‘Girls in STEM’ Mentor Program Empowers Middle School Students in Houston

Houston, TX – May 29, 2024

The ‘Girls in STEM’ mentor program, a collaboration sponsored by bp and Infosys Foundation USA, recently concluded its successful 10-week mentoring program aimed at inspiring middle school girls to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). The program engaged students from West Briar Middle School in Houston Independent School District (HISD) and several Alief Middle Schools, providing them with valuable insights and hands-on experiences.

Throughout the program, employees from bp and Infosys volunteered their time to mentor the young participants once a week. The mentors shared their expertise, experiences, and passion for STEM fields, guiding the students through the Learning Blade platform to explore various STEM careers. Additionally, the participants were connected with the Million Women Mentors initiative, fostering a supportive network of women in STEM.

To celebrate the program, a day-long event was organized at the bp office in Houston. Over 100 girls had the opportunity to interact with young women engineers and computer scientists. The event showcased exciting demonstrations, including robots, virtual reality experiences, and tower-building activities, providing the students with a fun and interactive learning environment.

“At bp, we want to represent the world around us and make a positive contribution to the societies and communities where we operate. We are thrilled to support the ‘Girls in STEM’ program in collaboration with Infosys Foundation USA to help inspire and encourage girls and young women to explore careers in science, technology, engineering, and math, and hopefully empower the next generation of female leaders in these important STEM fields.” said Salem Seyoum, business advisor, EVP innovation & engineering, bp.

“The Infosys Foundation USA is proud to collaborate with bp on this first-ever corporate collaboration ‘Girls in STEM’ program. By providing mentorship and hands-on experiences, we aim to ignite the passion for STEM among middle school girls and pave the way for their future success in these fields. Together, we can make a meaningful impact on closing the gender gap in STEM professions and awaken the future generation to the importance of digital skill building.” said Katherine Maloney, Executive Director, Infosys Foundation USA.

“We are incredibly grateful for the support from bp and Infosys Foundation USA in bringing the ‘Girls in STEM’ mentor program to our students. This initiative has provided our middle school girls with invaluable opportunities to explore STEM careers, engage with industry professionals, and envision a brighter future filled with endless possibilities. The impact of this program will undoubtedly inspire our students to pursue their passions and excel in STEM fields.” said Ms. Cherranda E.A. Smith, Houston Independent School District Community Relations Liaison.

The ‘Girls in STEM’ mentor program has not only equipped the students with first-hand insights about opportunities in technology; but also inspired them to pursue their interests in STEM fields with confidence and determination. Many girls gave the program a very high post-program rating and said that they learned about careers they did not consider previously. With the support of bp and Infosys Foundation USA, the program’s positive impact will live on in the lives of these young future leaders in Houston and beyond.


About bp

bp is investing in America’s energy system as we transition from an international oil company to an integrated energy company. With $150 billion invested in the US since 2005, we employ more than 30,000 people and support more than 300,000 jobs. We have a bigger footprint here than anywhere else in the world, and we’re proud to be a trusted partner for secure, affordable and reliable energy. To learn more, please visit bpAmerica.com.


About Infosys Foundation USA

Infosys Foundation USA is the private foundation of Infosys Ltd with a commitment to expand K12 computer science and maker education while working to upskill the next generation in digital kills, particularly within underrepresented communities across the United States.


About Infosys

Infosys is a global leader in next-generation digital services and consulting. Over 300,000 of our people work to amplify human potential and create the next opportunity for people, businesses and communities. We enable clients in more than 56 countries to navigate their digital transformation. With over four decades of experience in managing the systems and workings of global enterprises, we expertly steer clients, as they navigate their digital transformation powered by cloud and AI. We enable them with an AI-first core, empower the business with agile digital at scale and drive continuous improvement with always-on learning through the transfer of digital skills, expertise, and ideas from our innovation ecosystem. We are deeply committed to being a well-governed, environmentally sustainable organization where diverse talent thrives in an inclusive workplace.

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