NeXXt Scholars Initiative Expands Support for Women Scientists at Home and Abroad

Media Note
Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
December 22, 2014

The U.S. Department of State’s Office of the Science and Technology Adviser is pleased to announce the 3rd cohort of the NeXXt Scholars Program, that seeks to strengthen and prepare the next generation of female global leaders in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). This year’s cohort of 18 newly selected young women are attending six U.S. women’s colleges which include Barnard College, Bryn Mawr College, Cottey College, Mount Holyoke College, Smith College, and Wellesley College. This year’s program has 9 new International NeXXt Scholars from Bangladesh, Egypt, Kuwait, Indonesia, Lebanon, Sierra Leone, Turkey, and the West Bank, bringing the total current NeXXt Scholars to 74 students.

The NeXXt Scholars Program connects and advances young women from 47 countries with Muslim-majority populations and their American counterparts in STEM disciplines at U.S. women’s colleges. These campuses provide rigorous, supportive environments for NeXXt Scholars nationwide. This program complements the hard-scientific skills NeXXt Scholars learn at their respective universities and equips them with soft-development skills in communication, cultural intelligence, networking, job & internship application, interview skills, and collaboration. Participation in this program provides Scholars with professional development, mentoring, and networking through the New York Academy of Sciences.

Additionally, the NeXXt Scholars Program is proud to partner with Schoology. This all-inclusive online platform will host all discussions, virtual mentoring, lessons, and announcements to ensure seamless interaction between Scholars and Mentors and will allow participants to remain virtually connected after completion of their undergraduate studies.

The NeXXt Scholars initiative supports the Department of State’s commitment to empowering women through education, promoting gender equality, and economic growth, while strengthening the STEM pipeline at home and abroad.

For more information about the NeXXt Scholars Program, please email or visit

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