Secretary Clinton Announces STEM Education Initiative at the New York Academy of Sciences

NeXXt Scholars Initiative to encourage women from predominantly Muslim countries to pursue STEM careers.

Published December 12, 2011

Secretary Clinton Announces STEM Education Initiative at the New York Academy of Sciences

In a special video address, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton announced the creation of the NeXXt Scholars Initiative, an innovative education initiative designed to encourage women from predominantly Muslim countries to pursue science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) careers at U.S. women's colleges. The Secretary made the announcement at the Celebrating Women in Science event, held at the New York Academy of Sciences on December 10, the night the 2011 Nobel Prizes were presented in Sweden, as well as the centennial of Marie Curie’s 2nd Nobel Prize.

The U.S. Department of State, in partnership with the Academy, will provide mentorship, networking, support, and enrichment activities for international NeXXt Scholars, serving to support and empower the newest generation of Marie Curies—women who will create a lasting impact on society through their contributions to the STEM fields.