Vivacious, determined, magnetic, inspiring. These are the words that characterized Angela Mathew. Angela was a junior with a concentration in neurobiology, and was the president of the Science Club for Girls Harvard University Campus Chapter when her young life was tragically cut short this past spring.
In her memory, we created the Angela Mathew Outstanding Mentor award, to recognize an individual who exemplifies Angela’s spirit, and who shares her commitment “to educate, encourage, and give young women and girls the drive to succeed in any and all aspects of their lives, not in spite of being a woman, but because of being a woman”.
Angelica has had a fascination with all things aviation and astronomy since the ripe age of about 10. Growing up, she never had any guidance or mentorship as to how to become a woman in STEM. Now that she has become a real-life rocket scientist, as an engineer as Aurora Flight Sciences, she is in a position to fulfill her childhood dreams. And she can be a mentor to others.
Angelica has been a mentor for the Rocket Team since summer 2013. She also spent all of the 2013 school year helping working with Jameelah, as part of the Science Club for Girls STEM Internship program, to design and build an underwater ROV that they got to actually test in the water.
Angelica is also a mentor and to her younger sister who is 8 years younger than her.
Thank you, Angelica, for being a role model of a strong, powerful, driven young woman with ambitious life goals!