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Summer camp supports young women’s STEM interest
July 18, 2019
L to R: Lab researcher Laura Lilley with John Chavez, president of the New Mexico Angels and Antonio Redondo, director of the Feynman Center. Lilley won the DisrupTech 2018 award for best pitch.

More than 20 students from 14 schools across Northern New Mexico took part in the camp.CREDIT: David Moore


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Summer camp supports young women’s STEM interest 

For 22 local high school women, two weeks in June provided them with 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, the Los Alamos National Laboratory Foundation, New Mexico Consortium and Pojoaque Valley High School, allowed participants from 14 schools across the region to learn from and to get to know female professionals working in STEM programs, and also tour Laboratory facilities. More than 90 volunteers, including 74 from the Laboratory, offered hands-on activities, presentations and activities exploring science and coding topics, as well as resume writing, interview techniques and information on internships at the Laboratory and local college opportunities. “I found it very beneficial that you brought all kinds of scientists with different backgrounds and passions,” says Alma Lopez-Linan, who attended the camp. “I also really liked how you had every scientist say how they got to where they are.”

Laboratory environmental professionals help train future technicians

Professionals from the Laboratory’s Environmental Protection and Compliance division presented to students enrolled in the environmental technician training program at Northern New Mexico College (NNMC) June 14. The program, a collaboration between NNMC and Santa Fe Community College was a free five-week intensive training designed to prepare its graduates to enter the expanding environmental job market. Training costs for unemployed, underemployed, or low-income participants were covered by an Environmental Protection Agency grant. The Lab’s experts discussed how environmental protection and compliance services work to anticipate and manage environmental risk in support of the Laboratory’s mission, and showcased how different environmental professions work together at the Laboratory

Call for proposals for economic development grants

The LANL Major Subcontractors Consortium (LANL MSC) in partnership with New Mexico Community Foundation and Triad 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 2006 to align and pool resources in support of economic development projects in Northern New Mexico. The deadline for grant applications is July 18.