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San Francisco
June 10–14, 2019 Executive Sponsor
Katy Brown

Washington, DC
July 29–August 2, 2019 Executive Sponsor
Tara Bunch

July 15–19, 2019 Executive Sponsor
Kim Rometo

New York City
August 12–16, 2019 Executive Sponsor
Elizabeth Byrnes

Our approach
Engage girls and boys from underrepresented populations through hands-on instruction in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) while developing their leadership and communications skills. The initiative will continue to engage and support participating students with mentoring, special events, and resources as they prepare for college and beyond. We will be conducting research to measure the efficacy of the program, understand how to scale up our efforts, and provide a road map for others to replicate our success. This program is open to qualified high school girls and boys.

Launched by Columbia University's School of Professional Studies, the Columbia Girls in STEM Initiative addresses the persistent gender gap across STEM fields. The initiative completed its second year in four cities across the United States.

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“[The students had] never realized that there were so many opportunities and so many women in this field.”

Elizabeth Byrnes – Goldman Sachs

Learn more about the Columbia Girls in STEM Initiative.
"It's really great to learn that there are so many powerful women."
Gizelle T.

"Improving the access to, and quality of, STEM education is the key to increasing equality and a competitive edge in one of the most important business sectors for the future."

Jason Wingard

Dean of the School of Professional Studies


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Curriculum Advisory Committee

James Applegate, Ph.D.
Professor of Astronomy

Rachel Austin, Ph.D.
Vagelos Professor of Chemistry

Rita Charon, M.D., Ph.D.
Professor of Clinical Medicine;
Director of Narrative Medicine M.S.

Jeanine D’Armiento, M.D., Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Medicine

Dana Pe’er, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Biological Sciences

Sharyn O’Halloran, Ph.D.
George Blumenthal Professor of Political Economics;
Professor of International & Public Affairs;
SPS Chief Academic Officer


This program is open to qualified, rising high school junior and senior girls and boys that are identified through the Boys & Girls Clubs of America Partners. Please contact the Boys & Girls Club in your city for more information.

Boys & Girls Club of San Francisco

The Boys & Girls Club of Greater Washington

Boys & Girls Club of Broward County

Madison Square Boys & Girls Club


Developed by Columbia University’s School of Professional Studies with support from corporate partners and community organizations, the Columbia Girls in STEM Initiative helps bridge the gender gap in science, technology, engineering, and math education. It prepares students from underrepresented populations to enter college and the workplace with increased confidence and capability.


Phone: 212-854-9889