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Penn sophomore introduces tech-savvy middle school girls to programming

Using funding from her AspireIT prize—an award from the National Center for Women and Information Technology (NCWIT) that included a $5,000 grant—Katie Miller was able to bring a similar program to the University as part of the Penn Girls in Engineering, Math and Science (Penn GEMS) summer camp. Her session on programming was a first for Penn GEMS, which is now in its sixth year.

[ via Penn Current ]


STEMinist Profile: Catherine Moorwood, Postdoctoral Researcher, Molecular Biology

Catherine Moorwood

Postdoctoral Researcher, Molecular Biology

University of Pennsylvania

What inspired you to pursue a career in STEM?
I always enjoyed science and maths at school, but what inspired me to go into medical research was a desire to help people like my brother Michael, who has Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD).

What is the coolest project you have worked on and why?
In my previous lab I worked on a high-throughput screen of FDA-approved drugs to look for activity that would be beneficial to DMD. I got to learn about the technology used for high-throughput screening and the project had very direct clinical relevance.

Role models/heroes:
My current mentor, Elisabeth Barton, is an amazing role model. She’s an incredible scientist who seems to really love what she does, and still manages to enjoy life outside of work too.

Why do you love working in STEM?
It’s a pretty amazing thing to go to work every day and have the chance to discover something completely new. I never stop learning, and I have the satisfaction of knowing that my work can make a difference for people.

Advice for future STEMinists?
Mentoring is really important. Take every opportunity to meet other women scientists, like joining professional societies such as the Association for Women in Science. Find people you can relate to and learn from them. And stay connected to your passion for STEM.

Favorite website/app:
I use to collect articles I’m interested in and share them via LinkedIn and Twitter.

Twitter: @moorwood