Calling all 5th and 6th grade girls! Talk to local female scientists and learn more about STEM at Snacks with Scientists on October 19 from 3:00 - 5:00 pm!

Snacks with Scientists is an annual outreach event designed to encourage 5th and 6th grade girls to explore STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) related fields. Studies show that if girls aren't interested in STEM by the 5th or 6th grade, they are very unlikely to pursue a career in STEM later on. The gender gap in STEM careers seems to be widening and we want to help girls learn more about the many career paths available in STEM. Our goal is to introduce girls in Monmouth County to STEM now, so that they will be part of the future of those fields.

what is snacks with scientists?

Students will be able to meet and talk to successful women who have a wide variety of experiences in the academic and professional world, while enjoying delicious snacks. To read more about our scientists, please visit our Meet the Scientists page. High Tech student volunteers will also be joining in to help facilitate conversations.

Snacks with Scientists is also a charitable event that will donate all proceeds to an organization which provides housing assistance and programs for women and children dealing with domestic violence.

Snacks with Scientists will be hosted by the National Honor Society at High Technology High School on October 19 from 3:00 - 5:00 pm. All girls in 5th or 6th grade are invited to register and experience an afternoon filled with conversations, snacks, and all things STEM!


There is a suggested donation of $10 per student for the event. Please see our FAQ page for more information.

Important Dates!

October 19: Day of the Event!

event details

Friday, October 19
3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

High Technology High School
765 Newman Springs Road
Lincroft, NJ 07738


Space is limited and spots are expected to fill up quickly so please register early! Registration closes Tuesday, 10/16! Note that this event is specifically for 5th and 6th grade girls, so only female students in those grades will be able to attend. If you cannot come to the event and need to cancel for any reason, please email as soon as possible.

Please note that attendance at Snacks with Scientists has no bearing on admissions to High Technology High School. For more information about High Tech, please visit the school website.

Feel free to contact us with any questions or comments at!

Meet the Scientists

Each year, we are extremely fortunate to have many successful women as mentors! Our scientists have backgrounds ranging across a wide variety of fields, and they all know what it's like to be a woman working in STEM. They are eager to share their stories, experiences, and knowledge with all the students attending Snacks with Scientists.

I am an HTHS alumni, a computer science graduate, and a current doctoral student studying instructional technology and media at the Columbia University Teachers College with experience teaching introductory computer programming. I am especially interested in computer science education for young girls and how computer science can be connected to everyday activities, and is currently researching the relations between knitting and computer programming - both of which are very important to me!

I have a Masters Degree in Industrial and Systems Engineering from Colorado State University. I have been with AT&T since 2000. I work on designing and delivering tools and processes that enable service for AT&T enterprise customers. Applications we create support Sales, Ordering, Provisioning and Billing for large customers for services such as Virtual Private Networks. I am pursuing a Nanodegree in Data Science.

I did my undergraduate degree in microbiology and have a masters in public health with a focus in epidemiology. I did work in a lab doing molecular biology research for a while, but now I work as a clinical scientist for a medical devices company where I design clinical trials and interpret the results.

I am a network planning engineer at AT&T in Middletown, NJ. I recently graduated from Washington University in St. Louis attaining bachelors degrees in Electrical Engineering and Systems Engineering with a minor computer science.

I majored in Chemistry and have a PhD in Computational Chemistry. I've been doing research at Merck for 22 years. Using computer-aided drug design technology, I've worked on many drug discovery programs such as the treatments of diabetes, hypertension, heart failure, cancer, and pain. I'd love to share our exciting stories on using computer-aided design to accelerate the drug discovery process.

I became an electrical engineer so I could solve the types of problems that have an impact on everyday lives. Once I left school I started her career developing algorithms to locate enemies in the battlefield with Lockheed Martin. From that job I moved into Railroad and Transit, choosing to focus on making our railroads and airports safer, more efficient, and more modern. I currently works on putting technology in large airport terminals and designing updates to the railroad to better improve operations and safety.

I have a BS in Forensic Biology from Penn State University, and a MS in Biotechnology from Johns Hopkins University. I worked in a genomics services company for many years, before coming to my position at a cancer center to develop new assays and platforms for tumor detection. I find my role very rewarding, and ultimately will help people in the future.


Please check back soon for more bios of our scientists!

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Thank you to those who have registered and can't wait to meet you!


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    until Snacks with Scientists!


    What is Snacks with Scientists?
    Snacks with Scientists is an academic and community outreach run by National Honor Society members at High Technology High School to engage girls in STEM. In order to accomplish this, we will be connecting 5th and 6th grade girls with successful female scientists who can share their stories, experiences, and knowledge about being women in STEM.

    Who are the scientists?
    Our scientists come from all different walks of life and study or work in a variety of fields. Some are involved in the academic world as they are currently studying for a degree or doing research in a university lab. Others are part of the professional world and are employed by companies large and small, private and public, and for-profit and nonprofit. Please visit our Meet the Scientists page for more details.

    Why should I sign up for Snacks with Scientists?
    Snacks with Scientists is a one-of-a-kind opportunity to meet like-minded students from across the area, network with female high school students who are eager to connect with you, and to talk to extremely talented, accomplished women who delve into the many fields of STEM every day. Sign up now and invite all of your friends to as well - it will be an event you won't want to miss!

    How much does Snacks with Scientists cost and how do I pay?
    We have a suggested donation of $10 per student for the event, with all proceeds going towards Sister's Academy of NJ, a new all-girls middle school in Asbury Park that aims to help underprivileged girls receive an education. Donations will be accepted during check-in on October 19th and may be paid in either cash (in an envelope with the student's name on the front) or by check (made payable to "HTHS Student Activities").

    What if I have a friend or sibling who is not a girl in 5th or 6th grade?
    While we are very excited that many students are enthusiastic about Snacks with Scientists, the event is designed specifically for 5th and 6th grade girls. Students not in these grades will not be permitted to attend. Studies show that if girls aren't interested in STEM by the 5th or 6th grade, they are very unlikely to pursue a career in STEM later on. Our goal is to introduce girls in Monmouth County to STEM now, so that they will be part of the future of those fields.

    What if I can't stay for the whole event?
    We highly encourage you to stay for the entire event so that you can talk to as many scientists as possible. However, if you know that you will have to leave early, please have your parents send an email to with your name and early dismissal time so that we can have it on record.

    What if I need to cancel my registration?
    If you have to cancel your registration please email us ASAP at so that we can offer a spot to another student.

    Can parents attend?
    We love you, parents - but Snacks with Scientists is designed for 5th and 6th grade girls to explore STEM and talk to scientists on their own!

    Feel free to contact us with any questions or comments at!

    student reviews

    What do the girls think about Snacks with Scientists?
    Check out the videos below to see what some former attendees had to say!