Jazmín González, Youth Prize in Oaxaca for a project that brings girls closer to hard sciences

Oaxaca de JuarezBenito Juarez Autonomous University of Oaxaca (UABJO) recognized the work of medical student Jazmín Guadalupe González Ruiz, who received the State Youth Award In the Academic Merit category for a project that engages girls and teens in STEM fields.

The project promoted by Gonzalez Ruiz is called Semillero Científico Femenino (STEAM), which she co-founded with two other young men from Puebla and Guadalajara, which aims to engage girls and adolescents in these disciplines.

A third-year student at UABJO College of Medicine and Surgery explained that this project was developed during pandemic, so all its activities were carried out online.

“We work mainly with high school and high school girls and we were very impressed that in the first version we received applications from young people from five countries and we communicated in about 25 states in Mexico, which motivated us a lot, because at first we were afraid that our project would be rejected.”

He noted that the initiative appeared in 2020, after participating in the Women’s Leadership Program in STEAM (MLS), a binational institution between Mexico and the United States.

“As a graduate I had the opportunity to create a thematic class and this is how the scientific nursery came into being, and we have this support, which gives an added advantage to our project, which had a presence in its fourth edition in eight countries.”

Originally from Salina Cruz, the Isthmus of the Tehuantepec region, Guadalupe Yazmin was also awarded the Luis Donaldo Colosio Moreta Medal, the highest recognition bestowed by the state government for Oaxacan youth, along with recognition as a state award, last August 12.

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According to a newsletter issued by UABJO, the young student said her love for science was born in high school, with the idea of ​​opening paths and opportunities to explore new knowledge and learning.

It was in 2019 when she was selected to participate in scientific workshops at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), the University of Baja California, the Polytechnic National (IPN), and at the National Institute of Optometry Science Empowerment Camp. Astrophysics and electronics, where he met other people with a similar interest and with whom he founded the Omnisciencia Project, with a presence across the country.

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