Women In Science

Women in Science Mission: The Connecticut Science Center’s Women in Science initiative encourages girls and young women to pursue studies and career paths in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) and celebrates the achievements of women in the sciences. The initiative seeks to bridge the gender gap in STEM by developing original programming to engage girls in science and to build a community of women in the sciences.

Women in Science Vision: We envision a society in which women and girls are widely represented and supported in their pursuit of STEM—as learners, teachers, and professionals.

Events & Programs

Steering Committee

Meg Zimmer Duffy
Kenneth Bowes
Katherine Coughlin

Danielle Metcalf
William Petit Jr
Holly Quinn

Chandrasekhar Roychoudhuri
Ellyn Savard
Chinma Uche

Gladis Kersaint
Aparna Sharon


Each year, the Connecticut Science Center celebrates the achievements of professionals, groups, advocates, businesses, students, and leaders who share our mission to inspire lifelong learning through interactive and innovative experiences that explore our changing world through science. The Petit Family Foundation Women in Science Leadership Awards recognizes a professional woman and a student who are leaders in their chosen STEM field. The winners will be selected by the Women in Science Steering Committee based on their demonstrated commitment to advancing STEM through thoughtful engagement with diverse audiences and by making a significant effort to support other women and girls in their pursuit of STEM as learners, teachers, and professionals. Awards will be presented at the Connecticut Science Center Gala: Gotham City on Saturday, October 14, 2023 at the Connecticut Convention Center.

2023 Women in Science Honorees



Ebony Horsewomen: The mission of the Ebony Horsewomen is to empower youth toward successful lives through the use of horses. The goal is to provide Comprehensive Equine Education with profound benefits of Equine and Animal Assisted Growth and Learning, Equine Assisted Therapy, Horsemanship Training, and academic programming to build leaders, deter destructive behavior, and increase academic achievement.

Girl Scouts of Connecticut: Girl Scouting builds girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place.

The National Girls Collaborative Project: The National Girls Collaborative Project™ (NGCP) brings together organizations throughout the United States that are committed to informing and encouraging girls to pursue careers in STEM.

Scholarships for Women in STEM: The gender gap is notoriously wide in some fast-growing STEM fields, such as computer science and engineering. Men greatly outnumber women majoring in STEM topics in college as well.

American Association of University Women (AAUW): The American Association of University Women is the nation’s leading voice promoting equity and education for women and girls. Since its founding in 1881, AAUW members have examined and taken positions on the fundamental issues of the day—educational, social, economic, and political.

National Engineers Week Foundation: Engineers Week celebrates the positive contributions engineers make to society and is a catalyst for outreach across the country to kids and adults alike. Engineers Week is part of many corporate and government cultures and is celebrated on every U.S. engineering college campus.

SciGirls on PBS: SciGirls is a new show for kids ages 8–12 that showcases bright, curious, real tween girls who put science and engineering to work in their everyday lives. Each half-hour episode follows a different group of middle school girls, whose eagerness to find answers to their questions will inspire your children to explore the world around them and discover that science and technology are everywhere!

EngineerGirl: The EngineerGirl website is designed to bring national attention to the exciting opportunities that engineering represents for girls and women.

uheart.wordpress.com/: Updates on health-related research by Dr. Beth Taylor, Director for the Center for Health, Care and Well-Being at the University of Hartford and Director of Exercise Physiology Research at Hartford Hospital.

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