Girls Discover STEM


Women in STEM Careers

On Tuesday, May 28, 2024, from 4:30 – 6:30 p.m., the AAUW Corpus Christi Branch STEM Committee hosted a Women in STEM Careers program at West Oso Junior High School.  Twenty-five girls in sixth through eighth grades attended the event.

The program featured six female panelists who provided an introduction about their backgrounds, information on their STEM degrees earned, and a description of their past and present careers in STEM fields.  In addition, the panelists discussed their experiences as women in a STEM field and what motivated them to pursue a degree in STEM.  The six panelists were:

  • Leslie Peart – AAUW STEM member & CCISD high school science teacher
  • Julia Kwedi – KRIS 6 News meteorologist
  • Nicole Gaertner – Texas State Aquarium education manager
  • Dorothy Pallotti – Del Mar College technology STEM advisor & adjunct Instructor
  • Kelsey Cloud – Del Mar College science STEM advisor
  • Dr. Daisy Zhang – Del Mar College bio-technology professor

We sincerely appreciate our six female panelists who gave informative and inspiring presentations on their careers in the STEM community and their STEM degrees.  They serve as excellent role models for young girls who dream of a successful career in a STEM field.

We thank Jennifer Gonzales, chair of the AAUW STEM Committee, for organizing this event and our STEM Committee members who attended and assisted with the event: Nina Fischer, Diana Cardenas, Catherine Cox, Shirley Selz, and Eva De La Garza.


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