Empowering Young Girls Interested In Science Careers
I’m passionate about empowering young girls who have an interest in science to have confidence that they can pursue what they feel they are interested in as well as to understand the variety of what is available in STEM.
I have mentored several young women interested in science and research, mostly through the Fellowship Programme at Movement for Hope.
I’m pleased to say that there are several cases that my mentees are successful. One previously from 2016-2017, who agreed for me to showcase her is a bright student called, Ziyun Poh. Ziyun was an undergraduate studying for her BSc in Neuroscience at the University Collge London. I helped her with research programme selections, CV, personal statements, and summer applications, as well as other research communications, like public engagement, and general advice. One of the applications that we worked on was for Wellcome Trust and for UCL Cognitive Neuroscience Summer Internship. Ziyun was awarded both, the prestigious Wellcome Trust Scholarship and a UCL departmental scholarship for two different neuroscience summer internship programmes at UCL. She went on to gain laboratory experience and select a final year project that may lead to publication.
“Amber has inspired me and I can’t thank her enough for her selflessness and patience in helping me. She has helped this clueless, fresh undergrad in her first step into the career world. Also, I adore her cheerful and had a positive attitude no matter what. I feel very appreciative and wish her all the best things in the world. Thank you! ” Ziyun Poh
I have also had the opportunity to periodically volunteer in secondary schools as a science mentor, and prior to this as a teaching assistant. One of the programmes that I volunteered for is Science Grrl. Science Grrl is one of several groups who are passionate about celebrating women in science and passing science knowledge to youth. The programme encourages youth, particularly girls, to pursue Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math careers.
Please see the photos below for a glimpse into the science classrooms in London: