Hi my name is Abigail Maemoto, a senior in high school, and I am the founder of the organization BiomediGirls . I developed an early, profound passion for biomedical research but noticed that there was no outlet in my school and local community to foster my interest. Although the field of STEM is heavily emphasized in the modern K-12 education system, I quickly learned that STEM education is limited as it fails to address the revolutionary innovations of biomedical research.
While students are being taught to solder and build circuit boards in new mechanical and electrical engineering classes, the concepts behind regenerative medicine and gene editing remain abstract to the vast majority of students at my school. Upon further investigation, I discovered that in addition to the lack of early education about biomedical sciences, there is a severe disparity in bioengineers' salaries and grant allocations based on gender. Therefore, I founded BiomediGirls alongside my peers, Melissa Qin and Amy Huang, to address both of these discrepancies.
One of the main ways that BiomediGirls is tackling the lack of biomedical education is through providing scholarships to students in low-income areas. These scholarships aim to give students of underrepresented and low-income populations the opportunity to engage in hands-on biomedical research programs that often charge thousands of dollars, creating a significant barrier in access to laboratory exposure. As modern biotechnology is extremely expensive, students from low-income areas would most likely never have the opportunity to participate in laboratory research without these scholarships. My hope would be to allow all students who have an interest in this area to have access to lab experience that could be transformative in shaping potential career pathways. A 1-week hands-on lab program through Pathways to Stem Cell Science costs approximately $500/student, so my goal for this year’s annual scholarship is to raise $2500 to allow 4 deserving, low-income female high school students to participate in a stem cell engineering program with Pathways.
Thank you so much,
About the Pathways Scholarship Program
At Pathways to Stem Cell Science, we are passionate about helping students succeed educationally and professionally, regardless of their background. Where other programs focus heavily on academics, our program shows students how to develop a professional science career, providing skills, knowledge and career guidance that cannot be gained in school or college.
Students receive first-hand experience of what it's like to work as a professional lab scientist in the cutting-edge field of stem cell biology. This undoubtedly places our students ahead of the game when applying for internships and getting into college.
At Pathways to Stem Cell Science, it is important that anyone regardless of income or background can benefit from our unique educational programs and career support. We firmly believe that any student with a genuine interest in stem cell science should be given the opportunity to realize their professional goals.
Your donation will help us advance future medical reserach by training the next generation of stem cell biologists! Will you join our cause?
"This program was one of the most transformative experiences I was fortunate enough to have this summer." Oge Ogbogu (2018 Summer Student)
"We loved this program so much, we wanted to donate because it is so important that more kids have access to this." - Benjamin and Michael Katz (2018 Summer Students and the first to donate to our Summer Fundraising Campaign!)
"I just wanted to thank you for an amazing week for Michael and Benjamin. Michael stated that he now really understands skills required for any lab because of your meticulous teaching. Also, Benjamin cannot stop talking about stem cells, and how he loves learning and performing the lab work." - Richard Katz (Summer School Parent)
About Pathways to Stem Cell Science - http://stemcellpath.com/
Pathways to Stem Cell Science is a 501(c)(3) based nonprofit that provides real world training in molecular cell biology, stem cell biology and regenerative medicine for students of all ages, races and backgrounds. Our programs are unique because they prepare students for actual stem cell careers.
We are also a social-based organization, providing scholarships to students who are interested in launching a stem cell career, yet lack the funds to attend our courses.
Your donation is tax-deductible within the guidelines of U.S. law.