High-Tech High Heels’ 2022 STEMinist Award Winners

High-Tech High Heels' three inaugural STEMinist award winners are UT Dallas' Nikki Delk, PhD; Girls in STEM founder Alice Hou (Emerging Leader Award); and the Young Women’s Preparatory Network (Organization Award). All three were selected for their passion and commitment to help young women and girls gain STEM access, "ensuring a brighter future for generations to come."

At a casino night-themed fundraiser presented by Texas Instruments on October 22, the North Texas chapter of High-Tech High Heels recognized its inaugural group of STEMinist award winners.

The event attracted over 140 supporters from a variety of STEM corporations and organizations, who contributed over $115,000 in order to continue to build and empower a pipeline of future young women in STEM fields.

Empowering STEM access and a brighter future

The event culminated with the announcement of the three inaugural STEMinist award winners, sponsored by Shaunna Black & Associates and Ellen Barker. 

This year’s award winners are:
Nikki Delk, PhD, (individual award)
Alice Hou (Emerging Leader Award)
and the Young Women’s Preparatory Network (Organization Award)

Nikki Delk, PhD

Nikki Delk, PhD, is an associate professor of biological sciences at the University of Texas at Dallas. She studies breast cancer in her UTD lab, where she mentors up-and-coming scientists in Richardson.

Delk has created an organization that holds events such as art auctions to support her STEM outreach efforts.

Alice Hou, founder and president of Girls in STEM [Photo: Girls in STEM]

Alice Hou is a technologist pursuing a Management Information System (MIS) degree at UT Austin. She serves as the founder of Girls in STEM, a Dallas based non-profit with 40 high school chapters worldwide working to close the STEM gender gap by empowering young women to seek careers in technology. 

The Young Women’s Preparatory Network has a mission to give young women in Texas public education the academic and leadership skills to achieve success in college and beyond. Most YWPN students are young women of color from low-income households, who are often the first in their families to get their high school diploma and attend college.  YWPN educators work to end racism and prevent intolerance so everyone can work to make the world a place where race does not determine success, health or safety in life, the organization says.

All three award winners were selected for their passion and commitment to help young women and girls gain STEM access, “ensuring a brighter future for generations to come.”

High Tech High Heels got $500K grant from Toyota last year

In November 2021, High-Tech High Heels North Texas announced its partnership with the Toyota USA Foundation. The foundation gave HTHH a $500K grant to build a STEM pipeline program in the Dallas Independent School District, focused on kindergarten through high school-aged girls from underserved communities. Toyota said the grant builds on its efforts to foster “problem-solvers and innovators of tomorrow.”

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