Beginning in 2006, the Women in Science and Technology Program (WST) has brought together dozens of female students from Boston-area high schools for a month-long weekend program of research, lectures, field trips, and the opportunity to meet mentors and role models from scientific disciplines. Participants spend morning sessions engaged in laboratory experiments led by women undergraduate science majors from Boston College, who volunteer their time and serve in leadership roles. In the afternoon sessions, participants enjoy field trips and special lectures designed to demystify science with real-life applications. Activities have included a tour of a research lab at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute where they saw brain surgery performed on a mouse. They have visited the New England Wildlife Center for a hands-on tour of their treatment care facilities and educational center and the Weston Observatory. A detective from the Sexual Assault Unit of the Boston Police Department discussed the use of science-based techniques on crime scene investigations. Ms. Elizabeth O’Day, a Chemistry graduate student at Harvard University, led a tour of several Harvard research laboratories. As a Boston College undergraduate, Ms. O’Day initiated the WST Program in 2006, as a way of sharing her enthusiasm for science with young women and introducing them to career opportunities in the field.
Professors Mary Roberts and Lynne O’Connell from Chemistry and Professor Clare O’Connor from Biology serve as advisors to WST, in addition to being role models for the students.
2010 Women in Science & Technology Program Photos
Visit Elizabeth O'Day's website: Lizzard Fashion: Making Science Fashionable
Links to articles:
The Boston College Chronicle: "Program Continues to Thrive at Five"
The Boston Globe: "She Aims at Getting Girls Hooked on Science"
The Boston College Chronicle: "BC Unveils Women in Science & Technology Program"