On Monday, November 7th, WOCIP will host its annual Career Connections Micro-Conference for HBCU students, HSI students and other students of color.  Students will participate in virtual workshops about pharma/life sciences career paths, imposter syndrome, self-care, personal branding and more. They will also network with WOCIP leaders in breakout sessions and visit the virtual exhibit hall to explore WOCIP sponsor companies and vendors. Career Connections is free to college students of all levels. 

In addition to the Micro-Conference, WOCIP will host a student competition. Finalists of the competition will win a trip (transportation & lodging) to the WOCIP 6th Annual Conference in Scottsdale, AZ. The Power of We student competition will be focused on proposing a solution to one of two challenges (listed below).

Share these contest details with your network! WOCIP is dedicated to increasing the number of students of color who enter the Pharma/Life Sciences industry.

Eligibility and Award Details

Applicants must be currently enrolled (full-time or part-time) in a bachelor’s, graduate, or doctoral program in the STEM field.
Applicants may not be current employees of a pharmaceutical or life sciences industry. Prior or current internship program participants are permitted.
Applicants must complete and send the “intent to compete” form no later than September 15th to connections@wocip.org
Applicants must submit their solution to one of the challenges outlined below, to connections@wocip.org no later than September 23, 2022.  
Applicants must be registered to attend WOCIP’s Career Connections on Monday, November 7, 2022. Register via EventbriteRegistration is free.
Applicants must be fully vaccinated.
Finalists* will be contacted no later than September 30, 2022.  

*Finalists will be invited to present their solutions to a live audience at the conference where a team of distinguished judges will choose an overall winner. Registration costs, housing and travel expenses for the conference will be complementary to all the finalists.
Challenges (select one)

Increasing the Number of Black and Latina Females Pursuing Careers in Pharma and Life Sciences

Various research studies show the discrepancy in the representation of Black and Latina women in the science, technology, engineering and math fields. Major corporations that employ people within the STEM fields recognize that part of the solution to this discrepancy is increasing the number of young Black and Latina women that pursue undergraduate, post-graduate and professional degrees in STEM fields.  

Challenge 1:  Company X has committed $100,000 to develop a strategy for increasing the number of Black and Latina women that pursue undergraduate and graduate degrees in STEM fields. Your task is to develop and deliver/record a presentation of no more than 10 minutes that outlines how Company X can utilize the $100,000 that they have agreed to commit.

Increasing Participation in WOCIP Career Connections Micro-Conference

Women of Color in Pharma (WOCIP) is dedicated to increasing the participation of Black and Latina young women in the pharma and life science professions. One of the programs that WOCIP uses to accomplish this work is its Career Connections Micro-Conference, aimed at educating participants about the pharma/life sciences career paths.

Challenge 2:  Your task is to develop and deliver/record a presentation of no more than 10 minutes that articulates a multi-platform social media campaign aimed at increasing participation of Black and Latina undergraduate, graduate and doctoral students participating in the Career Connections programming.

Again, share the contest details with your network. Contact connections@wocip.org if you have any questions.

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Ayasha Roberson started Urban SociaLites, LLC in June of 2010, she holds a bachelor degree in Sociology from Richard Stockton College and Masters Degree in Administrative Science from Fairleigh Dickinson University.

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