Special Projects

AAUW Ballwin-Chesterfield
STEM Activities

S.T.E.M. (Science . Technology . Engineering . Mathmatics) events connect our branch to the wider community, and further the mission of AAUW.


Updates From STEM Directors Barb McQuitty and Carol Greenaway

2020 STEM Girls of Promise

The STEM Girls of Promise program was made possible with the help of the Valley Park High School principal and Maplewood-Richmond Heights STEM contact.  They actually drove the gift boxes to the home of each awardee. They even snapped the pictures of the girls that you see with this article. The gift boxes were filled by the STEM committee with certificates, medals, checks, and a congratulatory letter from AAUW Ballwin-Chesterfield branch.

Girls of Promise Valley Park:

    • Jasmine Kieu
    • Kiera McKillop
    • Grace Nieuwendaal
    • Cynthia Papalotzu
    • Emily Stiles

 Girls of Promise Maplewood-Richmond Heights:

    • Tegan Daw
    • Morgan Kim
    • Laila Patterson

Also see what’s new with our branch’s Science Fair Program.

2019 Girls of Promise

In the spring of 2019 the STEM committee  held “STEM girls of Promise Events” at Maplewood-Richmond Heights  and at Valley Park High School ,

The High School junior women were recognized at  celebratory breakfasts, and were joined by parents, teachers, and B-C members.   Each STEM Girl was presented with a letter, $25 cash, a certificate, and a science medal by Carol Greenaway and Barb McQuitty.  (Click on any picture for full-sized view.)

Valley Park High School Honorees:

From Left: Leah C., Amera A., Lucy C., Meghan W., Haley W.

Valley Park High School STEM Girls of Promise with Ballwin Chesterfield STEM sponsors..  From left, Row 1: Leah C., Amera A., Lucy S., Meghan W., Haley W., Carol Greenaway, Barb Mcquitty.
Row2: Pat Shores, Sandra Murdock, Doris Nistler, Marilyn Fletcher, Marcia Block, Linda Roberson, Susan Schriver, Jean Elliott, Ann Hansen, Denise McKibben

STEM Girls of Promise honored at Maplewood-Richmond Heights High School in May 2019.

L to R: Abigail K., Joy W., Ms. Kathleen Dwyer, Liana Van Z., Sophia A., K. ..


Ballwin Chesterfield also supports the Expanding Your Horizons (EYH) program for girls in St. Louis.  This STEM program seeks to bring female mentors from science fields into contact with young women students to encourage careers in STEM fields. 

Why So Few Overview Project (2011-12)

“Why So Few” is an AAUW research report that explores reasons for the low numbers of women and girls entering STEM fields. Ballwin-Chesterfield produced a “Traveling Toolkit,” giving students, teachers, and parents an overview of the research findings and ways to address them.  View the video. 


Video authors L to R:
Joyce Katz, Technology Advisor
Bette Bude
Mary Jermak
Marcia Block

Ballwin-Chesterfield Branch Research and Projects Grant

In 1998 the Ballwin-Chesterfield branch began the process for establishing an AAUW grant. Through generous individual donations and proceeds from Dollars for Scholars the grant reached the completion level of $35,000 in late 2004. This grant, the Ballwin-Chesterfield (MO) Branch Research and Projects Grant (#4112), has sponsored Community Action Grants for several worthy projects.   In true branch tradition, without missing a beat, we started a new grant to commemorate the branch’s 25th anniversary “the Ballwin-Chesterfield (MO) Branch Silver Research and Projects Grant (#4286).” This grant was fully funded (see below) in February 2012.

Cause To Celebrate! Completion Of The Silver Anniversary Grant!
Our branch has cause to celebrate! We have completed our $75,000 Silver Anniversary Research and Projects Grant! The funding created by our grant, started in 2005 and completed three years ahead of schedule, will be used annually to benefit women and will provide sponsorship of worthy projects for years to come.
Funds from Research and Projects Grants are used at the National level in one of two areas. Career Development Grants support degreed women preparing to change or advance their careers or reenter the work force. Community Action Grants provide funds to individuals as well as local community-based nonprofit organizations for innovative programs that promote equity for women and girls.
All of us here at Ballwin-Chesterfield have much to be proud of in this accomplishment. The completion of the grant represents nearly seven years of fundraising, Dollars for Scholars events, individual contributions, and Branch focus. Through this grant, we have supported AAUW’s mission of promoting equity, lifelong education, and positive societal change. Bravo!   (by Jan Horner and Mary Kay Wolfe,past EOF Chairs)


The Certificate of the Silver Anniversary Grant Completion.