The objective of WiSE outreach is to create educational opportunities for young women in STEM by organizing hands-on events connecting our WiSE network of scientists with the community. By sharing our personal experiences in STEM, and therefore humanizing scientists, we strive to inspire young women to pursue their interests in STEM. The opportunities we provide are designed to expose young women to the diverse paths in STEM.
We are deeply involved in our local community. Our Outreach Committee, lead by chair Alexa Pagliaro, and Chair of Professional Development, Andrea Moffitt provide fun educational opportunities to girls from around New York including:
- Fun with DNA Summer Camp: Together with the Dolan DNA Learning Center, we hold an annual science camp for middle-school girls.
- Science Cafés: We visit local middle schools to hold “lunch and learn” events where WiSE members speak about their research, their path to CSHL, and life as a scientist and students are encouraged to ask questions.
- Brain Day with Girl Scouts: We celebrate International Brain Day by hosting Girl Scouts from around New York for a day of hands-on neuroscience experiments.
- Pen Pal Program: We pair women scientists from CSHL with local high school students to answer their questions about life as a scientist and provide inspiration during what can be a difficult life stage.
- Girls Coding Camp: At our coding camp, girls learn the basics of computer programming (and have fun doing it!)