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EMILY STOETH

Wildlife Conservation Society WCS

Bridging the Gap: The Effects of A School-To-Career Approach To Promoting Wil...

NSF Awards: 1138685

2015 (see original presentation & discussion)

Grades 9-12

The Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) is a global conservation organization that runs 5 living institutions in New York City and conducts conservation work and research in more than 60 countries worldwide. Many zoo and aquarium institutions, including WCS, have prioritized increasing the diversity of staff members in STEM-related careers in zoos and aquariums. With this goal in mind, Bridging the Gap (BTG) was established to connect high school students with STEM interests directly with WCS professionals. Over the course of 3 years, 150 high school students participated in more than 100 hours of training, workshops, internships, college prep classes, parent workshops, and staff mentoring. As a result of the success of the program, BTG was awarded the 2014 Association of Zoo and Aquarium Angela Peterson Excellence in Diversity Award. “Bridging the Gap” is a 3 minute documentary which tells the story of this innovate program and illustrates its many highlights.

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