Spring 2015| Posse Boston Quarterly

  

Tech Firms Support STEM Scholars

With three all-women’s STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) Posses for partner Bryn Mawr College and Scholars majoring in STEM fields at other institutions, Posse Boston is thrilled to partner with STEM-focused firms Brooks Automation, Biogen Idec and Genzyme. These important relationships ensure that Scholars will continue to have access to professional opportunities in their respective STEM fields.

Since 2011, Posse has partnered with Brooks Automation, a leading worldwide provider of automation and cryogenic solutions for multiple markets including semiconductor manufacturing and life sciences. Over the last four years, Brooks has provided volunteers as well as sponsorships that total $40,000.

“For Brooks, partnership with Posse was very aligned with our desire to promote educational endeavors in our communities,” says Brooks Automation Senior Vice President of Human Resources and Posse Boston Leadership Council member Bill Montone. “As we were introduced to the mission and objectives of the Foundation, we quickly realized that Posse affirmed our values as a corporate citizen and was a natural fit for Brooks. Their enviable record in preparing blossoming leaders for future success within a strong and challenging support environment has made Brooks proud to be associated with Posse.”

In 2013, Posse began a collaboration with Biogen Idec, which develops medicines for people living with neurodegenerative diseases, hematologic conditions and autoimmune disorders. Biogen’s multifaceted partnership includes event sponsorship, providing volunteers, and hiring Scholars for summer internships.

“Working with mentors who constantly guided and challenged me really gave me the confidence to pursue anything I want in the future,” says Lisa Yang, a Hamilton College Posse Scholar who interned with Biogen Idec last year.

Additionally, Biogen annually hosts a workshop for new STEM Scholars in its Community Lab, the longest-running hands-on corporate science lab in the nation. For the past two years, STEM Scholars in training have had the opportunity to work directly with women in the sciences.

Genzyme, a biotech firm that specializes in therapies for patients with rare and unmet medical needs, began a partnership with Posse in 2014. With a generous $15,000 award, Genzyme began supporting Posse Scholars and alumni and became only the second biotech firm to partner with Posse Boston.

Posse Boston is incredibly grateful to these three firms, and to all organizations who are committed to supporting our Scholars in training, on campus and after graduation.

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