U.S. State Department initiative seeks high school girls scientists to participate in science and technology program
Brasilia, November 22, 2021: Registration is now open for TechGirls, a four week exchange in the United States aimed at empowering girls from various parts of the globe interested in pursuing a career in science and technology. Applicants can register until January 15, 2022, through the website: https://techgirlsglobal.org/. The results of the selection process will be announced in April 2022.
To participate, girls must: demonstrate leadership, maturity, flexibility and open-mindedness; be in high school by the end of 2022; be between 15-17 years of age on the beginning date of the program, July 7; demonstrate above average abilities and interests in science, technology, engineering and/or mathematics andwant to pursue a career in one of these fields; be fluent in English; and be committed to developing a social impact project after the program.
TechGirls includes a 4-week exchange in the United States, if health conditions allow, followed by another five months of mentoring related to the implementation of their social impact projects, including interactive sessions in information technology, internal travel in the United States, technical visits to companies and a home stay with an American family.
Created in 2012 by the U.S. Department of State, the program has already benefited 343 girls (15-17 years) from Algeria, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, the Palestinian Territories, Tunisia, and Yemen. In 2019, the program began including girls from Central Asia (Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan). For the 2022 selection process, candidates from countries across the American continent, including Brazil, can be part of the program. The program will consist of 111 girls from 36 countries, in addition to 25 from the United States.