"I think people should see STEM as the best thing they could do for themselves. For one thing, even in the current economic climate, jobs are available. Second, STEM careers create value. What’s more, STEM jobs offer good salaries, and give women independence and freedom to pursue the lives they want."
"Every middle-school student should have the opportunity to be paired up with a local STEM professional or teacher who will encourage their interests, get them involved in STEM-related extracurricular activities, help them decide their coursework, and let them know that STEM careers are a real possibility for them."
"If my parents and I had not been fortunate enough to have our collective eyes opened to all of the opportunities available in higher education, I would not be working as a scientist at a national lab today. I am living proof that it is important, as a society, to encourage anyone from any walk of life who has the will and determination to pursue their chosen field of study to the highest level possible."
Secretary Moniz today announced $3.2 million to launch the National Incubator Initiative for Clean Energy, which will create a national support network to serve the clean energy small business and entrepreneur community, providing critical technical assistance and training services in order to bring these businesses and entrepreneurs closer to market readiness.
"My personal goal is to inspire by example. I don’t often talk about being a woman in science; I’m too busy being a woman who does science. I hope to inspire younger women scientists when they see that good science can happen by working part-time while raising three children."
"We need to make science more exciting, fun, and cool for young women, starting in early childhood and going through their college years. Part of this is encouraging them to be curious, to ask questions, and to be driven to understand how things work."
Join Secretary Moniz and Congressman Bobby Rush, Ambassador in the Minorities in Energy Initiative, on Friday June 20, 2014 at the Wrightwood-Ashburn Library in Chicago to discuss needs of underrepresented communities in energy.