October 7, 2019

Alayna Westcom, a forensic scientist and former Miss Vermont, takes the Nerd Girl nation through the highs and lows of working in a morgue. Each day, Westcom finds herself most excited at the prospect of using science to provide answers to grieving families.

October 2, 2019

Twenty-three-year-old Alayna Westcom stood onstage in a white dress with a blue atom emblem, blue shoes, and lab glasses. On a table covered by a white tablecloth, she added hydrogen peroxide and potassium iodide to a little soap and then stepped back to watch. "Don't...

October 2, 2019

Students aged 7-19 who may be engineers in the making are invited to take the Meet the Future You quiz to examine different engineering careers.

The quiz questions focus on the test taker’s interests and educational strengths to match them to profiles based on real-life...

October 2, 2019

Numerous jobs in computer science, data informatics and cybersecurity have six-figure earning potential, and demand is growing.

The demand for those with computer science backgrounds, for instance, will rise 12 percent over the next decade—double the average growth rate...

August 22, 2019

Nerd Girl Nation dives into climate change with Rashmi Shah, a NASA scientist who monitors sea levels, and Clara Nevins, a high-school activist determined to spread change. As these two demonstrate, accurate data will be key to slowing climate change.

August 22, 2019

For the first time in the history of the university, the majority of engineering department heads at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) are women.

The university recently reported that, of the eight department head positions within MIT's School of Engineeri...

August 22, 2019

An internship appearing on a recent engineering graduate’s resume can mean the difference between landing a job in a candidate’s field of specialty and finding employment elsewhere. This is due to the majority of engineering firms seeking out candidates with real-life,...

August 22, 2019

When Rashmi Shah was young, she spent time helping her parents, both scientists, process and catalog samples of plant matter that they had collected. This wasn't a one-time occurrence. Growing up in Nepal in a math-and-science household, science and research were a nat...

August 2, 2019

In the Hollywood edition of Nerd Girl Nation, Carmen Cabana and Kathryne Jansen take us behind the camera to provide insight into the analysis, technology, and engineering that goes into video production and cinematography.

August 2, 2019

Kathryne Jansen's parents encouraged her to pursue a traditional career path. Like many parents, they wanted her to go to college, get a degree, and go off to work in a field with job security, good pay, and solid benefits. She tried this, applying to Berry, a private...

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