2018 Girls & Science Event

Final selection of STEAM Career Mentors


2018 Girls & Science Non-sponsor Mentors
  Name Title Organization
Alyssa O'Brien

Horticulture Manager

Butterfly Pavilion
Carmella LoCascio Prescribed Fire Specialist The Nature Conservancy
Corri Pfeiffenberger Director, Horticulture/Grounds Denver Zoo
Dona Wallace Lead Systems Engineer Jeppesen
Jennifer Watson Education Program Manager Bird Conservancy of the Rockies
Kimberly Wickland Research Ecologist U.S. Geological Survey
Laura Slivinski Research Scientists (Mathematician) NOAA's Earth Systems Research Laboratory
Megan McKenna Acoustic Biologist National Park Service
Nathalia Guarascio CAD Jewellery Designer Guarascio Contemporary Jewelry
Sarah Perman Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine CU School of Medicine
Tiffany Binkowski Structural Engineering Manager - Custom Homes Evstudio
Yemi Odugbesan Cardiac Anesthesiologist Physician Anesthesia Services
Mentor to be annouced TBA Colordao State University



A note to past participants in Girls & Science events. PLEASE READ:


The Denver Museum of Nature & Science is changing the 2018 Girls & Science event to be more of an innovative career fair model where girls meet and interact with women working in science, technology, engineering, art, and Math (STEAM) industries. The STEAM Career Mentors’ role and booths are different from past years and have different requirements for selection. PLEASE READ THE REQUIREMENTS CAREFULLY to make sure you understand the changes.  



Why Girls & Science?

The event is enjoyed by all Museum guests, but the focus on girls is important:

  • Girls can imagine a STEAM career when they meet women who are successful examples.
  • Research has shown that girls are just as interested in STEAM as boys until around middle school, when interest levels steeply decline, primarily because gender bias leads parents, other students, and even teachers to inaccurately suggest, directly or indirectly, to girls that they’re naturally not as good as boys in these fields.
  • The U.S. tech sector is creating jobs faster than it is preparing professionals to fill them. Employers want computer-savvy students. However, the number of high school girls who take the AP Computer Science exam is only 19%.
  • Microsoft’s 2016 global workplace report shows 26% of its employees are female and less than 18% of its engineers are women.


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