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STARS students on Maunaloa

The Pacific International Space Center for Exploration Systems (PISCES) at the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo is hosting the eighth annual Women’s STARS (STEM Aerospace Research Scholars) Program this summer. The free immersive program welcomes high school girls interested in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) and aims to inspire them to pursue STEM-related studies and careers.

STARS is scheduled during the week of July 15–19, and interested students are encouraged to apply by June 9.

Participants will engage in a diverse range of activities such as exclusive behind-the-scenes tours at leading science facilities, hands-on workshops covering coding and technology, and presentations by accomplished women in STEM.

“STARS is all about showing young women what’s possible for their futures,” said STARS coordinator Chris Yoakum. “We aim to foster a supportive environment where students can explore their interests, connect with mentors and mentorship opportunities, and learn about what STEM careers are really like from women who work in them.”

STARS is open to Hawaiʻi high school girls ages 14 and up and is offered at no cost to participants. Meals, accommodations, and on-island transportation are all covered.

“We want to eliminate barriers and provide equal access to STEM education,” Yoakum said. “Our hope is that participants leave the program with a new perspective and inspiration to pursue their dreams.”

Pisces is housed in UH Hilo’s College of Natural and Health Sciences.

For more information on how to apply go to the STARS program website.

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