Announcing the NMOST Scholarships

for Advancing Young Women in STEM

Scholarship Recipient Bios



NMOST Advancing Young Women in STEM Scholarship Recipients

On Thursday, September 20th, the New Mexico Out-of-School Time network (NMOST) hosted its first Advancing Young Women in STEM breakfast in honor of (left to right) Haley Hilborn, Abigail Pribisova, and Katherine Anderson — the recipients of our first annual Advancing Young Women in STEM scholarships for women pursuing a degree or certification in a Science, Technology, Engineering or Math (STEM) discipline.

Women remain underrepresented in the STEM professions and there is a need to close the gender gap and inspire the next generation of female innovators and leaders.This event highlighted and celebrated young women entering the STEM fields and also acted as an open forum for those attending to network and discuss ideas on how to further STEM outreach for women. 

Guest speakers included: First Lady of Albuquerque Elizabeth Keller, PhD; Olivia Underwood, PhD; Rochelle Larson, PE; and Armelle Casau, PhD. Each of the speakers shared stories of how each came to excel in their respected fields, along with suggested strategies for lifting up young women and girls interested in the STEM fields.

Scholarship Recipient Bios

Dr. Blythe G. Clark, Materials Scientist

Dr. Blythe G. Clark is a Materials Scientist at Sandia National Laboratories. She answers the question "Why did you become a scientist?"

* Video from PBSLearningMedia

Melissa, frequently known as Science Girl, is a native New Mexican with a passion for inspiring kids, especially girls, to get excited about STEM related fields.


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Introducing the Youth STEMbassadors…

These young women are the first participants in our youth ambassador program for high school and college-aged women interested in pursuing a career in STEM. The program's goal is to enrich the participants' knowledge of STEM culture, increase career awareness, network with STEM professionals, and develop skills that will help them succeed in the workforce.

If you would like more information or know someone that would like to be part of this group, please contact Julie Hernandez at or fill out our interest form here.


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