May
15

Entomologist Receives Inaugural SCI Girls in Science Scientist of the Year Award

Entomologist Receives Inaugural SCI Girls in Science Scientist of the Year Award

At last night's Girls in Science Launch Party, we unveiled a new award: the SCI Girls in Science Scientist of the Year Award!

This new award recognizes a local scientist who best exemplifies the Girls in Science Initiative's goal to empower and equip girls in science, technology, engineering and math with involvement in SCI's programs as well as participation in other programs throughout the community.

The inaugural winner of the award is Laura Higgins, Ph.D.

Dr. Higgins is Research Director at DuPont Pioneer and a Board Certified Entomologist. She is an active SCI volunteer and has been specially-trained through SCI's Portal to the Public program in best practices for communicating current science to visitors. After participating in many Girls in Science programs and events over the past few years, Higgins joined the SCI Board of Directors in January 2014.

Higgins also embodies the spirit of SCI's Girls in Science Initiative throughout the community as a Girl Scout leader, a student mentor for "Science Bound" at Roosevelt High School, a member of the Grand View University Biology Advisory Committee, a presenter at "Taking the Road Less Traveled" sponsored by Iowa State University's Program for Women in Science and Engineering and a regular participant in area science fairs for Des Moines Public Schools.

Learn more about SCI's Girls in Science Initiative at www.sciowa.org/girlsinscience.

Category: General SCI