This week at the lab, 17 students from Tallahassee area schools are starting the Middle School Mentorship program. For the rest of the semester, these students will spend every Friday morning in a laboratory setting working on a science project with a MagLab mentor. The 10-week experience will culminate in a public presentation of their research attended by lab scientists and researchers, teachers, parents and the general public. Representing eight different schools, this year's crop of "mentees" is the largest and most diverse in recent memory, said program coordinator Carlos Villa.

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The highlight describes 10 years of the Scigirls summer camp and its impact on participants.

Postdocs face big challenges as they learn the ropes of real-life science. The MagLab and other institutions are doing more to help them make the most of these years of intensive training.

At the MagLab, back to school means back to cool … as in cool science lessons, teacher workshops, internships and other STEM education programs.

When a Florida teacher had the chance to spend a second summer doing research at the MagLab, he didn’t have to think twice.

If you build fun, hands-on, science excursions, the girls will come. That's what SciGirls Summer Camp is all about.

Ten years and 260 girls later, we look back at the impact of SciGirls, a unique, hands-on summer camp for girls who dig science, by talking to two former campers.

Getting a PhD in science is an arduous feat; for some minority students, it can be especially challenging. The MagLab is working to give these students the tools and opportunities they need to see their journey through.

The author examined the longitudinal trajectories of eleven college age young women who had participated in a STEM informal education program during middle school. This study provides a unique addition to the literature in that it provides a view of STEM identity trajectories over time, specifically focusing on how these women maintained interest or lost interest in STEM after participation in a STEM informal education program for girls.

Jim Brooks was a mentor to practically everyone he met. His life was a primer for educators everywhere on how to groom better scientists — and better people.

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