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Parent Talk Discusses Science and Girls with Dr. Connie Chow, Exec. Dir. Science Club for Girls

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Connie Chow became Science Club for Girls’ first Executive Director in 2006. Science Club for Girls is a nonprofit that is changing girls’ minds about who can do science by connecting them with women scientists and engineers who guide them in hands-on explorations. The organization serves about 1,000 girls from K-12th grades each year in eastern Massachusetts. It also has a program in Pokuase, Ghana. The majority of girls served by the organization are Black and Latino, and from under-resourced communities. Connie co-founded the Boston Area Girls STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) collaborative in 2009 and is also the co-lead for the Southern New England Girls Collaborative Project. Both initiatives brings universities, community organizations and companies together to get girls excited about these subjects, and expose them to careers in these fields. Connie received her Ph.D. through the program in Virology in the Division of Medical Sciences at Harvard University, and conducted her postdoctoral research at the Harvard School of Public Health. Prior to joining SCFG, Connie was an assistant professor in Biology at Simmons College, where she was the co-principal investigator on a National Science Foundation-funded summer program that introduced technology and science to youth in the Boston public middle schools.

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