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Archer’s annual STEM Symposium is an opportunity for Los Angeles high school students who have completed independent or small group projects in STEM to present their findings. Students are invited to present their research in the fields of molecular biology, chemistry, physics, and engineering.

The Archer RISE Award honors exceptional young women for their innovative scientific research or engineering design projects that further existing knowledge or develop solutions to pressing scientific challenges. Finalists for the RISE Award are noted in throughout the online program and will be awarded at lunch on May 21.

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Aidyl Gonzalez

The Buckley School
Science Dept Chair & STEAM Director
Sherman Oaks, California
Dr. Aidyl Gonzalez-Serricchio earned her B.S. in Biology from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and then her Doctorate in Genetics from California Institute of Technology. She continued her science career while mentoring high school and middle school students. No matter their learning styles or socioeconomic background, she guided them to discover their passion through science and engineering which help define their future. An event in her life brought her to a place where she can be a mentor to students as a science teacher and a FIRST robotics coach while maintaining her research ties with Caltech. Dr. Gonzalez also helps families with different learners through a non-profit organization she co-founded and co-directs called Gift over Learning Differences Initiative (GoLD Initiative). The GoLD Initiative provided after school STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) enrichment programs for youth in the Los Angeles area. The foundation’s mission is to provide an extensive, holistic educational experience to school-age students by providing the most entertaining, interesting, fast-moving and creative aspects of STEAM education through project-based learning by solving real-world science and engineering problems. Dr. Gonzalez was born and raised in the South Bronx, New York and is a wife, a mother, an amateur magician and astronaut applicant. She currently lives with her husband and 2 teenage boys in Southern California.