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February 26, 2002

Electronic newsroom



Women in Science High School Career Day Held at Brookhaven Lab

UPTON, NY - About 45 female students from four local high schools learned firsthand about careers in science and related fields from women employees at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Brookhaven National Laboratory. The students came from Greenport, the Hewlett School in East Islip, Mattituck and Riverhead.

At Brookhaven Women in Science High School Career Day, physicist Fulvia Pilat, Collider-Accelerator Department, explains the research at RHIC to students from Long Island high schools. The students are (from left) Sarah Pillai from Mattituck High School; Taylor Manalili, Riverhead High School; Emily Delorme, Greenport High School; and Elena Skorodumova, from the Hewlitt School.

Coordinated by Brookhaven Women in Science and funded by Brookhaven Science Associates, the Brookhaven Women in Science High School Career Day held on February 12 featured panel presentations by women in various scientific and technical fields. Subjects covered included physics, chemistry, engineering, medical technology, health promotion and science writing. Female presenters shared their educational career successes and setbacks as well as their career advice with the students. A similar event was held last November.

The students also took a tour of Brookhaven’s Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider, the Laboratory’s newest and largest accelerator in which physicists hope to recreate a kind of matter that has not existed since the Big Bang. The students also were treated to a tour of the Scanning Transmission Electron Microscope, a facility where researchers from all over the world can image biological specimens.


The U.S. Department of Energy's Brookhaven National Laboratory conducts research in the physical, biomedical, and environmental sciences, as well as in energy technologies. Brookhaven also builds and operates major facilities available to university, industrial, and government scientists. The Laboratory is managed by Brookhaven Science Associates, a limited liability company founded by Stony Brook University and Battelle, a nonprofit applied science and technology organization.