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Summer camp supports interest in STEM and the ScienceFest returns to Los Alamos
July 5, 2018
Participants in the Summer Physics Camp for Young Women watch a demonstration during a tour of a Laboratory facility.

Participants in the Summer Physics Camp for Young Women watch a demonstration during a tour of a Laboratory facility.

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"We can discuss our own experiences and the different paths we took to become scientists. We offer connections to Lab scientists and engineers, and the amazing and broad range of work done here,"- Anna Llobet Megias

Summer camp supports interest in STEM

More than 20 high school-age young women from Santa Fe, Española, Pojoaque, El Rito, and Las Vegas spent two weeks recently getting insight into life as a scientist, as they attended the Summer Physics Camp for Young Women in Pojoaque. The free camp, hosted by the Laboratory, LANL Foundation, New Mexico Consortium and Pojoaque Valley High School (PVHS), allowed participants to tour Laboratory facilities, and learn from and to get to know female professionals working in STEM programs as scientists, research technologists, summer students and engineers. Lead instructor Makenna Reeves from PVHS helped coordinate hands-on activities and presentations covering science and coding topics, as well as resume writing, interview techniques and information on Laboratory internships and local college opportunities. 

Camp lead Anna Llobet Megias says one important part of the camp was that most of its volunteers and instructors were women with diverse backgrounds, education and career paths. "We can discuss our own experiences and the different paths we took to become scientists. We offer connections to Lab scientists and engineers, and the amazing and broad range of work done here,” she says. “We also offer guidance and encouragement around working at the Laboratory as an intern or in the future."

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ScienceFest returns to Los Alamos

Mark your calendars for July 11-15 as the 11th ScienceFest takes place in Los Alamos. A mixture of live music, movies, interactive events and learning opportunities, ScienceFest is focused on celebrating past and present scientific accomplishments, and fostering an interest in science for future generations. One high point will be Discovery Day on Saturday, July 14, with science, technology, engineering, art, and math booth demonstrations; food; music; and robotics at Ashley Pond Park and Fuller Lodge lawn.

Call for proposals for economic development grants

The LANL Major Subcontractors Consortium (LANL MSC) in partnership with New Mexico Community Foundation and Los Alamos National Security LLC, is now accepting proposals for the 2018 economic development industry cluster grant cycle. The grants from $5,000 to $15,000 will support projects that strengthen local product development and distribution, promote the use of locally produced goods in product development for sale outside the region, increase sales for local businesses, and/or support local job creation.

LANL MSC is a collaboration of Los Alamos National Laboratory major subcontractors created in 2004 to align and pool resources in support of economic development projects in Northern New Mexico. The deadline for grant applications is Thursday, July 19.

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Laboratory postdoctoral researcher Jessica Kubicek-Sutherland presents her work at the 2017 DisrupTech event.

DisrupTech showcases entrepreneurial scientists

The fourth annual DisrupTech takes place on July 12 in Los Alamos, bringing together selected Laboratory scientists and the broader business community.  The entrepreneurial-minded scientists will present their latest research to entrepreneurs, investors, regional leaders, policy makers, and industrial partners with a view to exploring technology transfer opportunities.

Hosted by the Laboratory's Richard P. Feynman Center for Innovation, the New Mexico Angels, and New Mexico Startup Factory, DisrupTech takes place at Los Alamos Golf Course, and registration is required.