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A Letter From Our First Employee

Updated: Apr 23

Dear Science Club for Girls Community, 

As we approach the milestone of our 30th anniversary, I can't help but reflect on the incredible journey we've embarked on together. As the first employee of the Science Club for Girls back in 1996, I've had the privilege of witnessing firsthand the transformative power of curiosity and mentorship in shaping the lives of young girls. 

It feels like just yesterday when I stumbled upon a flier at Boston University, calling for women who shared a passion for science and a desire to inspire the next generation. Little did I know, that simple phone call would lead me to become a part of something truly extraordinary.

My time at Science Club for Girls was filled with boundless creativity and joy. From messy paint experiments exploring the wonders of color to constructing intricate mazes for curious mice, every moment was a testament to the magic of hands-on learning and exploration.

Over the years, I've watched Science Club for Girls evolve and expand, reaching hundreds of girls across multiple locations and even into the realm of virtual programming. The impact we've had on young minds is nothing short of remarkable, and it fills me with immense pride to see how far we've come as an organization. That’s why I’m excited to attend the Catalyst Awards’ 30th Anniversary where we’ll have an opportunity to celebrate these achievements and fuel the organization’s future work.

As I reflect on my own journey from Science Club for Girls teacher to Chief of Pediatric Ophthalmology at Tufts Medical Center, I am reminded of the importance of mentorship in guiding us towards our passions. My mentor, Ilene Gipson, instilled in me that pursuing our dreams with joy and determination is the key to a fulfilling career and life. Today, hundreds of Science Clubs for Girls alumni continue to serve as mentors, inspiring girls and gender-expansive youth to explore the wonders of science and inspiring them to believe that anything is possible. 

So, as we come together to celebrate our 30th anniversary and honor the Catalyst Awards, let us not only rejoice in our achievements but also reaffirm our commitment to the growth of Science Club for Girls. Together, let's continue to inspire, educate, and support the next generation of diverse women in STEM. 

I look forward to seeing you all at the celebration and witnessing the incredible impact we will continue to make in the years to come.

With gratitude and excitement,

Vicki M. Chen, MD

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