Girls STEM Initiative

The Rice University IBB Girls STEM Initiative began the summer of 2013. This initiative is an extensive preparatory program designed to immerse economically disadvantaged female high school rising sophomores in some of the most cutting-edge areas of biomedical research, provide them with a solid foundation for college study and create lasting mentoring relationships over the course of their high school career. Through the support of the Hamill Foundation, the IBB's first cohort of women are excelling in their studies, all in the top 10% of their high school class, receiving scholarships for their future college endeavors, and three are poised to apply to Rice early decision.

Presently, an exclusive partnership between Rice University and Houston ISD's César Chávez High School, the program is in innovative approach to expanding Houston's pipeline of female, STEM-trained, college bound high school graduates. (Other students seeking Rice University K-12 programs should visit the Rice Office of STEM Engagement.)

Fifteen high school girls attend workshops, lectures and demonstrations, participate in laboratory research (including launching bottle rockets), take field trips and receive mentoring to broaden their knowledge of careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. They will continue to attend this week-long campus program each summer throughout their high school years.

All videos and reviews of this program can be found on our GSI Media page. Also provided is information on the GSI Mentors, Advisors and Crew. We invite you take a moment to read the GSI Faculty Founder Message, and enjoy the GSI Photo Gallery.

Additional Sponsors are welcomed as this program expands. Further information regarding the methodology, goals and outcomes of this program can be found in the 2013-2016 IBB Girls STEM Initiative: Overview.

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