Jennifer Nilvo, who has a master’s degree in biochemistry, finds great pleasure in knowing her young students will someday experience more in science and engineering than she has.
Nilvo, Melba Acantilado of Bernalillo High School and Creighton Edington of Media Arts Collaborative Charter School in Albuquerque will each receive $3,000 grants to mentor underserved students as part of the Society’s Advocate Grant Program.
Nilvo, who teaches at School of Dreams Academy in Los Lunas, is one of three New Mexico teachers – from among 60 across the nation – who have been named advocates by the Society for Science and the Public.
Educators and scientists expand opportunities for under-represented and low-income students by helping them develop STEM projects that they can enter in science research competitions, which are an entryway to higher education and STEM careers.
Nilvo said in a news release it is a privilege to be in a position to influence hundreds of young people in STEM.
“As I work and mentor students in STEM fields, I get to live vicariously through them – exploring, questioning and finding ways that have a global impact through research and exploration utilizing the scientific process,” Nilvo said.
Acantilado said, “I am very excited to be part of the science Advocates this year because I believe that there are a lot of students who have talents in STEM fields, and my role is to push and inspire them so that they will continue to shine and eventually become globally competitive.”
Edington said, “Helping students is the goal, and the network of expert Advocates have access to help accomplish this goal; it is truly amazing.”
Since the program launched in 2015, more than 2,000 students have worked with the Society’s advocates. Of those students, 90% are low-income and 70% are an under-represented ethnicity.
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