Women In Natural Sciences (WINS) is the Academy of Natural Sciences’ free summer and after-school mentoring and science enrichment program for high school women, particularly from underserved families and schools in Philadelphia. Founded 35 years ago in response to the growing interest in science education programs for female high school students, WINS encourages these young women to pursue science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) in college and as a career. WINS is the only program of its kind in Philadelphia!
To date, more than 700 young women have been exposed to the fascinating world of experiential science through the WINS program. The program’s mentoring and support have resulted in 100 percent of students graduating high school and more than 96 percent attending college.
On Wednesday, May 9, WINS students gathered with Academy supporters and friends for a special event to commemorate the 35 years of the program’s success. During this special evening, Dr. Lisa Dyson received the first-ever WINS award to recognize an “outstanding female innovator in science, technology, engineering, and math whose visionary contributions in science have made a positive impact on the world.
Here are some photos from this wonderful evening in celebration of WINS!
Photos by Dan Leung for ANS