The mission of the American Association of University Women is to advance equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy and research.
AAUW Puyallup Valley Branch supports this mission by partnering with AAUW and our local school districts to identify outstanding young women in the fields of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) and to provide them with public recognition and reward for their achievements through the following programs:
Teck Trek is a week-long science and math summer camp designed to develop interest, excitement, and self-confidence in middle school girls from our area who are interested in STEM: science, technology, engineering, or mathematics. The goal is to encourage young women to continue with STEM studies in high school and hopefully into STEM careers.
High School Scholars Project gives recognition to female High School Juniors from Bonney Lake, Chief Leschi, Emerald Ridge, Fife, Orting, Puyallup, Rogers and Sumner for outstanding achievement in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. One will be awarded $1000 this year as the Gwen Fletcher scholarship. A reception held in May gives these students an opportunity to thank their mentors and families and to receive recognition from their peers and our AAUW membership.
Innovative Teaching Grant Each year the Puyallup Valley branch awards $1000 to a secondary STEM teacher in our service area. The school districts include Chief Leschi, Fife, Orting, Puyallup, and Sumner. The grant is rotated among the districts so that all have an opportunity to participate. In May, Ms Lampert will be invited to the branch High School Scholars night to report on how the grant was used and how it impacted students. We encourage grant recipients to select projects that particularly provide young women enriched access to STEM education. This year’s award was given to Mimi Lampert, the STEM coordinator for Chief Leschi Native American Tribal School.