Mentors and Role Models

Research has shown that access and exposure to STEM role models and mentors is a best practice for encouraging girls to pursue STEM studies and careers.  Role models and mentors broaden girls' views of who does science, and instill a sense of confidence for what is possible in their own lives. Use these resources to find university and professional STEM volunteers to help with student projects, competitions, in-class or online presentations at your science center or museum.

Professional Engineering Societies

  • Many professional engineering societies have student chapters based at universities and technical colleges. These collegiate chapters are great resources for identifying near-age peers and role models. Check with your local institutions to find out what societies meet in your area.  These societies also provide access to a myriad of resources, including scholarships, engineering activities, summer enrichment opportunities, and internships.



Engineering Corner

Science Central's Ms. Tech Camp

With support from a Girls RISEnet Minigrant, Science Central, a hands-on science center in northeast Indiana, partnered with the Boys and Girls Club of Fort Wayne and the Fort Wayne Urban League, as well as the general public, to host our first ...Read More

Privacy Policy | The Girls RISE (Raising Interest in Science and Engineering) National Museum Network is funded by Grant No. HRD-0937245 from the National Science Foundation (NSF), Human Resource Development, Research on Gender in Science and Engineering Extension Services (GSE/EXT) Program. Project collaborators include the Miami Science Museum, the Association of Science-Technology Centers (ASTC) and SECME, Inc. The project seeks to increase the capacity of science centers and museums to interest girls from underrepresented populations in the engineering sciences