I have been part of the executive board for a club called FEMMES (Females Excelling More in Math, Engineering, and Science) since January of last year, and it is a great organization.
In the fall of my freshman year I saw them at Festifall and was immediately drawn to their message of getting girls excited about STEM, so I decided to volunteer at a capstone. These are day-long events held once a semester where about 200 girls from the Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti/Detroit area come to the Chemistry Building to do fun science and math activities like making ice cream with liquid nitrogen.
I volunteered as a group leader, so I led a group of 12 girls around for the day and had a great time getting to know them and participating in activities with them. I enjoyed it so much that I decided to apply for the executive board, and now I write grants for the organization to make sure we can secure the monetary support we need to keep capstones free for participants.
I really believe in the mission of the organization because we are trying to break down gender, socioeconomic, and racial barriers to technical fields and show girls that STEM is fun and accessible to anyone. Any female student can volunteer at a capstone, and it is just a one-day commitment, so I highly recommend that you do if you’re interested!
First published in Alpha Pi Mu (APM)‘s Industrial Blueprint student newsletter.