California high school girls honored for math, science achievements at annual event in June
See below: 2020 Math & Science Award winners
Sandia recently honored 26 young women from California high schools in Tri-Valley, East Bay and San Joaquin County at the annual Sandia Women’s Connection Math & Science Awards. The honorees were nominated by their teachers for outstanding accomplishments in STEM. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the students and their families participated in the awards ceremony virtually.
Hosted at the Labs’ Livermore campus, the annual awards program helps introduce young women to the many careers available to them and highlights opportunities available through the Sandia internship program. Award winners also are paired with female scientists, engineers and mathematicians at Sandia who are available for mentoring as the students enter college and explore future careers in STEM fields.
“We are proud of you because we know that the accomplishments that brought you here require perseverance and determination,” said Marcey Hoover, director of the energy and homeland security program management center at Sandia.
“Continue following your passion for math and science. We desperately need more women in these fields,” she said, adding that women remain underrepresented in many key science and engineering fields.
“Through young women like you, we will continue to make strides in having more diverse mathematicians, engineers and scientists. This is really important because it takes diverse approaches in thinking to solve complex problems.”
Spark of inspiration
Sarah Allendorf, director of the chemistry, combustion and materials center at Sandia also addressed award winners, encouraging them as they pursue future education and careers in math and science.
“You are here because you are part of that rare and wonderful group of students who have found a spark of inspiration in math and science. I hope today’s celebration of your accomplishments and passion feeds that spark and brings you encouragement. I can’t wait to hear about your future successes.”
Local elected officials also participated in the recognition event via prerecorded remarks.
California State Assemblywoman Rebecca Bauer-Kahan of Orinda encouraged the young women in their future pursuits.
“Women often bring a different and important perspective to their work, and we all benefit from that,” she said. “We will continue to need your bright minds to join the ranks (of STEM fields) and help solve some of society’s hardest challenges.”
U.S. Rep. Eric Swalwell also congratulated award winners.
“The number of women in science and engineering is, thankfully, finally growing, but the scarcity of women in STEM fields is a persisting problem. We need you,” he said. “That’s why I’m so excited to offer my sincere congratulations to all of you. You have shown that anything you set your minds to, you can achieve, and that no obstacle can prevent you from future success.”
Following the virtual ceremony, award recipients had an opportunity to connect one-on-one with female mentors at Sandia to ask questions and discuss their academic plans and careers in STEM.
Outstanding Achievement in Mathematics
Ekaterina Osipova, Amador Valley High School
Kiara Kelly-Montoya, Castlemont High School
Lilly Jiang, Dublin High School
Andrea Cheng, Foothill High School
Tida Ngov, Granada High School
Cristina Pineda Carranza, Lathrop High School
Paige Felkins, Lincoln High School
Nevaeh Thompson, Merrill F. West High School
Emma Brown, Millennium Charter High School
Jaquelen Gómez, Oakland High School
Christy Ko, Oakland Technical High School
Samantha Ivey, Skyline High School
Natasha Rodriguez-Zanuto, Tracy High School
Outstanding Achievement in Science
Jocelyn Zhu, Amador Valley High School
Audrey Kwan, Dublin High School
Pooja Mehta, Foothill High School
Emily Macias, Granada High School
Tricia Mae Albano, Lathrop High School
Isabella Costigliolo, Lincoln High School
Manvitha Nandamuri, Livermore High School
Shannon Le, Manteca High School
Zeenat Entezar, Millennium Charter High School
Sahityasree Subramanian, Mountain House High School
Mia Pollard, Oakland High School
Samantha Ivey, Skyline High School
Mysha Mamsa, Tracy High School