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Cultivating STEM Identity



FREE Event

Cultivating STEM Identity

Wednesday, August 11, 2021, 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM EDT


Presented By

The New York Academy of Sciences and Hudson River Park


Problem-solving, conflict management and collaborations are critical to fostering and accelerating creativity and innovation in STEM. To achieve an environment where these skills can flourish, we need to promote the notion of leveraging one’s identities, including both personal and professional values to create an inclusive STEM ecosystem that supports authenticity and participation of diverse individuals.

Join the Academy and Hudson River Park as we hear from a panel of diverse STEM experts who will talk about their professional evolution and how it complements their personal values. The panelists will share some of the many opportunities available for students interested in exploring a STEM career, and the importance for the STEM field to be a space where diverse identities thrive.

This panel discussion is designed to cater to high school and college students interested in STEM careers, as well as graduate students and postdocs. The one-hour panel will culminate in a 30-minute networking event, in which participants will be able to meet peers and panelists.

During this webinar, you’ll hear from a panel of Scientists on the following topics:

  • The importance of cultivating a strong STEM identity
  • How to understand your personal values and leverage it to compliment your professional identity
  • What opportunities to look for to be successful in STEM 
  • How to approach mentors when looking to navigate the STEM ecosystem
  • How to be an authentic communicator and innovator

About the Hudson River Park River Project

Hudson River Park’s River Project conducts research and offers hands-on environmental education and scientific programming with the purpose of communicating the ecological importance of the Park’s 400-acre Estuarine Sanctuary. Additionally, the River Project’s student internship programs provide field science experience, mentorship and networking opportunities within NYC’s environmental field.




Megan Lung
Megan Lung

NYS DEC Hudson River Estuary Program & NEIWPCC


Jill Bargonetti, PhD
Jill Bargonetti, PhD

Professor of Biology, CUNY Graduate Center and Hunter College

Rose Santana
Rose Santana

Florida International University

Cheyenne Young
Cheyenne Young

Nature Conservancy