The GAINS network is a virtual community connecting girls and women with a passion for STEM subjects to support, encourage, teach and inspire one another.
The GAINS Scholar Network connects high school girls and young women interested in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) with women leaders from STEM-related universities, labs, companies and organizations around the world. We provide role models, virtual mentors and networking opportunities for women and girls at various stages of their educations and careers.
Relationships with role models and mentors have a significant impact on young women as they consider and pursue STEM (science, technology, engineering and math)-related fields of study and careers. Most young women who pursue STEM majors and careers indicate that they became interested in those disciplines during high school and some as early as middle school.We believe that connecting girls with each other, as well as with potential role models and mentors (especially women), will help our students further develop, nurture and maintain interest in these fields.close
We cultivate and maintain a virtual community for girls and women in all phases of STEM-related education and work. The network's goal is to bring together girls and women with a passion for STEM work to support, encourage and inspire one another.
Through the GAINS network we hope to:close
- Build a strong female STEM network amongst girls and women in all phases of their careers.
- Provide role models who will share their experience in STEM-related fields with students on a regular basis.
- Help members establish mentor relationships with women working and studying in STEM fields from a variety of stages of career development.
The GAINS network is modeled on a social network platform. Students from participating schools can apply for membership to create a profile on the network. Once approved, the student will be able to connect with other GAINS members, post messages and blogs, and participate in the virtual mentor program events.
The GAINS network hosts virtual mentor events throughout the academic year. During those events small groups of mentors are highlighted on the network for two to four weeks. Mentors post an introductory blog highlighting their work and career path. Each week mentors post updates that contain information about themselves and their work to give students a sense of their careers, and how they manage other interests and responsibilities in the context of their work. Students can then post questions, respond to the blogs and enter into discussions with specific mentors during the mentor events. In addition, students and alumnae can network with each other throughout the year and share their personal experiences.close
Connect with high school girls from around the country who share your passion for STEM. Click here for more information about school-based GAINS membership.
Inspire the next generation of female STEM professionals. Engage in the network and become part of our role model and mentor community. Read more about becoming a mentor.