Outreach

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 Workshops, Andrea Moffitt provide fun educational opportunities to girls from around New York including:

  • WiSE 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 female 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!)

Brain Day with Girl Scouts of Nassau County

March 16, 2019 Cassidy Danyko, Chair of Outreach On Saturday March 16, WiSE Outreach held our 3rd Annual Brain Day event for the Girl Scouts of Nassau County in celebration of Brain Awareness Week.  The Dana Foundation declared March 10-24 Brain Awareness Week to bring public attention to the progress and importance of brain...

WiSE Penpal Program with OLMA

In September 2018, WiSE Outreach began a WiSE Science Penpal Program with science research students at Our Lady of Mercy Academy of Syosset. We paired 24 WiSE scientists with the high-school students for the 2018-2019 school year. The goal of this penpal program has been to provide these young women with the opportunity to...

WiSE & DNALC Fun with DNA Camp

Cassidy Danyko, Chair of WiSE Outreach At the end of August, WiSE Outreach hosted the 2nd Annual WiSE Fun with DNA Camp with the Dolan DNA Learning Center (DNALC).  This is the only DNALC camp for girls only and is the only camp to take place at the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory main campus...

WiSE Scientists for International Students

July 26, 2018 On July 26, 2018,  the DNA Learning Center hosted 60 students and teachers from China.  On July 26, two WiSE scientists were invited to discuss their research with the international group.   Our first featured WiSE scientist was WSBS graduate student Katie Meze from the Joshua-Tor Lab. Katie explained the importance of...

Girl Scout Brain Day

In celebration of Brain Awareness Week, on May 5, 2018,  a group of Girl Scouts visited the lab to participate in WiSE Brain Day: Backyard Brains.  The day started with an introduction to neuroscience and the basics of the nervous system, with an emphasis on the neuromuscular junction. The girls were then split into...

Coding Camp for Girls

WiSE outreach hosted a two-day introductory coding camp for girls April 28-29, 2018.  This event was designed for girls in grades 8-12 interested in learning the basics of computer programming.  Thirty girls from the Long Island attended, eager to learn from our instructors, three brilliant graduate students: Shaina Lu, Lizzie Hutton, and Elsie Gibson, who...

Science Cafes

As part of our education and outreach initiative, WiSE hosts "Science Cafés" for middle-school-aged girls at their schools. At these "lunch and learn" events, WiSE members speak about their research, their path to CSHL, and what life is like as a scientist. The students are encouraged to ask any questions they may have. We have hosted...

WiSE Fun with DNA Summer Camp

August 28 - September 1, 2017 WiSE partnered with the Dolan DNA Learning Center to host a WiSE Fun with DNA summer camp. Created by WiSE Vice President Alexandra Ambrico, the program offered an chance for girls to learn about science from female scientists. After a day of the DNALC’s traditional activities, the girls spent...

Get WiSE about Neuroscience

On May 13, WiSE hosted local parents and students for a two-part event called "Get WiSE about Neuroscience & Cancer" at the Dolan DNA Learning Center (DNALC) in Cold Spring Harbor, NY. This was the first event of it's kind at the DNALC. The students performed experiments using Backyard Brains equipment, similar to the experiments...

Brain Day with Girl Scouts

On Saturday April 29, WiSE hosted a Brain Day event for Girl Scouts, an opportunity to spend a morning learning about neuroscience through interactive experiments led by CSHL faculty members Steve Shea and Jessica Tollkhun. The 24 girls who attended, ranging in age from 11 to 14, had diverse reasons for coming; while some...

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