“This may look like brains but it is really strawberry.” You never know what you’re going to overhear at the Museum when scientists are visiting!

It was wonderful to host our Women and Girls in Science Celebration at the Museum again after several years of virtual events. On Feb. 13, 2022, we invited scientists from our collections and labs, as well as from other labs here at the University of Florida, to show their favorite research and talk about how they chose their career paths. Visitors had a great time learning about fossils, bugs, brains, DNA and more at science stations around the Museum.

We even got a visit from local TV20 News who wanted a look at what was happening. Check out what they had to say about the event.

Women Do Science panel presentation

We were able to offer a virtual panel discussion for those unable to attend in person. Guests watched on Zoom as well as on our big screen in the Museum. Hybrid events allow us to bring even more scientists in to visit virtually!

2022 Panelists

Gabby Salazar, author of “No Boundaries: 25 Women Explorers and Scientists Share Adventures, Inspiration, and Advice”

Jennifer Adler, conservation photographer and underwater photojournalist

Mallory Dimmitt, CEO of the Florida Wildlife Corridor Coalition

Maria Beatriz de Souza Cortez, Ph.D. candidate in The Soltis Lab

Moderator: Dr. Megan Ennes, Assistant Curator of Museum Education in the Department of Natural History at the University of Florida

activty book cover with flowers and illustration of a scientistGirls Do Science

Be sure to check out some of our online resources from last year’s virtual event! We have some great hands-on science project videos, reading lists, and downloads like this fantastic activity book PDF.

Girls Do Science

In 2015, the United Nations selected Feb. 11 as ‘International Women and Girls in Science Day‘ in order to further achieve gender equality and encourage more female participation in science. We are proud to feature local women in science to highlight the work they do and the career paths that brought them here