Register Now to Celebrate International Day of Women and Girls in Science with FNL

By Adjoa Benefo, WHK student intern, FNL Public Affairs and Communications Office; image by Joe Meyer, staff illustrator
an illustration of a female scientist with a word bubble saying "Women in Science Speak" and writing under the image that says "Inspire. Mentor. Celebrate."

To celebrate the International Day of Women and Girls in Science, the Frederick National Laboratory for Cancer Research is co-hosting a panel of successful women scientists who will discuss their career paths, allyship and mentorship, and strategies for advancement.

The discussion, also hosted by Woman to Woman Mentoring, Inc., and Hood College, will take place during the third annual Women in Science Speak event on February 9 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Hodson Auditorium in Rosenstock Hall at Hood College. A virtual option will also be available. The event is free, but registration is required.

Attending Women in Science Speak is a way to support women in science and hear a mentoring discussion about overcoming the substantial disparities and gender bias in the field.

This event includes panelists from different research areas and career stages. Afterwards, there will be a networking session for in-person participants. The networking event will provide a unique opportunity for college and high school students to speak with researchers, while also allowing seasoned researchers to gain insight into other professions.

 At previous events, panelists have offered wisdom to help encourage and guide students as well as to teach them about the avenues they can take to reach their career goals.

This year’s panelists are Terri Bray, M.S., M.B.A., of Frederick National Laboratory; Tanja Grkovic, Ph.D., of the National Cancer Institute’s Center for Cancer Research; Rebecca Kelly, Ph.D., of John Hopkins University’s Applied Physics Laboratory; and Angel Boardley, an award-winning pre-medical biology/biomedical science student at Hood College and an intern with the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences.

The panel moderator is Joy Beveridge, M.S., who retired from her role as the operations director at Frederick National Laboratory’s Clinical Monitoring Research Program Directorate in 2023. She is a volunteer for Woman to Woman Mentoring, as well as a member of the Hood College Board of Associates. She will lead the discussion on allyship, mentorship in science, and strategies for career advancement.

The goal of this panel is to empower women toward achieving what they put their minds to, no matter the setting. Each panelist will bring their own ideas and unique experiences that may help young women navigate their careers.

To register for Women in Science Speak on February 9, visit the NCI Frederick website.


Adjoa Benefo is a Werner H. Kirsten intern in the Public Affairs and Communications Office at Frederick National Laboratory for Cancer Research (FNL), where she writes news articles and features and trains in journalism and public communications. PACO supports FNL through external communications and community relations, internal business communications, and creative multimedia services.