.”

As a junior assistant in training and a junior assistant in seventh and eighth grade, Georgia even had her own opportunity to return the favor and mentor younger scientists during after school clubs.

“When I was a junior assistant, some of the girls weren’t that excited. I just remember building a friendship with them. It made it easier for them to get into the experiments.”

“When I entered Science Club in the fourth grade I didn’t think it would have this big of an impact. But more than ten years since, I’m still interested in science and I still want to make a career out of it,” Georgia said.

“It showed me that science could be fun and helped me realize anyone could do it.”

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