San Francisco Stem Career Day

May 21, 2015

Following on the success of the annual East Bay STEM (Science Technology Engineering Mathematics) Career Days, the first San Francisco STEM Career Day was created and held in March 2015. Nearly 100 students from the city’s Thurgood Marshall and Phillip & Sala Burton High Schools came to San Francisco’s Mission Bay to explore in person potential future career opportunities in the STEM field. Students had multiple opportunities to interact with STEM professionals – on panels, in tours, and in one-on-one conversations – who, in turn, discussed their careers and their educational pathways that got them to where they are today. Students were also able to ask questions specifically about any and all obstacles the speakers had in furthering their pursuit of a STEM-based career. Students received a multitude of resources for college and career planning in STEM, resume assistance, and summer opportunities for internships. Many Mission Bay companies opened their doors, and labs, to allow visiting students to see the different types of jobs that are performed in the biotech field and learn about real day-to-day activities.

The event was organized through the University of California San Francisco’s (UCSF) Science & Health Education Partnership, in coordination with staff from CLSA and the BayBio Institute, Bayer Healthcare, San Francisco State University, Cal State East Bay, the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce, San Francisco School District, and the Mayor’s Office of Economic and Workforce Development. San Francisco Supervisor Jane Kim, who represents Mission Bay on the Board of Supervisors, provided a morning welcome to the students. CLSA and the BayBio Institute are continuing to work with these partners in plans for a 2016 STEM Career Day in Mission Bay