The McLean Area Branch has a special interest in encouraging young women and girls to pursue educational opportunities related to STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math).

Some of our activities include:

STEM Excellence Award

Aroon Borpujari, Betsy Schroeder, Judy Page, Rose Rasty, and her mother Marjaneh Javdan at the 2017 Annual Dinner

Rose Rasty, a junior at Langley High School, was selected as the 2017 recipient of the branch’s STEM Excellence Award. The STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) Excellence Award is given to a female student or team from a high school in the McLean area with an outstanding science fair project in the field of Engineering. Rose received an award certificate, a $100 award, and recognition at the Branch’s Annual Dinner in May at River Bend Country Club.

This year’s award recognized the work done by Rose on the project, “Optimizing Oil Spill Remediation Using Ferrofluid and Algae.” She demonstrated unusual creativity in looking for a solution to cleaning up the environment after an oil spill. A year ago Rose worked with a species of algae responsible for harmful algae blooms. But she came across recently published articles that described how algae could be used to break down hydrocarbons in oil. She also investigated the properties of ferrofluid that can extract oil with the use of a magnet. was able to devise a method of combining these two extremely different remedies to apply them to cleaning up oil spills. Rose credits both teachers and her parents for providing guidance and support throughout the course of her project.

High School Achievement Awards in Math and Science

Two young women from George C. Marshall High School received the branch’s STEM awards in math and science at a ceremony on May 26. Pictured from left are Sherry Joslin, AAUW McLean Area Branch contact with Marshall HS, Helen Oker, recipient of the Math Achievement Award; Tatiana Kennedy, recipient of the Science Achievement Award; and Caroline Pickens, Program VP.

The McLean Area Branch has partnered with counselors at McLean, Langley, and Marshall High Schools for the fourth year in a row to award Science and Math Achievement Awards to six female students finishing their junior year. This award, which is funded through our book sale proceeds, consists of a certificate and a check for $100 for each honoree.

The awards process was managed by a committee consisting of Sherry Joslin (Marshall HS contact), Myrtle Hendricks-Corrales (McLean HS contact), Barbara Sipe (Langley HS contact), Peggy Stotz, and Judy Page (STEM chair). Career center counselors at the schools were provided with the criteria for award eligibility from our Policies and then managed the process of selecting the students. The following students are receiving the 2017 awards:

McLean High School – Math: June Chang
McLean High School – Science: Nour Khachemoune

Langley High School – Math: Ashley Zhang
Langley High School – Science: Emily Buckingham

Marshall High School – Math: Helen Oker
Marshall High School – Science: Tatiana Kennedy

The awards were presented at each of the high schools by representatives of the AAUW McLean Area Branch. The branch instituted the awards to encourage young women to pursue educational opportunities related to STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math).

Langley High School recipients of the awards are juniors Ashley Zhang, left, recipient of the branch’s Math Achievement Award, and Emily Buckingham, recipient of the branch’s Science Achievement Award.

Caroline Pickens, left, and Myrtle Hendricks-Corrales, right, present the Math Achievement Award to McLean High School student June Chang, second from left, and the Science Achievement Award to McLean High School student Nour Khachemoune, second from right.