As part of its 20th Anniversary celebration, the Science Club for Girls (SCFG) announced the creation of the Angela Mathew Outstanding Mentor Award, in memory of Angela Mathew, Harvard’s Chapter President, who tragically died in a car accident this past February.
“Angela was dear to the heart of all of us, and was an exemplary role model and mentor,” said Connie Chow, Executive Director of the SCFG. The award recognizes a mentor who exemplifies Angela’s vivacious spirit, and who shares Angela’s commitment “to educate, encourage, and give young women and girls the drive to succeed in any and all aspects of their lives, not in spite of being a woman, but because of being a woman”.
Founded in 1994 in Cambridge, SCFG works to connect girls in grades K-12 with female mentor-scientists through free science and engineering programs, to narrow the achievement gap and to assure long-term economic competitiveness for our local region. More than 1,000 girls participate annually in SCFG programs that take place throughout eastern Massachusetts.
According to SCFG, 80 percent of the fastest growing jobs in the next decade require capabilities in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. The groups says that its “efforts to increase interest and promote career awareness in these fields are essential to ensure the economic security for underrepresented groups and their communities.”
Harvard’s chapter of the club was established in 2011, and is the second established student organization of the SCFG.