Meet Mentee Sophie G.
July 6, 2016
Participants in our Global STEM Alliance programs hail from all across the globe. But even though they are in very different places, our online and in-person connections and events have helped to foster a strong sense of community for those involved.
Below, learn a bit more about Sophie G., a mentee participating in our 1000 Girls, 1000 Futures program, who lives in Scotland and has a passion for physics and math.
What has been one of your proudest achievements so far?
Getting selected to travel to Houston, Texas, as part of a Scottish Space School program. The initial 100 participants were narrowed down to 30 for an interview, from which 10 would be selected. I had to do a phone interview, as I was at sea at the time, and I could hardly hear the questions because of the engines and poor signal. Regardless, I got picked, so I'm going to Johnson Space Centre in the fall!
What is one of your hobbies (outside of science)?
I'm a sea cadet, so I row, kayak and power boat, as well as helping lead my unit as a senior cadet. I've learned the importance of teamwork (and friendship), especially when you're out on the water: communication is vital to staying safe.
Why did you join the 1000 Girls, 1000 Futures program?
I have a great physics department in my school with two very dedicated teachers who signed me up for the program. I decided to stay with it when I saw all the dedicated women and girls posting and commenting on STEM issues all over the world: it's a great community.
What is your personal definition of science?
My personal definition of science is, “question everything.” Why does that happen? How does that work? I love when the students I tutor start asking me questions related to the subject I'm helping them with—even more so if we have to research it. That way both of us will never forget the answer.