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Announcing our 2018 - Fourth Annual! - Junior STEM Associate Program for Young Women

In the summer of 2018, we will host our fourth annual Junior STEM Associate Program! This is a four-week mentorship opportunity for young women in high school. The program provides an introduction to medicine, public health, and basic and clinical science using diabetes and obesity as case studies. Participants develop and strengthen research, writing, and public speaking skills and gain insights into the experiences of very senior women leaders in science through an extensive speaker series.

In our view, there are far too few women at senior levels of research and science and in corporate boardrooms, and our goal is to introduce young women to these areas at an early age and to expose them to strong senior women in our field in an effort to show them success from an early age. They are managed by a slew of fascinating young and mid-career women leaders and learn about business and medicine and how to advocate for a healthier citizenship.

Throughout the internship, Junior STEM Associates participate in research, writing, and discussions on diabetes and obesity as well as healthcare in general – they author articles that wind up being read by tens of thousands of people annually! Each participant leads her own project (examples from past years include an in-depth article on best practices for foot care in diabetes, an advocacy missive about optimal language to use with patients, and a piece on what A1c really means and its limitations as a glycemic metric), with guidance and mentorship from associates and volunteers at diaTribe. At the end of the program, each participant presents her accomplishments to the team.

Applications are officially open here!

Here are just a few experts who spoke to the 2017 Junior STEM Associates:

o   Dr. Francine Kaufman (Chief Medical Officer, Medtronic Diabetes; Los Angeles, CA)

o   Dr. Judith Fradkin (Director, Division of Diabetes, Endocrinology, and Metabolic Diseases, NIDDK; Bethesda, MD)

o   Dr. Anne Peters (Professor, Keck School of Medicine USC; Los Angeles, CA)

o   Dr. Donna Ryan (Associate Executive Director for Clinical Research, Pennington Biomedical Research Center; Baton Rouge, LA)

o   Dr. Faith Foreman (Assistant Director, Houston Health Department; Houston, TX)

o   Dr. Laura Schmidt (Professor of Health Policy, UCSF; San Francisco, CA)

o   Dr. Lori Laffel (Chief of Pediatric and Adolescent Section, Joslin Diabetes Center; Boston, MA)

o   Dr. Trang Ly (Medical Director and Vice President, Insulet; Boston, MA)

Feedback from past Junior STEM Associates:

Hearing all of the guest speakers allowed me to gain a much clearer view of what it takes to become a top woman in medicine.”

It was super cool knowing that I don't have to know what I want to do in the future right now. There's still a lot of time to figure it out. All the women were also in different fields of science, so it was really interesting hearing about the different professions they had and all the types of work they did.”

“… My favorite part of the program was listening in and participating in all the different talks. It was so interesting hearing all the women's various experiences with science and how and when they got interested in it.”

I have learned so much, but two parts that I will remember most is the value of mentorship and networking, as well as remembering to ask many questions, to say thank you, and learning to follow what I really want to do in my future.”

- by Payal Marathe, Emma Ryan, and Kelly Close

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