The Dallas-Fort Worth chapter of the National Society Black Engineers is once again recognizing “Hidden Figures” in the area’s science, technology, engineering, and math fields.
The engineering professionals group launched the awards last year to shine a light on Dallas minority women who have made a significant achievement or impact in STEM careers. It was inspired by the book and movie, Hidden Figures, which follows the plight of three black women mathematicians who made pivotal contributions at NASA during its early days in the 1960s.
NSBE DFW chapter President Quanta Graves told Dallas Innovates, the group received an “overwhelming response from the community,” including suggestions to make the awards an annual program. Requests also have continued for honorees to take part in panels and events.
“While men in general dominate STEM fields, certain minority male groups — African Americans, Latinos, Native Americans, and Southeast Asian Americans — remain grossly underrepresented in STEM careers.”
The 2018 awards program, The Hidden Figures of Dallas: Top STEM Influencers, will honor both minority women and men in STEM careers.
“While men in general dominate STEM fields, certain minority male groups — African Americans, Latinos, Native Americans, and Southeast Asian Americans — remain grossly underrepresented in STEM careers,” Graves said. “We frequently receive requests from both males and females for mentors in STEM and we recognize the importance of encouraging and preparing all underrepresented minorities to participate in STEM programs.”
Nominations will be accepted through Jan. 31. Up to 10 finalists will be announced Feb. 19, which coincides with National Engineers Week.
The 2018 finalists will then be recognized during NSBE DFW’s annual awards gala March 31. The event doubles as a scholarship fundraiser. Graves said the group is hoping to raise $50,000 this year to offer scholarships for men and women pursuing an education in STEM disciplines.
Learn more about the awards and make a nomination here.
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