Khan ’19 & McNulty ’19 Win at STEM Conference

Jacqueline Chen ‘21/The Lawrence
On April 6, Erin McNulty ’19 and Shaezmina Khan ’19 received an award at the Lead Like a Girl Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Conference at the Stuart Country Day School of the Sacred Heart in Princeton, N.J. According to the school’s website, the conference aims to “showcase and inspire girls’ confidence and creativity in STEM, entrepreneurism, and leadership.
At the conference, young women in high school were awarded a total of $10,000 in cash prizes through competitions on STEM talks and a business fair. McNulty and Khan won an award for their own STEM talk about their research in the course “Research in Applied Chemistry.” They conducted a study about the antioxidant capacity of different teas, which has many applications in medicine due to the antioxidants’ ability to “fight free radicals which are very harmful to our bodies,” McNulty said.
Furthermore, they “had a great time,” said McNulty, listening to the keynote speaker at the conference, Reshma Saujani, the CEO of Girls Who Code, who spoke about the potential women have to garner more leadership positions in STEM fields.
Their most important takeaway was listening to the women at the conference speak about their successes in STEM fields, which was helpful and inspiring. According to McNulty, the conference stressed the importance of “taking risks” and “being brave” in life and in future careers. As they prepared their presentation and their study, McNulty and Khan learned that “if [one works] hard and really [commits] to [his or her] research, [he or she] can do some really great things,” McNulty said.
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