Texas Stand Up For STEM Awards

Million Women Mentors Texas (MWM-TX) announces the 2017 MWM Stand Up for STEM Awards to recognize and elevate the work of incredible mentors, companies and organizations within Texas. Now is the time to identify those who deserve this distinguished honor. Self nominations welcome. Award applications are due October 6 and will be announced in late October. Awardees and nominees will be recognized during an awards lunch during the TxGCP Women and Girls in STEM Summit.

Three classifications of awards will be awarded: 1) Individual Mentor Stand Up for STEM Award, 2) Corporate Stand Up for STEM Award, and 3) Education Stand Up for STEM Award. See below for award classifications  and criteria for nominations:

Individual Mentor Stand Up for STEM Award
Nominations for the Individual Mentor category should possess many or all of the following attributes:

  • Demonstrates passion for encouraging girls and women to pursue a STEM career.
  • Develops others via formal and informal mentoring relationships, invests self in the success of the mentee. Possesses the knowledge, compassion, and attributes of a teacher/ trainer/ coach.  Ability to provide constructive feedback to empowers mentees to develop their own strengths, beliefs, and person attributes to find success in their chosen profession.  
  • Demonstrates willingness to share skills, knowledge, and expertise with others and develops networks.
  • Inspires others as a role model by showing what it takes to succeed in their chosen profession.

Corporate Stand Up for STEM Award
Nominations for the corporate category shall be companies that demonstrate a commitment to mentoring women and girls, increasing the diversity of those pursuing STEM careers, and retaining women who enter the STEM workforce. Nominees should possess many or all of the following attributes:

  • Demonstrated corporate objectives/ goals for diversity initiatives.
  • Demonstrated passion for encouraging girls and women to pursue a STEM career.
  • Demonstrated support via resource allocation (people, products, or funding) for community mentoring, educational, or other programs to encourage or empower diversity.
  • Demonstrated external activities to encourage women and girls to enter STEM fields. (i.e. classroom volunteering/mentoring, job shadow hosting, high school internships, etc.)
  • Demonstrated internal activities to encourage women to enter and remain in the workforce. (i.e. Resource groups, alternate work schedules, women in management roles, re-entry education, job sharing, etc.)
  • Formal and informal internal mentoring programs.
  • Innovative mentoring methods (i.e. reverse mentoring with millennials, unique engagement opportunities, etc.).

Education Stand Up for STEM Award
Nominations for the Education category can be individual educators, educational teams or collaborations, or educational organizations or institutions.  Nominees shall demonstrate a commitment to engaging STEM mentors and role models in programs encouraging women and girls to pursue STEM careers, increasing the diversity of those pursuing STEM careers, and retaining women and girls who enter the STEM education pipeline. Nominees should possess many or all of the following attributes:

  • Demonstrated diversity objectives/ goals for STEM educational initiatives.
  • Demonstrated passion for encouraging girls to pursue a STEM career.
  • Educates parents, other educators, and/or the community to encourage girls in STEM careers.
  • Designs, supports or offers programs for students, parents, educators, etc. that actively and thoroughly incorporate STEM mentors and role models. 
  • Engages in mentoring or leads STEM mentoring programs that address aspects of STEM student success including sharing/exploration of academic and career pathways, encouraging a growth mindset, emotional and social support, self-confidence and self-efficacy, and career-related skills.

Award applications are due October 6. Self nominations welcome.