Dr. Oneeka Williams to receive 2014 Science Club for Girls Catalyst Award

PRESS CONTACT:
Connie Chow, Science Club for Girls, 617/513-1540, cchow@scienceclubforgirls.org

Cambridge, MA: September 2, 2014 – Science Club for Girls (SCFG), a nonprofit organization dedicated to increasing diversity in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), has selected Dr. Oneeka Williams, as one of three individual recipients of its annual Catalyst Awards. The Awards Celebration and Benefit will be held October 27 from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. ET at the Newton Marriott.

The Science Club for Girls Catalyst Awards honor individuals and institutions committed to making STEM a truly universal enterprise. The Catalyst honorees are leaders in creating change from system down to individual levels.
Dr. Oneeka Williams

Dr Oneeka Williams is on a mission to ‘Educate, Empower and Enrich’ the lives of children, especially girls, towards a greater interest in Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math. As Founder and President of Dr. Dee Dee Dynamo LLC, Dr Williams has developed a mechanism to engage children in the joys of science at an early age. Her belief is that by planting the seeds of curiosity, incorporating science content into an entertainment platform and delivering the message in the form of a powerful, confident girl character, she will create early imprinting of what is possible thus dispelling the common childhood belief, that scientists are ‘old, white men with spectacles’.

Furthermore, by creating interest, confidence and proficiency at an early age, Dr Williams believes that this will have a profound impact on increasing the percentage of women and underrepresented minorities entering STEM careers. Consequently, the implications for economic empowerment and the eventual effects on health disparities in these groups can be life altering.

After completing a BA in Biophysics at Johns Hopkins University, her MD, MPH at Harvard Medical School and School of Public Health and surgical training at Massachusetts General Hospital and The Lahey Clinic, Dr Williams has combined her love of science, medicine and public health with her love of writing to create global impact. She has published a series of children’s books featuring Dr. Dee Dee Dynamo- Super Surgeon on the Go, which has been embraced by children and educators across the country and various parts of the world. The goal is to build a multi-media vehicle that will touch every child.

Dr Williams is a distinguished Urologic Surgeon at St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center and Assistant Clinical Professor of Urology at Tufts Medical School. She is a tireless mentor to girls and students, a dedicated leader in multiple community organizations, an innovator and visionary who also shares her passion and knowledge by speaking frequently to both children and adults on STEM, literacy and health related topics. She is committed to encouraging excellence, and inspiring especially girls and children of color that, in the words of Dr. Dee Dee Dynamo, ‘NOT EVEN THE SKY IS THE LIMIT!’

The awards celebration includes a reception, silent auction, and raffle, and showcases SCFG participants and their projects. Details about the event including ticket and sponsorship information and sponsors can be found at http://scienceclubforgirls.org/catalyst-awards-2014. The event is open to the public. Proceeds benefits SCFG’s free, hands-on programs for over 1,000 girls in eastern Massachusetts.

Committed sponsors include EMC, Genzyme, IBM, Ariad, Alnylam, Atreaon, State Street, Stealth Peptides, Symantec and Forum Pharmaceuticals.

About Science Club for Girls

Science Club for Girls is a nonprofit organization with 20 years of experience delivering free programs to girls in K-12 grades, especially those from underserved communities in Boston, Cambridge, Lawrence, Newton and Fitchburg. Science Club for Girls’ mission is to increase girls’ excitement, confidence and literacy in STEM through programs led by mentors in these fields.

Science Club for Girls was selected by Root Cause as a Social Innovator in STEM Education and Outreach in 2012, and received the national 2010 MetLife Afterschool Innovator Award for its work in STEM with middle-school girls.

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