2022 Virtual Catalyst Awards
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The 2022 Catalyst Awards was a huge success—all because of you!
With your support, over 280 guests registered for the virtual celebration and raised over $280,000 to support our expanding programs.
THANK YOU to everyone who contributed to ensure the work of Science Club for Girls continues to transform the face of STEM, for the next 27 years and beyond. Missed the show? Watch here!
We are so close to reaching our goal of raising $285,000! Funds raised at the Catalyst Awards ensure that all our programs stay free and serve more participants on our growing waitlist. If you would like to make a contribution, please donate here, or learn about other ways to support SCFG by contacting Development Director Lucy Sweeney at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you for your support!
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.
2022 Catalyst Awardees:
Dr. Yvonne Greenstreet, CEO of Alnylam Pharmaceuticals
Yvonne Greenstreet is the Chief Executive Officer of Alnylam Pharmaceuticals, having previously served as Chief Operating Officer, President and COO. Yvonne has more than 25 years of experience in the Biopharmaceutical industry, driving strategy and innovation, bringing transformative medicines to patients, and building successful businesses in the US, Europe and globally. Formerly, Yvonne was Senior Vice President and Head of Medicines Development at Pfizer as well as Senior Vice President and Chief of Strategy for Research and Development at GlaxoSmithKline. Yvonne trained as a physician and earned her medical degree (MBChB) from The University of Leeds in the UK. She also holds an MBA from INSEAD Business school in France.
Dr. Mariana Matus, CEO of Biobot Analytics
Mariana Matus is CEO and Cofounder of Biobot Analytics where she leads the development of a wastewater epidemiology data platform to make public health more proactive and equitable. With a background in computational biology from MIT, Dr. Matus analyzes sewage––our collective microbiome––to chart population health and tackle the challenge of infectious disease and drug abuse epidemics. She values her accurate and privacy-protected data as an invaluable tool for public health leaders across the globe.
Dr. Nancy Simonian, CEO of Syros Pharmaceuticals
Nancy Simonian is the founding CEO of Syros and has an established track record of value creation in biotechnology. Prior to Syros, she was Chief Medical Officer at Millennium Pharmaceuticals, and previously, Vice President of Clinical Development at Biogen. Nancy has overseen the successful development of numerous medicines. Nancy started her career as an assistant professor at Harvard Medical School and neurology staff at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH). She trained in neurology and internal medicine at MGH and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in biology from Princeton. She is currently a member of the board of directors at Seagen, the Biotechnology Innovation Organization (BIO) and the Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation.
The 2022 Catalyst Awards Emcee:
Latoyia Edwards, NBC10 Boston Morning News Anchor
Latoyia Edwards is an Emmy Award-winning anchor on NBC 10 Boston and NECN. She joined the NBC Boston and NECN family as a morning reporter in 2005, arriving from WWLP-22 in Springfield, Massachusetts, where she had been a weekday anchor. A native of Boston's Dorchester neighborhood, Latoyia graduated magna cum laude from Emerson College with a degree in Broadcast Journalism. She began her career as a news writer for WBZ 1030-AM radio, and later reported for the Fox affiliate WICZ-TV 40 in Binghamton, New York. She first anchored television for MediaOne cable news network, while also reporting as the morning drive news anchor for WILD 1090AM.
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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.
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.