When she looked around her own community and saw few STEM role models for young women, Genentech scientific researcher Marlena Jackson founded nonprofit NexGeneGirls to give girls from underserved communities hands-on experience in life sciences and exposure to professionals through camps and internships. If girls haven't been exposed to science by the time they reach middle school, they're unlikely to pursue a STEM curriculum, says ERX Pharmaceuticals Chief Medical Officer Barbara Troupin, co-chair of Young Women in Bio's San Francisco chapter.
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