International Day of Women in Science

Over the past 15 years, the global community has made a lot of effort in inspiring and engaging women and girls in science. Yet women and girls continue to be excluded from participating fully in science. At present, less than 30% of all female students select STEM-related fields in higher education. Globally, female students’ enrollment is particularly low in Information & Communication Technology (3%), Natural Science, Mathematics & Statistics (5%), and in Engineering/Manufacturing/Construction (8%).

United Nations

As an environmental education organization, Bucks Audubon is committed to teaching the next generation about science, the green industry, and how to make the world a greener place both in daily life and through future STEM careers!

In the fall of 2020, Bucks Audubon received a grant to hold a virtual STEAM Club for Girls from majority low-income areas. In January of 2021, we started the weekly program to engage middle school girls in a time when they have historically started dropping out of STEM fields and subjects. Each month focuses on a new aspect of STEM fields to help show them different avenues and potential future career paths while participating in engaging and hands-on science! These club meetings are led by two talented female scientists on staff here at Bucks Audubon.

As of February 2021, not only is our staff comprised of wonderful women in the science fields, but Bucks Audubon is also now home to two female interns! Having these two Environmental Science Interns with us gives us hope that more women will discover and become passionate about the science fields.

We’d love to introduce these women to you! Meet our Staff and two Interns and discover why they are passionate about the sciences!

Stacy has always loved the hands-on nature of science, even though she remembers very little that was hands-on in school. However, after college, she found the field of environmental education and was hooked! It was all about hands-on science! After twenty-five years in the field, she still loves that aspect of environmental education. What better way to truly understand nature and natural phenomena then using our senses and getting up close and personal? It is not only a great way to learn but creates positive science experiences that will last a lifetime!
Diane’s interest in science started so early she can’t remember not being interested in it!  From animals to weather and everything in between she’s always been curious about the natural world and how it works.  She gravitated to chemistry in high school because she had a wonderful teacher and it seemed that EVERYTHING was chemistry!  Diane used her degree to get a job in pharmaceuticals as she watched her mom dying from cancer for which there was no cure…while she didn’t find the cure for cancer, she was part of the team that developed and manufactured one of the first HIV drugs, which was enormously rewarding.  Now that Diane is semi-retired she can focus on bringing that curiosity to more people; the more people learn about and love the natural world, the more chance we have of protecting it.
Marissa has always had a passion for the incredible relationships of the natural world and blending her two largest passions – science & art (photo above was from while she photographed native meadow restoration efforts at a local State Park)! Her background is in Botany, Horticulture, as well as a few years of Wildlife Veterinary studies. She uses all her passions of anatomy, evolutionary biology, morphology, and ecology to create art that helps deepen understanding of scientific topics, especially if those topics showcase the important relationships that plants and animals have with one another! Her work at Bucks Audubon is so rewarding as it’s a wonderful blend of arts & sciences! Her biggest piece of advice to girls looking at future careers is to not be afraid to look at science from all perspectives and blend passions impact the scientific world in unique ways.
This photo may not show much, but Riley’s previous co-interns and her were in about 4 feet of water to do some water quality testing. She (the one in the water) was holding a multiparameter meter that collected the water’s measurements such as its pH, temperature, salinity, dissolved oxygen, and so much more, which determine a lot about the quality of the water. It was important to keep the meter moving as to keep the data as accurate as possible. To say the least, science has always been very exciting to her. Every class she has taken throughout school has had some sort of impact on her life. Her favorite part about the Environmental Science major is that every other person in school with her has the same, or similar, curiosity about science and the world around us. It’s that passion that makes her excited to learn! 
Starting at a young age, going adventuring into the woods and learning what was living there was a regular activity. Sarah went into the science field because she loves Nature.  My major is Environmental science, an extremely important field.  Without nature we would not be here. She loves learning about things that grow, and her plan for the future is to work educating people about the importance of nature.

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