Now in its 17th year, DeVry University’s HerWorld® program empowers high school girls to explore careers in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).
Last year, Mayim Bialik, star of CBS’s “The Big Bang Theory,” partnered as spokesperson for DeVry University’s National HerWorld® Month, an annual initiative to spark high school girls’ interest in STEM. Last year’s message raised the importance of female role models and mentors to increase the number of women pursuing and sustaining in STEM fields.
Nearly 8 million jobs will be available in STEM-related fields by 2020, yet women comprise only 24 percent of the STEM workforce. HerWorld helps prepare the next generation of female graduates for these opportunities by introducing them to successful women in STEM careers.
Bialik has a personal passion for STEM: she earned a Ph.D. in neuroscience in 2007.
“I am partnering with DeVry University to emphasize the value of female role models in providing mentorship to high school girls and showing them that they can succeed in STEM-related careers,” Bialik said. “HerWorld is an exciting way for young women to learn directly from female leaders who persisted through challenges, and to experience the wonder and ‘cool factor’ of STEM through hands-on activities.”
Throughout the month, thousands of young women from hundreds of high schools participated in HerWorld events across the country. Attendees experienced STEM firsthand – young women interacted with peers through hands-on workshops and confidence-boosting activities and heard inspirational stories from women leaders who work in STEM.
Mayim’s Thoughts on STEM:
Read more about Mayim and her partnership with DeVry University’s National HerWorld Month:
- Glory Road: Mayim Bialik – Channel One News
- Mayim Bialik’s ‘Big Bang Theory’ On Girls, STEM Careers and Role Models – Forbes
- The Big Bang Theory Star Teams Up with HerWorld – Huffington Post
- “The Couch” sits down with Actress Mayim Bialik to discuss National HerWorld Month – CBS New York
*Beede, David, Tiffany Julian, David Langdon, George McKittrick, Beethika Khan, and Mark Doms. STEM: Good Jobs Now and for the Future. Rep. U.S. Department of Commerce Economics and Statistics Administration, July 2011.