Past and present students reunited to celebrate STEM achievements and memories


Girls 4 Science hosted its 10thAnnual Student Recognition and Awards Program on Saturday Aug. 10, at Malcolm X College, 1900 West Jackson Boulevard. The nationally recognized non-profit welcomed 125 students and their families at a class reunion to honor accomplishments made over the last 10 years.

The event began at 1 p.m. with a networking opportunity for Girls 4 Science alumni and current students before ABC 7 reporter Evelyn Holmeskicked off the ceremony with a warm welcome. Keynote speaker Dr. LaJena Miller, Doctor of Chiropractic Medicine, Navy veteran and Chicago native, then took the stage to share her STEM journey and offer advice to students. Program coordinators, mentors and this year’s Girls 4 Science participants received recognition, and three students were awarded with the Linda McGill Boasmond Scholarship. The afternoon concluded with remarks from long-time Girls 4 Science supporter, Janice Feinberg, and a light dessert reception.

The event was sponsored by The Joseph and Bessie Feinberg Foundation, a longtime supporter of Girls 4 Science.

Established in 2009 by Executive Director Jackie Lomax, Girls 4 Science is a nonprofit organization dedicated to exposing girls in Chicago ages 10-18 years old to opportunities in STEM.  Its mission is to focus on developing skills, self-esteem; awareness as well as relationship building that will help girls overcome barriers that may prevent them from achieving greater success in STEM careers.  It is Chicago’s only all-girls science initiative to provide certified instructors in a state-of-the-art laboratory.  Free hands-on enrichment programs are offered during six-week Saturday Science Academies at two of Chicago’s City Colleges and St. Francis University in Joliet, in addition to field trips, mentorships and scholarships to 12th graders. Presently, Girls 4 Science is making science a reality for over 500 young women in the city of Chicago.

Dr. Miller is an urban native of Chicago. Graduating in the top 10 of her class from Chicago’s Westside George W. Collins in 1995, she strived to become the first doctor in her family. After serving 8 years in the United States Navy as a Dental Technician, Dr. Miller went on to receive a Baccalaureate of Science and Doctor of Chiropractic (DC) in 2014. Dr. Miller practiced Chiropractic Wellness for 3 years before joining the Medical Support Staff at Jesse Brown VA Medical Center in the fall of 2018. This opportunity gave her the chance to serve her fellow Veterans by providing them access to affordable health care, housing, career rehabilitation, mental healthcare, PTSD services and decedent affairs. Dr. Miller was also nominated for the Jesse Brown Spirit Award, the highest nomination and recognition from her peers.

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