Girl Scouts of Nassau County recently arranged an opportunity for Girl Scouts from different troops across Nassau County to visit the Feinstein Institutes for Medical Research at Northwell Health in Manhasset. The program’s theme was “Women and Girls in Science” and it featured a tour of the facility and inspiring talks from members of an all-female research group called Advancing Women in Science and Medicine (AWSM—pronounced “awesome”). Twenty-three Girl Scouts participated. They also had the chance to see lab demonstrations and took part in an open discussion with faculty about the experiences of women in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) careers.
“Visiting the Feinstein Institutes was such a wonderful experience for our Girl Scouts, and we thank Northwell and The Feinstein Institutes for helping us offer this exciting opportunity as part of our ongoing efforts to introduce Girl Scouts to career paths in STEM fields,” said Randell Bynum, the chief executive officer of Girl Scouts of Nassau County. “Our mission is build girls of courage, confidence and character who make the world a better place. Meeting these incredible women, hearing their stories and seeing them in the laboratory making tangible strides in medical research that will help save lives was inspiring and helped move our mission forward.”
The program was made possible through a partnership between the Girl Scouts of Nassau County, the Feinstein Institutes for Medical Research and the AWSM research group. Dr. Betty Diamond, director of the Institute of Molecular Medicine at the Feinstein Institutes, formed AWSM in 2010 to help advance career opportunities for women at the Feinstein Institutes. She spoke with Girl Scouts about the group’s programs in basic, translational and clinical research and its initiatives in recognition, career development, advocacy, education, networking and mentoring.
Dr. Kevin Tracey, the president and chief executive officer of the Feinstein Institutes for Medical Research, spoke with the girls about career opportunities in STEM. Girl Scouts in high school also learned how to apply for a paid internship with the Feinstein Institutes and research a topic of their choice. The Feinstein Institutes has a team of 5,000 members who seek out discoveries involving the treatment of various illnesses, such as lupus, sepsis, cancer and Alzheimer’s Disease.
“The Feinstein Institutes is passionate about introducing the next generation of scientists to the world of medical research,” said Dr. Lior Brimberg, assistant professor at the Feinstein Institutes for Medical Research and co-president of AWSM. “Seeing the excitement in the Girl Scouts as they toured our labs holds promise that we will see more gender equity in the next generation.”
In addition to its partnership with the Feinstein Institutes, the Girl Scouts of Nassau County helps girls explore a range of career paths through programs like “A Day in the Life of a Reporter,” “Law Experience Day” in partnership with the Hofstra University School of Law and “Writing for Digital Publications” in partnership with Her Campus.
For more information about Girl Scouts of Nassau County and the career development opportunities it offers, visit gsnc.org.