Young Women in STEM Mentoring Program

Overview

DID YOU KNOW? Women make up nearly half of the working population, but only 26% work in STEM fields (U.S. Census Bureau). Atlanta Jewish Academy, in partnership with JumpSpark and Jewish Women's Fund of Atlanta, is helping to level out the playing field in STEM careers for women.

The Young Women in STEM Mentoring Program is an exciting new opportunity for young Jewish women in grades 9-12 to meet one-on-one with female mentors excelling in STEM fields, connect with peers, and ignite their potential for a future in STEM.

Application open March 17 - April 17, 2019. Mentees will be notified June 2019.

Want to learn more about the Mentorship Program and get a taste of what it has to offer? Join us for the Young Women in STEM Career Fair for mini-classes, hands-on experiments, and networking with mentors from the STEM Mentorship Program! Learn More ›

What to Expect

Those chosen for the STEM Mentoring Program will be matched with a mentor working in or close to the field of interest indicated on the application form. Mentors will meet quarterly one-on-one with program participants throughout the 2019-20 school year starting in September.

There will be two events in the 2019-20 school year where all teen participants will come together for orientation to the program and creative, STEM fun! These two dates will be determined through a Doodle poll after applications are reviewed and mentorship offers are extended.

Although the location of the group-wide events depends on the date ultimately chosen by mentees, these outings could be held at a number of exciting Atlanta STEM-centric locales, such as The WaterHub at Emory University, a living, learning laboratory functioning as a water reclamation facility in the heart of Atlanta.

Mentors

The STEM Mentoring Program is excited to offer an incredible roster of Jewish female STEM professionals, many of whom are AJA alumni! Meet a few of our mentors below:

Rivka Monheit, a partner at Pabst Patent Group, works with clients throughout the world to help them obtain patents in the fields of medical devices, drug delivery materials, imaging and diagnostic agents, personal care products, and chemical technologies. She holds a law degree from the University of Georgia and has been working in patent law for 20 years. While studying Chemical Engineering at Georgia Tech, she co-oped with Westinghouse Remediation Services and was an undergraduate researcher in Emory's vascular surgery department. Rivka is a graduate of Yeshiva High School of Atlanta (now AJA Upper School) and has served in a variety of leadership roles in the Jewish community during college, law school, and afterwards, including President of the Jewish Law Student Association, President of Congregation Anshi S'fard, Board member of Yeshiva Atlanta and AJA, Chair of the Atlanta Chapter for Jewish Orthodox Feminist Alliance (JOFA), and is currently a member of the Wexner Heritage Program (Atlanta cohort). She and her husband have two children, both of whom are students at AJA.

Dr. Amanda Cohn currently serves as Executive Secretariat of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices and Senior Advisor for Vaccines for the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases (NCIRD). She previously served as the Deputy Director of NCIRD’s Immunization Services Division. Dr. Cohn came to the CDC in 2004 as an Epidemic Intelligence Service Officer and joined the Meningitis and Vaccine Preventable Diseases Branch in 2006, where she focused on prevention and control meningococcal disease, both domestically and internationally. From 2007 to 2014, she was the CDC lead for the ACIP Meningococcal Vaccines Work Group. She is board certified in Pediatrics and is a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics. She obtained her medical degree from Emory University School of Medicine and completed a residency in pediatrics at Boston Children's Hospital and Boston Medical Center in Massachusetts. Dr. Cohn grew up in Atlanta and has three girls who attended the Epstein School.

Dr. Chanie Wilson Steinberg is a proud graduate of Hebrew Academy of Atlanta and Yeshiva High School of Atlanta. She graduated summa cum laude from New York University with a BA in biology. She attended Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York, and graduated in 1998. She completed her Internal Medicine residency in 2001 at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York. She moved back to Atlanta in 2002 and has been practicing internal medicine/outpatient primary care since. Currently she working at Emory Downtown Decatur Primary Care. She has taught and mentored medical, PA and nurse practitioner students and residents. Her main interests of focus include preventive medicine, geriatrics and women’s health. Her husband Scott is a general and bariatric surgeon at Emory Decatur Hospital. She has 3 children who all attend Atlanta Jewish Academy.