On Nobel Prize Day, December 10, 2011, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton launched the NeXXt Scholars Initiative in a video address at the New York Academy of Sciences event, “Celebrating Women in Science” honoring the 100th anniversary of Marie Curie’s second Nobel Prize in science. This new partnership initiative responds to the Secretary’s core mission of empowering women around the world, by educating them to be the leaders of tomorrow.
The NeXXt Scholars Initiative engages young women from predominantly Muslim countries to pursue an undergraduate degree in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) at U.S. Women’s Colleges. In addition to a high-quality STEM education, this U.S. Government partnership with nearly 40 women’s colleges will provide mentorship, networking, support, and enrichment activities for these international NeXXt Scholars and an American student nominated to be her STEM-Sister. The New York Academy of Sciences will support these efforts by providing Academy memberships and mentorship to these women, connecting NeXXt Scholars with a large network of women in STEM fields through its Science Alliance program.
Dr. E. William Colglazier, the Science and Technology Adviser to Secretary Clinton, gave remarks at the event about the Department’s commitment to this initiative and praised the spirit of collaboration of all partners including EducationUSA Centers, U.S. Agency for International Development, New York Academy of Sciences and nearly 40 U.S. women’s colleges. Attendees included an influential group of scientists, as well as leaders from government, academia, industry, and philanthropy. A host of notable women participated in the event, including honorary guest Her Royal Highness Princess Madeleine of Sweden, Science Envoy and President of Lehigh University, Dr. Alice P. Gast, and keynote speaker Dr. Ellen Kullman, chair of the board and CEO of DuPont. Representatives from 19 of the 37 women’s colleges partnering in the NeXXt Scholars Initiative were in attendance, including the five ‘sister’ colleges: Barnard, Bryn Mawr, Mount Holyoke, Smith and Wellesley, as well as, College of Saint Benedict, Carlow University, Agnes Scott, Spelman, and Simmons Colleges. The presidents of Bennett College for Women, College of Saint Elizabeth, Douglass Residential College of Rutgers University, Saint Joseph, Bay Path, Saint Mary-of-the-Woods, Scripps, Stephens, and Columbia Colleges were all in attendance for the launch of this partnership initiative. NeXXt Scholars recruitment is currently underway for the first cohort entering this fall.
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