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Columbia Girls in STEM Initiative

Launched by Columbia University's School of Professional Studies with support from corporate partners and community organizations, the Columbia Girls in STEM Initiative addresses the persistent gender gap across science, technology, engineering and math fields. It prepares students from underrepresented populations to enter college and the workplace with increased confidence and capability. The initiative completed its fourth year in four cities across the United States.

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.

Executive Sponsor: Katy Brown – Microsoft

Executive Sponsor: Tara Bunch – National Geographic

Executive Sponsor: Kim Rometo – Miami Dolphins

Executive Sponsor: Elizabeth Byrnes – Goldman Sachs

Hear from #CUgirlsinSTEM Partners and Participants

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

Elizabeth Byrnes, Goldman Sachs

It's really great to learn that there are so many powerful women and it's really inspiring—it makes me feel like I can do that, too.

Gizelle T., Girls in STEM participant
Jason Wingard

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, Ph. D., Dean of the School of Professional Studies

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