Editor's note: this article was originally posted on Fermliab's website.
The American Association for the Advancement of Science has selected Fermilab scientist Jessica Esquivel to be a AAAS IF/THEN® ambassador.
The AAAS IF/THEN® ambassadors serve as high-profile role models for middle school girls. Esquivel, a Fermilab postdoctoral research associate who works on the Muon g-2 experiment, is one of 125 women selected from across the United States by AAAS.
The ambassador program highlights women in STEM who contribute to multiple fields — including research and development, sports and recreation, finance, fashion, gaming, engineering and manufacturing — showing girls the different career pathways they can pursue and how STEM affects their lives every day.
AAAS IF/THEN® ambassadors will gather for in-person summits, create personal press kits that highlight their stories and take their outreach to the next level, be featured in original entertainment and media content, and engage with middle school girls in formal and informal educational spaces.
Ambassadors were selected through a rigorous selection process. Candidates were evaluated for overall excellence with a focus on the following:
- contributions to their STEM-related field, commensurate with their career stage.
- demonstrated experience and abilities in STEM communication and public engagement via media, classroom, and public programs.
- commitment to inspiring middle-school girls to be the next generation of STEM pioneers.
The AAAS IF/THEN® Ambassadors Program is supported by IF/THEN, an initiative of Lyda Hill Philanthropies.
To learn more about Esquivel and one of the outreach programs she participated in even before being selected for the ambassadors program, read this Symmetry article.