Science Cafés

As part of our education and outreach initiative, WiSE hosts “Science Cafés” for middle school aged and high 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 several science cafés for students on Long Island and aim to set up Science Cafés with school districts across New York State, with a focus on targeting underprivileged areas. Every child deserves the chance to become interested in STEM and have opportunities to learn more about careers in science.


Presenter: Oliver Artz
Location: SUNY Old Westbury


Presenter: Kat Denney
Location: Cold Spring Harbor High School

Our newly elected WiSE Chair of Mental Health, Kat Denney gave to a group of students from Cold Spring Harbor High School a talk about her research in neuroscience on Social Behavior in the Tollkuhn lab as part of our science cafe virtual series.


Presenter: Asad Lakhani
Location: Cold Spring Harbor High School

Asad Lakhani shared his journey in STEM and his research on the effect of aneuploidy in cancer with the young women of the Cold Spring Harbor High School Research Program through our Virtual Science cafe program. 


Presenter: Camila Dos Santos
Location: Cold Spring Harbor High School

CSHL PI Camila dos Santos shared her journey in STEM and her work on the epigenetic control of mammary gland development and breast cancer. She presented to the young women of the Cold Spring Harbor High School Research Program through our virtual science cafe program


Presenter: Nicole Sivetz
Location: Cold Spring Harbor High School

Nicole Sivetz, gave young women in the Cold Spring Harbor High School Research Program an incredible talk as part of our ongoing virtual WiSE Science Cafe series! Nicole detailed her journey in STEM so far, going from an aspiring artist and zoologist to a graduate student studying the immune system and cancer with Dr. Mikala Egeblad.


Presenter: Sonam Bhatia
Location: SUNY Old Westbury

Sonam Bhatia shared her current work on 3D-tumor (organoids) in David Spector's lab with the Women in Science & Engineering and Equality for All group at SUNY Old Westbury! Sonam also led a great discussion about ways to get involved in research during undergrad, and how the COVID pandemic has impacted the day to day life of scientists.


Presenter: Oliver Artz
Location: Cold Spring Harbor High School

 Oliver Artz taught young women in the Cold Spring Harbor High School Research Program all about his work in the Pedmale lab, where he studies how plants sense light and how they use that information to adapt to their ever-changing environment.


Presenter: Sonam Bhatia
Location: Cold Spring Harbor High School

Dr. Sonam Bhatia shared her current research in David Spector’s lab and her path in STEM with a group of students from Cold Spring Harbor High School!


Presenter: Judith Mizrachi and Monique Campbell (SUNY Old Westbury)
Location: Roosevelt High School

CSHL WiSE joined forces with SUNY Old Westbury WiSE, a local undergraduate organization, to bring a science cafe to Roosevelt High School.  Coming from CSHL, Judy Mizrachi shared how her interest in astrophysics has led her to projects relating to neuroscience.  Monique Campbell from OW WiSE shared with the students an interest in computer programming and opened their eyes to the importance of coding in everyday life. This event was a great opportunity for students to learn the personal and academic journeys of our scientists. Students had plenty of questions that contributed to lively discussions about what life as a scientist is really like. This was also a great chance for our scientists to get creative and work on science communication skills.


Presenter: Alex Ambrico
Location: Roslyn Middle School

“The first Science Café was hosted at Roslyn Middle School in New York. My audience was a group of 8th grade students and their science teachers. The Science Café was set up in their library and we had a “lunch & learn” seminar. A PowerPoint presentation was prepared to engage the students and included pictures and concepts complementing my talk. I focused on my undergraduate studies, the research I performed during that time, what I am currently working on, as well as, what I am planning to do in the future. This was a great way for the students to understand my career trajectory and the benefits/rewards I have by working in science. I was happy and surprised about how interested the students were and how comfortable they felt asking questions. The students were able to grasp the concepts I was explaining to them and came up with very constructive thoughts and opinions. They could not get enough and wanted to learn more about cancer research. Collectively, I found that the biggest concern of the students was why research institutions use mouse models to recapitulate cancer. They had a hard time understanding the ethical standpoint of using animals for research. However, after clarification and reasoning, they had a better understanding of why. This seminar was so rewarding and fulfilling knowing that I had a positive impact on young minds!”


Presenter: Ally Nowlan


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