October 7, 2022
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Happy October! Whether this is your first or last year of high school, we are here for your pursuit of all things STEM! Get inspired by all the STEM news that STEMINIST brings to you! This includes upcoming events, internships, and news about you and your peers.
Upcoming Events that you don't want to miss!
PECO Hiring Event
October 15, 2022 9:00am - 4:00pm EST
PECO Main Office Building – Energy Hall
2301 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107
PECO is looking to expand their team, that is why they're looking for people like you to help advance clean energy to create a more sustainable world.​

Are you interested in joining PECO? They're hosting a Hiring Event featuring on-the-spot interviews to fill multiple roles.

Open Positions Include:

• Project Managers
• Construction Managers
• Engineers
• Business Analysts
• Scheduler/Cost Analysts
College 101 - Melanie Griegoliet
October 26th - College 101
4:30/5:30CT - 5:30/6:30ET

If you haven't registered yet, click below to sign up for College 101 on October 26th to learn all about prepping for College!

In this class, we will learn:
  • Preparing for college while in High School
  • Tips on researching colleges 
  • Navigating the college application process
  • Financial Aid Overview
  • Summer Orientation & Academic Advising
  • Transitioning into your First Year
  • Time for Q&A
October is National Energy Awareness Month...
To celebrate we have included some proactive things you can do to conserve energy in your household.

Some of these include:

  • Turning off all the lights
  • Unplug devices that aren't in use
  • Turning down the Thermostat and more!

Click on the link to learn more!
BOO! Read how to make Energy Efficiency less scary this Halloween season
With the Holiday season just beginning there are many ways you can save energy!

Starting with #energyween

Click here for different ways you can help prevent energy waste this spooky season!

A blog post from Price To Compare linked below goes into detail on more energy efficiency tips around the holiday!
Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month
Happy Hispanic Heritage Month!

We would like to Celebrate this month by shining a light on our Latinx and Hispanic communities.

Click here to find a few different resources and organizations dedicated to Latinas in STEM.
In Person EVENT available to Chicagoland STEMinists
Museum of Science and Industry's Science Works
Learn about cool jobs and hot careers in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) straight from the professionals at our Museum-wide career celebration.
  • Saturday, October 8
  • 9:30 am - 2:30 pm
  • Cost of event is included in your Museum Entry
The Exelon Foundation STEM Leadership Academies have finished, but we are still enjoying hearing from participants...
An Excerpt from Dhruti Amin
The 2022 Exelon Foundation STEM Leadership Academy was extravagant, filled with passionate women and compassionate staffers. I had the privilege of being a student mentor. I expected to meet and befriend intelligent and capable women, from student to staff; but I did not expect to see the overwhelming amount of adoration the participants had for each other and the staff. I hadn’t expected the late nights of laughter and cake between the mentors. When I was a participant I admired the comradery of women who despite the dominance of their field, managed to join together in the most warm and inspirational ways. Watching the adult staff use their passion and the participants as their motivations to better each day of the academy taught me to use these motivations to strive for more.
I know I wasn’t the only person to find motivation in this. The circuit boards were my favorite activity during my year, and still are. I remember looking out the room, watching the girls show each other how to do it and coloring in their pinwheels together, I even saw girls struggle together. Those were the girls who would shout when they got their light bulb to spark, and grab me to show their evidence of perseverance.

Throughout the week I had meals, 7/11 runs and lessons with some of the most ambitious women I had met. As a mentor I had the privilege of meeting girls who were like me, but throughout the week I saw their passions for STEM surface, a spark that continued to get brighter as they learned more, they became people I wanted to be.
STEM on the Web
 Talaria Summer Institute - A Research Program developed by a Chicago High School Senior
Talaria Summer Institute (TSI) is a free STEM research mentorship summer program for female and genderqueer high school students (rising high school freshmen to rising college freshmen)

TSI was founded by ATHENA By Women In STEM (ABWIS), an organization that aims to breach inequities by providing research and STEM opportunities.
The Future of Energy?
A clean alternative to fracking is being developed in a small town in Utah and could be vital to the development of cleaner energy and combating climate change.

Moore theorized that even 2% of the available geothermal energy in the United States would be enough to power the nation by itself.
Ice Bucket Challenge helps fund new ALS drug
Remember the ALS Ice ucket Challenge from 2014? 8 years later see how it funded $2.2 million dollars for the newly FDA approved drug to help combat ALS.
New Actions to Expand U.S. Offshore Wind Energy
Last month the Biden-Harris Administration announced new actions to develop new offshore wind platforms to emerge in cleaner energy.

Linked below is the Administration's plan from now through 2035. Click to learn more!
Spotlighting Exelon STEM Scholars 2021 and 2022
My first week at school has been a roller coaster of emotions. Last Wednesday my parents helped me move into the dorms, and saying goodbye to them was sad it was the moment it felt real. Later, I met my roommate and I realized that for the first time I was going to start living alone and having more responsibilities than I did back home.
That same afternoon I started making a schedule to stay organized and avoid getting overwhelmed on the first day of school. On Monday I had Applied Linear Algebra class and it was the first time I attended a class in person since the pandemic started and it felt scary but exciting at the same time. Then I went to the dining halls to eat dinner and since I’m a transfer student it was a little bit hard to find people who I could eat with, but then I found some students that were also pursuing engineering majors and we became friends.

So far, I like my experience. I like the independence and freedom I have to create my own schedule. I’m really grateful for Exelon because they gave me the chance to further my education. I wouldn’t trade this opportunity for anything, and I look forward to this year and all the new opportunities that will cross my path.
I recently finished my first week of college and took the time to engage in the campus community and understand the expectations for my classes this semester. This first week was both exhilarating and exhausting because of the new sense of freedom, responsibilities, and changes that came with being in college. It was wonderful meeting new students from around the world, going to club events, and creating my own schedule.

Coming from a global city like Chicago, I knew that being an active student on campus was a must. I joined the Society of Women Engineers (SWE), Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, and Robotics in Space club this week to expand my academic interests and meet people from similar fields of study. In the upcoming weeks, I plan on joining additional clubs that align with my personal interests to avoid burnout from academia.

Computer Engineering is a rigorous and time-consuming field of study, but I remind myself of the words of encouragement given by Exelon engineers during career chats and other events hosted for STEM Academy alumnae whenever I feel overwhelmed. Having the opportunity to graduate debt-free as an Exelon STEM Scholar motivates me to persevere and become a successful engineer.
FAFSA launched Oct 1st for 2023-2024!
As of October 1st the new FAFSA form for the 2023-2024 school year has launched. To apply for federal student aid, such as federal grants, work-study, and loans, you need to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid.

The enrollment is open from Oct. 1st 2022 until June 30th 2023

There is limited amount of federal student aid, and it can sometimes be distributed on a "first come, first serve" basis, so it is important to fill out as soon as possible! Read more through the link below to see the steps to complete and ensure the best aid towards your future!
STEM Scholarships for 2023
Do you see yourself going from high school to college? Visualize your graduation day and then your move in day to the college/university/trade school of your choice.

Do you need help to finance this vision?

We have compiled a list of websites that have scholarships that might fit you!
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