ST. PETERSBURG, FL - It’s that time of year again to show support of a local STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) program and the organization who for 7 years has had a tremendous focus on STEM education for girls K-12. There are many men and woman in the community who provide time in mentoring and program curriculum creation/facilitation to help Girls Inc. of Pinellas be able to offer a top notch STEM program. Girls Inc. of Pinellas recognizes a woman in a STEM career who provides mentorship and supports local/National community programs focused on inspiring girls in STEM.
Girls Inc. of Pinellas will hold it’s 2015 STEM Woman of the Year Luncheon on May 13th11:30-1:00 at the Birchwood Hotel 340 Beach Drive NE, St. Petersburg, FL 33701.
The 2015 STEM Woman of the Year award recipient is an Associate Professor at the University of South Florida in the College of Marine Science.
Mya Breitbart is a National Academy of Sciences’ Kavli Frontiers Fellow and an Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellow and was recognized as one of Popular Science Magazine’s “Brilliant Ten” young scientists in 2013. Mya’s research uses genomic sequencing to explore the identify, diversity and distribution of viruses in a wide range of environments, ranging from seawater to sewage. In addition, her laboratory has created new methods for discovering novel viral pathogens causing disease in plants and animals. Mya is a lifelong Girl Scout and has positively impacted girls in the Tampa Bay region through creating and equipping a fully-functional marine science laboratory at the local Girl Scout camp Wai Lani. Mya has hosted marine science and technology workshops for over 200 girls on top of running numerous camps. Mya is also involved as a faculty mentor for the USF Oceanography Camp for Girls, a volunteer moderator for the National Ocean Science Spoonbill Bowl, a FabFems role model, a Florida Girls Collaborative Project leadership team member and an advisory board member for the Florida Aquarium’s Center for Conservation.
Congratulations to Mya Breitbart on her recognition as Girls Inc. of Pinellas STEM Woman of the Year!
Although Girls Inc. is a 50+ year organization it’s efforts in our local community are very much a best kept secret. In an effort to bring them the resources and financially support girls to attend this gemstone program Girls Inc. of Pinellas relies heavily on contributions. The goal this year is to raise $35K through luncheon table sponsorships and personal contributions from table guests.
Here is a link to the 2014 STEM Woman of the Year event. http://www.girlsinc-pinellas.org/STEM-2014