The 2023 Catalyst Awards took place on Tuesday, April 25th at the Broad Institute in Cambridge, MA. The event celebrated 29 years of empowering girls and women in STEM and raised more than $335,000 to support our free STEM programs!
The Catalyst Awards are Science Club for Girls' signature annual event...hear stories from our community, see our Science Clubs 'in action', and meet remarkable women who are paving the way for a more diverse, innovative, and inclusive world of STEM.
The Catalyst Awards recognize outstanding leadership in advancing Science Club for Girls' mission and vision of creating a more fully inclusive and diverse STEM community.
2023 CATALYST AWARDS HONOREES:
Dr. Latanya Sweeney
Professor of the Practice of Government and Technology at the Harvard Kennedy School and in the Harvard Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Editor-in-Chief of Technology Science, director and founder of the Public Interest Tech Lab and the Data Privacy Lab at Harvard, former Chief Technology Officer at the U.S. Federal Trade Commission and Distinguished Career Professor of Computer Science, Technology and Policy at Carnegie Mellon University, Dr. Sweeney has 3 patents, more than 100 academic publications, pioneered the field known as data privacy, and launched the emerging area known as algorithmic fairness.
Dr. Sweeney is a recipient of the Louis D. Brandeis Privacy Award, the American Psychiatric Association's Privacy Advocacy Award, an elected fellow of the American College of Medical Informatics, and has testified before government bodies worldwide. She earned her PhD in computer science from MIT in 2001, being the first black woman to do so, and her undergraduate degree in computer science from Harvard University. Dr. Sweeney creates and uses technology to assess and solve societal, political and governance problems, and teaches others how to do the same.
Dr. Emily Reichert
Dr. Emily Reichert most recently served as Chief Executive Officer of Greentown Labs, the largest climatetech startup incubator in North America, headquartered in Somerville, Massachusetts, and Houston, Texas. Dr. Reichert has been appointed to leadership positions on innovation, economic development, entrepreneurship and clean technology commercialization at the city, state and federal level including Massachusetts Governor’s Economic Development Planning Council and the U.S. Secretary of Commerce's National Advisory Council on Innovation and Entrepreneurship.
Dr. Reichert has received the Northeast Clean Energy Council's “Decade of Influence Award” and the “Woman Who Mean Business Award” from Boston Business Journal. Most recently, she was named one of Business Insider's "100 People Transforming Business - North America." She holds a Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and earned her MBA from MIT Sloan School of Management.
2023 CATALYST AWARDS SPECIAL GUESTS:
Sumbul Siddiqui, Mayor of Cambridge, MA (speaking in-person)
Mayor Sumbul Siddiqui is currently serving her third term on the Cambridge City Council, and second as Mayor of Cambridge. Mayor Siddiqui immigrated to the United States from Karachi, Pakistan at the age of two, along with her parents and twin brother. After graduating with a bachelor’s degree in Public Policy from Brown University, Mayor Siddiqui served as an AmeriCorps fellow at New Profit, a then Cambridge-based organization dedicated to improving social mobility for families. Upon earning her J.D. from Northwestern’s Pritzker School of Law, she moved home to practice as a legal aid attorney with Northeast Legal Aid. As the Mayor, her priorities include increasing affordable housing, supporting local businesses, improving Cambridge Public Schools, and leading Cambridge through the COVID-19 pandemic.
Elizabeth Warren, United States Senator (speaking via video)
Elizabeth Warren was the first woman ever to be elected to the United States Senate from Massachusetts. She is a fearless consumer advocate who has made her life's work the fight for middle class families. Senator Warren is one of the nation’s leading progressive voices, fighting for big structural change that would transform our economy and rebuild the middle class. She is widely credited for the original thinking, political courage, and relentless persistence that led to the creation of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, which has successfully protected millions of consumers from financial tricks and traps often hidden in mortgages, credit cards, and other financial products.
As a law professor for more than 30 years, Senator Warren taught courses on commercial law, contracts, and bankruptcy. She has written more than a hundred articles and eleven books, including This Fight Is Our Fight, A Fighting Chance, The Two-Income Trap, and All Your Worth.
Thank you to our 2023 Catalyst Sponsors!
Aurora Flight Sciences
Latham & Watkins
Mitsubishi Electric Research Laboratories, Inc.
Queen Consulting Group
And thank you to our multi-year funders:
Sponsorship Levels and Benefits
$50,000+ Rare Element
Invest in the long-term, future impact of Science Club for Girls—expanding programs to reach even more girls through operational and programmatic support. Customized benefits and publicity package—including opportunities for PR and a leadership spotlight. Receive 10 tickets.
Support the next phase of growth, adding 25 spots for girls in clubs. Event publicity: name, logo, link listing. During event: individual signage, premiere full slide, verbal recognition. Program book: full page/ inside cover. Receive 8 tickets.
Sponsor a club for one year. Event publicity: name, logo, link listing. During event: individual signage, priority full slide, verbal recognition. Program book: full page. Receive 6 tickets.
Provide programming for 10 girls/year. Event publicity: name, logo, link listing. During event: individual signage, premiere full slide, verbal recognition. Program book: full page. Receive 4 tickets.
Fund one semester of STEM curriculum. Event publicity: name, logo, link listing. During event: individual signage, premiere full slide, verbal recognition. Program book: half page. Receive 4 tickets.
Provide training for 80+ Mentors for one year. Event publicity: name, logo, link listing. During event: group signage, half slide. Program book: half page. Receive 2 tickets.
Support 15 Junior Mentor stipends for one semester. Name listing on the event website and pre-event emails. Group signage, quarter slide. Program book: quarter page. Receive 2 tickets.
Thank You to our 2022 Sponsors!
Empowering girls to embrace STEM through meaningful mentorship and free, hands-on experiences
I’m not sure I’d be where I am if I hadn’t had mentors and peers in Science Club who encouraged me to pursue what I wanted and helped me build the confidence to get there.
— Sophie, Junior Mentor
What We Know
An achievement gap exists between well-resourced and economically-stressed children from the moment they begin school.
Research on how children learn shows that learning that happens outside of the traditional classroom helps students see the relevance of academic subjects and leads to deeper interest, which in turn directly impacts achievement.
The achievement gap between Black and Hispanic students and their white and Asian peers was evident in the 2017 Next Generation math MCAS scores.
The number of white students whose scores exceeded the standards was four times higher than Black or Hispanic students, and the number of Black and Hispanic students who did not meet the standard was almost three times as high as white students.
Research shows that girls begin to associate boys with science and math as early as grade two, and middle school is often when stereotypes and harmful associations cause many girls to avoid STEM subjects.
Sources: Economic Policy Institute 2015; National Research Council 2009, 2011; Department of Education 2017 profiles http://profiles.doe.mass.edu/statereport/nextgenmcas.aspx; Cvencek, D., Meltzoff, A.N., and Greenwald, A.G., Child Dev. 2011 May-Jun;82(3):766-79.